Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with high protein almond flour and  naturally sweetened with honey. This incredible grain-free cookie is made with just 7 ingredients and will knock your socks off! No one will know this is a healthy cookie recipe!

There are so many forms of the grain-free diet. Primal. Paleo. Specific Carbohydrate Diet. GAPS. Call it what you want. I began the grain-free diet in 2001. I have adhered to it religiously ever since. When I began, I followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. And ever since then, I’ve been strictly grain-free. This is not a fad for me. It’s a way of life. When I started the grain-free diet, people thought the gluten-free diet was freakish.

Now there are so many of us on paleo diets. We’re gluten-free. We’re grain-free. We’re definitely not freaks. Now we’re merely a bit ahead of the curve. It wasn’t always like that.

The almond flour cookie recipe that I share with you today for a paleo chocolate chip cookie reminds me of the way I used to bake a decade ago. When I used honey quite often in my recipes. Call them what you want. Argue with what they’re called. It’s all semantics anyway. And I promise you. I won’t argue back. I just want you to enjoy the cookies.

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Servings 18 cookies



  • Combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda in a food processor
  • Pulse in shortening, honey, and vanilla until dough forms
  • Remove blade from processor and stir in chocolate chunks by hand
  • Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Press balls of dough down gently
  • Bake at 350°F for 6-8 minutes
  • Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins
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If you want to make changes to this paleo cookie recipe, please do. Just leave a comment below to let us know how your substitutions and alterations turn out. I can’t do the testing for you. I’ve got two boys, and they keep me real busy. And they like to eat cookies that I bake from scratch. These cookies. Gluten-free cookies. Easy chocolate chip cookies. It just seems that all is right in the world when young men sit at the table eating cookies. So go ahead, enjoy the cookies!

What changes and substitutions will you make to these cookies to custom tailor them to your special diet needs? How do you think they’ll turn out?

Here are some of my other easy paleo cookie recipes:

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These cookies are delicious and my kids really enjoyed them as well. We actually had to hide them from my spouse or there would not have been enough for their lunches.


339 responses to “Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Palm oil is used in the cookies. The production of palm oil results in the clearing of millions of acres of rainforest land and displacement of orangutans and other wildlife – who are left with no home and are endangered. And not to mention the destruction of rainforests which are the earths lungs, adding to deforestation and degredation of land. Promoting healthy eating should also mean promoting ingredients which do not contribute to the environmental disaster caused by production of palm oil. Maybe this comment will not be published but I think it should be brought to others attention that this ingredient is not environmentally friendly and is processed. We need to excercise our conscience when choosing foods to eat that we are not part of the aforementioned destruction of habitat and environment

  2. Hi Elana.

    These look delicious, and a great treat for my husband who loves chocolate chip cookies. I skimmed through the comments, so forgive me if this was already mentioned….

    Have you tried this recipe for Keto diets? What would you recommend I sub the honey out with? I’ll be subbing butter for the palm shortening, and using Lilly’s chocolate chips (sugar free).

    Thank you in advance!

  3. Thank you for this recipe. My husband has type 2 diabetes and we have been trying for ages to find a sweet snack that he can have without having to worry too much about the sugars/carbs. I substituted butter for the shortening and used sugar free chocolate chips. He LOVED them!

    • Jacqueline, I’m so happy to help! Thanks for letting me know these cookies worked for your husband with type 2 diabetes, and that he LOVED them :-)

      • Hi, there, just came across your recipe and thought I’d try it, but made a few changes that made some tasty cookies.
        First, I replaced the palm shortening with butter, then I added an egg, and used one cup of almond flour and one cup of buckwheat flour, and finally, I added chopped dates! Cookies came out great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Elana,
    I have had a sweet tooth my whole life – I just learned that I have sugar (type 2) so I’m back on the low-carb way of life. I like it and there are many recipes so it’s never boring, but I’ve never been able to find something that satisfied my “sweet tooth” – not even the bars.
    That has changed!! I made these cookies tonight and I am satiated, satisfied and happy, happy, happy.
    I have bookmarked your page, but if I never try another of your recipes – this one will do me for the rest of my days :-)…. Thank you very, very much! I wish you much success and do look forward to reviewing and trying many of your other recipes. Wendy

    • Wendy, I’m so sorry to hear about your Type 2 diagnosis, but glad that I have gotten to meet you here. Thanks for letting me know that these cookies satisfy your sweet tooth. I hope you’ll keep me posted on how you’re doing :-)

  5. I used butter that I melted first. I mixed mine by hand. Soon after mixing I discovered that DH had eaten all the chocolate. No proble, I added a tsp of cinnamon and chopped dates. Absolutely great!
    Thanks for another awesome recipe.

  6. Thanks for an awesome, foolproof recipe. I subbed light olive oil for the palm shortening and these turned out amazing. Love that I can trust your recipes.

  7. I used 2tbsp of butter instead of shortening and it turned out to be bit too much soft and not crisp. Not sure if I did anything wrong or this the way it turns out. Either way, I will be making these very often as my son really liked it and next time I shall try using palm shortening to see if that makes any difference. I have bookmarked your website, really great recipes!

  8. I used the same amount of light olive oil, in place of the palm shortening, because my husband has digestive issues and can’t handle that type of fat for some reason. These cookies are so good ! Just slightly sweet, but that’s what I like about them. Also, love the texture, very soft , dense and moist. Thanks, this recipe will be used a lot !

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