The BEST Paleo and Vegan Cookies. Ever.

March 30, 2017

Words on a screen can’t even begin to express how good these are. Seriously. They’re my absolute favorite cookies ever. They’re delicious and full of simple great ingredients and just happen to be paleo and vegan.

I got some inspiration from Rachel Mansfield, the QUEEN of healthy baking. (Shoutout to Rachel for helping make all my sweet-tooth, health-nut dreams come true). She has a great vegan cookie recipe, but I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit to better fit my dietary needs. I’ve made these probably half a dozen times and I’m finally convinced they’re perfect. The greatest cookie. EVER.

Ingredients deets: I love Bob’s Red Mill almond flour + Nutiva’s coconut flour. These are awesome  paleo flours that pack nutrients with great texture. I always use Trader Joe’s creamy salted cashew butter, but if you don’t have a TJ’s near you, this Crazy Richard’s one is also great. You can sub almond butter or peanut butter, but cashew butter is no doubt the best for this recipe because of its extra creamy taste and texture. And you can melt regular coconut oil, but I always use this Nature’s Way liquid coconut oil because it makes a crazy difference in the texture of the cookies. It just seems to mix and bake better. And as far as chocolate goes, I always use Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips because they’re dairy free, relatively low in sugar, and yet still creamy and melty and delicious. If I’m making them for other people, I always just use 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips. But if I’m making them for myself, I love to use Terrasoul cacao nibs instead because they have no sugar at all so it helps cut the sugar content down. And I use a little himalayan pink salt inside the cookies, but then I top them with these crystal flakes.

5 from 22 votes

Paleo and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 + 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • Himalayan pink salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • 4 tbsp liquid coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and a little salt in a bowl. Mix well. 

  3. Combine wet ingredients (cashew butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract) in a separate bowl. Mix well. 

  4. Slowly pour dry ingredients into the wet, mixing evenly. 

  5. Add the chocolate chips

  6. Ball dough into 24 small cookies and place on non-stick baking sheets. 

  7. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. 

  8. Because these ingredients don't rise and spread, you'll want to flatten and shape them to your liking. (I usually just press them down a little with the palm of my hand to get that flat rounded shape.)

  9. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Don't look for that golden brown the way you normally would- these can overcook and dry out and you want them doughy. 

  10. While still hot, sprinkle a little more salt on top. 

I usually eat a couple immediately after they come out of the oven (because try NOT to), but then stick the rest in the freezer. I love having these on hand at any time because I really haven’t been able to find a more satisfying, nutritious treat for my sweet tooth. They’re actually delicious straight out of the freezer (a bit like frozen cookie dough), but you can also pop them in the microwave for 60 seconds if you love them ooey and gooey.

So so so good. And most importantly, loaded with good nutrition and quality ingredients. With 5 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar per cookie, it’s an indulgence you can feel good about.

|| For an even healthier option, sub 3 tbsp coconut nectar & 2 tbsp + 1 tsp maple syrup, and replace chocolate chips with 1/4 cup cacao nibs. Coconut nectar has a lower glycemic index than maple syrup and cacao nibs are completely sugar free, so you’ll reduce the impact on blood sugar while still maintaining the sweet flavor. ||

Whether you’re paleo, or you’re vegan, or you eat allll the meat and dairy and grains, you’ll love them.

Seriously, try them. Now.

Made of simple, nutritious ingredients, these cookies are beyond delicious and an indulgence you can feel good about! | paleo, vegan, grain free, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free

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  • Reply Sarah August 15, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Wow these are good. She’s right, best ever! Even my 13 year old son likes them!

    • Reply Mollie Mason August 15, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      Yes, kid-friendly (and gluten-loving husband friendly) too!

  • Reply Abbey Sharp August 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    These look delicious! I must try them ASAP! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Mollie Mason August 18, 2017 at 5:52 am

      Oh Abbey I hope you do! Let me know how you like them 🙂

  • Reply Rachel August 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    These look delicious! I’ll have to make some!

    • Reply Mollie Mason August 18, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Oh Rachel they’re even better than they look! So good! Let me know how you like them 🙂

  • Reply Esther August 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I have never baked with cashew butter before, but you have me convinced!
    These look amazing!!!
    Feel free to add this to the Foodie Friday link up through my blog 🙂

    • Reply Mollie Mason August 18, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Oh I’d love to, Esther! Just leave a comment with the link on the post?

  • Reply Jessica Sharp August 25, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Oh my goodness Mollie I just tried these and theyre SO good. New favorite recipe!!

  • Reply Madison Henry September 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I just made these on Saturday and they are even better than I thought they would be! Even my boyfriend loved them!

    • Reply Mollie Mason September 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Yes, they seem to win over even the skeptics! Glad you both enjoyed them, Madison!

  • Reply Jake September 25, 2017 at 10:52 am

    It’s hard to find good paleo treats but these are the best I’ve made. Great job with the recipe.

  • Reply Mary Knight September 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Mollie, these are amazing! I wouldn’t have thought to freeze them like you suggested but they’re so good. Tastes like real cookie dough!

    • Reply Mollie Mason September 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Yes they really do taste like cookie dough! I’m so glad you agree 🙂

  • Reply Hillary Jackson September 27, 2017 at 11:07 am

    best paleo cookies i’ve ever had!

    • Reply Mollie Mason September 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Aren’t they amazing? So glad you loved them, Hillary!

  • Reply Stacey October 2, 2017 at 7:54 am

    i made these as soon as I saw them on your insta story yesterday and oh my goodness they are every bit as good as you said. my whole family loved them. we almost ate the whole batch! whoops

    • Reply Mollie Mason October 2, 2017 at 8:02 am

      I never lie! So glad the whole fam can enjoy them 🙂

  • Reply Sarah October 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Holy moly Mollie these are by far the best cookies I’ve made. It’s hard to find good paleo treats, but these are incredible.

    • Reply Mollie Mason October 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      You’re so right, Sarah. Grain free and dairy free treats are hard; that’s why I worked so hard to get this recipe right. Glad you like it!

  • Reply Hillary Mark October 14, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Mollie I’m so excited about this recipe! They do not taste as healthy as they are!

    • Reply Mollie Mason October 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      So true, Hillary! That’s always my goal when creating recipes. Stay tuned for a fun new one on the way.

  • Reply Jackie December 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    My boyfriend and I recently switched to a paleo diet and have had a hard time finding good sweets but these were so good! Our new favorite cookie recipe, thanks!

    • Reply Mollie Mason December 19, 2017 at 5:25 am

      Yay! I love hearing that. I know the feeling- paleo can feel like sweets are not an option but I was determined to make a good recipe. Glad it’s blessed y’all. 🙂

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