Best Ever Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
When I was 10 years old, I watched one of my all-time favorite movies, My Best Friend's Wedding, and I couldn't believe what an amazing job Julia Roberts had. I wondered what career on earth could be better than being a food critic? Then I thought of the one job that could be better - a DESSERT critic. I wasn't sure if this actually existed, but from that point on, my 10-year-old-self decided that would be my career one day. A girl can dream, right!? Well, 19 years later, I'd say I've pretty much made this my unofficial "job". It's a tough one, but someone's gotta do it! My friends and family would tell you that I'm constantly in search of "the perfect cookie". You may think it's ironic - a nutritionist slash cookie critic (insert "confused"-thinking-emoji here). BUT bear with me here because maybe this is the ideal way to describe my nutrition mindset.
I don't think we should ever have to deprive ourselves of the foods that we love the most. We should allow ourselves to enjoy our favorite happiness-inducing foods, savoring each bite without any guilt. A major way I've been able to do this is by making healthy substitutions to my favorite sweets, and paleo baking has been my savior. Using whole, real ingredients that have actual health benefits (think almond flour, coconut oil, etc.) makes me enjoy these treats even more because I know I'm fueling my body well, and I won't have that heavy, blah feeling and sugar crash that happens after overinduling in processed, high-sugar sweets. The problem is, so many recipes may have healthy ingredients, but they don't really satisfy a strong sweet craving. And then there's some that are just perfect.
Staying true to my "dessert critic" ways, I can say I've tried almost every single paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe out there. Yeah, there were a lot of good ones, but I was yet to find something great. Until THIS one. Scrolling through all of the google results for "paleo chocolate chip cookies", I stumbled upon a recipe from Bakerita. How had I not found this blog until this point? Oddly enough, it just so happened to belong to a family friend of mine from San Diego who I hadn't seen for years. I tried out Rachel's recipe and after one bite, I knew, I had FINALLY FOUND THE PERFECT PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE!! Honestly, it may be the perfect cookie regardless of being paleo, but the fact that it's made with such clean ingredients makes it that. much. better.
Now that I've made these over and over and over, I had to ask Rachel if I could share with all of you. She said YES and it just felt selfish to keep these all to myself. So do yourselves a favor and make these ASAP and savor ever single perfect bite!
1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature (not melted)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
Yields 15-20 cookies
So excited for you to fall in love with these cookies like I did. Thank you so much to Rachel from Bakerita for bringing this sweetness into my life!
Photos by Kristen Schellenberg
7/7/2017 01:02:49 pm
These are hands-down the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've tasted! Will def be re-making them again :)
7/8/2017 01:13:29 pm
Yay! I'm so happy you love them as much as I do!!
8/3/2017 05:29:50 pm
These are amazing!! Someone made these for a party and I had to get the recipe. So excited to make them.
8/9/2017 09:03:59 am
Aw thank you! So glad you liked them!!
9/21/2017 03:52:29 pm
Would it be possible for you to provide calorie and/ or nutritional content for your recipes- particularly the desserts. They all sound fabulous- and addictive- so before that happens I'd like to know better the sugar , carbs etc content.
9/21/2017 04:43:37 pm
9/21/2017 06:36:20 pm
So helpful. And I'll use the same strategy...just a couple at a time since I'm an "overboard " kind of person when it comes to sweets !
9/25/2017 02:32:54 pm
Of course, so glad I could help! And so happy you're enjoying the recipes!
9/16/2018 06:04:00 pm
Is it 14g of carbs per one cookie?
10/16/2018 09:59:02 pm
Yes, minus the fiber, so 12 net carbs
3/26/2018 04:07:29 pm
4/5/2018 12:08:30 pm
Hi Julia! yes I think that should work!! Let me know how they turned out!
12/10/2018 06:10:00 pm
Excited to make these! Everything I’ve made of yours is amazing! Question- do you have chocolate chips you recommend? I’m dairy free bc I’m nursing and thought you’d have some good brands I could order. Thank you!!
12/28/2018 12:26:05 pm
YAY I hope you love them!! So I like to use the chocolate bars from Thrive Market (thrive brand) that are made with coconut sugar and are dairy free and I just cut them into chunks for the cookies! Enjoy Life is another brand that makes dairy-free chocolate chips
1/26/2019 04:16:50 pm
Do you have the nutrition facts for this?
2/5/2019 04:47:44 pm
hi! check the first comment at the top regarding nutrition facts! :)
3/23/2019 07:35:37 am
Hi, can we still make the cookie if.tue coconut oil is in melted form.
4/4/2019 05:22:34 pm
I haven't tried that before... the room temp coconut oil creams with the sugar when mixed so I think it may impact how the cookies turn out!
4/4/2019 11:15:22 pm
Tks Lindsay for ur reply. Ive tried both the versions,with melted coconut oil as well as one mentioned in ur blog & the cookies turn out to be same, scrumptious!
4/9/2019 09:17:47 pm
oh good! so glad to hear that!
1/4/2020 01:43:24 pm
Hi what cookie dough scooper do you like best!?
2/9/2020 07:29:20 pm
these are my fave!
1/6/2020 11:30:53 am
Just got around to trying these! Beyond delicious! You don’t even realize you’re missing any refined sugar or butter. Definitely the best I’ve tried!
2/9/2020 07:27:32 pm
Right!? They're sooo yummy! Rachel (bakerita) is a genius!
2/9/2020 07:35:04 pm
you could use gluten-free flour instead! Or here's another cookie recipe I love that has a similar taste:
4/6/2020 06:04:38 pm
How would you adjust the recipe for high elevation?
4/13/2020 12:50:29 pm
eek, not totally sure! Here's an article that could be helpful!
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.