Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, a couple of months ago I made this and this for my husband’s coworker, who is following the paleo diet. I still had coconut flour that I wanted to experiment with. Hence these cookies.

I’m not going to call them paleo cookies because they do contain sugar…you have to have sugar in cookies!?!?

But, they are pretty darn close to paleo.

 

I read recently that when your body ingests sugar, it doesn’t know when to stop eating. It’s not until the fiber or protein fills you up that you decide that you’re full enough to stop.*

Blessing in disguise! Coconut flour is high in fiber….and as an added bonus, it’s gluten free. Awesome!

 

Don’t be alarmed when you try these cookies if you’ve never eaten anything made with coconut flour. It’s a little grainy and makes you thirsty. So grab a glass of milk!!! :-)

 

 

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from Coconut Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

How-To

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with a silpat mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the coconut oil, vanilla extract, eggs and almond milk together.
  4. In a larger bowl, stir the sugar, coconut flour and salt together.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop by the tablespoon, roll into a ball with your hands and flatten out.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes until lightly brown.

 

Servings: 33-35 cookies

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91 comments

  1. Ooo, just might have to try your version of coconut flour cookies. I’d replace the sugar with erythritol and it would be diabetic-friendly. Yay!

  2. these look great! I would love to try baking with coconut flour sometime – I’ve seen a lot of recipes that use it in other blogs, but i’m afraid it will cost a lot more than whole wheat flour. guess i’ll find out next time i’m at the grocery store!

    ps. i love your blog! you are such a talented photographer!

    1. It IS very expensive…I bought a small 16 oz Red Mill bag at a discount store here in CT and it was 8.99! I will use a little of the coconut flour, some almond flour and some unbleached regular to stretch it.

      1. While brand name coconut flour can be pricey, if you can find it in bulk at a store like Winco or a Wholefoods, it’s way cheaper. I pay only $2.34 a pound at my local Winco. You can also make your own from unsweetened flake coconut which is cheaper too.

  3. these are good but not quite sweet enough…I used splenda instead of sugar though…I will try increasing that!

  4. I tried out this recipe last night and they turned out great! Definitely the best paleo dessert I’ve made so far. Me and my boyfriend are both follow the paleo diet and he said the only thing he couldn’t stand giving up was chocolate chip cookies. Now he can have them whenever he wants! Thanks for the recipe :)

    I used stevia instead of real sugar and they started just fine. Probably will add a bit more stevia next time though. The only problem I had was that the cookies were a little crumbly when they came out.

  5. These are beautiful. And delicious. And paleo-esque! (depends on your sweetener) I formed the dough into circle and sliced into scone shapes. The kids and cousins LOVED them. I wonder if pureed soakes prunes, or dates, would work. Probably wouldn’t be as pretty but maybe more paleo friendly. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. I love your pictures. I noticed though that this is the exact same recipe as the one on http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_Gluten_Free_Coconut_Flour_Chocolate_Chip_Cookies.htm must be a good one then. Im going to try it out right now using carob chips.

    Im not going to get into the paleo diet thing but I do like some of the recipes. I have been wondering though. Since roasted and or salted almonds destroys the structure of the good oils and makes them “bad” saturated oils, wouldn’t that make cooking with so much almond flour bad for you? Especially at high temps? I do a lot of raw foods and I would never cook my nuts for this reason and I certainly would never use blanched almonds and think it was good for my health or “paleo”. I also would not eat unsoaked almonds with the skins on. I do not know the answer to this question but it has been on my mind lately since a friend of mine is getting into this diet.

    1. Thank you for commenting Kristine. It’s actually not the same recipe. I adapted it from that recipe (which is sited above) and I didn’t add the shredded coconut and also added almond milk.

      As for your next question. I’m in no means following the paleo diet, I just baked these cookies for a friend who is. I’m not sure what the science is behind the diet or what good substitutes would be. I just know what I can and can’t use when I bake for my friend. You might want to check out sites like: http://www.primal-palate.com/ and http://www.health-bent.com/ for answers to your questions about paleo and for recipe inspirations. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. We are a primal family, looking for primal-ish desserts for special occasions and such. As I’m not a big fan of almond flour I use primarily coconut flour, and there aren’t many recipes out there for cookies. We made these and they were great! I used cow milk, as it’s all I had, and substituted a mix of honey and molasses for the sugar, but it still worked fine. This recipe was a great find, thanks so much!!

  8. I love your website. I stumbled upon it looking for recipes with coconut flour. I think the Paleo diet will give you more hits so that is good. One thing that would be nice is if you had a search function or a site map so that I could easily access all of your wonderful recipe ideas.
    Your photos are terrific. Caroline, you are the photographer? You must have an expensive camera. May I ask what type of camera you have? I just love food pictures and yours are mouth-watering. I wish I could get into food photography.
    I hope your endeavour is a great success.

    1. Hey Rhonda!
      Thank you for your comment. I’m currently working on a recipe index so that it’ll be easy to navigate through the recipes. :-)
      As for photography, I’ve never considered myself a photographer. I picked it up when I started the blog…just with trial-and-error to make pretty pictures. I used to use a Canon S90 and now I use a Canon 7D with a 50mm lens. Good luck with your photography! :-)

      1. Hello!
        i tried this recipe and added an extra egg an topped up the coconut oil with some olive oil, the added extra olive oil. Turned out fantastic! My coworkers are getting spoiled tomorrow. Rhonda, you must be a great cook. Does this mean you have expensive pots and pans?

        Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. These were very good! At first bite right out of the oven I was a bit skeptical, but the trick is to pick them away in an air-tight container overnight. The next morning they’ll be soft and chewy!

    I made these with dark chocolate, as I’m not super fond of semi-sweet. Also, going to try again substituting date sugar for the white sugar. With the date sugar, should I throw in a tsp of vanilla to ensure sweetness? Date sugar smells like raisins, and I’ve never tried it before!

  10. Thanks for the recipe! I cut the recipe in half so that my boyfriend and I wouldn’t eat them in one sitting. I substituted the 1/4c reg sugar (remember, i halved the recipe) with 2 Tbs of honey and 1 Tbs of applesauce. I also doubled the almond milk since the batter looked a little dry. These came out like chocolate chip scones with a great coconut aroma. It’s the first paleo/primal cookie i’ve had that actually tastes great!

  11. Not bad! I bought some coconut flour a while ago and was trying to figure out what to do with it. Had a cookie craving, found your recipe, had all the ingredients, thought I’d give it a try. Only change I made was using coconut palm sugar instead of white. Mine probably turned out a tad less sweet. The grainy-ness will take some getting used to but they definitely killed the craving. I only had to eat 3 before I was too full to eat the 6-8 I usually do after making cookies! I like that!!!

  12. Hi!

    These are pretty good! I have a candida overgrowth and am gluten free, so I omitted all sugar except for a sprinkling of Sugar in The Raw on top of each right before baking, used Whole Foods 70% dark chocolate mini-chunks and added walnuts for crunch. Nice replacement for a real cookie when a craving hits. Plus, it makes the whole house smell wonderful.

  13. WOW – the whole household loved them (and the other paleo linked to this recipe). We are paleo for the past 2 month and I was SO craving cookies… Thank you for sharing them :)

  14. I made these today and loved them! I wish I would have made them for Thanksgiving. (I gave into the sugary temptations at the In-laws) I did use sugar for sweetener and whole raw milk, but next time, I will substitute with something else (for the sugar) more primal friendly and add some walnuts. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you.

    1. I’m not sure, I’ve never used Stevia. You might just have to start in a small amount and taste it, then add more if needed. Sorry that I couldn’t help more. :-/ Happy Baking! :-)

    1. I bet they tasted great. You may want to look into cooking with bacon grease. Bacon grease that is re-cooked increases carcinogens and health risks.

  15. I didn’t have almond milk so I used coconut milk instead – YUM! They turned out similar to a hawaiian shortbread cookie my grandmother used to make, and I love it! Thanks for the blog, it is great!

  16. I just tried these and linked back to this page on my blog (hope you don’t mind!).

    For the ones that find them dry: spread some peanut butter on top (especially after a few days) they are a gazillion times tastier with some peanut butter! mmmmm

    :)

  17. I made these using carob chips and sweetleaf sugar (stevia). I substituted maple syrup for the vanilla extract (just because I had none at the house) and added one more egg. I didn’t really pat the balls of dough flat and ended up with little scones. I love the recipe though, it definitely has more of a shortbread consistency.

  18. I am vegan. so no eggs for me. Any suggestions? Usually I use apple sauce and/or agave in place of eggs. I would appreciate any suggestions!:) Thanks for this recipe! I am excited to try it and it looks so good!

    1. To tell you the truth, I’m not sure. It’d take some experimenting to figure it out. I know that coconut flour loves moisture, so whatever you use, make sure it’s moist. I know that some vegans use flax eggs as a replacement. Maybe you could try that? Let me know if something works out! I’m sure other vegans would love to know! :D Happy Baking Kate!

  19. I am so glad I came across your cookie recipe! I’ve been doing the candida diet for about 3 weeks, and was in desperate need of a cookie. I can’t have any sugar, so I modified it a little – I used unsweetened chocolate (girardelli) and a natural sweetener called Lakanto, which is a zero glycemic, one-to-one sugar natural sweetener (see http://www.sarayahealth.com/lakanto-products.html for more info on that). The cookies came out great!
    I am wondering if adding just a little more coconut oil would make it less dry?

  20. I’m not sure what is missing from this recipe, but while they were very tasty, they crumbled REALLY badly. Not my idea of a perfect cookie. I was looking at some other recipes for coconut flour paleo cookies after this recipe failed to impress and they suggested xantham (sp?) gum to help the coconut flour not crumble after being cooked. They were good, but I dont want to have to eat over the sink or outside everytime I want a cookie. Wont be making this exact recipe again.

    1. Yes, you’re right Mindy. They were quite crumbly. I don’t prefer to use ingredients that I can’t find in my regular grocery store, so that’s why you won’t see me baking with xantham gum. That’s a good recommendation, though, for people who don’t mind using that. I’m sorry they didn’t turn out like you would have preferred. If you try a different version of them later, I’d love to know how they turn out! Thanks Mindy! Happy Baking!

  21. I just made these but the batter turned out really runny, like pancake batter. Any ideas as to why that would be? The only thing different that I did was use homemade coconut flour. Not sure if that would make a difference or not.
    Thanks!

    1. I’m betting that’s what it was. The coconut flour I buy from the store absorbs an incredible amount of liquid. If your homemade coconut flour wasn’t as absorbant, I bet that there was just too much liquid for it. Sorry it didn’t work out. Let me know if you try it again! :D

  22. I checked the container of my Coconut Oil and it states that it is a saturated fat, yet it also says, no cholesterol. How can that be, and is this oil good for us? Also, does anyone suggest one Paleo Diet book over another? I want it plain and simple not complicated and time consuming. This diet sounds very interesting and healthy. Thanks!

    1. Coconut oil is very good for you, it can even promote weight loss. In fact saturated fat is a lot less bad for you than most people think. If you switch all your fats to coconut oil and grass fed cow butter you’d be doing your body a big favor.

      Link to more in depth explanation of coconut oil benefits.
      http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

      Here is great website with a diet that is heavily influenced by the paleo diet,coconut oil, and grass fed cow butter.
      http://www.bulletproofexec.com/

      Hope this helps.

  23. Hii!
    I can’t wait to make this. But do you think I can sub the coconut oil with applesauce? I’m on a calorie restricted type of diet, but I would LOVE to make this.

    1. You can certainly give applesauce a try! However, it may need more than 1/2 cup since coconut flour requires so much moisture. Happy Baking!

      1. I just made this, but 1/2 the recipe. And they looked dry, but when I bit into them, they were so moist, so delicious! I used flax egg and 1/2 cup applesauce. AMAZING. Thank you so much for the recipe Caroline! :D

  24. I just made these cookies, I’ve been baking tons of paleo goodies, and just started looking for a good cookie recipe, but they’ve all been dry and awful. I subbed 1/2 sugar for 3/4 cup coconut sugar, and swapped almond milk for coconut milk (1:1). They turned out AMAZING. They taste exactly like normal cookies, moist, chewy, delicious. I’m obsessed. Simply perfect!

    1. What a great suggestion Aiko! So glad they turned out so delicious with your modifications! I’ll have to give it a try. :D

  25. I just made these and want to earn the texture is nothing like a traditional grain based cookie….I subbed the sugar for agave nectar. I am not much of a cookie fan so the real test will be on my 10 year old.

    1. I hope your 10 year old enjoys them! I know they’re not like your typical butter and grain filled cookie, but if you’re craving something sweet and can’t have either of those, it’s a great substitute! :D

      1. So she just tried one and like it! She did comment on the crummy texture but didn’t seem to mind too much as she asked for a second!

  26. I haven’t tried these yet but I am planning and trying some coconut flour cookie recipe today. We found a great deal of Organic Coconut flour at Costco last night . 4 lbs. for $7 which is crazy because Whole Foods and Wegmans sell whole wheat pastry flour at $9-$10 for 3 lbs. I hope Costco keeps it. Did lots of people experience a “crumbly” cookie? I’m thinking I may do a double batch and use half coconut flour, half almond flour or half whole wheat pastry flour I don’t know yet. Why do they have to cook for 20 minutes? it seems so long for cookies. I am in no way complaining just interested in the science. Im wondering if I need to adjust time if I use a different flour along with the coconut flour. :D Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Wow, what a great bargain! Unfortunately, the nature of coconut flour is that it requires a lot of liquid to balance it’s major absorbency. Secondly, it’s naturally dry and clumpy. The purpose of these cookies was to help out a friend who was following the paleo diet and something sweet that they could enjoy without breaking the diet too much. If you’re planning on using another flour along side the coconut flour, you may have to do a little experimenting. All flours (especially specialty flours like coconut and almond flours) react differently with baking. I hope they turn out great! Here are some other good tips on baking with coconut flour. :D Happy Baking!

  27. Don’t know what I did wrong, but they didn’t come out well at all. They were bland, dry and had a bit of an after taste. My kids didn’t even like them. I used trivia instead of sugar, but I have used it in other recipes and didn’t have this problem. :(

    1. I’m sorry to hear that Lisa. Unfortunately, the nature of coconut flour is that it requires a lot of liquid to balance it’s major absorbency. Secondly, it’s naturally dry and clumpy. The purpose of these cookies were to help out a friend who was following the paleo diet to give them something sweet that they could enjoy without breaking the diet too much. I’ve personally never experimented with sugar substitutes like Truvia, so I’m not going to be much help in explaining why they had an after taste. Possibly a reaction when baking with coconut flour and Truvia? Previously, when you substituted Truvia were you baking with coconut flour? Now, I’m curious. :)

  28. The key is, as someone said above, to leave them in a container over night and then try them out. My boyfriend and I took them out of the oven and tried them and we’re not impressed but the next morning they were chewy and a whole lot tastier!

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