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The Sprouted Kitchen cookbook and a batch of Coconut Chocolate Chip Almond Meal Cookies adapted from the cookbook

A month or so back I stumbled upon blog so lovely I immediately became enamored. The name, Sprouted Kitchen. The mission, to make whole foods tasty. The pair behind the movement, husband and wife Sara and Hugh Forte – cook and photographer, respectively.

Consider me hooked, hence the reason I hopped over to Amazon mere moments after discovering their site and snatched up a copy of their new cookbook. This is my humble attempt at honoring the amazing work Sarah and Hugh have put forth in this stunning book that has now become my constant cooking companion, favorite coffee table book, and source of light reading on the weekends (all three true statements).

Chopped dark chocolate for making homemade Coconut Chocolate Chip Almond Meal Cookies

I love Sprouted Kitchen because it’s not trying to be anything, per say, besides honest. It’s not trying to secure the market on gluten free cakes or sneak spinach into brownies or make you give up meat. It’s simply presenting whole foods in a beautiful, simple way and making them damn delicious in the process. Proof? These gluten-free cookies that require just a few ingredients (that’s my kind of recipe) and contain three of my favorite flavors: chocolate, coconut and almond.

Baking sheet with a batch of Almond Meal Cookie ready to go in the oven
Baking sheet filled with freshly baked Almond Meal Cookies made with chocolate chips and coconut

John and I had a few friends over for dinner last week and as we were expecting a few gluten-free eaters, I knew these cookies would be just the thing to bake. I had everything on hand except coconut flake, which I walked a block or so over to our local specialty foods purveyor (Nifty Nut House) to grab a pound or so of. While there I also managed to snag a “sample” of a double dipped dark chocolate malt ball – an object so large it hardly warrants the title of sample and more like small feast. Either way, I headed back to our place, the Kansas wind whipping my hair in all directions, coconut clutched in my hand and a happy chocolate-coated malt ball belly in tow. Life was good.

Baking sheet with a batch of freshly baked Almond Meal Cookies recipe
Stack of Chocolate Coconut Almond Meal Cookies with more in the background

I was so excited to make these cookies – my first recipe to try from Sprouted Kitchen – that I think I literally squealed out loud while gathering my ingredients. Three things I loved about this recipe: It was simple, healthy and quick to prepare; not to mention it yielded some seriously amazing chocolate chip cookies that any eater – gluten-free or not – would be pleased to pick up (yes, the cookie platter was plumb empty halfway through our dinner party).

So thank you Sara for dreaming up such delicious, wholesome recipes and sharing them on Sprouted Kitchen. And thank you Hugh for capturing it all with your impeccable photography skills. I suspect these cookies – and your cookbook – will be warming my little home and my heart for a long time to come. Cheers.

Bowl of Chocolate Coconut Almond Meal Cookies for a delicious gluten-free treat

Almond Meal Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Coconut

Gluten-free cookies from the Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook, featuring bits of dark chocolate, shredded coconut, and hearty almond meal.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Wood bowl filled with Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies
4.77 from 302 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 (cookies)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups almond meal or almond flour* (see notes // not almond pulp from making almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dairy-free dark chocolate (Sara used cacao nibs)
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt (Sara used sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (Sara used muscovado)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond meal, dark chocolate chips, coconut, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg using a whisk or large fork until uniform in color and slightly foamy.
  • Whisk in the coconut oil and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch discs (we like using this small cookie scoop or a tablespoon) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the cookies are pressed down because they don't spread much.
  • Bake until edges begin to brown, 8-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*If using almond flour, we suggest starting with 1 cup because it is more absorbent and can lead to crumbly cookies.
*If using almond meal from almond pulp, you may need to add additional oil.

Nutrition (1 of 20 servings)

Serving: 1 cookies Calories: 78 Carbohydrates: 5 g Protein: 1.7 g Fat: 6.3 g Saturated Fat: 2.9 g Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 3.5 g

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  1. LDN23 says

    These turned out SO yummy. Really chewy and satisfying. I used olive oil instead of coconut oil since that is what I had on hand. I am needing to use up a lot of random items in my pantry as we are moving so I used some very high quality hot chocolate mix instead of the chocolate chips. It was a salted caramel hot chocolate mix that has big chunks of flaked chocolate. Because the hot choc mix had some sugar in it I used less of the brown sugar. I think it worked out very well as a substitute! I mean they tasted amazing so can’t complain! Will definitely be making these again and next time may add in some flax seed. Thanks!

    • Amy Schafer says

      They reminded my husband and I of Girl Scout Samoas. I may try to make them in a ring shape next time 😂 I did add a little more brown sugar to finish off the bag. I made them with the almond meal I made, also using the recipe from this blog. I added a little more coconut oil to compensate for the dryness.

      But seriously, has anyone tried adding caramel?!

  2. Katherine says

    Had almond meal and went looking for recipes–came across this one and had to try. Loved that ingredient list was in the pantry and took about 40 minutes from mixing to chilling. Would agree tastes like a healthy Almond Joy/macaroon treat. Next time I will add that extra coconut oil and for my sweet tooth, will try sweetened coconut flakes. I have a number of gluten free friends and this will be a nice treat for them next time we get together. Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Pamela Riggins says

    Your notes say…. If using almond meal from almond pulp, you may need to add additional oil. Can you tell me how much additional oil to use? Also, if you wanted to use Honey or Maple Syrup instead of Brown Sugar, what would be an appropriate amount to use?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Pamela, we haven’t tried with those substitutions, so we’re not certain. But perhaps 1-2 Tbsp oil and the same amount of maple syrup or slightly less honey? Let us know how it goes!

  4. Merve says

    Finally found a recipe for using up left over almond pulp! I subbed coconut oil with olive oil as that’s all I had. My almond pulp only made 1 cup of almond meal so subbed 1/4 cups with oats instead. I baked them for 8-9 mins and it looked quite soft then. It sets when cooling, but it could be best to bake for a few more mins. I topped mine with a bit of sea salt to finish off. The cookies are soft and chocolatey inside,and crispy on the outside, and they are very moreish! I’m surprised that this makes 20, I had about 9 thick cookies rather than the thin ones in the photo. I’m not complaining though cause I prefer it! Will be making this again!

  5. Anne says

    I love this recipe and have made it over and over. It makes 20 cookies exactly. Last time, I tried the recipe using Swerve golden “sugar” (erythritol). Worked great and made the cookies Keto. Mine don’t spread either, they’re like little balls. They’re soft and chewy.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy this recipe, Anne! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  6. Priscella says

    taste like an almond joy! & I think it taste better the next day (-: Flatten the cookies a little before you bake. Its a nice recipe. I think I would use a little less than 3 tbsp of oil though. I also used a chia egg instead of a real egg & it turned out good still (:

  7. Kathy says

    my favorite! I can resist anything, but can’t resist these . Grab one every time I walk in the kitchen. Yikes!
    Seem to come out better when i make a double batch. Not sure why that would be.

  8. Shery says

    Wonderful cookies. I used almond flour instead, added an additional egg yolk and another tablespoon of oil. Making batch 2, as the first batch is all gone!

  9. Lois says

    I used almond flour instead of meal, skipped the chocolate and replaced it with chopped walnuts. Took 12-15 minutes to bake. These had a nice chewy texture and satisfying taste.

  10. Maria Abad says

    This is the best gluten free recipe I have ever tried! It was moist and delicious. I did a couple of tweaks: I added a yolk and an extra tsp of vanilla. I was a bit skeptical when the dough appeared runny after an hour of refrigeration but it turned out yummy! This one is a keeper!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! We’re so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for the lovely review, Maria!

  11. tabs says

    hey! I just made this recipe and was disappointed to see that there was barely any spread at all. they do taste great, though! I baked for over 15 minutes which even led to some of the cookies in back to burn slightly but still no spread. I used store bought almond meal and followed the recipe to a T. also flattened the dough balls very slightly before baking. however, I did use the entire cookie dough to make 12 cookies instead of 20 so my dough balls were bigger than expected. do you think that might have something to do with it?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tabs, that could be partly the issue. Flattening them into discs is helpful or they will have a hard time spreading while baking. Better luck with the next one!

  12. Zahra says

    These cookies are seriously delicious, by any standards (gluten/gluten-free alike!). However, I find the amount of dough is more suited to making 12-15 cookies rather than 20.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  13. anne says

    OMG thank you so much for this recipe! I almost eat them all in one sitting! even my husband who is a picky eater liked them! This recipe is so versatile: next time I will use lemon zest, or just almond extract, or orange zest, or cardamomon, or canela, or ginger lol OMG so good!! thank you so much! Also, I did replace splenda and a bit of honey for the brown sugar and still awesome! thanks again!! My go to almond chocolate chip cookie!

      • Amelia says

        The first time i made them i used mostly the same ingredients but added a few more dark choc chips and reduced the
        amount of sugar (i used unrefined coconut sugar). They were an absolute hit with the family!
        The second time i made them, i subbed shredded coconut for oats and choc chips for cacao nibs (just to feel a bit healthier) and reduced the sugar again. Equally as good but has slightly more bite to it.
        I found that this recipe gave me about 14 cookies instead of 20 cookies.
        All in all, fantastic!! Defs will be my go-to cookie recipe .

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          We’re so glad everyone enjoyed them, Amelia! Thanks so much for sharing! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Pat, we haven’t tried it, but it looks like some other readers have done so with success. Let us know if you try it!

  14. Sara says

    These cookies were amazing. They have an amazing texture too. I replaces the sugar with some monkfruit sweetener, which made them keto, and they were still delicious. Definitely give these a try!

  15. cheri says

    These are delicious! I may eat the entire batch for dinner. Seriously. This is the best gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe I have tried. Thank you!

  16. lou says

    made these ….so yummy but very small cookies to make 20 with the dough…. did make some changes … instead of brown sugar i used 1/2 sweetener and 1/2 sugar free maple syrup (the syrup i mixed with the wett ingredients) and used sugar free choc chips … will make again !! :)

  17. Emily Neustrom says

    Literally my favorite cookies! Takes 5 minutes and I feel healthy eating them, however I usually can’t control myself. Seriously thank you for this amazing recipe!

  18. Sheryl Fisher says

    Love these! Make these throughout the year as written and also for Passover without the baking powder. Always awesome! Although I have been known to double the salt, never a bad thing with chocolate!

  19. Maddy says

    I tried this recipe for the first time and it’s a huge hit with the family. The toddler had a whale of time helping in making them. I subbed almond meal with almond flour, coconut for oats which gave it a nice bite, baked them at 350F for 12 min and boom scrumptious cookies for the win! Next time I plan to use honey instead of brown sugar and double the recipe as it gets over fast. Thank you Dana! Oh and the 5 ingredients Granola bar are a personal favorite of mind, so easy and delicious :)

  20. Amy says

    Have you ever tried this Recipe with coconut flour Vs almond four?
    It’s the only flour I have in the house ….

    Or do you have another recipe on your website that just uses coconut flour, it’s unusually hard to find one! Lol

    Thank you

  21. Lauren says

    My husband accidentally bought almond meal instead of almond flour so I googled recipes with almond meal and this cookie recipe came up. The reviews were really good so I tried them. Mine did not turn out the same as these. Mine stayed in the exact same shape as before I put them in the oven. I even left them in for 5 additional minutes. Not sure what I did wrong. The taste is alright…probably needs more chocolate chips (I used 1/3 of a cup, but would do 1/2 next time) and more vanilla for flavour. A mix of coconut and oats could probably make these better too. Overall, they are decent if you are gluten free or dairy free.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lauren, Sorry these didn’t turn out as expected. Flattening them into discs is helpful or they will have a hard time spreading while baking. Better luck with the next one!

  22. Amy says

    it didn’t work well with almond pulp from almond milk. I added oat flour and tapioca flour to help with binding which had helped some but still not perfect. I need to play with other options as I started to make my own almond milk and need to find a way to use the pulp. I appreciated the receipt that gives me some idea to make it better next time around.

  23. Emma says

    This recipe is amazing! It’s been a big hit in our household.

    I made a few changes that worked well! I used rolled oats instead of coconut and used 1/4 cup of honey instead of brown sugar. Due to using honey, I set the oven at 175 degrees as I read online that they may brown more quickly due to this change! They were still lovely and sweet and cooked through as well.

    Thank you to the Minimalist Baker for this gem of a recipe :)

  24. Katie says

    Made some modifications. Didn’t have any coconut, so I went without the coconut flakes and replaced the coconut oil with an equal amount of butter. It turned out wonderfully! Even better with milk on the side :) If I did this again, I would add more sugar to make up for the missing coconut flakes.

  25. Tara says

    I have an egg allergy so I decided to sub the egg for a quarter cup unsweetened applesauce. I was a little nervous about how this will come out. But I have to say they came out divine! The texture And color were beautiful after 12 minutes at 350. Everything else in the recipe I did exactly the same but instead of brown sugar I used raw cane sugar ( all I had ) and add cocoa nibs as well as chocolate chunks. My new go to chocolate chip recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review for sharing your modifications, Tara. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  26. Eva says

    I used a chia egg (1 T ground chia meal + 3 T water), and didn’t have shredded coconut (only flakes) so I ground the flakes in my coffee grinder. I also subbed in 1/2 C Bob’s Red Mill GF all-purpose baking flour for that much of the almond flour. I suspect these substitutions are what made my dough too dry/crumbly, so next time I’ll add 1/4 C maple syrup to see if that yields a more pliable dough. I hope my cookies will spread more on the pan next time. These were tasty though!

  27. Ulwi says

    I just made these (substituted olive oil for coconut oil and oats shredded coconut, rested dough for 10 mins and baked for 11 mins) and really enjoyed them! It made 10 medium cookies. They tasted sweet but not overly so and had a nice almondly aftertaste. My family (who are very critical about what I bake) loved them and my picky eater brother who usually only eats “unhealthy” cookies gobbled them up.
    Thanks for a great recipe!
    I must stop myself finishing the entire batch :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Ulwi. We are so glad everyone enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  28. Kelsey says

    LOVE these cookies as do all of my family and friends! I sub oats for the coconut and it’s just beautiful. I could eat the entire batch in one sitting! They are that good! Thank you!!!

  29. Rebecca says

    Delicious.. I made this tonight. I’m trying to use up things I’ve had in my fridge and freezer for a while during the Covid 19 quarantine. I baked this with 3tbs butter instead of coconut oil, used 60% chocolate chips (and addled 1/4 c more. I turned the temperature down to 350 and baked for 13 minutes (as per others’ suggestions) and they were perfect. Even my boyfriend liked it and he’s picky about his sweets.
    Tomorrow I’m going to play with the ingredients to try to bring the calories down. I’m going to try using raisins instead of chocolate, coconut sugar and stevia instead of brown sugar and maybe half the fat with apple sauce or banana and see what I can do. Maybe even replace some of the flour with garbanzo bean flour?

      • Abby says

        There were great! No spread but who cares? They’re chewy and coconutty and delicious! I only had maple syrup so I used that and they turned out perfectly :)

  30. Kristan Drzewiecki says

    Great recipe! I modified a little, substituting regular butter + about 2T of almond butter, and Monkfruit sugar for a tasty low-carb treat! Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Kristan! We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  31. Mel says

    I’m not sure how these cookies scored so high. I let them cook for longer as suggested by others. The cookie looked golden on the outside but was still raw in the inside. A nice taste but not sure how to get them to cook on the inside without burning the outside…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that was your experience, Mel! It sounds like there may have been too much moisture. Did you by chance use almond meal made from almond pulp?

  32. Jamie matlock says

    I was looking for a recipe close to a cookie I bought at the health food store for almost $3….yes it was worth it. But I figured I could make it. I did change up the recipe some did 3/4cp almond flour 1/2cp nut mix flour ( almond coconut pecan walnut)
    2 tbl fax meal. 2tbl coconut oil
    2 tbl butter I sweetened with a mix of truvia golden swerve and allulose with a tbl molasses. Doubled the chocolate chips with a mix of lilys dark, semisweet, and cacao nibs. Then threw in some pecans. After reading some comments I baked at 350 for 15 min I think 12 would have been perfect the back one were a little brown. They are very close to what I was looking for.

  33. Allison says

    Very disappointed. I was thrilled to find a yummy-looking treat I could make with almond meal instead of almond flour as I had some leftover from almond milk-making and I hate to throw it out. Unfortunately, this is the most disappointing cookie I have ever tried to make. I bake a lot, so I know my oven and how to make cookies. I followed the recipe to the letter and my coconut is finely shredded so no big pieces of anything to be problematic. The overnight chilled dough is very crumbly. You have to shape the balls as one would with playdough by squeezing, not rolling. I had to actually mold the shape of the slightly flattened ball because making a ball and then slightly flattening it made them just crack and risk falling apart. After 7 minutes of baking at 375F, the cookies are still round, slightly flattened balls. They have not spread AT ALL. I read the comments and reduced the temperature to 350 and set the timer for 10 minutes more. After 17 minutes total, they are now dry slightly flattened balls (still not spreading at all), but now they are browning here and there on the tops and completely sticking to the pan, slightly burning underneath. I flattened the second pan’s cookies more before they went into the oven which meant actually shaping them as flattening them is impossible without them falling apart as noted above. I’ve baked them at 350F for 12 minutes and they are not cooked inside yet but are already getting too dark and sticking on the bottoms but still light on top with no browning. I left them in another couple of minutes so they are at least cooked inside. Not all of the first batch of balls are absolutely, completely cooked inside but I’m going with it rather than burning them more. The second batch is so stuck to the pan, I can’t get them off without breaking most of them into a million pieces. Flattening them more just made them impossible to salvage after baking. They taste lovely, just like coconut macaroons. But you can’t take a bite out of any of them without them crumbling in your hands and falling on the floor. They look nothing like any of the photos above.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! So sorry to hear that was your experience, Allison! It almost sounds like they were missing the oil? Is it possible that it got left out or reduced?

      • Allison says

        No. I measured three tablespoons of coconut oil that I melted. I didn’t even put it in a pan. I put it in a bowl and let it melt over a bit of heat more slowly so I would get all the oil out of it. The beaten egg and vanilla went into it after cooling just a bit so I didn’t even lose any oil transferring it. Plus I use a rubber spatula to get every bit of my liquids and sticky things out of their bowls.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Did you use store-bought almond meal or did you make it from almond pulp? Almond meal made from almond milk pulp will have less fat and we recommend adding additional oil if using it in baking.

          • Allison says

            I used almond meal leftover from making almond milk. There wasn’t anything on this page about using more oil. I didn’t follow a link elsewhere. Maybe that could be made more clear. I Googled “recipes using leftover almond meal from making almond milk”. Yours was one of the first ones. And it definitely looked the yummiest for my tastes. And it IS yummy. It’s just not a cookie right now. It’s more like coconut macaroon granola. LOL Can almond flour be used instead of almond meal, or is there something I need to add if I use the flour (which I happen to have on hand)?

  34. Grace says

    Thanks for the excellent healthy and tasty recipe .i tried it and came out excellent .only the baking time was longer so did it in less temp after 10mts of baking .

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Grace. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  35. May says

    Soo good! Love that this is gluten free but doesn’t taste like it! I used almond flour bc I had it on hand and it came together wonderfully.

  36. Melissa says

    These cookies turned out amazing! As someone who does not typically avoid sugar or gluten, i was not sure how I would like them, but I had to put them away so I would not eat them all! I did substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar as another review had suggested. I also added a little extra almond meal and substituted melted butter for the coconut oil since I was out. I chilled the dough in my deep freezer and used a cookie scoop and did not flatten the balls which resulted in a great texture. Next time I will cut the salt in half. They were a bit salty, but that may be because of the syrup vs sugar. Thanks for this new, go-to recipe!

  37. Agnes says

    I have made these twice and love the simplicity and taste!
    However I can’t seem to get the baking time right. After 10 minutes at 375 they’re still completely humid and raw, I seem to need almost 25-30minutes to get the outside dry and a bit browned, but then they’re too crumbly. No idea what i might be doing wrong…
    Great recipe, thank you!

  38. Sinead says

    My family love these! I also make a double batch and add chopped dates, chia seeds and flax seeds. I roll up mixture and freeze then cut off thick slices and bake. Great recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sinead. We are so glad your family enjoys them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Maggie L Beaupre DeYoung says

      I also googled cookies to use with leftover almond pulp and this was the first recipe that pulled up. I think the recipe needs to be modified if you’re using meal from the store or homemade. They really aren’t good with homemade almond meal.

        • Paula says

          I second this suggestion. I made the cookies ? with dehydrated almond pulp (dehydrated at home) from homemade almond milk. The taste is good but the cookies are way too dry they almost crumble. In this case what would be the best way to add more moisture?

  39. Andrea says

    I was out of coconut shreds, so i subbed walnuts. I also used coconut brown sugar (coconut sugar mixed with molasses) and ghee instead of coconut oil. Lol. Same proportions tho. Lol. The batter is so tasty. They are fricken awesome. The subs worked well and next time i will have all the right ones and try it that way.

  40. Manon says

    Hi Dana,

    I’d like to try this recipe but would like to not use the shredded coconut. What would you recommend me to use instead? Can I add a little peanut butter touch?

    Thanks in advance!
    Manon

  41. Tammy Duncan says

    These are the BEST gluten free chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted or made! I did sub out most of the shredded coconut for oat bran to give more fiber and protein, as well as add in a Tablespoon of raw local honey and an extra Tablespoon of coconut oil to compensate for the dryness of the oat bran. My hubby loves them!

  42. Patty Dailey says

    This recipe will become my new standard! Absolutely LOVED these little guys. I’m quite sure I ate more than I should but what are cookies for, anyway? I only had large chips of coconut, so I pulsed them and they became quite fine, instead of being flakes or small bits. It made the cookies seem almost like an almondy macaroon….SO good! Thank you for sharing this recipe and for the info on the differences in almond flour, meal and pulp. I opted for the almond flour (easiest choice at the moment) and the cookies were perfect, otherwise I made them as the recipe indicated.

  43. Sara says

    I made this in two variations.
    Variation 1
    I substituted coconut sugar for brown sugar and butter instead of coconut oil.
    I also added wet to dry ingredients without whipping the egg.
    I used equal parts almond and quinoa flour to make up the 1 1/4 cup of flour called for.

    The raw dough was very dry and didn’t mix easily. The color was quite dark. I let it sit in the fridge for 30 m before baking.

    Variation 2
    I substituted maple syrup for the sugar and only used almond flour. I also used the coconut oil and followed mixing directions , whisking the maple syrup to the egg like the oil and vanilla.

    The raw dough was much lighter in color and texture. The dough tasted sweeter as well but did remain somewhat soft even after 30m in fridge.

    Finished product was better with variation 2. The first variation was not as sweet and the cookies were dry. I’m guessing the quinoa flour being so fine caused the density and the coconut sugar was not sweet enough.
    Variation 2 was much sweeter but the cookies spread a bit more than I expected with just almond flour.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Sara! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  44. Deb says

    These look really great. Haven’t made them yet. Is there another oil I can substitute for the coconut oil? Trying to keep the cholesterol factor down : ) !

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Deb, you could try olive oil or avocado oil, but they might be more tender and less crispy. Let us know if you give it a try!

  45. Ht says

    Great recipe! I didn’t have coconut shreds so I used oatmeal instead. I added a little pinch of baking soda and an extra egg to accommodate the oatmeal. Then I added cinnamon, a tiny amount of raisins and dark chocolate bits. I pretty much changed the overall look and feel but they are still SO GOOD! Happy my tweets worked out :)

  46. Jane says

    I made these for dinner club last night and they were a HUGE hit! Mine didn’t spread much in the oven, so my cookie shapes were a bit wonky. Next time I’ll try to shape them a bit better before baking. Or I could maybe pulse the coconut flake in the food processor to get it a little finer and easier to roll into balls. Either way, they are delicious!!

      • Jane says

        I made these AGAIN for my coworkers and they were AGAIN a big hit! This time, I shredded my shredded coconut a bit finer and manually rolled the dough into balls and flattened them. (The first time I made them, I just used an ice cream scoop and slightly flattened them.) The outcome the 2nd time was more consistent, better shaped cookies. Still tasted just as good as the 1st time. This recipe will definitely be a go-to!

  47. Joanne says

    I absolutely love this recipe! I have made it many times now. I did modify it because I wanted a Keto friendly version for friends. I changed the sugar to xylitol (a bit less than the sugar quantity) and added a tablespoon of molasses to replicate the taste of brown sugar. I also added chopped walnuts and used cacao nibs rather than chocolate. Fabulous!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad you enjoyed them, Joanna! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  48. Kimberly says

    I have never revisited a recipe so much, I have made these so many times. Sometimes, healthier cookies are more bland and soft. I followed the recipe exactly, adding 1/4 cup of chopped pecans, and they always come out perfect! Crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle. I feel they taste better than your average chocolate chip cookie. I love chopping them up and putting them into some NadaMoo vanilla ice cream. Thank you for sharing!

  49. Dara says

    I sub coconut sugar for the brown sugar, add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, and add 1/2 tablespoon ground flax meal. It always comes out delicious and makes a nice, healthier cookie for my ten yr old son and his friends. The cookies are sturdy and freeze well and travel well, I have mailed them to a sick friend and they arrive fine 2 days later! Also the easiest way to make these is to use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and cook on parchment paper, so easy and quick to clean up!

  50. Natalie says

    Incredible recipe. I’ve been making it for a while now, and it’s always a success. I always substitute the vanilla extract for almond extract instead and it’s just heavenly. All those flavors come together perfectly

  51. Kim says

    These cookies look wonderful and I’m looking to use the almond meal leftover from my almond milk. But I need to make some egg free how would I do that? Thank you

  52. Heidi says

    I’ve made these cookies twice, exactly as the recipe describes, and they are absolutely perfect. Dare I say this is the best cookie recipe I’ve tried? The combo of almond flour and coconut is super yummy, and they are not too sweet. The process is also easy peasy. Will be making them again and again.

  53. Annie says

    Best cookie I’ve ever had let alone made !!! I love coconut and chocolate and these did not disappoint. Also super quick and easy recipe. Only adjustments I did was I used almond flour instead of almond meal, since I couldn’t find almond meal at the store. Also I used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.

  54. anna says

    Sooooo good and easy to make! Didn’t have almond meal or coconut oil so used self-raising flour and melted butter. Made about 20 with the recipe amounts, they didn’t flatten but were bite sized and all gone within a day. Delicious!!

  55. Jess says

    Damn these are tasty! The only alteration I made was subbing coconut for brown sugar, but I could imagine adding oats and raisins in future iterations of this recipe. Mostly came here to say that I doubled the recipe after reading comments that it only really made 12 but my doubled recipe made 42 decent sized cookies using my medium cookie baller scoop, and that was after likely eating the equivalent of 3 or 4 cookies’ worth of dough! Nice one Dana and Sprouted Kitchen! (Heading over to Amazon to order a new cookbook now too :)

  56. Karen says

    These are incredibly delicious as well as easy to make. I use coconut sugar in them.
    My boyfriend prefers these over any other cookie. I make a double batch and freeze some. I’ve made lots of cookies in my life… but now I only make these.

  57. Betul Jones says

    this recipe became my favorite cookie recipe I sometimes alter the ingredients. I use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. I sometimes put oatmeal instead of coconut. My husband doesn’t like coconut but even with coconut oil he loves these cookies. I get a lot of compliments when I make these cookies. They are so easy to make.

  58. Daniella says

    Very delicious and filling!
    Added oats, peanut butter, banana, chia egg, less oil, and swapped the sugar for a splash of maple syrup.
    Shamelessly ate half the batch right after cookies had cooled slightly.
    So glad I have a recipe to use with my leftover almond pulp!

  59. Lisa says

    Love this recipe! I made it with the almond meal leftovers from making almond milk, and wasn’t sure if that would affect it, but I ended up just adding about half of a flax egg to it and they were great! Love the coconut almond flavour.

    • Lisa Alton says

      Oh the only thing I was going to say in addition to my comment was that the recipe says 20 cookies but it only made 12 for me, and not big ones. I will double it next time as they are so good and 12 just isn’t enough!

  60. Jeanette de Aldrey says

    These are delicious and have great flavor and texture. I will definitely make them again. I wonder if you can help me answer the question of why they stuck to the cookie sheet pan? And if there’s anything Imneed to do. Thanks.
    Ps, your husband takes beautiful pictures.

  61. Storey L says

    Yum!
    I had some browning bananas, so I mashed them into the batter with an extra 1/3 cup of almond meal.
    Makes for a reaaallly guilt free breakfast cookie!

  62. Candice Klopfenstein says

    These cookies are wonderful! I’m getting ready to make them again for some GF and DF friends. Found a couple DF chocolate chip brands, so they will work perfectly.
    Question- have you tried freezing the cookies after they are baked and cooled? I can’t make them the day of, and plan to either refrigerate or freeze them for two days or so…

  63. Crystal says

    This is my go to GF cookie recipe that is easy to adapt. I sub a chia egg (1 Tbsp ground chia plus 3 Tbsp water). I find the batter to be too dry, so I also add 1/4 cup maple syrup. In the past, I have subbed melted vegan margarine for the coconut oil and pulsed old fashioned oats for the shredded coconut to make oatmeal cookies. All versions came out great!

    For me, the cookies didn’t expand, so I use wax paper and a fork to squish the cookies flat before baking like a peanut butter cookie.

    As an FYI, using 1 level Tbsp made ~12 cookies and 1/2 Tbsp made ~ 23 cookies (it’s a very small amount so being even a little off on your scoops messes up the numbers).

  64. Claudia says

    Made these and they came out more of a ball than flat cookie. They were too crumbly to flatten more.. maybe an additional egg or more coconut oil? Used oven dried left over almond pulp as the base so perhaps it was dryer than store bought?
    So delicious and nice chewy consistency. Yum! Great with hot chocolate..

  65. Carol says

    Thank you for such a delicious recipe. I made a few adjustments since I am on a plant-based diet and (try my best to be) oil-free. I substituted the egg, brown sugar, and coconut oil with a flax egg, maple syrup, and apple sauce. The cookies were a little fragile, but amazing!

  66. Tricia says

    I had some almond flour I needed to use up, didn’t have quite enough so added some rice flour. I also used coconut sugar and an extra egg as they were medium not large. I used cacao nibs as well. Lovely cookies, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside (so far, I ate two right out of the oven!) Chilling the dough in the fridge makes all the difference compared to other similar recipes I have made. Thank you for sharing this.

  67. Jessica Yao says

    I regularly make this and its always so yum however I do have to add 3 more tbs of coconut oil just so it holds better

  68. Joanne Banas says

    This recipe is wonderful!!! I am so happy to have found it. I have been making them regularly and they are a big hit every time. I do use the cacao nibs. I didn’t think I would like them but I wanted to try these without adding any sugar so I stuck to the cacao nibs and liked them! I have also successfully used xylitol sweetener with a tablespoon or so of molasses to mimic brown sugar. I have added chopped walnuts to the mixture and it is so lovely that way! Finally, I didn’t bother refrigerating the mix and it still worked fine but I normally melt my coconut oil very gently in the microwave so it doesn’t get very hot.

  69. Genevieve Haack says

    I was sure what to expect by this recipe but it turned out great! The taste and texture and fantastic which is so surprising considering there isn’t a drop of flour. I will definitely make again!

  70. Asarat says

    These turned out really yummy! I substituted flax egg (1 tbsp flax and 3 tbsp water) for egg and date sugar for brown sugar. I wasn’t paying attention and grabbed almond extract instead of vanilla, but it actually worked out well and added nice flavor to the cookies.

  71. Eliza says

    I love this recipe! I’ve made these cookies too many times to count. I substitute the sugar with swerve to make them lower sugar and also use 2 eggs instead of just one. I like using an 85% chocolate bar cut up into peices and throw in some cacao nibs as well. Delicious.

  72. Fatima says

    I made this recipe twice in two days it was so good! The first time I followed the recipe as is except I used olive oil and added very few raisins.The cookies turned out lovely.

    Today I doubled the recipe, added a handful of raisins and I didn’t have eggs so I used liquid egg whites (1/3 cup to double the recipe). I accidentally forgot to add oil and I had already rolled the cookies into balls on the baking sheet. I decided to bake them and see how they would turn out and they turned out lovely! My husband even said they turned out better!

    Will be making these again w/o the oil, substituting egg whites and adding raisins next time.
    Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  73. gina says

    this is, hands down, my FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie recipe. i just really needed to tell you that. i am a type 2 diabetic, and these cookies are such a delightful, fairly guilt free indulgence! thank you so much!! ?

  74. Patricia says

    This recipe is delicious, my husband absolute favorite homemade cookie hands down. Thank you!! I use almond flour and sometimes add salted toasted pecans. But seriously they need nothing further than the original version. Perfection!

  75. Sidney says

    A new family staple!! Great cookies. Super easy and delicious. Loved and consumed by everyone in the family.

  76. Suzannart says

    I have made this cookie recipe many times for my gf family and friends. The cookies are wonderful! My only tweak is that I add more chocolate! ?
    Thank you for sharing.

  77. Ashli says

    This recipe is incredible! Definitely my go to for a treat around the house or when my husband has wheat cookies around the house.

  78. Ahmed says

    These cookies turned out REALLY good, like can’t stop munching them good (which is bad I guess xD). Thanks!, I used almond flour not meal , sweetened coconut shreds not unsweetened, I also used demerara not muscovado sugar (just cause I needed to use up the batch of stuff I already have, I do think muscovado would be worth to get – lovely taste dimension to add for sure), it turned out amazing still.

    Easily a batch of cookies I’d take proudly to friends.

    Again, Thanks a lot!.

  79. Lana says

    Im trying to figurebout what I did wrobg as my balls did not flatten out at all. I had to squish them with a fork to get them to a somewhat cookie shape. Also 7-10 minutes was not nearly enough. I followed the recipe exactly. :(

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lana! Sorry you had a bit of trouble with this one. Next time, just make sure to flatten them into discs or they will have a hard time spreading while baking. Hope that helps!

  80. Jenifer says

    These cookies looked so good and I was so excited to try them, but mine did not stick together at all! I have no idea what I did wrong, but these just crumbled. They almost looked like granola when they came out of the oven. Couldn’t even pick them up without them crumbling into pieces. Any tips?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jenifer! Sorry to hear you had some trouble. Did you change anything in the recipe by chance?

  81. Marni says

    Surprisingly good. Halved the recipe, with the exception of the egg. The badder was very runny therefore I added 3 Tb. Almond butter. I increased cooking time by an additional 10 min. Changes aside, they still turned out like a soft thin cookie with crisp edges. A great way to use up the almond pulp leftover from making almond milk. Looking forward to trying it again using exact measured amounts.

  82. Kristi says

    These were the most delicious cookies I think I have ever made. I can’t believe there are still two left. The whole family loved them. I followed your recipe exactly Dana. Thank you for GF goodness!

  83. Damien Swan says

    this did not work at all. the mixture was grainy the next morning, so i ended up making it into a loaf, which in turn ended up dissolving into a crumble. i am not a baker – should i have added another egg to hold them together?