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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

A couple of weeks ago, I came to the realization that we do not make enough cookies around here. I don’t know why, but we just don’t seem to make them very often. And I’m not ok with that. My mom always had a fail-safe chocolate chip cookie recipe that she could throw together in 30 minutes without looking at the instructions. Naturally, I asked for her recipe. 8 ingredients and done in under 20 minutes. Now, that’s my kind of cookie.

Being that it is December and all, I’m sure I could have gone with the more obvious cookie options. Like sugar or gingerbread ones. But I decided on chocolate chip instead. There are three reasons that I love these cookies…

1: They’re easy.
2: They’re healthy.
3. They’re freakin’ melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Those are three things that I think everyone can appreciate around the holidays.

Chocolate chip cookies aren’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when I think of holiday treats, but we’ve already churned out one Christmas-y recipe and we’ve got a few more coming up.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gooey and melty, with just the right amount of crispy – Yup, these meet all of my chocolate chip cookie requirements. Almond meal is the perfect substitute for flour in this recipe because it adds some kind of buttery deliciousness. There’s also a hint of coconut flavor from the oil.

Just in case you don’t feel like spending your day covered in flour, these cookies are a no-fuss, no-rolling-pin-needed treat.

This is a secret cookie weapon, ready to be whipped out when there isn’t enough time in the day and you or someone you know could really use a cookie. PS – The dough itself is pretty good before you ever cook it, if you’re into that sort of thing. I know I am.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free almond meal chocolate chip cookies.

  • Author: The Fitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 335º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl and add in dry mixture.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop the dough into 10-12 cookies. No need to flatten, roll, or smoosh – just leave them rough.
  5. Bake for 11-14 minutes. When they start to brown, bake them for about 2 more minutes.


  • Calories: 1357
  • Sugar: 45g
  • Sodium: 342mg
  • Fat: 95g
  • Saturated Fat: 51g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 39g
  • Carbohydrates: 119g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg

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  • Barbara Petrini
    March 30, 2015

    OMG THESE are crazy good!!! Thank you for the recipe, you rock! :)

    • thefitchen
      March 31, 2015

      Hi Barbara –

      So glad you loved these cookies! I think they are so, so tasty and I always love hearing what others think of them. Thanks for the nutritional info, too! :)

      • Barbara Petrini
        April 3, 2015

        I’ve never written so much on a blag, but I had to add one more thing. I just made them with sugar free maple and sugar free chocolate chips. HOLY FRIJOLES BATMAN! Awesome! Now I can eat a bunch of them and not worry! WOO HOO!

        • thefitchen
          April 6, 2015

          Well, comment all you want, I don’t mind! I’m so thrilled that you like these cookies. :) Thanks for sharing your modifications, too!

  • Barbara Petrini
    March 30, 2015

    I’m baking these now but since I’m prediabetic and don’t want to eat too much sugar, I did the nutrion info. Thought I’d share:

    Per cookie:
    Cals: 114.5 Carbs: 4.9 Sugars: 2.5

    They look awesome! Can’t wait to try! :)

    • Barbara Petrini
      March 30, 2015

      Oops my bad! the sugar is actually 5 for the recipe as is. I halved the maple for myself. :) Sowwy!

  • Susan
    May 11, 2014

    Oh my goodness! I just made these so delicious!! Love love and love! Or should I say a winner!!!

    • thefitchen
      May 14, 2014

      Yay! So glad you like them. This is easily one of my favorite cookie recipes!

  • Natasha
    March 30, 2014


    Life changing… Thank you for creating this masterpiece!

    • thefitchen
      March 31, 2014

      Boom! So glad you like them!!

  • Stacey
    January 5, 2014

    Can I sub gluten free flour for the almond meal?

    • thefitchen
      January 5, 2014

      Another commenter tried GF flour and said it didn’t turn out so well. I would stick with almond meal for this recipe – it definitely makes the cookies!

  • María
    December 17, 2013

    Can’t wait to make this I don’t have maple syrup what can I use instead? Thanks

    • thefitchen
      December 19, 2013

      Agave or honey would be a good substitute!

  • Ani
    December 8, 2013

    Have you tried them with agave nectar instead of maple syrup? I know sometimes it works really well as a substitute, but sometimes not. I’m curious just because agave is really cheap where I live but maple syrup is very expensive.

    • thefitchen
      December 8, 2013

      We’ve never tried that, but it most likely would work. The flavor might turn out just a bit different. Let us know how it works!

  • Jennifer L.
    December 8, 2013

    Cannot wait to make these, such an easy recipe I love it!!

    • thefitchen
      December 8, 2013

      Thanks for spotting that – fixed! Let us know how you like them. :)

      • Jennifer L.
        January 5, 2014

        I made these on Christmas Eve, and used chocolate mint chips which was yummy. But I subbed GF flour because I was out of almond meal and was too tired to make my own :) they seemed a little like rubber, was that the flour or did i bake them too long? I will definitely be using this recipe again! Thank you.

        • thefitchen
          January 5, 2014

          Chocolate mint chips – what a brilliant idea! I’m a mint-aholic. :) It was definitely the flour. GF baking is such a tricky process, but these definitely require almond meal to work right. Sorry they were a flop!

          • Jennifer L.
            January 5, 2014

            Thanks for the input……Oh no they weren’t a flop I still ate them!!! Matter of fact i put some aside in the freezer and warmed a couple of them up yesterday, mmmmm! :) Thanks again.

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