Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not only are these Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies insanely delicious – they’re actually healthy too!  Thought you’d never hear such a thing?  Well these cookies are free from gluten, grains and refined-sugar and contain only wholesome natural ingredients, so there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to one (or a few) every now and again.  The best thing is, they’re so easy to make.  Only 5 minutes prep and less than 20 mins baking and you have yourself the most incredible tasting dark chocolate cookie!Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo

I use almond flour to bake with as I eat a grain free diet and this gives these cookies a chewy consistency which I love.  My Almond Flour Cinnamon & Raisin Cookies are one of my favourite treats, but let’s be honest – everything is better with chocolate!  The only issue is finding a chocolate with no sugar.  There are a few brands out there that are 100% cocoa with absolutely nothing added – Montezuma makes the tastiest one that I’ve found.  I used the Montezuma Absolute Black 100% Cocoa Bar version for this recipe.   You could also use cacao chips if you can tolerate those but they don’t melt like chocolate does.  If you don’t have a problem with sugar you can use any chocolate that you can get your hands on.

So, how to make these delicious Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies?  Start by preheating the oven to 180C (350F) and lining a baking tray with a piece of baking parchment.  Next, melt the butter and add it to the almond flour (ground almonds), honey and vanilla essence in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, PaleoChop up the chocolate into small chunks and add to the mixing bowl.  Add the baking soda and mix everything well to ensure the chocolate is evenly distributed.

Roll the mixture into 12 equal sized balls and place, spaced out on the baking tray.  Press firmly down on each ball to flatten into a cookie shape.  Try to ensure each cookie is the same thickness all the way through (about 1cm thick).

Place the baking tray into the oven and bake for about 8 mins.  Keep an eye on them as almond flour tends to burn quite easily.  Once the cookies start to brown, flip them (they will be very soft so do this carefully) to get a bit of colour on the other side (5-6mins back in the oven should be enough).  They’re done when they’re a golden brown colour and slightly crispy round the edges.Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo

When you take them out of the oven they will be very soft – they’ll fall apart if you try to pick them up.  You have to wait for them to firm up a bit as they cool down before you can serve them (or do what I do and eat it straight from the oven even though it falls apart everywhere – you might need a spoon).  If you give them 5 minutes or so they will set firm and you’ll be able to pick them up, dunk them into your tea, make an ice cream sandwich with them – however you normally eat your cookies. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo

You would never guess from the flavour of these cookies that they are in any way a healthier version.  The chocolate is dark and rich, the cookie is chewy and sweet and they just taste amazing.  Try not to eat them all at once – believe me, it’s tough.  They’ll keep for up to a week in an airtight container or in the fridge!

What’s your favourite cookie flavour?  I’ve already made Almond Flour, Cinnamon and Raisin Cookies and I’m after some inspiration for my next recipe.  Do you prefer Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies or Crunchy ones?

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10-15 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10-15 minutes
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter and add to the almond flour, honey and vanilla essence. Mix well.
  3. Chop the chocolate into small chunks and add to the rest of the ingredients. Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix well to ensure the chocolate is evenly distributed.
  4. Roll the mixture into 12 equal sized balls and arrange on the parchment paper line baking sheet.
  5. Press each ball down to flatten into a cookie shape, ensuring the same thickness throughout the whole cookie (about 1cm thick).
  6. Place the baking tray into the oven for about 8 mins. Keep an eye on the cookies so that they dont burn. They may be done in less time than this.
  7. Remove the baking sheet and flip the cookies very carefully - they will be very soft at this point and may fall apart easily.
  8. Return the baking sheet to the oven and cook the other side of the cookies for 5-6 minutes, keeping watch so that they don't go too dark, or burn.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly so that they set firm.
Recipe Notes

Almond flour has a tendency to burn quite easily so keep an eye on these cookies as they bake to make sure that they don't get too brown too quickly.

Once they start to brown, they tend to burn very quickly after.

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Dietary & Allergy Information for Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Cookies are suitable for the following diets:

Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free, Paleo, Primal, & Vegetarian.

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69 Comments Add yours

  1. joyfuliowan says:

    I am going to have to try these!

  2. BreAnna says:

    I love how simple this recipe is. I’ve never baked with almond flour. Will have to try.

  3. Tal says:

    Oh my! I am a sucker for a chewy cookie and anything chocolate calls my name! I will for sure be making these <3

  4. Tammy says:

    I love that these are healthier and most of chewy!! I love chewy cookies. Thanks for sharing and pinning

  5. Azlin Bloor says:

    These cookies look awesome, Emma! Have shown them to my girls who love trying out new egg free recipes, as they’re allergic to eggs. Thank, have bookmarked!

  6. Tami says:

    Those look so soft and yummy. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  7. Vibeke says:

    This looks so yummy! I have to try it out. I love chocolate more than anything hehe. Thank you for sharing.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      me too – isn’t chocolate the best!

  8. Jodie says:

    This is some serious food porn! It doesn’t seem that hard to make either – good to start getting me into baking x

  9. Oh I’d love to taste those. I should make them with my little loves.

  10. Healthy cookies? Yes, please! I have all the ingredients, so I will try these soon!

  11. These cookies look wonderful. The recipe seems easy to follow. I have never baked with almond flour. I appreciate the tip about almond flour burning easily. It’s great that you added this. I don’t see many recipe blogs doing something like this.

  12. Elizabeth O says:

    Chewy, healthy and delicious! What more can a chocolate loving, sweet tooth ask for? Yum.

  13. A.Antovska says:

    I make cookies similar like this and I can say they are so delicious. I will try your recipe also.

  14. LovJas says:

    OMG, yum. Seems like the perfect vegan treat! I literally just asked someone if the could bake me a vegan treat, and they said “yes,” just asked me to provide the recipe and they’ll try. At that moment, I didn’t have any ideas in mind, but I will definitely be sending them this recipe!

    Thanks for the share,


  15. chubbysmom says:

    Choc Chip with milk… yum…

  16. These look delicious! I am saving this recipe for this coming weekend!

  17. I’m always looking for healthier options, especially for Chocolate Chips cookies (this is hubby’s favorite). However, with him being allergic to nuts, is there another type of flour that would work for this, like maybe the rice flour?

  18. Isi says:

    Definitely going to try this recipe!!! Sounds and looks delicious!

    Maybe we can find a way to make these vegan?

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I’m sure if you used a vegan cooking spread rather than butter they’d work just as well. If you try it, let me know how they work out!

  19. nlampert says:

    These look so yummy! Chewy cookies are always my favourites!

  20. Abby says:

    That looks good! I just baked vanilla cupcakes the other day and now I am inspired to make these. 🙂

  21. Elizabeth O. says:

    I definitely prefer chewy cookies over crunchy ones! I think this is a lovely recipe, thanks for sharing it with us. I can’t wait to try it out for me and the kids!

  22. Lilly Moore says:

    Oooh, those look really good. Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂

  23. Oh my gosh these cookies look amazing!!! I love chocolate and so do my kids, they would love this treat!

  24. Victoria Heckstall says:

    this is so mouth watering! I am currently craving for cookies right now! and this is a punishment for me for not learning how to bake!! lol.! this is really interesting to try!

  25. queenmeh says:

    I gave up refined sugar a few weeks ago and have been desperate for a recipe like this. Thanks 🙂

  26. Lauren says:

    Yum! I haven’t cooked much with almond flour, but these sound amazing.

  27. Hi There! says:

    These cookies look delicious! Wishing I had some chocolate right now.

  28. Oh my goodness, these look amazing. I can’t believe I haven’t hear of almond flour before.

  29. Alexie says:

    Oh my goodness nothing beats a chocolate chip cookie. I can taste it!

  30. christellelerryn says:

    Um. YUM! I need these in my life right now. It’s cold and rainy today and a fun treat for the kids would be perfect!

  31. Madison Weaver says:

    These look so yummy! I love chocolate chip cookies!

  32. Andrea Broom says:

    These cookies look so yummmm! Cookies are the way to my heart

  33. momi berlin says:

    Now that I am into baking. I will certainly try this. I love my cookies chewy as well. And I super love chocolate chip cookies. This will definitely make my boys happy too.

  34. Meredith from Mommy in Leggings says:

    I would love to have one of these right now! They look amazing!!!

  35. twoboysonepup says:

    Yum! Healthy AND chewy! I love chew cookies…my husband get’s upset because I’ll eat the soft parts out of cookies and leave him the ends:-D

  36. those chocolate chewy cookies look way too good. I’ll be trying this very soon. Thank you so much. -Cass from

  37. Krysten says:

    You cannot beat a nice gooey chewy chocolate chip and these look perfect. Not only are they a great consistency, but they are seriously easy to make!

  38. Val says:

    These look absolutely amazing!

  39. I definitely need to try these! They look so good!

  40. Yummy.. I definitely will try your recipe at home.

  41. Ance Antovska says:

    I already printed this recipe so I will make soon this delicious Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Thanks for the recipe.

  42. This looks really crisp and yummy. A great snack for those hunger pangs that assail your from time to time.

  43. Isaly Holland says:

    Yum! I love having cookies and milk for dessert. I will be trying this (:

  44. I made chocolate chip cookies for the New Year (first time) and they turned out so good! Going to save your recipe and give it a try!

  45. Neha Verma says:

    I am anytime in for a chocolate chip cookie. And then these are healthier as well. So no excuses to neglect them

  46. collectivestrand says:

    Cookies look amazing can’t wait to try them.

  47. Hrakaridi says:

    I love how simple this recipe is. I’ve never baked with almond flour. Will have to try.

  48. I’m definitely going to have a go at making these cookies as I LOVE chewy ones 🙂


  49. Omg can we say yum?!? These cookies look absolutely delicious!!!!

  50. Yummmy!! I really love chocolate! I am very chocolate addict. My husband keeps watching my health because of my 2 type diabetes. :/ Thank you for sharing 🙂

  51. budgetbelles80 says:

    Sounds yummy! I love the fact it is 100% cocoa and gooey!

  52. Looks so yummy! I’d love to make these right now lol I’m craving chocolate desperately so can at least say healthier x

  53. Kristin Cook says:

    YUM! Those looks so good! I love chocolate chip cookies. I think they are probably my favorite!

  54. Megan says:

    These look delicious! I’ve been looking for healthy snack recipes and these are perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

  55. Erin says:

    These look great!!

  56. Tami says:

    I love chocolate chip cookies and these look so good! I definitely need to try this recipe. 🙂

  57. Linda says:

    I LOVE chewy cookies! I can’t wait to try these!

  58. Devour Dinner says:

    Who doesn’t love Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies? YUM! Nothing better than a good chewy cookie. Nice detail and photos for this recipe. Makes it easy to follow. Thanks!

  59. Those look delicious! If I weren’t super sick I’d probably try and make some this weekend!

  60. Jenn says:

    My husband just started a grain free diet. I bet he would love these! I am going to have to try the almond flour.

  61. Angela Kim says:

    This looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe

  62. These look so delicious! Love how the prep time is so short! Definitely will have to try out this recipe soon!


  63. Betsy says:

    I love how you can see all the melty chocolate in that photo after they’re done baking. That’s my favorite part!

  64. hhabeck says:

    Oh my gosh, these cookies look amazing! I’m totally craving sweets now!

  65. confettiandbliss says:

    Mmmm…these thick, chocolatey cookies look so darn yummy! Now I’m feeling the need to get up and make a double batch right now! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  66. Amanda Kruse says:

    These look so good! Now you have me craving cookies!

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