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Simple Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almond Butter

This healthier version of gluten free chocolate chip cookies ups the health factor and keeps the yumminess. simplegreensmoothies.com

Yes, today we are gonna make some plant-based gluten free chocolate chip cookies! I needed them just as much as I need a good night’s sleep right now. Since the sleep was a little trickier to make happen midday, I opted for making the cookies.

This weekend I have been bouncing off the walls for multiple wonderful reasons:

  1. We launched Daily Blends, aka our App Baby… it’s the #1 Food + Drink App on iTunes. The whole SGS rawkstar team is so excited and proud to be able to say that. Thanks to everyone who bought it and reviewed it!!!
  2. My daughter Clare turned 8 last weekend and we hosted her slumber party this weekend. Let’s just say this:  at 3am I was too tired to party with them anymore and went to bed. They were going strong listening to Taylor Swift and talking about boy crushes in the sweetest ways. Girls 1. Mom 0.
  3. I’m still recovering from last week’s jet lag. I flew up to NY for a 2-day photoshoot I creative directed for my friend, Naomi Whittel. She is launching her own personal wellness brand and I’m helping make it look good— it’s really going to be insanely cool and you are gonna want to follow along as it unfolds.

By Sunday afternoon when I got home from church, I had hit my limit of exhaustion and stimulation. I also started my period (sorry if that’s TMI) and just had no desire to eat healthy. I was craving comfort food to the max.  To me, comfort food is sipping on a cashew milk latte, eating a bowl of oven-baked mac n cheese, slurping down some spicy veggie ramen or biting into a warm chocolate chip cookie. They are all tied for first place in my book.

This time, I went for the cookie idea.

I decided to up the health factor this time, so I pulled out my friend Kathryne’s plant-based recipe book Love Real Food. She has a Peanut Butter Chip Cookies recipe that looks amazing and had to be healthier than the back of the Nestle Tollhouse morsels bag one I’ve been using since I was like 8 years old.

gluten free chocolate chip cookies adapted from Love Real Food

Turns out her gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe that ditches refined sugar for coconut sugar and contains ONLY 6 ingredients. Now, this is my kind of recipe! Kathryne uses peanut butter in her recipe, but mentioned you could swap it for almond butter… and you know I did that. Almond butter is my jam and much better on the digestive system since it’s made from nuts (almonds), rather than legumes (peanuts).

Since the lil’ rawkstars were gonna eat these too, I decided to splurge and get the $10 Barney Butter, which is so so so creamy and has a better texture than some other brands. I also used Nutiva coconut sugar and Nestle (yes Nestle!!!) actually has an organic chocolate chip line now, so I had to get those to vote with my dollar. The vanilla is from Costco and the eggs are straight out of my backyard, aka: Hansard Farm.

After I mixed it all up and dropped them on the tray— I baked them and the smell wafted through the whole house. It was so therapeutic! When I pulled them out of the oven, they looked amazing. As hard as it was to let them cool for 5 minutes, I did it— because I wanted the pics to turn out nice! But if I wasn’t taking pics, I would have devoured them the second they came out! My self control level with my comfort foods is very low… so this was amazing that I could take pics before diving in!

Allow these gluten free chocolate chip cookies to cool on a baking rack before devouring. simplegreensmoothies.com

I thought it would be nice to make this cookie occasion even more special by enjoying it with some Elmhurst cashew milk and do a little bit of journaling. While I was at the photoshoot in New York last week, I met with Naomi’s coach Tim Adams and he talked about upper back tension (which I totally have) and said journaling could help me let go of the stress and pressure I feel about… well… everything. I’m that mama bear who carries the weight of others and can’t release it. I hold on to it and of course, always try to fix it. So journaling is my new jam…. and now I can enjoy it with an almond butter chocolate chip cookie. 🙂

It's impossible to stop at just one of these almond butter chocolate chip cookies. simplegreensmoothies.com

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 42 small cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This plant-based, six-ingredient gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe is adapted from Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor.



  • 2 cups coconut sugar (lightly packed )
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 16 oz almond butter (smooth)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut sugar and eggs and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla and salt until blended.
  3. Add the almond butter and whisk until the dough is smooth and the almond butter has completely blended into the batter (you might need to switch to a big spoon toward the end, which you’ll need for mixing in the chocolate chips, anyway). Add the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate chips are evenly incorporated.
  4. For cookies that stay perfectly mounded, chill the dough for 15 minutes before proceeding. Use a 1-tablespoon cookie dough scoop or two spoons to scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 to 2 inches of space around each one. Chill any remaining dough while you bake the first batch.
  5. Bake until the cookies are golden at the edges but still just a little underdone in the center, 11 to 13 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the hot baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them with a metal spatula to a cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. These cookies keep well at room temperature for about 4 days, and freeze well for up to 3 months.


You can swap out the almond butter for peanut butter if you prefer.

Keywords: gluten free chocolate chip cookies, almond butter cookies


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  1. Agnieszka

    August 23rd, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    ouuuu <3 i'm going to substitute eggs with bananas or chia seeds and these babies will be here quicker than you can say "daily blends' <3

  2. Jen Hansard

    August 23rd, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Hahaha! Let me know how they turn out with these swaps! I could def update the recipe to include that for your fellow vegans! Bananas with almond butter are a great combination and I think very promising!

  3. Donna Schaffer

    August 25th, 2017 at 4:18 am

    They look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing!
    And love your site, blog and new app!!
    You rock! Hope you get some rest!

  4. Jen Hansard

    August 28th, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    They are sooooo good! Thanks so much for sharing you love the site AND the Daily Blends app— really hope you find it all useful. (And yes to sleep– I’m heading to bed now… 8:30pm is calling my name!)

  5. Lindsey Parry

    December 5th, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Ooh, thank you, I’ll definitely give this one a go. I’m wondering if I could use coconut butter instead of nut butter? Do you think there’s any reason why that wouldn’t be ok?

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 6th, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Lindsey,

    Yes, you can totally use coconut better for this recipe if you prefer that.

    Let us know how you like it!

  7. Lindsey Parry

    December 21st, 2018 at 2:47 am

    They’ve worked perfectly with coconut butter, thank you! Delicious!

  8. Kimberly

    December 5th, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I also want to hear how the vegan version comes out. These look amazing!!
    I’ve been following you for years – congratulations on building your brand!

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 6th, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Hey Kimberly,

    If you swap the eggs for bananas you can totally make this vegan!

    Thank you for being such a huge support for SGS. We appreciate you so much!!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 6th, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I cannot wait to make these for my kids!!! =P

  11. Sha

    December 12th, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    So far I have made this 4 times for different occasions. It’s overall a fabulous recipe people can’t even tell it’s gluten free! Barney’s butter definitely works best ! Trader Joe’s almond butter is good but you can still taste a slight almond butter in the cookies ! Thank you for the wonderful recipe !!

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 19th, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Hey Sha,

    Yay!! So happy that you enjoyed this recipe. We love Trader Joe’s for everything!!

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