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Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

flourless almond butter chocolate chunk cookies

These Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies are so easy, healthy and delicious it’s not even funny.

Made with 7 simple ingredients: Almond butter, oats, ground flax seed, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking powder and chocolate chunks + sea salt if you count that as an ingredient. Which I don’t because technically it’s a finishing touch. πŸ˜‰

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One bite of these Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies and I honestly couldn’t believe they are refined sugar free, flour free, gluten free, butter free, egg free and dairy free. Let’s be honest, sometimes healthy baking experiments work out and sometimes they end up tasting like cardboard. These Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just soooo right. 

When J got home from class, he tasted one and quickly reached for another and then another.  J will never say that he doesn’t like a recipe perse but he’ll take one bite of something and he’ll politely say that he’ll save the rest “for later”. Let’s just say there were none of these cookies left for later – period. You know a recipe’s good when it’s #boyfriendapproved πŸ˜‰

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These Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies are slightly crispy around the edges, chewy & soft in the middle, gooey, slightly sweet and are filled with rich, melty chocolate chunk puddles. They are SO perfectly comforting straight out of the oven or dunked into a big glass of almond milk. πŸ˜‰ Happy Baking!

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Flour Free Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  • Author: Ceara
  • Total Time: 16 mins
  • Yield: 9 cookies 1x


Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – chewy & soft in the middle, crispy around the edges & filled with delicious chocolate chunks! Secretly Healthy, Vegan & Gluten Free!


  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp oats*
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (room temperature + stirred very well)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking powder*
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp dark chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 360F/180C. Line a baking sheet with a slipmat or parchment paper.
  2. Blend oats into a fine oat flour. Make sure your almond butter is stirred very well and there is no oil separating on top (if the almond butter is too oily it will result in an “oily” cookie and if the almond butter is too thick it will result in a cookies that’s too thick).
  3. Whisk together almond butter, vanilla extract and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl. One by one, add oat “flour”, ground flax seed, baking powder, sea salt and optional cinnamon to to the wet mixture.Whisk together until a thick cookie dough is formed (*the dough will be very thick).
  4. Fold in 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks.
  5. Roll cookie dough into balls and place on cookie sheet and pat down with the palm of your hand (*leave an inch apart between cookies). Press a few chocolate chunks on top of each cookie.
  6. Bake in the oven for 9 – 11 minutes until the cookies start to turn golden brown around the edges.
  7. Leave to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing them from the pan. Enjoy the cookies dipped in some almond milk!


*Make sure all your ingredients are certified gluten-free if necessary
*Make sure to leave cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes to allow them to bind together!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 11 mins
  • Category: Dessert


  • Serving Size: 9
  • Calories: 203
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 134mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg

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If you do try these Flourless Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Cookies or any other recipes of mine, I love hearing about it! Insta or Tweet it to me (@cearaskitchen with hashtag #cearaskitchen) or Facebook it to me via the Ceara’s Kitchen Facebook Page!  

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  1. This cookies look amazing. I’ve never had almond butter. Do you taste it in the cookies? If I subbed peanut butter would they be really peanut butter-y, do you know? Thanks.

  2. These cookies are awesome! I added about 3 tbsp less of the oat flour and replaced it with cacao powder and wow!– best idea I have had in a while. Love your blog and all of your recipes! You keep me coming back.

    1. Thank you SO much for the wonderful feedback! I am so happy you’ve been enjoying the blog and recipes πŸ™‚ Your sub of cocoa powder sounds DELISH! I will have to try that πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for a great recipe for that occasional sweet indulgence. I am already salivating looking at your yummy photos. As much as I would love to, I can’t add the flaxseed. I will substitute a tablespoon of oats. What do you think about adding a bit of coconut oil to repace the oil from the flaxseed?

  4. Thanks for a great recipe for that occasional sweet indulgence. I am already salivating looking at your yummy photos. As much as i would love to, I can’t add flaxseed. I will try to adding substituting a tablespoon of oats. What do you think about adding a bit of coconut oil to replace that bit of oil from the flaxseed?

    1. Hi Megan! I think that your sub you described should work (though I’ve never tried it!) because these are a pretty versatile cookie! I would add an extra tbsp of oats and maybe a half tbsp of coconut oil and see how that works. I’d love to know your results – please let me know how they turn out! Happy Baking!

  5. So easy and so good! I will definitely be making these again… and again πŸ˜‰ However, next time I will be sure to have unsalted almond butter on hand and/or leave out the added salt from the recipe. Luckily dark chocolate tastes good with a little salt so they are still delish?

    1. Thank you SO much for the feedback, Marin! I am SO happy to hear that you enjoyed these cookies! They are a big favorite around here and always disappear very quickly πŸ˜‰ The combo of salted AB + Dark Chocolate sounds divine – I’ve never made them this way before! πŸ™‚

  6. These cookies Are absolutely delish! They taste just like the Chips Ahoy cookies that I used to love as a kid. I did add a tablespoon of stevia and a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter because I ran out of almond butter, other than that no changes. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Wow! Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Lori! It honestly made my day πŸ™‚ I am so happy that you enjoyed these cookies, Lori!! The addition of Peanut Butter and Stevia sounds wonderful! Happy Baking!

    1. Hi Stephanie, Flax adds a bit of moisture to these cookies as well as acts as a binder. You could try baking them without the flax or replacing the flax with an extra tbsp of oats – I cannot 100% vouch for the results because I’ve never tried this before. Let us know how they turn out if you end up making them πŸ™‚ Happy Baking!

  7. Very good! I wanted to bake these on our snow day following the “Blizzard of 2015.” We trudged up to a little market on the avenue and found Bakers SemiSweet Chocolate Chunks. I was sure I had the other ingredients. When we got home I assembled my stuff on the counter and then I saw that the recipe calls for parchment paper, and I didn’t have any. I decided to take my chances and sprayed our well-seasoned cookie sheet with cooking spray. They slid off easily! Yay! My hubs asked if these were whole wheat, a phrase he usually utters with evident distaste. I said no, oatmeal. Oh, he said, and finished the cookie.

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback, Sunny! Your comment brought a big smile to my face! I am so happy that you and your hubby enjoyed the cookies and am happy to know they work just as well with non-stick spray! Keep warm in the blizzard! πŸ™‚

  8. Made these cookies last night and they were delicious!! I love almond butter! I was just wondering if you have a calorie count for one cookie?

  9. Is there something else (substitution) I can use instead of the maple syrup in the recipe for the Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk cookies? Thanks

    1. Hi Christina! I’ve only ever made them with maple syrup so I’m not sure how other liquid sweeteners would work out! I would give agave syrup or honey a try (though honey will make these cookies no longer vegan) – I’d love to hear how they turn out! Happy Baking!! πŸ˜€

    2. I substituted the maple syrup with 1/2 c of coconut palm sugar (it has a lower glycemic index and I’m a huge fan of coconuts). I also substituted the chocolate chips with chopped dates (not as decadent as chocolate but added some sweetness and texture) and the cookies turned out great! Thanks for this recipe!

      1. Forgot… I added a little less than 2 tablespoons of almond milk because the dough was dry without the maple syrup.

      2. Thank you so much for the feedback, Cookie Lover! I am so happy that you enjoyed the cookies!! Your substitutions sound delicious. I am sure the the taste of the coconut sugar and dates tasted wonderful in these cookies! πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Ceara – these turned out wonderful for us. I agree with your comment that it is important to have fresh and well stirred almond butter for the texture. Wondering if Wow Butter (soy butter) might work in lieu of the almond butter? That way I can send them to school for kids’ snacks! πŸ™‚

  11. I wanted to bake cookies for my in-laws so I chose these but they did not come out good. They definitely don’t spread out on their own, they’re dry, and not that sweet. I followed the recipe word for word. I’ll still eat them as they are really healthy but I don’t like them enough to give them as a gift. I was bummed with these cookies :/

    1. Hi Rachel! Thanks for your feedback! I am sorry that your cookies did not turn out well – the cookies have always spread perfectly for me so I’m wondering what went “wrong”! I’m wondering if it’s due to the almond butter? The almond butter has to be runny (but not oily) and very well stirred for this recipe. I always double (and triple) check my recipes before posting them on here and will remake the recipe again today and get back to you πŸ™‚ Thanks again for the feedback!

    1. Yes! When you grind your oats they become “oat flour”. If you already have oat flour on hand, I’d recommend using just a 1/2 cup! Hope you like the cookies – let me know how they turn out πŸ™‚

  12. Hi these look amazing. I’m allergic to almonds. Could you substitute apple butter or just plain butter? My mom was just placed on a gluten free diet. I’m going to make them for her.

    1. Hi Amber, thanks for stopping by! I wouldn’t recommend using plain dairy butter or apple butter – the consistency is very different than nut butters and I’m not sure if it would work out. Are you allergic to all nuts? Peanut butter or sunflower seed butter would make an awesome sub! πŸ™‚ Good luck! Let me know how they turn out!

  13. This is too funny because my boyfriend does the exact same thing! He’s too polite to decline if he’s not feelin my recipe but he will mention he is going to “save it for later” haha. That’s when I know! This is the perfect holiday cookie recipe – all of my favorite things in one magical cookie! Thanks Ceara!!


  14. Ceara, these almond butter chocolate chip cookies sound absolutely divine! How creative you are to be able to create a sugar free, gluten free and egg free recipe and still turns out that good!! Pinned!!

    1. Thanks Vanessa! I haven’t gotten into the complicated flour mixes just yet though there are a few that I want to try! I’m loving oat flour in my GF baking for now πŸ™‚

  15. You had me at almond butter chocolate chunk!! These sound perfect, Ceara!! I also love that all the ingredients are pretty healthy so I don’t have to feel guilty about eating them! We don’t have nearly enough cookies in our house right now and I need to fix that asap!

  16. I love almond butter cookies Ceara! I bake them all the time! I make some with cinnamon too and don’t use any flour and they are so good. Almond butter is one of my favorite foods ever! These look fantastic girl!!

  17. These cookies look fantastic, Ceara! I love that they’re only seven ingredients. I’ve never baked with almond butter before, but I do love it. And those chunks of chocolate sound amazing! I love your description of these babies too…chewy and soft in the middle is a sure winner in my book. Pinned!

    1. Hehe! These are the best in Almond Milk, Linda! Wish I could send you some! Thanks for the sweet words and pin! πŸ™‚

  18. Oh my goodness, these cookies look so so good! I love that there is no butter, flour or eggs. Crispy edges with a soft chewy center are my favorite and I seriously can’t wait to try these! They sound incredible! Pinning πŸ™‚

  19. I’ve never tried almond butter cookies, but I think I’m missing out! These look chewy and delicious, lots of chocolate, which I love! Pinned!

    1. You are – almond butter cookies are so yummy!! They are a new favorite of mine fore sure πŸ™‚ Thanks for the kind words and the pin, Mira πŸ˜€

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