These healthy chocolate chip cookies are the kind of recipe that would convert ALL non-healthy eaters! Soft, chewy, and loaded with chocolate chips, this healthy chocolate chip cookies recipe will be your new go-to!
I consider myself an expert on chocolate chip cookies. I’ve shared a fair few on here too, like my vegan ones and keto ones. However, when we want to eat cookies ALL the time and not feel guilty about it, we NEED to whip up a batch of these healthy chocolate chip cookies.
Hands down, these are the BEST healthy cookies that don’t taste healthy at all.
In fact, I’ve brought these cookies to many events, and people always question me on whether I’ve secretly bought them from a bakery or dessert shop- they are THAT good.
These healthy choc chip cookies need no white flour, no eggs, no sugar, and no grains, but they still taste fantastic. Sweet, buttery, and with mouthfuls of chocolate in every bite. The soft and chewy texture which we ALL love in any good cookie.
How to make healthy chocolate chip cookies
No fancy mixers or kitchen gadgets needed to make these healthy chocolate cookies!
Start by combining your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Then, you’ll heat up the maple syrup and coconut oil together, either using the microwave or a small saucepan. Add the coconut oil and syrup mixture into the dry ingredients, along with the vanilla extract and milk, and mix until just combined. Fold through the chocolate chips.
Finally, form 16 small balls of dough and place on a lined baking tray, pressing down on each one to form a cookie shape. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
The Ingredients and Substitutions
- Almond flour– Blanched almond flour gives the chocolate chip cookies a light texture. It’s also grain free, so keeps the cookies low carb, too. Avoid using almond meal, as it will make the cookies denser.
- Arrowroot starch– Works with the almond flour to keep the cookies soft and chewy, without falling apart or needing eggs. You can also use corn starch if you’d like.
- Baking powder– Gives the cookies some rise and width.
- Coconut oil– Replaces any need for butter, while keeping the cookies buttery and soft.
- Maple syrup– Gives sweetness to the cookies, without being overpowering. You can replace this with agave nectar.
- Vanilla extract– A MUST for any good cookie recipe.
- Milk of choice– I used unsweetened almond milk, but any milk of choice will work.
- Chocolate Chips– Use a mix of mini chocolate chips and standard chocolate chips to ensure there are mouthfuls in every bite. I used dairy free ones (that are also vegan and paleo!) but use whichever you prefer!
Can I make these chocolate chip cookies keto friendly?
I already have flourless keto chocolate chip cookies, but you can also adapt this recipe to be low carb too.
Instead of arrowroot starch, you can use ground flaxseed. Replace the maple syrup with keto maple syrup and also use sugar free chocolate chips.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Tips
- As these cookies contain no eggs and no sugar, they won’t spread. As such, you can be quite flexible with how thick or thin you want these cookies to be. I generally prefer them on the thicker side.
- DO NOT overbake the cookies! Again, these cookies are eggless, so if they are a little undercooked, it’s no issue.
- If your coconut oil and syrup mixture is still warm, let the cookie dough sit for a little bit, before folding through the chocolate chips- we don’t want the chocolate chips to melt!
- Avoid overmixing the batter- overmixing will make the cookies more prone to falling apart.
Storing and Freezing Cookies
- To store: Cookies should be stored in a sealable container for up to 1 week. You can also store in the refrigerator to keep them longer, for up to 2 weeks.
- To freeze: Healthy chocolate chip cookies are freezer friendly and can be stored in the freezer to keep longer. Place cookies in a ziplock bag or freezer friendly container. Cookies will keep fresh for up to 6 months.
More healthy cookie recipes
- Flourless Monster Cookies
- No Flour Cookies (6 flavors!)
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Almond Butter Cookies
Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch * See notes
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoon maple syrup ** See notes
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut milk *** See notes
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips of choice
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Line a large tray with parchment paper or prepare a cookie sheet. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and mix well.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or in a saucepan over the stove, combine your coconut oil and syrup, and heat until melted. Whisk together until combined.
- Add the syrup/coconut oil mixture to the dry mixture, along with the vanilla extract and coconut milk, and mix very well. Fold in your chocolate chips.
- Form 16 small balls with the cookie dough. Place each ball on the lined tray and press each one lightly, into a cookie shape.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
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well the only difference i did was use coconut flour instead of almond and the dough is CRUMBLES. i rolled some into balls which did stay but i cooked it for 15 mins and they never formed or cooked thru. >:(
Yes, that doesn’t surprise me, you can’t use coconut flour instead of almond flour.
Hi, can I use whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour instead? Thanks!
That might work- I haven’t tried it myself but let me know how it goes!
Thank you Arman – I LOVE how you write in the above “substitutions” and tips/tricks for making these recipes!! I’ve spent time searching the internet for substitutions when I don’t have the exact ingredients on hand so it’s SO HELPFUL you’ve really thought out these answers and tips for us “average” cooks that still want to try out your recipes! So glad I stumbled upon your site! 🙂
You are so welcome! 🙂
Hi Arman! Can I use corn flour instead of corn starch? Tks!
That should be fine 🙂
Hi Arman 🙂 Your recipe sounds perfect, but I do not have arrowroot powder or cornstarch. If i don’t have problems with eggs, can I sub an egg for the arrowroot?
I haven’t tried subbing one of those out, so feel free to experiment and see
Holy moly this batter is do delicious! I could eat this without bothering to bake it haha. These turned out really sticky for me though, I couldn’t roll them and mixture stuck to the spoon. I did sub to cornflour. Any tips on what to do to stop this or what I may of done wrong?
Hi it sounds like it could be the brand of flour used- Just drop them onto the pan instead 🙂
Since I can’t use almond flour vanilla or almond extract, what can I do? Also has to be gluten free! Any help?
Not sure, that is all I’ve tried. You can experiment with something else if you like
These…Cookies….are…Phenomenal!!! I am NOT Vegan. If anything, I’m a carnivore that also LOVES sweets….Cookies being the main type (Every year my friends give me a new Cookie Monster Shirt….this $h*! is serious). My Fiancee, however, is Vegan and in her attempts to prolong my life and keep me healthy (as well as reach my health goals), she lovingly attempts to make vegan versions of cookies I like to help me keep the food I love while staying healthy. Most of the times I have to smile and say they taste okay and other times they actually taste kinda good, but still too healthy and not the dessert I’d wanna end my meal on after a long day. These cookies are the CLOSEST THING TO REAL chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. I dare say they taste like unhealthy (aka heavenly) Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I don’t think my brain will let me say it….but they’re D@MN Close if not just as good. I will be effing these cookies up on a VERY regular basis! God Bless you for this!
Wallace you are an absolute legend!
Hi Arman can I substitute almond flour for coconut flour? Thanks
That won’t work at all 🙂
can i leave the dough in the fridge for about 30 min before baking to make them not spread as much?
For sure- that sounds like a great idea!
These cookies are perfect! I used unsweetened almond milk and bittersweet chocolate chunks. I also added some salt and only used 5tbsp of sweetener (would recommend if you like a less sweet cookie). They are super soft and the whole family enjoyed!
😀 thanks for the feedback, Marie!
Fabulous! I used beef gelatin instead of arrowroot-it worked great.
Addendum: I also substituted Kerrygold salted butter for coconut oil-Less calories!
Hi! Is almond flour can substitute with cassava flour or coconut flour?
Nope, not that I’ve tried
Can I use granulated sweetener instead?
I haven’t tried- feel free to experiment and see.