Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies {paleo} {grain free} {vegan option}

Growing up, I hated Passover. No bread. No cereal. No crackers. No pasta. Just cardboard (aka matzah), inedible Passover-fied treats, gefilte fish and brisket. Ew. I’m still not a huge fan of this Jewish holiday (sitting at a table for hours reading an ancient story, singing songs and reciting prayers nibbling on bitter food isn’t my idea of fun) but the unleavened part isn’t an issue anymore.

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On Passover you cannot eat anything that is leavened. The Jews left Egypt in a haste. The bread couldn’t rise. Thus, matzah. So we eat it and nothing else. I’m kidding, we eat other stuff but let’s just go with it. I am not a particularly religious person but spending time with my family, watching Charlton Heston and baking treats is my idea of fun.

The past two nights, we have had the traditional Passover Seders (dinner + other stuff) at our house. It has been nice catching up with family, friends and spending time with my grandparents, who are in town from Montreal.

The most important part of Passover is watching The Ten Commandments. Rabbis would disagree with me but that’s why I’m not a Rabbi. Yes, I have it on DVD. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen this incredible film. It’s a little scary considering it is like five hours long. When I was little, I used to dress-up like the Egyptian Queen, Nefertiti. I bought fabric from the fabric store and pretended they were gorgeous gowns. I am still obsessed with her (I think she is gorgeous and her clothes are incredible) but I have (mostly) stopped playing dress-up. Now, I bake.

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Baking kinda terrifies me and my success rate isn’t great. I feel like every baked good recipe I post I make a disclaimer how I am not good at baking, which may explain why I only have like four baked goods and like two of those are adaptations from another recipe. Okay enough of these disclaimers but it’s not my thing. Except these cookies. These are my thing. Sorry that I’m tooting my own horn.

Mom put me in charge of making the desserts for our Passover festivities, which I knew I could handle. Gluten free? Grain free? Done. Move over matzah meal (blech) and cake meal (ew) and hello almond flour, coconut and everything is better with chocolate chips.

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I experimented making these last week for Mom to taste-test. Mom verdict: “They actually taste like cookie brittle!” Cookie brittle = flour, butter, sugar, chocolate chips. (Remember from my dad’s WIAW?) Then dad tried them after eating store-bought-Passover-desserts (not sure why they were purchased) and claimed they were the best of the dessert bunch. Yeah, they’re good.

I brought leftovers to CrossFit and everyone loved them too – so clearly these cookies are not just for Passover. They are perfect for a grain/gluten-free lifestyle or if you just like eating good food. Substitute maple syrup for the honey and they are vegan to boot. Throw them on a pastel plate… boom… Easter!

Oh yes.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients (Makes 15 cookies)

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp. honey (vegan option: maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a silpat (or parchment paper) and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, honey and vanilla.

4. Add the coconut oil mixture to the almond flour mixture and stir to combine.

5. Add chocolate chips and coconut flakes to the batter and combine.

6. Use a tablespoon to drop 15 cookies onto the baking sheet – use another spoon to ‘tap’ out batter from the tablespoon.

7. Bake for 10 minutes.

8. Transfer to wire rack to cool and enjoy!

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Questions of the day…

Are you celebrating Passover? 

What do you make for the holidays? 

Have you seen the Ten Commandments?! 



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31 thoughts on “Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies {paleo} {grain free} {vegan option}

  1. I am definitely making these. They look really good and healthy! Food photography is looking awesome Amy! Something I really need to work on… one step at a time eh? so good it is coming up to Summer now though – longer days = light in the evenings after work!!

  2. I’m totally with you – baking is not my forte either. It’s always so hard to get the ratios just right! But these look absolutely delicious.

    I have no idea what I’m making for Easter yet this weekend. I’m thinking of maybe a carrot cake though… you can never go wrong with one of those!

  3. These are awesome Amy! I have all the ingredients too, I wanna give them a try :) I am going to try and make hot cross buns today, which is a tradition for the holidays that we have at home in England :)

  4. These look so good!! I’ll try them out, you think coconut flour would be ok? Holidays are celebrated very Portuguese style in my home. I know my mom has lamb and probably some seafood on our Easter menu. Perhaps these cookies will make an appearance!! Have a beautiful holiday love. :)

    1. Sounds like a yummy menu! I don’t think coconut flour will work :( it’s a tough flour to bake with sometimes and I think it will absorb too much of the wet ingredients to turn out

  5. I am not celebrating Passover (obviously?) but these cookies look so yummy that I wish I was! I’m also not celebrating Easter. I haven’t really celebrated since I was a teenager, unless binge-eating Easter candy from the drugstore counts (it doesn’t). I used to love the celebration at our church though. They tied it to the theme of spring and they put these elaborate decorations all through the front of the church so it looked like a scene in the woods, and then every week they changed the decor slightly so it went from a winter wonderland to an explosion of flowers and green. It always got me excited about the end of snow and the idea of renewal.

  6. We don’t celebrate Passover, but we do celebrate Easter. In fact, my family is coming over on Sunday and I’m going to make a big Easter dinner. I think there’s going to be about 7 of us. I can’t wait! AND these cookies look fabulous! I love that they’re grain free!

  7. Yumm! These look delish and your photography skills get better and better girl!!
    I go on a ladies trip with Mom every Easter. No big celebration, no big meals, just ladies fun :-)

  8. These looks great, and I love your pics! For YEARS I used to watch The Ten Commandments when it came on TV the night before Easter. Such a classic. I bet it cost a lot of money to employ those special effects back then!

  9. So I don’t know if you know this, but I’m not really a chocolate person. These still look incredible though! Do you think these cookies would still be good without chocolate chips? And oh my gosh yes I have seen the Ten Commandments! I remember it always comes on on Easter, and my dad would always have it playing. Like you said, it’s super long, so I don’t know if I ever sat down and watched the full thing, but I have definitely seen different parts over the years!

  10. MMMMmmmmm these sound amazing! Ever since my grandparents passed away, we kind of half-ass the Jewish holidays. But this year, my brother and I are going to Israel for our birthrite and my mother insists on having a Sedar…so we will see how it goes! Typically I just watch the Ten Commandments too…but omg I forgot how long it is. Happy Passover!

  11. I guess I need to see that movie? We had a seder on Monday night that was fab and I ate wayy too much good food (charoset- I could eat that alllll dayyyy long). And wine too. But it’s fun playing with passover desserts- we had chocolate quinoa cupcakes to round out the meal.

  12. Ummm… making these tonight (minus the chocolate!). They look amazing. Also, for the record, I LOOOOVE cardboard – aka matzah – seriously, I could eat it for every meal and be happy, ha!

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