Super soft, extra crunchy, and FULL of chocolate… these Paleo chocolate chip cookies with pecans just might be your new go-to grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Breaking apart one Soft Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie with Pecans for an afternoon treat.

4 Batches = Perfect Paleo Cookie Recipe

Four batches in less than a week.

Yes… I wanted to make sure you have the PERFECT recipe for Paleo chocolate chip cookies.

And by George, I think we have a winner!

Paleo chocolate chip cookies in a stack on a table for a health treat.

Critics + Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you saw the Salted Caramel Fudgy Paleo Brownies post, you might have read about the panel of critics I bring all of Evolving Table’s dessert recipes to.

Just about every single one of the Paleo cookies, brownies, or healthy bites recipes you see here on the site have been vetted by, none other than, our weekly running group.

And these super soft Paleo chocolate chip cookies were no different.

Soft chocolate chip cookies with pecans on a cooling rack with a napkin underneath.

What did the Critics Say about these Paleo Cookies?

In an effort to see if anyone could tell that these were indeed HEALTHIER cookies, I brought both a vegan batch (made with coconut oil and a flax egg) as well as a regular batch (made with butter and an egg) to a group of about 12 guys.

The results…

No one noticed that these Paleo cookies were grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, (some) vegan, and actually quite good for you!

Nor did it take long for the entire tray of 20 cookies to disappear. <– Luckily, I thought to save a few at home!

Soft paleo chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk as an afternoon treat.

Do Your Friends Make Fun of You for Eating Healthy?

Do you catch weird looks or wide eyes whenever you say the words “vegan”, “Paleo”, or goodness… “gluten-free”?!

I feel your pain… and that’s why you need this recipe for the most delicious Paleo chocolate chip cookies in your recipe arsenal.

The next time you have a healthy eating naysayer… you know the one.  –> That person who makes fun of people going gluten-free and couldn’t dare the idea of living a day without meat. <–Yup, that’s the one.

Bring a big ole’ tray of these Paleo chocolate chip cookies to them.

And then wait… ever so patiently.

Wait to see their eyes light up, and then a big grin will spread across their face…

And then… only AFTER they have confessed to you that this is the BEST chocolate chip cookie they have ever put in their mouth… do you drop the news that these cookies do not have gluten, grains, butter, eggs (if vegan!), OR refined sugar.

And please, remember to snap a quick pic of their reaction and send it my way!

Easy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies with pecans on a table for dessert.

How Can You Evolve this Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe?

While these Paleo chocolate chip cookies are already gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free, there are still a few alterations you can make:

  • Swap out the pecans for walnuts, almonds, or more chocolate chips.
  • Make these cookies vegan by using a flax egg and coconut oil instead of butter.
  • Add dried cranberries for an extra bit of anti-oxidants and a pop of color.

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Super Soft Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

Super soft, extra crunchy, and FULL of chocolate... these Paleo chocolate chip cookies with pecans just might be your new go-to grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Yield 20 cookies
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 25 minutes


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • cup coconut flour
  • 3 Tbsp. tapioca starch
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. butter softened, almost melted
  • ¼ cup almond butter smooth*
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg room temperature*
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips dark, Paleo-approved
  • ½ cup pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium-sized bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, starch, soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • In a large bowl combine butter, almond butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla. Mix by hand or with an electric mixer until just combined.
  • Add the in the dry ingredients and mix until batter is homogenous.
  • Add chocolate chips and pecans. Mix by hand until well incorporated.
  • Scoop out 1.5 tablespoons of dough, roll into a ball, and place onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.**
  • Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.

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*If vegan, substitute 6 tablespoons almost melted coconut oil for the butter and 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax meal: 2.5 tablespoons water) for the egg.
**Cookies come out very fluffy. If you would like them not quite as thick, simply push down the balls of dough slightly before baking.


Calories: 175kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 126mg, Potassium: 45mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 140IU, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the first review on a recipe I have ever left, which is saying a lot. I’ve tried lots of Paleo desserts, and most of them aren’t good. These cookies really are great and probably the best classic cookie I’ve ever had, period. Wonderful flavor. The only thing I changed was I used coconut manna instead of butter. The only question I have is if this caused my cookies to not really fall much from the balled dough. They sort of held a ball like shape. I did try flattening them some before baking, but that seemed to make them slightly crunchier. Just wondering if anyone knew. Also, I literally ate 6 of these just now and I have never eaten that many cookies in one sitting…good thing they’re packed with great ingredients.

    1. Hi Rachel! I am SO happy you enjoyed the cookies so much. Yes, I do think the coconut manna could have contributed to the cookies not falling. Next time I would try coconut oil and make sure to melt it. Or, if you are dairy-free/vegan, you can try out vegan “butter” sticks by Earth Balance. Thanks so much for your glowing review and rating!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve tried about 4 or 5 grain free chocolate chip cookie recipes now & this one is by far my favorite! I was looking for a recipe that uses a variety of flours/nut butters & this was perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    Do I really need the tapioca starch? I mean, if I don’t have it, can I simply skip or substitute for something else? Thank you!

    1. Hi Flavia! The starch does help the texture quite a bite in the cookies. If you don’t have tapioca starch, arrowroot starch and cornstarch will work great!

  4. 5 stars
    If these are the cookies you served at one of your get togethers, then HOT DANG THEY’RE DELICIOUS! I mean, even if these are different cookies, I’m 110% sure they’re delicious too.

    1. They are, they are!! They are my GO-TO chocolate chip cookies now!! 🙂 Thanks for your comment and rating, Jessica!

    1. Hi Neela! This recipe has not been tested with just coconut flour. Coconut flour and almond flour absorb liquids differently so it most likely will not substitute similarly. Thank you for asking!