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Chocolate Chip Cookies without Brown Sugar

Paleo chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar are a healthier cookie recipe you need to try! Whether you are out of brown sugar or you are looking to reduce your refined sugars, this recipe fits both needs! Chocolatey, warm & chewy cookies out of the oven in less than one hour, even with chill time!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 144kcal
Author Lyndsey


Wet Ingredients

  • ¼ cup grassfed butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup almond butter may substitute for tahini
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups almond flour can sub ¼ cup of almond flour for gluten free flour for less dense/flat cookies
  • 1 cup chocolate chips Enjoy Life recommended for paleo or vegan, Lily's for keto or low carb


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream together the butter with the coconut sugar, coconut oil and almond butter using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until well incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in three parts, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
  • Use a small cookie scooper to scoop out approximately 36 small cookie dough balls. Roll each ball of dough and place onto baking sheet.
  • Bake cookies about two to three inches apart for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Pull cookies from the oven. Press a small divot into the top of each cookie and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to completely cool.


  • Skip the homemade flour and the almond meal and opt for a fine milled almond flour like Bob's Red Mill, Blue Diamond or Kirkland.
  • Use refined coconut oil if you do not like the taste of coconut.
  • The temperature of the butter and coconut oil is super important! You want the coconut oil to be the consistency of softened butter, not melted. Otherwise, you will end up with flat cookies.
  • Chilling time is super important when you are baking these cookies. I know it is tempting to skip the chill time, but the longer you can chill them the better. I recommend no less than 30 minutes chill time, or an hour if you can manage it.
  • The size of your cookie scoop will determine the amount you make as well as the time for baking. I used a small cookie scoop and got about 36 cookies while a larger scoop may result in only 12 cookies. You will also need to account for a few more minutes of bake time as the centers may not bake up as quickly for the larger cookies.
  • Vegan option: to make these vegan replace butter with vegan butter and replace egg with a flax egg or applesauce.
  • Keto option: to make these keto replace coconut sugar with Monk Fruit Baking Blend or Stevia Baking Blend and use Lily's chocolate chips.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container for up to one week on the counter. Unbaked cookie dough may be refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container. You may also freeze baked cookies or unbaked cookie dough in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.6g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 7.5g