These wholesome cookies are just too good to be true.  First of all, they taste incredible.  They are soft, chewy, moist and decadent.  The chunks of melted dark chocolate combined with the flaked sea salt against the buttery-tasting almond flour are cookie perfection.  The sweet and salty combination is so gourmet and yet basic at the same time.

But beyond the irresistible flavor (and texture), these cookies are butter-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan.  They are packed with plant-based protein from the two main ingredients: almond flour and almond butter.

These cookies are paleo-diet friendly and completely grain-free (no oat flour this time).  The almond flour and almond butter are naturally slightly sweet.  I naturally sweetened them a bit more with a touch of maple syrup.

I kept this recipe super simple with just ten ingredients and one bowl.  Stir everything together and the cookies bake in just ten minutes.  It could not be easier.

If you give these cookies a try (and you definitely should!), please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on InstagramTwitter or Facebook so I can see you enjoying your decadent creations.