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.

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Almond Flour Cookies with Flaked Sea Salt

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 18 mins
  • Yield: 17-19 1x


These soft-baked cookies are gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, butter-free and oil free. They are moist, soft and chewy with sizable chunks of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of flaked sea salt. I find them to be completely irresistible and yet totally healthy and guilt-free. They are packed with plant-based protein and incredibly satisfying.



  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch/powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter (runny not hard)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.75 ounces of dark chocolate bar, chopped (~1/2 cup when chopped)
  • flaked sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place dry ingredients (almond flour, arrowroot starch, baking soda and salt) in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir to fully combine. Add the wet ingredients (almond butter, maple syrup, water and vanilla extract) and stir again to combine. Fold in the chunks of dark chocolate.
  3. Using a retractable cookie scoop, make 15-16 cookies (about 1-1.5 tablespoons in size each) and place on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with a sprinkle of flaked sea salt. Allow the cookies to cool directly on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to fully cool. Enjoy or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

  • Category: Dessert