Maple Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Video)

Chewy, soft, flourless, gluten free, and completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies made with maple almond butter, dark chocolate, and not much else!

Chewy, soft, flourless, gluten free, and completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies!!! Easy recipe found on

My whole entire current life is in this photo.

Or, wait. It’s actually in this super dramatic melty chocolate one.

Chewy, soft, flourless, gluten free, and completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies!!! Easy recipe found on

You see, I’ve been making these maple almond butter chocolate chip cookies for the past 2 weeks straight. I think… maybe… 6 batches so far? Yeah, that sounds about right. I first made them after whipping up my salted maple roasted almond butter the other week. Whoa. That’s actually a total lie. I made today’s cookies the SECOND time I made my maple almond butter. Because the first maple almond butter situation landed itself on toast and spoons. But regardless, it was 2 weeks ago and I’ve eaten my weight in them since. The good news? They’re pretty healthy, so making 6 batches in 14 days is completely allowed.

I brought a couple batches up to Vermont, then made more the other day to shoot a new video. (Below! Below!) Let’s talk about making the cookies real quick before we get to the video. These maple almond butter chocolate chunk cookies are actually very easy. For starters, you only need 5 simple ingredients. There’s no mixer involved, no cookie dough chilling, no flour, no grains, nada. They’re basically a version of my almond butter chocolate chip cookies just upgraded with added flavor (the roasted maple!) and magical sea salt sprinkles, I mean sparkles, on top.

How to make maple almond butter recipe on

You’ll need the maple almond butter I posted the other day and just a couple other little ingredients. I like to use chopped dark chocolate and coconut sugar to slightly sweeten them. Baking with coconut sugar is a little new to me, so I’m not the best person to ask for details. I do know that it’s an unrefined sugar made from the sap of coconut palm and that it’s also sold as coconut palm sugar. If you’re looking to reduce the amount of refined sugar in your daily eating, try exploring it! It’s really, really yum in today’s cookies. I’ve also tried it as a replacement for brown sugar in my whole wheat pancakes recipe and my chocolate pumpkin muffins recipe. Both incredible. I get my coconut sugar from Trader Joes.

Chewy, soft, completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies made with maple almond butter, dark chocolate, and not much else! Recipe found on

Today, you’ll only need 1/3 cup of coconut sugar for the entire recipe. One thing to note is that these maple almond butter chocolate chunk cookies aren’t super duper sweet. Still enough to satisfy, but not total sugar bombs like these guilty pleasures. Plus all those pools of melty dark chocolate and sprinkles of sea salt. 

Another item to note is that these almond butter cookies are immensely chewy and a little grainy. Not in a bad way, of course, but it’s just all the homemade almond butter in there. If you like texture, you’ll love these.

I like cookies extra soft style, so I slightly underbake them– if you prefer a crispier cookie, simply bake the cookies for a little longer. That’s true with nearly all chocolate chip cookies, so if you or someone in your family wants a crispy cookie– bake longer. But set a timer. Don’t forget about them. They’ll begin to smoke. Don’t wanna talk about it.

Chewy, soft, gluten free, and completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies made with maple almond butter, dark chocolate, and not much else! Recipe found on

Let me show you how to make them!


Maple Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Chewy, soft, completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies made with maple almond butter, dark chocolate, and not much else!


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (250g) maple almond butter, at room temperature or cold (not warm)*
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or light/dark brown sugar or even maple sugar)*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (140g) chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg until beaten. Mix in the almond butter, coconut sugar, and baking soda. Mix everything together very well. Depending how thick and/or cold your almond butter is, you’ll have to use some arm muscles. Fold in the chocolate chunks until combined– save a couple for step 3.
  3. Scoop the dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons each, onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently press down on the dough mounds with the back of a spoon. If you find the cookie dough balls are a little oily from your almond butter– mine usually are– blot each with a paper towel. Press a couple chunks onto the tops of each cookie dough mound (this is just for looks and those pools of melted chocolate on top!).
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. The cookies will look very soft– that’s ok! For crispier cookies, bake up to 12 minutes. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt immediately after coming out of the oven. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover leftover cookies tightly and store at room temperature for up to 7 days.


  1. Freezing Instructions: Cookies freeze well up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Almond Butter: I encourage you to use my homemade maple almond butter. If not, you can use commercial almond butter (Justin’s brand makes a tasty maple almond butter!). However, the type of almond butter you use will alter the cookies texture slightly. Be sure to stir in any excess oil on top of the natural brands, and get it completely mixed in. Otherwise, your cookies will spread too much. An equal amount of peanut butter or other nut butter can be used instead of almond butter.
  3. Sugar: Instead of coconut sugar, you can use light brown sugar, dark brown sugar, or maple sugar. Do not use a liquid sweetener like maple syrup, honey, or agave.

Keywords: almond butter chocolate chip cookies, almond butter cookies

Chewy, soft, gluten free, and completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies made with maple almond butter, dark chocolate, and not much else! Recipe found on

Chewy, soft, flourless, gluten free, and completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies!!! Easy recipe found on
Chewy, soft, flourless, gluten free, and completely irresistible 5 ingredient healthier chocolate chip cookies!!! Easy recipe found on


  1. Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) says:

    i love that these highlight almond butter, especially when you’re using such a tasty homemade one! and ooh those melty chocolate bits- putting extra chocolate on top of each one is genius :3

  2. Madeline @ Teen's Tasty Eats says:

    I love dark chocolate and almond butter together!! But turning that combo into a guilt-free cookies?! I’m sold!!! Making these for breakfast tomorrow, cause that’s acceptable, right???

    – Madeline<3

  3. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

    Your original almond butter cookies are one of my favorite recipes to this date, but I think you just outdid yourself. These look incredible! These need to be made in my house tonight. 🙂 

    1. Hi Erin! These cookies do look amazing and I love all your recipes too Erin, they’re fantastic! Maybe inspired from your Starbucks experience? Anyhow Sally, I LOVE hearing about how many batches of cookies you make in order to “get it right” I guess I just find that reassuring. It’s my daughters Birthday and I don’t even want to admit how many batches of frosting I’m made and bombed! They are just not coming out right and I’m not even a food blogger. It just shows though that practice makes perfect =) At least that’s what I keep telling my 5-year-old. 

  4. So smoked cookies aren’t the next big food trend, huh? 🙂
    I’m in on these. ALL in. And Trader Joe’s is my happy place. They make those giant bars of chocolate that I theoretically am supposed to bake with but wind up eating up. Joy!

  5. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says:

    I can’t believe these have only 5 ingredients! Thank you for the video, I didn’t realize how super simple these were to make until I watched it. Love when you post videos! Looking forward to making these tonight on my quiet, cozy Friday night in 🙂

    1. I’m glad the video helped show just how simple these are, Michelle. Enjoy them!

  6. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says:

    Love how easy and yummy these look!! I’ll definitely be baking up a storm this weekend while the snow storm goes on outside! Haha stay warm! 

  7. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says:

    I adore that first shot! Stunning. And, of course, love how delicious and easy these look! I love using flavored nut butter in cookies!

  8. Leah @ Grain Changer says:

    You just made this gluten-free girl’s WHOLE WEEK. Most definitely adding these to my Blizzard Baking list 🙂

  9. Thank you Sally!   I love that you are incorporating gluten free recipes into your baking game.   It’s always good for people to have a few of these recipes on hand even if they aren’t gluten free since allergies and special diets are on the rise.  (Not judging, I’m gluten free, so this recipe just made my day! ;0)

    In your notes you mention that you could substitute peanut butter for the almond butter.  I assume you would still need to use a natural style butter correct?  

    1. You can use any peanut butter. Sometimes I make cookies like this with Skippy or Jif if that’s what I have on hand!

      1. Awesome!   Sometimes it isn’t interchangeable so it’s a nice substitution if you’re on a budget.   

  10. Sally,

    Love the video! Thank you so much for making it. It’s nice to get a visual of the whole baking process since most of your posts only have photos of what the final product looks like. It would be great to see more of this! Have a great weekend! (PS I don’t usually go for almond butter but these cookies might have just changed my mind!!!)

    1. Working on more and more videos!

  11. I am so excited to try these for my gluten free friends!!! They look super delicious!!!

  12. That video made me really happy. Can’t wait to see more videos like that in the future. I’ll definitely try these sometime, I have a mess of almonds clogging up my cupboards. I’ll have to use brown sugar instead of coconut sugar though, but I don’t mind a little refined sugar being snuck in there 🙂 

  13. Sharon K (aka The Farm Chick Bakes) says:

    These look scrumptious, Sally.
    Because I must reduce (or cut refined sugar out totally) in my home now due to my diabetic boyfriend, can you tell me what the ratio of Coconut Sugar would be to regular sugar? For this recipe you said to use 1/3 c coconut sugar for the whole recipe….what would that have been if it were refined sugar do you know?

    1. Yes, you can use an equal amount of brown or granulated sugar in this recipe.

  14. Tiffany @ A Kitchen Fable says:

    I can’t believe these are gluten-free! They look so good. Great job! I have to make these soon.

  15. So simple yet so delicious looking cookies! Loved the video 🙂

  16. I absolutely love that video–you make it look so simple! I’m always looking for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe and this one sounds delicious <3

  17. Thank you Sally, I saw the the photos and could taste the melty chocolate in my mouth. I’m sure it is a ” must have” for the weekend.
    I love the video!

  18. Lauren @ Jesus and a Side of PB says:

    These popped up on my Instagram first thing this morning. I died. Not a bad way to start a Friday! Yum!

  19. lisa @ says:

    These look and sound incredible.  I’m amazed and confounded that you don’t have any flour in them – how do they “cookie” without flour?  It’s magic!

    1. Almond butter miraculously works as flour in cookies like this!

  20. These look amazing….and no flour?! My hubby stays away from flour when ever possible, so he is going to love you for posting this recipe. I make no bake chocolate cookies a lot for him but have a feeling these may be going to the top of his requests.

    1. Nothing compares to no-bakes but these come pretty close!

  21. Jessica says:

    I can’t wait to make these cookies! I love how there is no flour, just lots of almond butter flavor! Do you find that these cookies are still sturdy? 

    1. Yes, definitely after they cool completely. And especially if you bake them for 11ish minutes.

  22. Natasha @ Salt and Lavender says:

    Love the video, Sally!! These cookies look fab!

  23. I LOVE soft cookies and the fact that they are healthy? Forget about it, I’m heading straight to the kitchen.

  24. Ramona @ The Merchant Baker says:

    When I saw your post yesterday for the maple almond butter, I thought, yum! That sounds so good! But today…the cookies look even more delicious and with those chunks of chocolate?…Super yum! And I always love a little salt on top of my cookies..brings out so much flavor!

    1. Nothing like a sprinkle of sea salt– especially on cookies with chocolate!

  25. Wow, these look amazing! I can’t wait to try these! And they’re so simple, too! My mouth is watering, and I can almost taste them right now. 🙂  

  26. Hi Sally,

    I just finished baking this and the cookies were amazingly tasty!  I ended up only using 1 Tbsp regular sugar and semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of dark because that was all I had.   I might even try eliminating the sugar next time.  Thanks for another great recipe!

  27. Made these last night – SO GOOD!

    Had to improvise with regular chocolate chips, good but dark choc chunks would have been so dreamy.

    Also my almond butter came out a bit weird – like not smooth and spreadable but more paste like.  Still, definitely making again.

    and again.  Thanks snow day!

    1. *goes to store to buy more almonds to make again*

  28. I love the video component!!! It reminds me of those tasty videos floating around Facebook. I love how these cookies are super simple! And I’m pretty much living off of nut butters right now soooooo yeah, I need these.

  29. The chocolate puddles are making these irresistible! Loving the incorporation of video! Do you outsource or are you shooting it yourself? Coconut sugar is new to me. Can you taste the coconut? I love coconut but I know some people have a complete aversion towards it!

    1. I shoot them myself! WHAT a learning curve it’s been, too! You cannot taste coconut in coconut sugar. Doesn’t taste like coconut at all.

  30. I made these tonight and am at work looking at the recipe because I miss them… they were that good. HEAVEN.
    Thank you thank you for this recipe. I’m going to try and not make them everyday for the next month. I will fail.

    (also, I hate almond butter but love love your homemade version. game changer!!)

    1. So happy you love the homemade almond butter, Laura! AND these cookies. I just made batch #7 last night. Obsessed.

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