Paleo Chocolate Chip Bakies

paleo chocolate chip cookies

Do these taste like what your mama used to make? No. Are they soft and chewy or thin and crispy? Nope. Are they delicious, cheap and easy to make? Abso-freakin-lutely. They’re not cookies, but cookie-like, so we’re gonna go with “bakies.” This is pretty much the cheapest and quickest way to make a Paleo cookie–I mean bakie. Why? It’s a throw together recipe with very small quantities of the expensive stuff (almond flour, almond butter) and no eggs. Maybe your eggs aren’t expensive, but my eggs, straight from the farm, are $4.50/dozen; I really hate recipes that call for like 5 eggs at a time. Now that I think about it, these are actually…Vegan, cringe.


  • 1 1/4 c almond flour
  • 2 small bananas, about 1 c*
  • 1/4 c dark chocolate chips
  • 3 T almond butter
  • 2 T brown sugar or coconut sugar, optional
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking soda
  • pinch of salt


In a mixer, mix the following ingredients together until smooth: bananas, almond butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Add the almond flour and chocolate chips.

Bake at 350ยบF for about 11 minutes. As you can see from the picture, I used a 1 1/2 inch ice cream scoop to form the cookies. Use a spoon if you gotta, but if the cookie dough “ball” is larger than an inch and a half, you’re going to need to adjust the baking time. These bakies do stick a bit to the pan, so use gentle force to remove them–or try lightly greasing with baking sheet.

*Your bananas MUST have brown spots on them! When I say 2 small bananas, I mean: when you roughly tear the bananas into a measuring cup, you get about one cup, do not puree the banana and then measure.

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    July 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    yay! can’t wait

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    July 31, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Man, I am sooooo disappointed right now that I don’t have any bananas with brown spots on them!!!

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    August 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    made these last week and ate them all by myself. yum – they reminded me of banana bread with chocolate chips

    now I need a recipe for ginger snaps

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    September 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I ate these at a paleo birthday party and they were awesome! The kids loved them too!

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      megan keatley
      September 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

      that’s so awesome someone would want these for their birthday. woohoo! thanks annie!

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    September 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Favorite paleo cookie i’ve ever come across! Absolutely wonderful and not too sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ love them

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    October 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I agree with Sanders about them tasting like banana bread with chocolate chips, which is something I really enjoy! If you want something with a little sweet they’re much better than alternatives I might have turned to in the past. Thanks so much for coming up with this and keep them coming. Any chance there’s such a thing as a paleo shortbread cookie?

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      megan keatley
      October 14, 2010 at 10:39 am

      i definitely think it’s possible, but it wouldn’t be an exact replica. problem is flour and butter together make wonderful things like pie dough and crumbly cookies like shortbread, haven’t really found a good alternative yet, but we’ll never stop trying.

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    October 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Whoa mama! I’ve made two batches of these in the last 3 days. Fantastic! I’m thinking of subbing the chocolate chips for walnuts and adding some cinnamon and nutmeg next batch. Best paleo-ish cookie I’ve ever eaten!!!

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    March 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    just a tip, when my bananas start going too ripe and i know i cant possibly eat them, i remove them from the skin, lay them on a piece of plastic wrap, slice them into pieces but leaving in the form of the whole banana, then roll them up in plastic and freeze them. Great for making quick shakes because they are frozen, can be thawed to use in baking or other hot concoctions I can come up with for a dessert!!

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    megan keatley
    March 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    we do that too! minus the slicing part–which is a great idea!

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    June 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Sugar of any sort is not paleo allowed.

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    brandon keatley
    June 8, 2011 at 8:49 am

    dogmatic commenting is not health-bent appreciated.

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    July 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I never leave comments, but these cookies were so good I had to comment on them! I did make some substitutions because I cannot have chocolate and almond butter is way too expensive right now. Instead of chocolate I used cranberries and instead of almond butter I used sunflower butter. The only thing about baking with sunflower butter is it turns green when baked! I also added walnuts. Just like everyone else said they tasted like banana nut bread. And to respond to an earlier comment: you can have coconut sugar on the paleo diet, in moderation of course. But for those of us worried about blood sugar, coconut sugar is way better than cane sugar and the nuts should help to offset spikes. FYI Thanks for the great recipe.

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    August 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I’m so glad my mom buys two bunches of bananas, one for use during the week that is almost to the point of being cooking only and one that is still slightly green. ^^

    That way, we have bananas we can cook with and by the time we get through one bunch, the other is ready to be both eaten and cooked with.

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    August 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    these were yum! i miss my sweets and these hit the spot. my problem was finding chcolate chips that didnt have soy or sugar but i found em and theyre great! will definitely make these again!

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    August 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    thanks keith

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    October 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I saw this recipe just last night and had tomake them right away. I am so glad that I did. I did substitute the brown sugar for sucanat with success. I am more of a “harder” cookie person than soft, but these were mighty tasty right out of the oven. I put the ones that “survived” into the freezer and ate one a few minutes ago. YUMMO! The boys are clamoring for more and I am doing everything to keep my own hands out of the freezer. While they are cold to the touch, eating them frozen gives them that more cookie-like texture. These are without doubt a keeper in my book. Now I cannot wait to try other items from your site.

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    October 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Do you know if ground almonds are the same as almond flour?

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      megan keatley
      November 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      hi carrie. the texture of homemade ground almonds won’t be as fine in texture as almond flour. but technically, ground almonds and almond flour are the same thing…but not. i hope that helped. hahaha.

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    karissa burgess
    December 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    First of all, I love these things! I always bake them when I need that extra bit of sweetness in my day (which is a lot lol). A tasty variation for the holidays is to use a full cup of pumpkin puree instead of the bananas with 1.5 tsp of pumpkin pie spice keeping all the other ingredients the same. The pumpkin flavor tastes pretty awesome with the dark chocolate. I have also used unsweetened applesauce instead of bananas in a pinch when I’m out and they still come out good, although I love the banana flavor.

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      megan keatley
      December 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

      pumpkin sounds amazing.thanks for the tips! glad you enjoy them!

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    December 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Not sure why you called this Paleo, should just be called chocolate chip bakies.

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    March 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I have tried this recipe a few times now but I had an interesting development on the batch I made yesterday…they turned green! I substituted organic whole wheat flour for the almond flour and sunflower butter for the almond butter but other than that I changed nothing else. Quite funny looking but they still taste fine…

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    April 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Made these twice already, using Trader Joe’s almond butter and almond meal. They are FANTASTIC. Love them! Thanks much for the recipe! All my fellow CrossFitters LOVE them!

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    dietary wanderings and menu plan #2
    October 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

    […] As far as how I feel health wise…I don’t feel like I cam give an honest to goodness answer on that aspect of my dietary switch just yet. I just had a baby, baby #5! And I feel like I need to have some space to rest and rejuvenate from that life experience in and of itself. Plus, I’d have to really have a year to see just how big of a difference eating this way does or doesn’t make for me. Right off the bat though, what I can say is that I do not feel bloated at all after eating anymore. I feel satisfied with my meals, yet not overly stuffed. Nor do I have a constant need for snacking throughout the day. Occasionally, yes, I snack on something, but overall, my meals hold me over. If I do snack it tends to be something like carrots and almond butter or some chocolate chip bakies. […]

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    April 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I know this is an older recipe but hoping someone can still answer! Have you had any success with coconut flour rather than almond flour? I have had the worst time finding new recipes lately as I discovered through allergy testing that I am highly allergic to eggs and almonds (among many other food items). Baking without eggs has been incredibly hard as you can imagine, and then I have found that many of the recipes call for Almond flour which used to be a staple in my household. These look delish and I really want to try them! Can you help a girl out? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the awesome recipes and fabulous site!

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      megan keatley
      April 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      we actually do have a chocolate chip cookie recipe in our book that doesn’t use almond flour and actually doesn’t include eggs either. you can order it off marksdailyapple.com starting may 1 or pre-order on amazon. i think if you order of mda you’ll get it sooner, but we’re actually not certain, which is why we haven’t actually said anything about it yet.

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        July 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        I just made the chocolate chip cookies from your book (the “chewy” one with the egg). Love them! I will have to try the “crispy” one without the egg.

        P.s. I did have to reduce the temperature to 350 and bake for 7-8 minutes max to avoid burning……

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    July 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Made these tonight and they were a hit!!!!

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    July 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    do you mind posting the nutrional info for your awesome recipes please? i’m curious about calories, carbs, etc…thank you!

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      September 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

      You’d probably get a more accurate (as accurate as this kind of stuff can be) analysis if you plugged the recipe into a site like livestrong (has a recipe section–i’m sure others do, too) using the ingredients you have on hand specifically. Most times, bloggers and the rest of us aren’t using exactly the same stuff.

      That’s what I do, fwiw. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    October 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Hey!! Sounds good!! But like Laura, I was also curious to know the nutritional info. I did however plug the numbers into Sparkpeople but the only thing I DON’T know is how many cookies does this recipe yield?? Thanks and can’t wait to try these!! ;o)

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