The Best Healthy Cookies (from the Healthier Together cookbook)

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These chocolate chip cookies are gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free. Optional vegan with a chia egg!
These chocolate chip cookies are gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free. Optionally vegan with a chia egg!

My cookbook launch week is finally here, and whew, has it been a doozy! I can’t believe that after two years of work, Healthier Together is finally out in the world! The book is doing well beyond my wildest expectations—we hit number one in a number of Amazon categories, and so many of you are re-making the creations. My agent actually called me this morning to say that we’re thisclose to a huge tipping point on Amazon, so if you haven’t bought your copy yet, and want to purchase it on Amazon, please please do. Apparently, when books hit this point, they show up better in search and on rankings basically forever, so it’s a huge deal and I’d be eternally grateful.

To celebrate the launch, I wanted to share one of the most popular recipes in the book—the #besthealthycookies. You may have already seen the remakes on Instagram, but these refined-sugar-free, gluten-free cookies are the real deal: they use only a few simple ingredients to create a perfect cookie that’s crispy on the outside and chewy in the center (just the way I like it!).

Because they’ve been SO popular, I decided to share the recipe with you (if you want the rest of my healthy dessert recipes, including the Salted Caramel Crack Popcorn and the Fun-Size Snickers bar, you can find them in the Healthier Together cookbook!).

I’m also running a little giveaway on Instagram—if you make the Best Healthy Cookies, tag them, well #besthealthycookies and tag me (@lizmoody) to be entered to win my FIVE favorite healthy cookbooks of the year. Yes, you heard me right—FIVE.

I can’t wait to see your creations!!

These chocolate chip cookies are gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free. Optional vegan with a chia egg!

The Best Healthy Cookies

  • Author: Liz Moody
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 68 Cookies 1x


Sometimes you think you want a creative twist on a cookie (pretzel, potato chip, butterscotch, coffee!), but, ultimately, nothing beats the classic: a perfect, grain-free chocolate chip cookie. These babies have everything you want: the crispy edge that cedes to a chewy center; a rich buttery flavor; studs of walnuts, oats, and chocolate chips – yet they’re completely gluten-free and refined sugar-free, packed with protein, and won’t spike and crash your blood sugar as a normal cookie would. (My husband uses this as an excuse to eat them for breakfast, but you do you…)



  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted creamy almond butter (well stirred)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
  • Maldon or flaky sea salt, to sprinkle (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together with a large spoon the egg, vanilla, and almond butter until combined. Stir in the almond flour, salt, coconut sugar, and baking soda until smooth. Stir in the walnuts, oats, and chocolate chips, working the dough a bit to get everything distributed evenly (the dough will be thick – that’s okay)
  3. Scoop the dough into rounded teaspoonfuls and drop them onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with Maldon salt, if using. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges turn golden brown.
  4. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. While the texture of these is best on the first day (I like to eat small batches and eat them fresh), they’ll keep uncovered at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.


  • This recipe works well with other nut butters like cashew but always remember when using nut butters in recipes: make sure to stir it well beforehand as the oils can separate. 

Get Healthier Together

If you like these recipes, you’ll LOVE my new cookbook, Healthier Together.

Featuring 100+ recipes, including Actually Delicious Green Detox Soup to healthy Fun Size Snickers Bars and The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip cookies, and an entire “Fast, Cheap, & Easy” section devoted to weeknight meals, this is a cookbook that makes it easy to get healthier—and more importantly, happier.

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  1. Amber says:

    These were soooooooo good! I just found out my little girl has an egg allergy and since I’m still nursing her I have to cut out everything with egg 🙁 do you think these would still work with a flax egg or is the actual egg essential for lifting the cookies? Would love your thoughts before giving it a go 🙂

  2. Rona Natal says:

    Made the cookies last week they were a hit. Had them for breakfast a couple days.

    1. Ivette says:

      The cookies were delicious. I added cocoa because I love chocolate and came out good.

  3. Susan in CA says:

    These are delicious! Husband said these are the first gluten-free cookies he’s liked. Easy to eat them all. This recipe made 12 cookies for me. I’m going to try some sub-ins next time.

  4. Susan in CA says:

    Delicious. Will make again. How many calories per cookie? Need for My Fitness Pal. Thanks!

  5. Sally Cordier says:

    I love everything about these cookies! Not too sweet but totally satisfying. It’s hard not to eat too many.

    1. Nadia ismail says:

      Best gluten free, refined sugar free cookie recipe out there! Made a batch last night and my husband cleaned them out. Will be making it again today. Quick question can the cookie dough be frozen?

  6. Annie says:

    These cookies turned out AMAZING! Incredibly easy to make. I used different nuts and nut butters. Very little cleanup… you may want to make 2 batches right off the bat 😉

  7. Leah says:

    I already made these from the recipe on the cookbook page… Thanks for making it easier to read and for the DELICIOUS cookies and for sharing my photos of them!!! My book is in the mail!

    1. Liz Moody says:

      I’m so glad you liked them and of course!! Enjoy the book!