Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cassava Flour Nut Free

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These soft chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with cassava flour, making them nut free PLUS grain free and gluten free.  The cassava flour makes the flavor very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, so you know everyone will love them!

These soft chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with cassava flour, making them nut free PLUS grain free and gluten free.  The cassava flour makes the flavor very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, so you know everyone will love them!

Get ready for more Paleo + nut free baking today!  It’s chocolate chip cookies for you right now – soft, chewy, chocolate chip cookies, with a flavor nearly identical to traditional white flour cookies, thanks to our star – cassava.

I worked on this recipe over last summer until it drove me so batty that I decided to shelve it for awhile.  The problem?  Texture.  It turns out that cassava flour behaves very differently in a cookie recipe than in a bread recipe.

My cookie dough would look perfect over and over, but the results after baking were all over the place.

These soft chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with cassava flour, making them nut free PLUS grain free and gluten free.  The cassava flour makes the flavor very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, so you know everyone will love them!

I was met with cookies that spread ALL OVER the baking sheet, cookies that didn’t spread at all, cookies that looked perfect but had the texture of crumbly cake, and cookies that seemed to melt into something that tasted like sand after taking a bite.

After about 5 tries, I noticed a few common themes.

First, ALL of the cookies came out of the oven fall-apart-soft.  Even the ones that would up pretty good after a few hours could disintegrate if you tried to touch one a few minutes out of the oven.

Lesson 1 – cassava flour cookies need lots of time to “set” and should be cooled COMPLETELY on the baking sheet – not transferred.

These soft chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with cassava flour, making them nut free PLUS grain free and gluten free.  The cassava flour makes the flavor very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, so you know everyone will love them!

Lesson 2 – using all granulated sugar to sweeten the cookies (like coconut sugar) won’t work – it needs to be combined with a nice STICKY sweetener (honey) for a good chewy texture after cooling.

Lesson 3 – Cassava flour chocolate chip cookies seem to have superior texture after cooling completely and THEN chilling in the fridge for awhile.  Trust me on this one – and try it!

Lesson 4 – More than one egg (even an extra yolk) turns the cookies way too cakey and almost rubbery.  I had a batch that looked absolutely perfect, but had a strange rubbery texture that I couldn’t get past!  After that, I stuck to one egg and didn’t look back.

These soft chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with cassava flour, making them nut free PLUS grain free and gluten free.  The cassava flour makes the flavor very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, so you know everyone will love them!

So, after compiling all these lessons learned from the failed batches, I came up with a recipe that seems to be as close to perfect as you can get, both flavor and texture wise!

I used a mixture of honey and coconut sugar to take care of the texture and flavor.  One egg, one cup of cassava flour and a mix of baking soda and powder to help the cookies spread just enough.

I still recommend allowing the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet – these aren’t “grab-one-out-of-the-oven” cookies.  They need to be left alone for at least an hour to really set properly (weird, yes, but it works.)

And again, I totally prefer these after spending a little time in the fridge.  That doesn’t mean they can’t be left out at room temp, but for superior texture I recommend a little chilling.  As a side note, they are SO perfect with some coconut vanilla ice cream!

I hope you’re ready for insanely delicious paleo chocolate chip cookies – let’s bake!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cassava Flour Nut Free

These soft chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with cassava flour, making them nut free PLUS grain free and gluten free.  The cassava flour makes the flavor very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, so you know everyone will love them!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cassava Flour Nut Free

These soft chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with cassava flour, making them nut free PLUS grain free and gluten free.  The cassava flour makes the flavor very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, so you know everyone will love them!

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a large cookie sheet (or 2) with parchment paper.

  2. Using an electric hand mixer, cream together the ghee (or butter), honey, coconut sugar and vanilla until smooth on medium speed

  3. Add in the egg and beat on low speed until combined

  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, then add dry mixture to wet, beating on low speed until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, then chill the dough for 10-15 minutes in the fridge.

  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheet about 2” apart since they will spread a bit while baking.

  6. You’ll need to repeat the process on a separate baking sheet for the leftover cookie dough.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet – do not transfer them while they’re cooling since they’re VERY delicate due to the cassava flour. These cookies are not at their best right out of the oven – they need time to finish setting while they cool.

  8. Once completely cool to the touch, remove from sheet and serve. Cookies will be soft and chewy at room temp, and become more firm, yet still chewy after refrigeration. I personally prefer them after chilling! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*For Paleo (corn free) baking powder, mix 1 tsp baking soda with 2 tsp cream of tartar. For this recipe you’ll need just 1/2 tsp of this mixture.

Nutrition Facts

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cassava Flour Nut Free

Amount Per Serving

Calories 151
Calories from Fat 72

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8g
12%

Saturated Fat 6g
30%

Cholesterol 21mg
7%

Sodium 86mg
4%

Potassium 83mg
2%

Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%

Sugars 10g

Protein 1g
2%

Vitamin A
0.3%

Vitamin C
0.5%

Calcium
4.8%

Iron
3.2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What I Used To Make My Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cassava Flour:

These soft chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with cassava flour, making them nut free PLUS grain free and gluten free.  The cassava flour makes the flavor very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, so you know everyone will love them!

Want More Paleo and Nut Free Baking Recipes?  Try one of These!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Banana Blueberry Breakfast Bread

Classic Blueberry Muffins with Cassava Flour

Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Frosting

Hearty Cassava Flour Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Donuts with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Chip Muffins 

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