“Classic” Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m baaaaaack πŸ™‚ It’s been nearly two years since I wrote my last post here but HOLY CRAP LIFE IS HECTIC YOU GUYS. I figured I would mention a few reasons for my absence and a few reasons that I am back!

I started this blog because I needed an outlet to share my utmost enthusiasm about the Paleo diet since my friends and family were getting sick of me talking about it. It quickly became an outlet to meet other like-minded individuals and share my love of eating real food. It ALSO became an outlet for me to distract myself from a fairly unhappy life… I was unhappy because I didn’t like my job, I felt like I had no passion or focus career-wise, I was in a deteriorating relationship that I didn’t want to admit to, and it was the one place I could truly escape. Fast forward a few years and I didn’t need the blog anymore. Β I had found answers for most of my issues and I honestly didn’t have the time to commit to it fully.

In addition to my personal problems, there was also the fact that I didn’t think my photography skills were “good enough.” Blogging has become a totally different animal and it felt like everyone expected me to make amazing recipes, photograph them like a pro (with the best props and background and lighting, etc), get the post up in a timely manner, and go crazy sharing them on social media. I’m sure part of this feeling was just my own mind making excuses, but SERIOUSLY I am impressed with all the bloggers who have not only done all those things but also find time to write cookbooks, record podcasts, and a million other things to stay at the top. Props to them, majorly.

I also decided to pursue my passion in a very real way and started a program to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Although I have been doing it essentially one class at a time it has taken me this long because during this time I also : got a new job that I really love but that requires 50-75% travel, met the man of my wildest dreams, bought my first house in Minneapolis, adopted a rescue pup named Beesly (after Pam Beesly from The Office), auditioned for a Food Network show, almost became a fitness coach on the side, and lived a genuinely spectacular life. If there is one piece of advice I would give based on the last couple years it is CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY. Our attitude controls everything in our lives and sometimes it is HARD to do this but it gets easier each time and it changes how our brains function (pretty effing cool).

Now, why did I decide to return? For one, this cookie recipe is really effing good πŸ˜‰ But truly, I am nearing the end of my program to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, the world is in a crazy place, and I really really want to connect with more people in my community. This is part of my community. PLUS I am learning more and more amazing and sometimes terrifying information every day regarding food, lifestyle, self-care, etc and I want to share MORE of that and fewer recipes (unless they are cookie recipes). What do you think of that? I would honestly love to hear from you if you have specific things you would like to hear from me!

Anywho, that was long-winded. These cookies are meant to be as close to the “real deal” chocolate chip cookies of yesteryear (and by that I mean the full of refined flour and sugar kind). Β The best part in my lazy opinion? They require ONE BOWL πŸ˜€ Β Please make them, please share them with loved ones, and please enjoy them!

Classic Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies 2


Rachael aka The Freckled Foodie

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies – Grain free, Paleo, Primal

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  • Yield: 28 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: cookie, dessert, treat


  • 2 c almond flour (I use Honeyville brand)
  • 1/4 c collagen ( I use Great Lakes, green bottle)
  • 1/3 c shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 6 tbsp softened butter or ghee
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 – 1 c chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place parchment or silpat onto two large cookie sheets, set aside
  3. In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients and whisk to combine evenly
  4. Add the softened butter or ghee, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and egg
  5. Stir to combine; this may take time to bring it all together so keep going until it forms a consistent dough
  6. Add chocolate chips and stir to disperse evenly
  7. Scoop the dough using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon measure and place at least an inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets
  8. Flatten them slightly if you choose because they won’t spread very much
  9. Bake for 11 minutes and let the cookies cool for at least 10 minutes on the cookie sheet
  10. Can be eaten immediately OR (even better) the next day after they have hardened up a bit
  11. Store on the counter in a container; can be frozen as well

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Comments: 10

  1. Chelsea December 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm Reply

    I totally get the struggle with feeling like you have to post a certain frequency and have mindblowing photos. There’s definitely some pressure there! While I do find food photography fun, I’m definitely no pro…sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s a hobby and I don’t have to be perfect. I can screw up, try new things, and post my less-than-stellar pictures because improvements don’t happen overnight…and anyway, it’s my little space of the internet and I can do what I want! Ha. Anyway, I’m glad to see you back, and I’m glad that you’ve found so much happiness in life!

    • thefreckledfoodie December 28, 2016 at 10:17 am Reply

      Thanks Chelsea! It’s definitely fun to watch you and other bloggers continue to get better and better with photography while I took a two year hiatus πŸ™‚

  2. Kyle December 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Hi Rachel, I’m glad to see you’re back (even though I didn’t realize you were on hiatus – I just recently found your blog…) because ive become more interested in eating a paleo diet and educating myself at the same time. I’ll definelty make the chocolate chip cookies and will look for your new posts and recipes as they appear.

    • thefreckledfoodie December 30, 2016 at 7:19 pm Reply

      Glad to have you here Kyle! Thanks for the note πŸ™‚

  3. Stephanie December 30, 2016 at 7:35 pm Reply

    I am so glad you are back Rachel. I love following your blog and trying out the recipes you suggest. I am glad you took time for yourself and are now back. Congratulations on the new house, puppy, job and an awesome man. Welcome back.

  4. Janet January 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm Reply

    I found your blog about a year ago and decided to give Paleo a try. I did great for 4 months and felt great, but slowly fell back into old eating habits. I’ve been trying to get back on track since with little success. Other blogs are good but none have inspired me the way you have, Thank you for your blog and look forward to reading your new posts and recipes.

    • thefreckledfoodie January 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

      Janet, I am SO happy to hear that πŸ™‚ I am excited to get back into it and share more information on health, nutrition, and lifestyle in addition to recipes. I know you can get back at it, everyone has some times when they fall off the wagon!

  5. Nancy Larpenteur March 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm Reply

    I loved these cookies.

    • thefreckledfoodie March 20, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply

      Thanks Nancy! I love them too πŸ™‚ I haven’t made any in awhile so I should probably whip up a batch soon!

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