Honestly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Emily Claire Clarke, HCTP May 2017

These light and fluffy cookies are high in nutrients and skip any refined sugar. They’re sweetened naturally with coconut sugar and only take eight ingredients to prepare!


  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free butter spread
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large pastured egg at room temperature
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate bar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix dairy-free butter spread and coconut sugar on medium-high for one minute.
  3. Add baking soda, pinch of salt, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add egg.
  5. With the mixer on low, add almond flour, 1/2 cup at a time.
  6. Finally, mix in dairy-free chocolate.
  7. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or use a silicone mat.
  8. Using a spoon or small melon scoop, form equal-size dough rounds on the tray.
  9. Use a fork to gently press center of each dough round to flatten them a bit.
  10. Place cookies into center of oven.
  11. Bake for 9–12 minutes or until tops of cookies are golden brown.
  12. Cool completely on a rack for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!
  13. Cookies can be stored for up to three days.

Emily was diagnosed with a rare chronic disease in early 2014. After undergoing failed brain surgery and suffering the side effects of more than 10 medications, Emily turned to food for a cure. Her time in the kitchen led to an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle that has allowed her to manage her chronic pain naturally and taper off all prescription drugs and injections. Through her business, Busy Bee Well, Emily has gone on to support the wellness journeys of many women who are unwell, while providing those who are well with the tools to prevent disease. Beyond the basics of food, Busy Bee Well brings balance to every aspect of a woman’s life, including love, relationships, career, fitness, and sleep. Find more from Emily on her website and Instagram.

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