Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe: Healthy & Easy

Here's a delicious dairy-free chocolate chip cookie recipe that's perfect for those with dairy allergies or anyone looking for a dairy-free treat. These cookies are soft, chewy, and loaded with chocolate chips.

Our recipe unlocks the secret to getting a buttery taste with dairy-free baking.

Do All Cookies Have Dairy?

Although many cookie recipes use dairy, there are alternatives.

  • Applesauce: You can usually substitute applesauce for butter in a 1:1 ratio.

  • Ghee: Ghee is a butter substitute for those who are lactose intolerant.

  • Margarine: A popular butter substitute, margarine is inexpensive. There are other substitutes such as Earth Balance.

  • Shortening: Remember the homemade cookies that Grandma used to make? Often shortening was used in place of butter.

Our Recipe

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 1/4 cup milled flax seed

  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 Cup ghee butter substitute or vegan butter

  • 1/4 Cup Allulose

  • 6 Tablespoons no sugar-brown sugar substitute

  • 1 Large egg, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate chips)


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, flax, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

  • In a large bowl cream together the butter substitute, light brown sugar substitute, and allulose until light and fluffy.

  • Add in the egg and vanilla, beating to combine after each addition.  Scrape the bowl down with a rubber spatula as needed.

  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat to combine. 

  • Add the chocolate chips to the cookie dough and mix on low to incorporate, or fold the chips in using your rubber spatula.

  • Use your cookie scoop to place the cookies out onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. If needed, flatten the ball a bit. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for a cook time 12-14 minutes, making sure that you rotate the pans in the middle of the baking time.

  • Cookies are done when they are golden brown with crisp edges.

  • Allow the cookies to some on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack. Cookies should be completely cooled prior to storing them in airtight containers.

Calories and Nutritional Info

When making the dough into approximately 15 cookies, each cookie will have about 85 calories and 3 net carbs.

Bakers Notes

To be completely transparent, chocolate chip cookies are not an item I have historically been good at baking. As I attempted to find a recipe that was keto for my husband, as well as being gluten-free for me and dairy-free for a friend, I was entering new territory.

Adapting a more traditional recipe that used an all-purpose or gluten-free flour to almond flour and flax took a bit of experimentation. When developing new recipes, that is just how it goes!

This was my first time baking with ghee and although the recipe called for softened butter, I pretty much melted the ghee which led to a very watery “dough.” Even though I was disappointed by how much my cookies spread out on the pan, both my husband and I gave the cookies two thumbs up for flavor. They are crispy on the edges and chewy on the inside.

Total time including prep time, mixing the dough and baking time was easily less than an hour.

“Ice Cream” Sandwiches with the Cookies

My hubby was craving an ice cream sandwich so I took two of the cookies and slathered some sugar-free whipped topping between them.

I then individually wrapped them in Saran Wrap and popped them in the freezer. Let’s just say he ate more than one.

The Best Store-Bought Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips

You can find dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips in dairy-free. In addition to dairy-free, you will want to locate sugar-free chips if you are eating keto.