These chewy gluten free dairy free chocolate chip collagen cookies (aka, paleo collagen cookies) have a hint of orange, a hint of cardamom, and gooey chocolate. They're a perfect little snack for any time you want something sweet.
If you've been following me for some time, you know I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Chocolate, in particular, holds a very fond place in my heart and clearly my tastebuds as you can see from these recipes: flourless double chocolate chip cookies, almond butter coconut cookies, paleo double chocolate muffins, no-bake brownie bites and more.
But I'm also quite mindful of how sweets affect my blood sugar and my overall health, so whenever possible, I try incorporating protein into my meals and sweets to balance things out.
That was the idea behind these gluten free dairy free chocolate chip collagen cookies or more precisely, paleo collagen cookies. I wanted to have all the taste but bring in some added benefits from the collagen. In addition to protein, collagen is not only great in baking but also provides important amino acids.
And if you're wondering whether you can bake with collagen, you 100% can as you can't taste the collagen at all when adding it to baked goods. So these cookies with collagen add all the benefits and all the flavor.
Also check out these paleo collagen mini muffins, if you're looking for recipes with collagen.
Why You'll Love These Collagen Cookies
- They're soft and chewy
- 7 grams of protein per cookies
- Gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo
- Take 15 minutes to make from start to finish
- A perfect treat for adults and kids alike without the crazy sugar rush
Almond flour: Fine unblanched almond flour works best for these collagen cookies.
Coconut flour: Use organic, good-quality coconut flour.
Coconut sugar: If you don't have coconut sugar, regular sugar will do.
Collagen peptides: I find this brand to be the best for baking and in general.
Ground cardamom: A little cardamom goes a long way.
Chocolate chunks or chocolate chips: I actually used both in this recipe.
Coconut oil: Unrefined coconut oil is best for baking.
Eggs: Always use eggs at room temperature when baking.
Vanilla extract: Using pure vanilla extract is always better.
Orange zest: You can use clementine or mandarin zest if you don't have orange.
Baking soda: Be sure to use baking soda and not baking powder.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Instructions For Making Collagen Cookies
Combine eggs, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla and mix well.
Whisk all ingredients until they are fully incorporated.
In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients.
Lastly, add chocolate chips or chocolate chunks to the dough and mix with a spatula.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and with a spatula mix to incorporate.
Use a spoon to help you spoon out the dough. You should get 15-18 cookies depending on the size you want. Bake cookies on the top rack at 350ºF for 12 minutes.
Hint: Make sure to space your cookies enough as they will expand. And it's very important that they're baked undisturbed on the top rack.
While I refer to these as my paleo collagen cookies, because they absolutely fit the category, you can customize them as you see fit.
- Sugar - if you don't have coconut sugar, regular sugar will work.
- Orange zest - if you don't like the flavor of orange you can leave it out.
- Cardamom - while it adds lots of flavor, if you don't have ground cardamom you can use a pinch of cinnamon or leave it out entirely.
- Vegetarian - if you want to omit the collagen, you can make the cookies with all ingredients but that.
Since this is now your recipe, you can play around with it as you see fit. Here are some variations if you feel like being creative.
- Walnuts and raisins - if you want to add walnuts and raisins in place of chocolate or just walnuts to the dough, you.
- Pumpkin spice - if you're looking for a seasonal twist on these collagen cookies, add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice mix.
- White chocolate - if you're sensitive to chocolate, you can try white chocolate as well.
- 2 medium bowls
- Parchment paper
- Large cookie sheet
You can store the chocolate chip collagen cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days. They're also fine at room temperature but I find them best in the refrigerator.
Be sure to let the cookies cool completely on a baking rack before storing them.
I love baking with collagen. In fact, it is a wonderful source of protein and essential amino acids.
In order to keep these collagen cookies paleo, I use coconut sugar, but if you're not following a paleo lifestyle, you can substitute it for regular sugar.
I find baking the cookies on the top rack to yield the best tasting slightly crunchy cookies on the bottom.
I find they store best in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They stay soft and chewy.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Combine eggs, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and mix well.
- In a separate bowl combine coconut and almond flour, collagen, baking soda, pinch of salt, and cardamom and mix them well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine well with a spatula.
- Lastly, add the chocolate chips and combine.
- Spoon the mixture on a large parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes on the top rack.
1. You should get 15-18 cookies depending on how big you make them.
2. Make sure you have enough space between the cookies so they don't stick together.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 7g