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3-Ingredient Vegan Almond Flour Cookies {Vegan, Oil-Free, Keto Option}

Irresistible 3-ingredient vegan almond flour cookies that taste rich and buttery, despite being free of oil, eggs, butter and dairy. They are naturally grain-free, gluten-free & vegan, plus, they can be made keto-friendly with 1 substitution.

stack of almond flour cookies on a cooling rack

The Best and Easiest Vegan Almond Flour Cookies

These are the cookies I want, and I am pretty certain you will want them, too.

Because they are perfect.

And ridiculously easy. The dough takes roughly 1 minute to prepare (that’s averaging up) with the help of nothing more than a medium-size bowl and a spoon.

The texture? Tender and crisp-chewy, similar to a macaron, but more substantial. The sweetness? Spot on (not too much, nor too little). And buttery? Very buttery, in fact, despite having no butter, or added oil of any kind.

These cookies are not ersatz, health-food imposters. Anything but that. Serve them to gourmet friends, traditionalist cookie aficionados, children (big and small), significant others, friends, neighbors, health-conscious acquaintances, and co-workers.

They will love them. 

3-ingredient almond flour cookies that are vegan, paleo and keto, on a cooling rack

Recipe Benefits

All of that, and I have not mentioned several key features that makes these cookies all the more extraordinary. They are:

  • Made with just 3 ingredients (not counting water & salt)
  • Vegan (dairy -free & egg-free)
  • Oil-free
  • Grain-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Paleo-friendly
  • Keto (with one simple substitution)

Ingredients for the Vegan Almond Flour Cookies

The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.

To make these cookies you will need:

You will also need a small amount of regular water. I highly recommend adding a small amount of salt, too, but it is up to you.

Use Blanched Almond Flour to Make the Cookies

It’s very important to use finely ground almond flour (I used blanched almond flour), not almond meal (which is more coarsely ground, and is ground with the skins still on).

The cookies will be greasy and heavy when made with almond meal. I know, almond flour is a little bit pricey, but it is 100% worth it for these cookies. In addition, 1 cup of flour yields 10 generous-sized cookies, which is pretty frugal in the long run.

How to Make 3-Ingredient Vegan Almond Flour Cookies

Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.

Vary the Cookies in Multiple Ways

Here’s another reason to love these cookies: versatility. With one basic recipe, you have a wealth of cookie options at the ready, depending on what flavorings (e.g., vanilla and other extracts, spices, citrus zest) and/or stir-ins (e.g., chocolate chips or chunks, dried fruit, nuts, seeds) you want to incorporate.

You can even make jam thumbprints or use the dough as the base (in an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan) for bar cookies. Pretty neat!

Variations for 3-ingredient almond flour cookies that are vegan, paleo and keto

Make Keto Almond Flour Cookies

Making these cookies keto-friendly is a snap. Simply replace the coconut sugar with an equal amount of keto-friendly brown sugar replacement (e.g., Sukrin Gold, Swerve). Done! This reduces the carbohydrates to 2.5 grams per cookies (sugars 0.4 grams).

3-ingredient almond flour cookies that are vegan, paleo and keto

I specifically scaled this recipe small (10 cookies at a time) for anytime (now!) cookie baking, but the recipe can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled without a problem, in case you need to serve a crowd.

Happy baking everyone!

More Grain-Free & Vegan Almond Flour Cookies to Try

Yield: 10 cookies

3-Ingredient Vegan Almond Flour Cookies {Vegan, Oil-Free, Keto Option}

3-ingredient almond flour cookie on a cooling rack

Irresistible almond cookies that taste rich and buttery, despite being free of oil, eggs, butter and dairy. They are naturally grain-free, gluten-free & vegan, plus, they can be made keto-friendly with 1 substitution.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (112 g) blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 3 tablespoons (36 g) coconut sugar (see notes for keto, & other, options)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.4 g) baking powder
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the almond flour, coconut sugar, baking powder and (optional) salt (breaking up all lumps in the flour). Add the water and stir until blended.
  3. Drop by scant tablespoons (I use a small cookie scoop, which is just shy of a tablespoon) on the prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 13 to 16 minutes until golden brown and set at the centers.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

Storage: Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days (in a cool room; if it is hot, store in the refrigerator), the refrigerator for 1 week or the freezer for up to months.

Tip: I strongly recommend weighing the almond flour for best results. If using cups to measure, be sure to very lightly spoon the almond flour when measuring (do not scoop up the flour or tamp into the cup).

Sugar Options: An equal amount of brown sugar (light or dark) can be used in place of the coconut sugar.

Keto Variation: Replace the coconut sugar with an equal amount of keto-friendly brown sugar replacement (e.g., Sukrin Gold, Swerve). Keto Version Macros per Cookie: Calories: 64; Carbs: 2.5 g; Sugars: 0.4 g.

Variations: Chocolate Chip Cookies: Add 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips to dough.

Thumbprints: Maake an indentation int the top of each unbaked cookie mound and fill with 1/4 teaspoon of jam or preserves before baking.

Dried Fruit Cookies: Add 1/3 cup very finely chopped dried fruit to dough.

Sesame Almond Cookies: Add 1/8 teaspoon almond extract to dough.Sprinkle tops of cookie dough with sesame seeds before baking.

Toasted Almond Cookies: Add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and 1/3 cup toasted sliced almond, coarsely crushed, to dough.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 78Total Fat 5.6gSaturated Fat 0.4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 53.4mgCarbohydrates 6.1gFiber 1.2gSugar 4gProtein 2.4g

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Dana Andrade

Friday 30th of September 2022

This cookie was a wonderful surprise! I chopped and toasted some slivered almonds that I had on hand, plus almond extract, as suggested in the recipe notes (I also used splenda brown sugar - again, it's what I had in the pantry).The cookies didn't spread but baked into a golden ball of delicate almond flavor with a nice, crisp exterior. I baked these for a son and daughter-in-law who have some dietary limitations; I hoped they would like them but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed them! This pretty little cookie is Christmas tray worthy-- it's a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

Bindu

Thursday 8th of September 2022

Hi Camilla,

One of the best recipes I have ever come across! So simple and easy. This is my favorite recipe and I bake these very often. I have made them using desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, cranberries, sliced pistachios etc and the net result has always been super delicious. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!!

Camilla

Thursday 8th of September 2022

You are so welcome, Bindu! I am glad that you love them. All your described variations are making me very hungry, sounds wonderful !

Chris

Sunday 21st of August 2022

I used all weighed measurements and wound up with cookie spheres, haha. They were still delicious, but I think next time I'll need to add a little more water or flatten them before baking. Thanks for the recipe!

Camilla

Sunday 21st of August 2022

You are welcome, Chris, glad you like them :)

alyssa

Saturday 6th of August 2022

I don't typically cook/bake on Saturday since I observe it as the Lord's day of rest, however something came up today where I had to cook at home and I am so glad I found this EASY & Delicious recipe!! I am not strict keto so here is what I did. I doubled the recipe and I didn't want to use brown sugar so I subbed it for a mixture of 2tbs molasses, 3 tbs honey and 1 tbs maple syrup. I did weight the almond flour (great tip) and I didn't have baking powder so I used baking soda and it was still good, and I pressed a date into them (YUM). They reminded me of my late grandmother's date cookie recipe, so comforting. And my children adored them as well. THANK YOU! :)

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