Make This: A Clean Chocolate & Almond Cookie Recipe

almondchiacookies_bannerWe all get the urge to bake something decadent and sweet. Like these Clean Chocolate & Almond Cookie recipe for instance. Get ready to gather your ingredients, dust off your mixing bowls and create this sweet recipe in just a few minutes.


These cookies are the perfect 3pm snack idea for when those sugar cravings are calling your name and also make for a great lunchbox companion for the kiddies to take to school. Combining some of our favourite nourishing faves such as cacao (a mood booster/antioxidant rich), chia seeds (omega 3s/ protein source) and coconut oil (good fat/ energy source), this cookie is a nutritional powerhouse… So go on, bake it!

Clean Chocolate & Almond Cookies 

Make This: A Clean Chocolate & Almond Cookie Recipe

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: Serves 12

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • ¾ cup cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. bi-carb soda
  • 2 tbsp. boiling water
How to make it:
  • Preheat oven to 160°C.
  • Add almond meal, cacao powder and chia seeds to a bowl and mix well.
  • Add bi-carb to boiling water and stir until it froths up and immediately pour into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Then, stir through both the maple syrup and coconut oil.
  • Roll cookie mix into balls in your hands, and press onto a lined baking tray.
  • Bake for approximately 15 mins.
  • Tip: They will harden as they cool.

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So, there you have it! We hope this delicious little treat hits the spot!


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    1. Matilda on said:

      Bi Carb Soda is:
      Sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3.
      It’s similar to baking soda. They are both leavening agents, so if you have baking soda use that instead.

        1. Bel on said:

          Bicarb soda is also known as ‘bicarbonate of soda’ or ‘baking soda’. All the same thing.

          Baking powder is different.

      1. Leonie Loman on said:

        To Matilda, If you haven’t go Bi Carb Soda in your pantry you should get some, it has sooo many uses, 1/2 cup Carb Soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar will clear and clean your drains, 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of water will fix a bladder infection (ask your doctor, he/she will endorse it), 1/2 teaspoon in with your green veg will keep them nice and green and prevent fading during cooking …… many other uses. Cheers Leonie

    2. AllanaAnne on said:

      These are absolutely to DIE for!!

      I simply cannot live without chocolate and even having dark chocolate I still can’t just eat a few squares. These are the perfect “sweetie treat” for me and I am satisfied at 1.

      I made them exactly to the recipe and they worked out at 168 calories each which is amazing balanced against the 500+ of a chocolate splurge :D

      Thanks MNB team!! xx

  1. AshKiwi on said:

    Loving the recipes – would it be possible for you to include the nutritional info in the recipes you post? In particular the calories? I’m not calorie counting as such, but I am trying to keep track so that I can plan my workout intensity according to my diet (and vice versa). Thanks! Can’t wait to try the almond chia cookies! xx

  2. chloe on said:

    I made them yesterday – but instead of using Almond meal I used Hazelnut (only thing I had in my pantry).

    They are AMAZING. Even my fiance (who is a sweet biscuit lover) loved these!


  3. Emma on said:

    Yay! Another healthier version of a sweet treat. Now I can eat chocolate cookies guilt free. Yummy! They look so good!
    Xx Em

    1. Loretta on said:

      Raw cacao powder can be purchased from health food stores, as can the coconut oil. Or you can also get coconut oil from most supermarkets.

    2. Regan on said:

      If you can’t find them locally or live in a regional area, like me, you can buy everything you need from…it’s a great website and fast shipping.

  4. Loretta on said:

    I made these but they turned out very very dry and definitely not sweet enough. I think the dry:wet ingredient ratio is a little out of kilter.

    1. Angelique on said:

      I made them last night and then brought them to work today and that was general feeling here too – something is missing they are too dry. You definitely need a coffee or tea with them.

    2. Kristy on said:

      Yes, mine were the same, so dry and crumbly…..something definitely wrong with the recipe. So disappointed

    1. Annie on said:

      I didn’t use coconut oil and they tasted good. My friend who made them didn’t even know the difference.

  5. Annie on said:

    These are amazing love them!!! Would love to know the nutritional value as well.
    Can’t wait to make another batch.

    1. lau on said:

      Heyy Annie,
      Have you ever considered using :)
      I use it daily, to track calories etc. … it also has a feature where you can enter all ingreds of a recipe and how many servings, and it works out the nutritional details for you.
      Give it a go!

  6. Carissa on said:

    I found these to be a little dry and crumbly, and also extremely chocolately! I think that next time I make these I will halve the amount of cacao used and add a bit more coconut oil and maple syrup. Other than that they are nice and great to know they’re reasonably healthy too! #guiltfreetreat

  7. Bridgette on said:

    These cookies have so much potential! I agree with a few other comments, they are too dry and crumbled. I’m obsessed with chocolate and this seems like the perfect treat so I definitely want to make them again but they are almost inedible with how I made them last night (haha) So what has everyone else tried to get them more moist or just a bit tastier?

  8. Cherie on said:

    i read the comments before making them, so I used 4 tablespoons of honey (didn’t have any maple syrup) and they taste great! not too dry at all!

  9. Nikki on said:

    Hi, I don’t see that anyone had the same problem as me but when I tried to do the step of bi-carb soda and boiling water, the bi-carb soda wasn’t frothing up. I tried this with baking powder and the baking powder frothed up immediately… does anyone know why this happened? Can this be a substitute?

  10. Melanie on said:

    I just made these and they are DELISH! I made half the batch to test after reading reviews and altered slightly to:
    1 cup almond meal
    1/4 cup cacao powder
    1 tbsp. chia seeds
    3 tbsp. maple syrup
    2 tbsp. coconut oil
    ½ tsp. bi-carb soda
    1 tbsp. boiling water
    Cooked for 15 minutes and they came out great! So yum!

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  13. Evelyn on said:

    Delicious recipe – quick and easy to put together for a chocolate fix that has left my kitchen with a devine hot chocolate smell. I followed most of the recipe with a small addition of coconut sugar. In a 150 degree fan force oven with the dough in thicker balls ~ 15 mm thick, they were still quite moist in the middle.
    Will definitely make again soon!

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  15. carolyn on said:

    Truly delish cookies….my kids really enjoyed them too.. I added ridce malt syrup instead of maple syrup.
    (so they are not so dry)
    yum….so good

  16. Sarah on said:

    I just made these but they were too dry with the recipe so I added a mashed banana to it and tasted better afterwards, however they were still not sweet enough for me! I used honey instead of maple syrup as well and probably not enough of it. Other than that, they are yum!

  17. Jodie on said:

    Nit really a lunchbox treat, can’t take nuts to school, but they look like they wld be good

  18. Jodie on said:

    Not really a lunchbox treat, can’t take nuts to school, but they look like they wld be good

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  21. Kerry on said:

    I suspect those of you experiencing a dry or bitter result may have substituted cocoa powder for cacao powder. They are not the same thing although they come from the same plant.

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