Grain-Free Butter Cookies


Grain-Free Butter Cookies


These grain-free butter cookies are tender with a light vanilla-almond scent and moist crumb. Plan ahead – you let the dough sit overnight to hydrate for the most tender, melt-in-your-mouth cookies!


I realized we’re only two weeks away from Christmas, and I hadn’t gotten a cookie recipe on the website. What kind of half-arse food blogger do I think I am?

When it comes to Christmas cookies, I always enjoy the classics the most. Something about the nostalgia and simplicity – the many childhood occasions and the many people who all magically know all the same recipes. I just find a tray of Peanut Butter Blossoms around the holiday so very comforting.

These grain-free butter cookies are absolutely divine! The crumb is so moist, tender, and buttery – you’ll actually be able to stop at just one, they’re that satisfying and rich – but not overly sweet.

You need to plan ahead for these cookies – I allow the dough to sit in the fridge overnight to hydrate. Hydrating cookie dough allows the delicious softened butter to be absorbed into the almond flour and coconut flour for that melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Need these cookies for Christmas morning? Just whip up this easy, low-ingredient dough in the afternoon or evening on Christmas Eve, and quickly roll the dough and bake in the morning!


Grain-Free Butter Cookies


What’s in these Grain-Free Butter Cookies: 

  • Unsalted Butter – I like to use pastured or grass-fed butter for nutrient density. Vital Farms and Kerrygold are both easy to find!
  • Powdered Organic Sugar – No substitutions here! You need this finely milled powdered sugar for the correct cookie texture. I use Wholesome Brand, which you can find in the baking aisle of many grocery stores. It uses organic powdered sugar and organic tapioca starch (instead of corn starch) to keep these cookies corn-free.
  • Fine Almond Flour – Bob’s Red Mill is always my go-to and almond flour’s sweetness and nuttiness lend well to Christmas Cookie making! Do NOT use almond meal or your cookies will be gritty.
  • Coconut Flour – usually coconut flour creates a very dry, crumble cookie but by hydrating it overnight with all that wonderful butter, you avoid this! Always measure coconut flour with a light hand and do not pack it into your measuring spoon.
  • Vanilla and Almond Extract – for a richer, sweeter flavor – don’t leave these out!
  • Salt


Grain-Free Butter Cookies

If you’re looking for a couple other Grain-Free Christmas Cookie options, check out the following: 

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies (taste like Nestle Tollhouse)

Soft Sugar Cookies made with almond flour

Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Cookies

Maple Butter Cranberry Bark – not a cookie but allergen-free

Happy Holidays to you all – I hope these cookies make it to your family’s festivities this year!



Grain-Free Butter Cookies


Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix – Preorder Now!

You can now pre-order my Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix – my first collaboration with Legit Bread Company! Get this AIP, Paleo, Nut-Free and Grain-Free Cookie Mix delivered to your door. Pre-order now to save your bag!

AIP Gluten Free Cookie Mix

The cookie mix you’ve been waiting for: Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix! If you’re familiar with Grazed & Enthused, you’ve likely tried my popular Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies! They quickly became a fan favorite because they taste like the real deal – like Nestle Tollhouse Real Deal but without any grains, nuts, or eggs with dairy-free options.


Legit Bread and I partnered up to bring you those Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies in a convenient bagged mix. No rushing to the store the next time you have a cookie hankering or placing an order on Amazon for tigernut flour. It’ll already be waiting for you in your pantry. Just add a few ingredients and you’ll have a tray (or two) of cookies ready within minutes!



Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies


In this mix you will find NO –








-Refined Sugar


The Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix includes:

  • Tigernut Flour: a nut-free flour made from tigernuts (tubers) is nutrient dense and a good source of fiber
  • Cassava Flour: the closest white flour option for Paleo baked goods made from the cassava root
  • Baking Soda: to help your cookies rise without eggs
  • Sea Salt


It makes between 24 and 28 cookies and there are instructions for making the full bag or a half batch (12 to 14 cookies).


Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies


You simply add your wet ingredients to the mix, scoop onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake!

  • Powdered gelatin: makes these egg-free cookies soft and helps hold them together without eggs
  • Ghee, palm shortening or coconut oil: depending on your dietary preference, you’ll add melted and slightly cooled fat to your mix
  • Extra virgin olive oil: combining solid fat with extra virgin olive oil gives these cookies a more delicate texture, crispy edges and soft insides
  • Maple syrup: to lightly sweeten these cookies – you only need 1/2 cup for over two dozen cookies!
  • Vanilla extract: you can’t call it a cookie without adding a little vanilla extract.
  • Mix ins of your choice: anything goes! Dark chocolate chips, ground cinnamon, raisins, toasted coconut, whatever your heart and body desires!


and get the mix shipped to you when it launches at the end of June!




While you’re at it, grab Legit Bread’s other grain-free and allergen friendly mixes including the new Dairy-Free Cheese Cracker Mix and Dairy-Free Cheese Mix (by The Curious Coconut)!



Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix



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Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Coconut-Free, AIP, Paleo)


Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Paleo Nut Free Egg Free

These grain-free, egg-free and nut-free Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies taste just like those famous Nestle chocolate chip cookies to me! They’re full of nourishing fats from ghee and olive oil, gelatin, maple syrup and allergy-friendly chocolate chips!

These Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies have been called “the best gluten-free and Paleo cookies” by many readers! They taste very similar to Nestle Tollhouse Cookies but without any grains, gluten, nuts, or eggs!


Um… I don’t think these Coconut-Free Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies made with tigernut flour need much of an introduction. They’re basically the chupacabra of grain-free chocolate chip cookies. Coconut-free, egg-free, nut-free, and not loaded with sweeteners or sugar!


Well, first, I’m disappointed in myself for shying away from tigernut flour for so long. The price and my inexperience with it intimidated me. I had tried sliced tigernuts once and didn’t care for the tooth-breaking texture.


Little did I know Organic Gemini Tigernut Flour is the best thing that has ever happened to my sub-par baking skills. It’s light, fluffy, a little grain-y like almond meal + has a nice “whole wheat” flavor with a bit of sweetness. PS: Not sponsored. Just impressed!


Benefits of Tigernut Flour

  • Tigernuts are renowned for their high content of prebiotic fiber which helps good gut guys flourish
  • Organic Gemini’s Tigernut Flour is organic, non-gmo & made in a dedicated gluten-free facility
  • The sweet, nutty flavor of the product replaced almond flour for nut-free baking
  • It makes a nut-free alternative to baked goods for school events


My goal with these Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies was to make coconut-free. That’s right – nary a teaspoon of coconut oil in sight. But what’s better than coconut oil for baking? GHEE. Specifically 4th & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee.


My Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies taste like the real deal (my husband brought them to a work Thanksgiving + they disappeared before all the other desserts). The combination of the 4th & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee with the richness of the extra-virgin olive oil takes these next level. If you can’t find their vanilla ghee, you can certainly use regular unsalted ghee!


Why put olive oil in cookies?

The monounsaturated fat in olive oil makes for the perfect (in my opinion) cookie texture when combined with Vanilla Bean Ghee. Soft yet crisp, well-formed but with a fine crumb. Straight out of the oven, these will blow your mind, and you’ll always think “salad dressing + chocolate chip cookies” = good decision.




I’ve only made these cookies as directed below, so I can’t make firm recommendations on substitutions but here are some ideas. I’ll say it once: you cannot replace the Tigernut Flour with coconut flour.


Substitution Theories

— You should be able to replace the cassava flour 1:1 with arrowroot starch for similar results (not exact of course). I haven’t tried this – I’m just assuming based on my past experiences working with the two flours.

— Yes you can use a plain ghee instead of Vanilla Bean. Just don’t use Garlic Ghee. You can probably use softened butter too.


Okay without further ado friends… ENJOY! And Happy Thanksgiving!



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Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time :10 Serves approx 14 2-inch cookies



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a light-colored cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until incorporated. Stir in the ghee, olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until you achieve a smooth dough. Stir in chocolate chips. 
  3. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto parchment paper, leaving 2 inches in between each cookie. Using the palm of your hand, gently flatten the cookie to about 1/2-inch high. 
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, watching closely, until the edges are a light golden brown. Do not overcook or they will turn out too crunchy. Let cool (or burn your mouth on hot chocolate like I do) slightly before serving. 


Recipe Notes



Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies- nut-free, egg-free



10 Best AIP Recipes of 2016

AIP Snowball Cookies

You guys love your healthy, low-sugar treats just like I do! I never want you to miss out on a holiday, or old favorite recipe. These “Snowball” cookies aren’t the same texture as your old butter and sugar laden favorite, but they are super delicious, nutritious and leave out the dairy and most of the sugar. These were the #1 hit on my site in 2016 and I only released them in October – that’s a lotta cookie love!

Pesto Chicken Pizza

Probably one of my favorite AIP recipes I’ve ever created – you will NOT feel like you’re missing gluten, dairy, and nightshades with this flavor-packed grain-free, dairy-free pizza. It’s the shiz. So much tasty, savoryness. I make it for larger gatherings and cut it into small squares for easy finger food. Add it to your holiday appetizer menu & serve it to non-Paleo folks. I promise they will love it too!

Crispy Lebanese Chicken

This was a surprising favorite among the Internet folks! This easy main dish has a ton of flavor – you definitely won’t feel like you’re missing out. Even better if you grill it! My husband said this is his favorite chicken dish I’ve ever made!

Salted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Andddd… not surprising. Who doesn’t love a classic chocolate chip cookie? While my original recipe is not AIP because it contains almonds and dark chocolate! You can sub tigernut flour in place of the almond flour for AIP!

Maple Bacon Balsamic Pulled Pork

Yeah, you should buy an Instant Pot just so you can make this pork. And the Mojo Pulled Chicken from The Healing Kitchen. This pork is addicting – sweet, savory, salty, bacon-y. I mean pork on top of pork with sweet maple syrup and tangy balsamic vinegar? Duh. Serve it with braised greens and some roasted veggies for an easy weeknight meal.

Paleo Pumpkin Blondies

Another no-brainer that made the list! These blondies are dense, moist, cakey and contain all the fall feels we know and love. Top them with creamed maple syrup, also called maple butter, for a decadent treat this holiday season.

Paleo Flourless Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

You’ll want to leave out the poppyseeds to make these 100% AIP, but I included them in the list because these plantain-based waffles are foolproof and delicious. They are thick, sturdy, bread-y, and customizable! Serve them with cooked fruit instead of maple syrup for a completely sweetener-free but oh-so-sweet breakfast treat! Need a Xmas morning breakfast? We always make grain-free waffles and serve a “waffle bar” with bits like bacon crumbles, coconut whipped cream, and honey.

Thai Beef & Veggie Noodle Bowl

Om-nom-nom. Can’t beat this protein & veggie packed bowl of tasty Asian-inspired goodness. It makes a beautiful presentation too, so whip this up for your sweetie, and enjoy date night in this week.

Nightshade-Free “Potato” & Leek Soup

THE BEST SOUP. I can’t stop making this one! It’s SO creamy, satisfying, just perfect happy food. If you have reintroduced white potatoes (a nightshade), use them in this soup instead. I also want to experiment with celery root or parsnips!

Instant Pot Maple Tamarind Ribs

This is my #1 pick for the year, even if it only made the #10 spot. I made this every Wednesday night during my 3rd trimester of pregnancy, served with a green salad and some other veggies. It’s really dang incredible how you can achieve fall off the bone, delicious sticky ribs with practically no effort with the Instant Pot!

The Benefits of Collagen Peptides for Women

collagen for women
When I found out I was pregnant during a vacation in Hawaii in September 2015, we drove to an island health food store to find the best prenatal we could that day! That was the first step in my daily supplementation I took to help ensure my health and the health of my baby.
When we got home from our vacation, I did loads of research on the most important supplements to take for supporting the immune system of a pregnant woman diagnosed with autoimmune disease. I didn’t want to overload my body with store-bought supplements, especially since the diet I eat focuses heavily on some of the most health-promoting foods like wild seafood and organic leafy green vegetables. I did want to support my immune system and cells with research-supported, pregnancy-safe products though.
I had been taking gelatin for a couple years, mixed into hot teas and made into gummies, but during my first trimester, I wanted nothing to do with either! And animal protein was rarely eaten during that time because of severe morning sickness and nausea! Of course I realized that protein is one of the most important nutrients to intake as a pregnant woman, so I ordered several canisters of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Collagen smoothies were a huge staple of my pregnancy diet and still happen once a day as a new mom.

Is there anything more convenient than a nutrient-packed smoothie

when you’re juggling a hungry baby, housework, and

going through your first home buying process!?

After a few weeks of taking at least 2 scoops a day via smoothies, soups, and sprinkled on frozen fruit coated with coconut milk (guilty pleasure that you have to try!), I noticed obvious improvements in my gut health, skin, hair, and joints.

Here are some of the benefits I have personally experienced from Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

(2 scoops/day for the last 18 months)

  • Improved skin integrity: I haven’t seen a single blemish and that’s through the hormonal rollercoaster that is pregnancy and post-partum! I also noticed during pregnancy that crows feet are now a thing for me. Where the heck did these come from at 28 years old? So I’ve been ensuring my collagen intake is at least 2-3 scoops a day and seen a progressive decrease in their appearance when I smile. Hormones be crazy.


  • Stronger nails: My nails have always been short and brittle since I was a child. I can now grow medium-length, strong nails that don’t break. Unless I’m crazy stressed, then I start biting them again like a 6-year-old. Urgh. But at least they’re harder to bite through now? (ew ha!)


  • Better Joint Recovery Post-Workout: I workout fairly intensely, it’s one of my favorite hobbies, and I have only had one very minor injury in the last year when I rolled my ankle walking Grace in her stroller (slipped on a rock going downhill). I recovered within 24 hours from that sprain. I used to sprain my ankle and knee frequently and always had terribly sore IT bands and glute muscles which is no longer the case! And my sprains used to take much longer to heal from too, at least 2 weeks. After this sprain, I came home and put a turmeric poultice on the sprain, iced and elevated it as usual and over the next 24 hours had 6 scoops of collagen. Coincidence on the rapid healing time? I don’t know, but I’m definitely going to load up on the collagen for any future injuries!


  • Gut Health: Most importantly, my gut health has improved drastically. I have been plagued with constipation since I was a small child, often going weeks without a bowel movement. I am so regular now (hey, let’s talk about it!) especially if I start my morning with a collagen smoothie. I never have gas, sharp pains, or intestinal cramping anymore, which is something I thought I had to live with the rest of my life before healing my gut with AIP and proper supplementation. Part of this drastic decrease in symptoms is from removing food intolerances and including gut-healing foods like bone broth (which has similar amino acids as collagen and gelatin supplements), but I have also noticed that when I hit a plateau and then added collagen into my daily routine, my constipation and digestion improved noticeably.


Now, just like you can’t out-run a bad diet, you can’t out-collagen one either! Please be sure to always eat the most nutrient dense foods that fit into your dietary template. For me, that looks like at least 8 cups of leafy greens a day, wild seafood 7 to 9 times a week, pastured chicken livers, organic fruit, and pastured/grass-fed chicken, beef, and lamb in smaller quantities.
I do have special treats like Power Balls which are made with collagen peptides as well a couple times a week! In fact, this morning for breakfast I had a pack of Power Balls with my green collagen beauty smoothie (avocado, kale, spinach, collagen, frozen organic blueberries and Himalayan pink salt).

So why do women especially need to supplement with collagen peptides?

We are more prone to hormonal aging (seen by the loss of collagen elasticity in our skin and hair) due to the highs and lows of estrogen and progesterone throughout the month starting in our teen years or earlier and lasting until menopause at which we see a tremendous drop overall in sex hormone levels (and skin and hair health of our younger years!)We also tend to see a decrease in elasticity in our ligaments and age-related overuse injuries to our joints from decades of activity, daily weight-bearing and poor posture. Collagen supplementation can help restore joint health and ligament elasticity, but a healthy diet high in vegetables, fruits, and quality protein as well as mindfulness about posturing, are also incredibly important for long-term joint health.
Collagen Peptides are small-chain proteins produced by breaking down gelatin from pastured cattle into their more easily digestible peptide chains (peptides are the building blocks of proteins)Collagen Peptides mix into both cold and hot beverages while gelatin can only be mixed into hot beverages and liquids. This allows for more varied use of Collagen Peptides in cooking and baking applications. They are especially suited for smoothies and will not turn your smoothie into a tacky mess like gelatin does.Collagen Peptides do not lose any nutritional value when heated, so they can be added to baked goods to increase the protein content without affecting the outcome (like in my Salted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies).Collagen Peptides do not gel, so they cannot be used as a gelatin “egg” or made into gummies. You will want to purchase Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin for those purposes.
This quote is directly from Vital Proteins FAQs page and I wanted to share with you their commitment to quality, animal welfare, and sustainability:”Vital Proteins produces its gelatin and collagen peptides in Brazil. The cattle industry in Brazil is based on perennial tropical grass pasture systems. We have taken great care to ensure that the pasture size for each animal is one animal per 2.67 acres. These standards are in alignment with the Global Animal Partnership 5-step animal welfare rating standards. Our collagen is produced exclusively in Brazil. The collagen is primarily derived from Nelore breed bovine hides. The cattle industry in Brazil is still based on grass systems, where the cattle are pasture raised. This constitutes an important advantage for Brazilian cattle.
Since the cattle were pasture-raised and grass fed, this eliminates the risk of rBGH in their feed. Brazil also has a law (Decree No 57 824 Article 4(4)) which prohibits the addition of hormones to feed. The hormone rBGH is typically injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk. The Nelore breed is not a dairy producing cow and is strictly used as a beef breed. Based on these factors, the collagen is derived from bovine hide without the use of hormones like rBGH.”
The main difference is their kitchen application: Collagen Peptides can be used in both hot and cold applications without gelling which makes it a perfect addition for both smoothies or hot beverages like herbal tea or even coffee. Gelatin is dissolved in hot water to activate its gelling properties for baking applications such as “gelatin eggs”, puddings, or gelatin gummies. You CAN add gelatin to smoothies, but they will get a little gummy, so I prefer collagen for this reason.Their amino acid profile is quite similar, so there’s no nutritional benefit to one over the other.They both have virtually no taste although some people claim collagen tastes more neutral than gelatin.Gelatin has more of a tendency to clump up, so it is important to whisk it very well into hot liquid. Collagen has the tendency to froth in a blender, which makes for delightful “frappuccino” beverages, if desired!


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