5 Ingredient Chewy Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Nothing says thank you quite like a batch of homemade cookies.

Now, if you want your thank you to be really special, go a step further and make the cookies with chocolate chips, cacao powder, or a bit of both. Add chocolate and you’re just about guaranteed to make the recipient jump up and down with excitement. Their eyes will go all beady, and; if you’re lucky, you might even get a hug out of it.

I made these chocolate cookies as a thank you to one of my longstanding clients who’s referred me to a bunch of her friends and family. The power of a referral is huge and I’m super appreciative of it.

To thank her, I wanted to create a nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, corn-free, egg-free treat that wouldn’t impact her training, would squash her frequent chocolate cravings, and not aggravate her stomach with complicated ingredients.


I went to my 5 ingredient chewy vanilla coconut cookies for inspiration. A bit of tweaking of the ingredients – replacing the almond flour for cocoa powder and the egg with a flax egg, and I was sure this treat would be the perfect way to show my thanks.

… and then I made a batch for myself for good measure.

Hey, sometimes it’s good to thank yourself too!

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5 Ingredient Chewy Chocolate Coconut Cookies
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Serves: 8 cookies
Fudge filled coconut cookies with just 5 simple, easy to find ingredients.
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Grab about ¼ cup of mixture with hands and press together, flattening out like the mud pies you may have made as a kid with the mud in your backyard (I swear these cookies will taste better!)
  4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden. Mine were perfect at 15 minutes.
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    Egg free: replace 2 eggs with 2 flax eggs – 2 tablespoon finely ground flax seed mixed with 6 tablespoon water. Cook for the same amount of time just be careful when removing from the pan as they’re a bit more fragile. Vegan: use egg-free option above and use date syrup or rice syrup instead of honey.

    Many of you were wondering what type of unpasteurized honey I use. I hate to disappoint, but it’s nothing fancy. It’s the most inexpensive option at Superstore, it’s unpasteurized and I love it.

    Something I didn’t know about honey until I spoke with a local beekeeper in the area, is that honey can’t be organic and unpasteurized at the same time. It’s either or. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the immunity boosting benefits from honey than anything else, so I go for unpasteurized.

    If you’re making the vegan version; as mentioned above in the recipe, feel free to swap out the honey with brown rice syrup or date syrup. Maple syrup may work too, but you might have to used less than what is called for in the recipe just because it’s a bit more watery than honey.

    For this test, I made an egg-free batch and a normal batch following the recipe above.

    There was no difference in the egg-free vs. normal dough when it came to forming the cookies. But boy, the egg-free batch was so much more fudgy in it’s raw state.

    I could have just sat there with a spoon and polished off the whole bowl… but I didn’t.

    The egg-free cookies are on the left, the egg cookies on the right. You can tell slightly that the ones containing eggs are a bit more fluffier. Taste wise, I found the egg-free ones to have more fudge-like qualities. They were much softer though and would probably fall apart if you shook them around a bit. But who shakes their cookies?

    heh ;)

    Just expect that your hands are going to be covered in chocolate as you’re shaping the cookies. If you feel that this is a bad thing… what’s wrong with you?

    Lick, repeat, lick, repeat. You get the idea.

    Just don’t forget to wash your hands. Ugh, my sister would always lick her fingers when we were baking and then continue on. It drove me crazy!

    I recommend leaving just a tiny bit of dough in the mixing bowl so you can snack on it while your cookies are baking.

    <3 for all things chocolate, and for awesomely supportive clients and readers.

    Have a fantastic Wednesday!

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    1. Oh yummmmm! These are exactly what I want today (in addition to wishing I could instantly get rid of jet lag, go back to bed and not have to go to work, and pretend I’m still on holiday)… if I had more time this morning I’d make a full batch and take them to work! That’s so nice of you to thank your client this way, and I’m sure she will absolutely adore these cookies. It’s true what ‘they’ say.. what goes around comes around! Have a great day Leanne! :)

      • Nooo not jet lag! Have you heard of the homeopathic remedy called jet lag? It’s amazing stuff. I didn’t feel the affects of flying at all when I went to, or came back from India. Glad to hear you arrived home safely :)

    2. This was the perfect thing to see this morning! I am not able to go with my husband to my in-laws this weekend but wanted to send something yummy with him, for them. What’s better than something chocolate?! And of course hubs said I have to make a batch for us too ;).

      • Too bad you can’t go along for the trip, Teresa. I hope you have a nice quiet weekend. And yes, make a batch for yourself too!

    3. These look great. I’m going to try them out this Afternoon.
      I have a great local beekeeper who follows organic practices and sells it unpasteurised. best of both, really. I always assumed they were uncertified because they were a small farm and didn’t want to bother with the expensive and burdensome certifification process (which is very common around here).
      My understanding however, is the we only get the immune boosting benefits of honey so long as it is local and stays raw, so baking it would effectively make it regular honey. I’d love your perspective on this!

      • I think I need to look into this honey thing a bit more! So interesting. My understanding is that the process of pasteurization is done at a high temperature, much higher than on oven. So there still will be benefits by baking with the unpasteurized stuff. But you’re right, many of the enzymes of the product will be killed by baking with it.

        • So I made these cookies and they lasted a mere 4 hours around here — so much for having one for lunch all week…! Luckily they are so easy I can make another batch this morning.

          • haha that’s great! Glad everyone enjoyed them!

    4. These look AMAZING! I’m curious to hear more about unpasteurized vs. organic honey

    5. This is a healthy twist on one of my FAVORITE chocolate cookie recipes… Thank you, Leanne!!! I’m so excited!

      • I wish I could say that it was totally planned… glad it ended up being similar to one of your favorites :)

    6. Yes! Chocolate, coconut, vegan!!! So excited to try this recipe :D

    7. These look great…they remind me of years gone by where I made tons of coconut-chocolate-maple/honey cookies and nobake recipes using those ingredients. Yours look awesome!

    8. I just copied and pasted the original recipe to make and was wondering how I can add chocolate :) I’m making these as soon as I get some honey. Thank you so much for the recipe! Looks delish!

    9. oh these look wonderful.. and i have all the ingredients! however they are going to have to wait a day or two.. the stupid dreaded stomach flu or whatever has been going around lately hit me hard last night, so there will be no fun baking or anything for me today. but they are totally getting added to my regular cookie round up. these and the easy 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are going to be frequent guests at our house this summer i think…

      • I’m sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Rest up!

    10. LOVE these!! So simple. I definitely need to try them out.. I’ve been looking into the unpasteurized honey – I’m going to try to find a good local farmer to get it from – it’s way too expensive around where I live!

    11. I love the simplicity! Coconut cookies have always been my favorite, so I gotta try both versions. I just sprinkled the last of the shredded coconut I had on hand over my smoothie. I have a good reason to hit up the grocery store now :)

      • I love shredded coconut on my morning smoothies! It forces me to chew them instead of gobbling them up in 4.2 seconds. Enjoy the cookies :)

    12. Hi, quick question, do you have any suggestions for making these sugar-free? I am having to be very careful about this at the moment :(. I don’t mind if they are not as sweet, I quite like a hefty cocoa hit :)

      • Are you okay with apple sauce or banana puree? If so, you could use 1/4 cup apple sauce/banana puree, and add an extra egg. Good luck!

        • Hmm maybe from fresh apples…

          Do you think sweet potato would work? Or would that be completely the wrong consistency :S?

          • I often use pumpkin or squash purée in place of most of the honey. Sounds funny, but the sweetness comes out as it bakes. I’ve never tried completely replacing the honey, but you could try the purée with a pinch of stevia perhaps?
            I like the banana purée idea, the taste combo would be great! Tropical cookies!

            • Pumpkin is a great idea, Megan. Love that!

    13. Haha I was totally going to make your 5 ingredient chewy vanilla coconut cookies chocolate by doing exactly this. I already bought the ingredients. Great minds.

      • We’re on the same wavelength! Nice. Enjoy the cookies, Fiona!

    14. Great recipe. Easy and fun to make – we love messy recipes – and yummy to eat too!

    15. Looks so easy and yummy. I am definitely going to have to get my hands messy with some chocoate!!!

    16. Ugh….okay. I obviously do not cook much. Apparently Cocao Powder is not the same as unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder. I’ll have to get Cocao powder. I recommend not even trying it with the Hershey’s stuff. Ew.

      • Oh no! What happened? I haven’t baked with the hershey’s stuff in so long. Was it just really chalky?

        • it was too bitter and rich. And then adding more honey made the whole cookie very sticky.

          • oh no, I’m so sorry it didn’t work. Instead of making them go to waste (if you haven’t thrown them out already) add bits and pieces to your smoothies in the morning. You wont need much to get the chocolate taste… Sorry, Sarah!

      • They are very, very easy, especially if they don’t even get to the oven! When I made these again last night only half the batch survived between the time the dough was done and the oven was preheated. Oops!

    17. I made these this morning, and they turned out perfect. So easy! This is a great treat. I put mine in the freezer so that all I have to do is grab and go. Thanks Leanne for all your awesome recipes.

      • Grab and go snacks are awesome! Glad they worked great for you. They’re really good straight out of the freezer, too!

    18. Tried these today. With only 5 ingredients? Can’t go wrong. They certainly hit the spot! So DELICOUS! Thank you Leanne!

      • I’m so glad you liked them, Mecoh! Hope everything is good with you, it’s been a long, long time. Did you win that competition you were in awhile back? I never went back to check, but I voted every day!

    19. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Ohmygoodness. These are SO good. I have never used cacao powder so I bought some specifically for this recipe. The flavor is so rich and dark! I made smaller cookies in hopes that they’ll last longer, but I’m not sure I have the willpower for that! Thank you for the awesome recipe! Also, I pinned it before even trying it and now I’m glad I did!

      • I’m so happy you like the cookies, Robin, and that you were introduced to a new ingredient! Cacao is the bomb, eh? So rich! Good call on making the cookies smaller. Would you believe me if I said I’d never thought of doing that? haha

    20. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! It’s so difficult to find recipes that are gluten, dairy, corn, potato and peanut-free. I can’t wait to try this!

    21. I have made those today. Love them. I used raw honey, raw cacao and organic eggs, coconut and didn’t add any vanilla, they were awsome. I made them smaller and ended up with about 30 little cookies.

      • A lot of people have told me that they made the cookies smaller. I guess it’s hard for me to do that when I’m faced with a big bowl of chocolate – I want the portions to be as big as possible heh. Glad you liked them and good to know they’re just as good without the vanilla.

    22. I made these tonight, and am SO glad to have found something to satisfy my sweet tooth!!! I didn’t have enough honey, so I sub’d Agave syrup…. and topped them with a pinch of Sea Salt (shameful, I know)… and O M GOSH…. I’m in heaven!!!! THANK YOU for making this new lifestyle easier for me!!!

      • I’m happy you liked them, Charlene! I’ll have to make my next batch with a bit of sea salt, that’s a great idea!

    23. I made these tonight and modified the recipe by half (was alone and have no will power so knew I would gobble a full batch). I added sliced almonds and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sea salt. The batter was delicious (had to try) but I cooked them a bit too long. Will try them again for sure with lower cooking heat/less time! Thanks for sharing!

      • Mmm the batter is great raw, isn’t it? Glad you liked them, Megan :)

    24. I would be careful buying the cheapest honey you can find at the superstore. My husband is a beekeeper and honey has learned a lot from the bee journal he subscribes to. Some honey is not honey at all, some is contaminated honey from China that has been sent through India to get it into the states, and some has been completely stripped of all pollen to hide its country of origin. Definitely buy local honey that you know is real honey! Even the big brands like Sue Bee are guilty of some of this.

    25. Stumbled upon this recipe looking for a grain free chocolate type coconut cookie. Oh my….this recipe was absolutely amazing!! I decided to add chocolate chips to it and pecans, for fun. It was so good. I then decided to use this recipe to make several gifts this year for Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing!

      (Oh and I even made a batch with maple syrup and they were fantastic too!)

      • I’m so happy that you found me, Grace! And that you liked the cookies :) I love the idea of making a maple flavored one, good thinking!

    26. Excellent results! I baked these just now and my housemates ran downstairs singing, “Cookies!”.
      All 3 of us think they are delicious – moist, fluffy (we used eggs), flavorful, and the right balance of sweetness. Best of all, they were SO easy to make. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

      • So great to hear, Laura! Glad you three enjoyed them. I’ve been told making them with maple syrup and cinnamon is really good, too!

    27. Great cookie recipe! Thanks! But have to clarify your honey comment (from a beekeeper). Unpasteurized honey is in it’s natural state – not heated to kill everything off. Organic honey means the bees flying radius have not been sprayed where they gather their nectar – basically means you have to keep your bees away from civilization. So you can have organic, unpasteurized honey. The beekeeper must have thought you meant sterile, when you said organic. Also I agree with another reader’s comments. Buy local honey. Most honey in stores are blends – meaning that although they are labelled as being products of the country of origin, they may very well have inferior honey from other countries added to it.

      • Thank you for the information, Francie. I’d gotten the info about honey from a friend and boy, was it incorrect! Thanks for clearing things up so well. Will definitely not be making that mistake again!

    28. I love this recipe! I have to live gluten-free and egg-free. I have been craving chocolate. I searched Pinterest for ideas and found your recipe. I substituted 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce for the 2 eggs. They turned out perfect! I’ll be sharing a link to your recipe with my readers. Looking forward to trying out more of your tasty treats.

    29. Recipe done!! Sooo easy and yummy! Thank you so much for posting it. Finally, I changed half the quantity of cocoa powder by chocolate whey protein and the result was perfect. I´ve uploaded some pictures in my Facebook so that my friends can fall in love with them too! Such a shame most of them don’t speak English!

      • Hi Ana! Wow, great to know that whey worked! Thanks for reporting back and sharing your changes. I’m sure it’ll help a ton of others in our little community.

    30. I just finished my first batch of these. They came out really well. I only very moderately altered what you suggested. FWIW, messy hands are not necessary. I used 2 tablespoons to form ping-pong sized balls, dropped them on the parchment, and flattened them slightly with the back of the spoon. Came out perfectly in 17 minutes and are a much less sinful size than the recipe calls for. Seems my kids and partner won’t eat them though but it’s not down to the recipe, so much as the coconut. Oh well, more for me!

    31. This recipe is great. I made half the recipe and it turned out great. I sprinkled the cookies with a little bit of powder sugar as they were lacking some sweetness for me, but will just add a bit more honey next time. Thanks for the recipe!!

    32. This is seriously the best gluten free snack ever. I’ve suffered from severe ibs and many different types of food allergies but this recipe I can tolerate and also share with my friends because it actually tastes phenomenal. Hands down the best desert ever :) really awesome recipe !

    33. These were sooooo good! Me and my fiancé are on day 3 of our new Paleo lifestyle and he was getting a bit bummed because he is a chocaholic. We found your recipe and made it and I can truly say his inner chocolate demon is satisfied. The recipe is so easy, easier than the standard cookie recipe, and it turned out perfectly! Thank you!

    34. Just made these with my 4 and 6 year olds. We divided the recipe up so each child could have a turn putting in the ingredients! Then they each took turns mixing as I sang ” I am slowly going crazy 123456 Switch”
      I am sure we will enjoy eating them as much as making them!
      Thanks for all you do! You are such an inspiration to me!

    35. I found this recipe and have been so excited to make it. I just polished off my second cookie, and I can tell you honestly that these were one of the BEST cookies I’ve ever had, and even better, no flour or added sugar. I substituted the eggs for flax eggs (my roommate is vegan) and the cookies turned out beautifully. Thanks so much! I am trying the quinoa pumpkin cookies next ;)

    36. This is a great recipe, I will definitely be trying this one out. My mom had one just like it when I was a kid, but hers had A LOT of butter! I can almost just taste those cookies now… mmmmm

    37. Absolutely delicious!!! One of our favorite “healthy” cookies. Thanks for posting!

    38. Thank you so much for sharing, I have been looking everywhere for a recipe like this! My husband and I are on the Clean Gut program (Dr. Junger M.D.), similar to Paleo. No honey allowed. Do you think I could sub Stevia with similar results?

    39. Hey girl! Made these today with a few alterations, 3/4 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 – 2 tbs of hemp seeds, 1 tbs maca powder, 1/4 cup or so of coconut sugar, a bit of lactose free milk and sprinkled the top of them with chia seeds. (I made these for my hubby) The mixture was delicious! They turned out fabulously!! Thank you dearly!! xx

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