Here is my first new recipe since discovering that I am allergic to eggs, almonds, and possibly dairy products. (The jury is still out on some dairy, but for now, it’s off limits.) It cheered me up immensely that these were so good. This is my new reality, but food allergies are so common now that it is probably a good idea to include options for customizing when writing recipes anyway. So whatever diet you follow, Paleo, Primal, Atkins, LC/HF (low-carb/high-fat), gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or almost any other plan, you can have really tasty cookies!


I tested the recipe using the ingredients listed first, but the recipe is very forgiving and almost everything can be replaced with something similar.

1 cup walnut flour (4 ounces) or other nut or seed flour or a combination*

½ cup gluten-free oat flour or sunflower seed, tapioca, peanut, or garbanzo flour

3¾ tsp coconut flour

½  tsp baking soda

A pinch of salt

½ cup trans fat-free shortening, coconut oil in solid state, or softened butter or ghee

1 prepared chia egg,** 1 regular egg, or equivalent in egg replacement

Liquid sugar substitute to equal ¾ cup sugar (such as sucralose, monk fruit, or other zero calorie sweetener)

Sugar substitute with bulk to equal 1/3 cup sugar, such as erythritol, xylitol, or an oligofructose, inulin, or erythritol blend with stevia, monk fruit, or sucralose 

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ to 2 cups add-ins, such as: sugar-free chocolate chips, chopped pecans or other nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, large-flake, dried coconut, cocoa nibs, dried cranberries, raisins, currents, or any combination.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two cookie sheets or line with parchment and grease parchment.

In bowl of food processor, place shortening or butter, egg or prepared egg substitute of choice, liquid sweetener, bulk sweetener, and vanilla extract. Process until smooth.

In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and salt and stir to blend. Add dry ingredients to food processor and pulse until well combined and smooth, scraping down container once or twice. Stir add-ins into dough with a few quick pulses or by hand until evenly distributed.

Scoop rounded tablespoon-sized mounds of dough onto prepared cookie sheets. Leave 1 or 2 inches between cookies to allow for spreading.

Bake 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely on cookie sheet. Store cookies in an airtight container and refrigerate or freeze. Cookies can be frozen on cookie sheet before placing in a container.

Makes 30 cookies.
Counts are for cookies made with the first ingredients in list with 1 cup flaked coconut, ½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips, and ½ cup chopped pecans. Count will vary with alternate choices.

Per cookie: 104 calories; 1.4 g protein; 9.8 g fat; 2.2 g fiber; 3.7 g total carbs1.5g net carbs

*You can make flour from nuts and seeds by combining them with the other dry ingredients in a food processor and pulsing until fine. Stop between every few pulses so they don’t overheat. Freezing the nuts before processing makes them easier to turn into flour.

**Egg replacements:
Before you resort to egg replacements, you might want to try other kinds of eggs. Quail eggs are often available in Asian markets or with the Asian foods in regular groceries. Local produce stands sometimes sell duck, goose, and turkey eggs.

1. Chia egg: sprinkle 1 tbsp ground chia seed over 3 tbsp water for each egg. Stir or whisk and let stand for a few minutes until water is absorbed. (Ground flax is sometimes used instead of chia, but I prefer chia. Psyillium might also work, but I haven’t tried it for this recipe.)

2. Ener-G egg replacement:
I have heard good things about this egg replacement powder.. I have some on order, but have not used it yet. It contains, potato starch, tapioca flour, leavening (calcium lactate, calcium carbonate, cream of tartar), cellulose gum, and modified cellulose. It has 4 grams of carbohydrate, no fat, and 15 calories in 1½ tsp (4 grams by weight), the amount needed to replace one egg. The website is here.

To use Ener-G:
1 egg = 1½ tsp dry Egg Replacer plus 2 tbsp water
1 egg white = 1½ tsp dry Egg Replacer plus 2 tbsp water
1 egg yolk = 1½ tsp dry Egg Replacer plus 1 tbsp water

Whisk together until foamy before using in recipes.

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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Judy Barnes Baker
10 years ago

Hi ReganB.

I specified liquid sweetener so it wouldn't add carbs, just additional sweetness. You can use any kind you like, such as stevia, sucralose, or monk fruit, but you could probably just use more of a bulk sweetener, although they are usually more expensive.

10 years ago

Hello! I would love to make these. Confused by this: "liquid sugar substitute to equal to 3/4 cup sugar." Can you give examples of an appropriate sweetener to use? Thank you so much!

Judy Barnes Baker
10 years ago

Thanks, Marsha Fields! Glad you liked them.

marsha fields
10 years ago

These were absolutely phenomenal! Will be making often.

Judy Barnes Baker
10 years ago

Thanks for the comments, Ditamac and buttoni! I'd love to have your feedback–especially if you try some of the alternate ingredients.

Judy Barnes Baker
10 years ago

Thanks for the suggestions, Jennifer! I made a nice pudding for lunch today that has potential and am working on an "apple pie" recipe. It will take a while since many of my usual low-carb tricks won't work now.

10 years ago

These sound absolutely delicious, Judy. Just printed it out to give them a try soon. Will make a lovely addition to my holiday cookie tray!

Ditamac MI/FL
10 years ago

Can't wait to make and eat these beauties. Thanks for all your hard work.

10 years ago

Judy, these sound awesome! I am so happy for you that you are finding a workaround the allergies to still make great cookies and other things. Pies should not be a problem, gelatin desserts, etc. Some things like cookies and muffins and cakes have to be reworked, but you will help so many other people in the process.

Judy Barnes Baker
10 years ago

Thanks for the comment, Matty. Sounds like a fun group!

10 years ago

These cookies sound like they would be fun to make on a Saturday afternoon, before movie night! Thanks!I will share your recipe with the Singles With Food Allergies' community.