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2 Ingredient Healthy Almond Cookies (No Flour, Butter, Eggs, or Refined Sugar)

These easy almond cookies are just 2 ingredients. They don’t contain any flour, butter, eggs or refined sugar. They are super easy to make, no mixer needed. They are crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth as you eat them. The cookies make a great snack when you’re craving something a little sweet.
a stack of six cookies.

I love how simple these cookies are to make. It takes less than five minutes to make the cookie dough and you don’t even need a mixer.


  • Creamy Natural Almond Butter
  • Maple Syrup

No this is not just a recipe for sweetened almond butter. These ingredients do transform into cookie dough.

Natural Almond Butter: Make sure to use natural almond butter (just almonds in the ingredient list) and not almond butter processed with hydrogenated oils. This recipe will only work with natural nut butter. You can use other nut butters like peanut butter or cashew butter, but it must be natural.

Maple Syrup: I used pure maple syrup to make these cookies. It will not work with honey or other thick sweeteners. It may work with other syrups if they have the same thin and watery consistency like maple syrup.

a close-up of a stack of almond cookies.

Almond Butter Cookie Dough

You may be thinking that this is just sweetened almond butter, but it isn’t. When the maple syrup is mixed in with the almond butter, it will cause the almond butter to seize and thicken until it becomes a cookie dough that you can scoop, roll and shape.

The dough bakes into crispy cookies that melt in your mouth. They taste sweet and almond flavored but they don’t taste like just eating a spoonful of almond butter.
overhead shot of a pile of cookies.

More Easy Healthy Cookie Recipes

2 Ingredient Healthy Almond Butter Cookies

Servings: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
These almond butter cookies are just 2 ingredients and so easy to make. They don't contain any flour, butter, eggs or refined sugar. They are crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth.
4.41 from 10 votes


  • 1 cup (244 g) natural creamy almond butter unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add almond butter and maple syrup. Using a spatula, stir the syrup into the almond butter. Initially your mixture will be very liquidy but as the almond butter absorbs the syrup you should see the batter thicken until it becomes the consistency of cookie dough. Your dough should be firm enough for you to scoop and shape.
  • Scoop out 1 tbsp of cookie dough. Roll between palms to make a smooth round ball. Place onto prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing dough balls 2 inches apart.
  • Using the palm of your hand, press down on each dough ball to flatten into a round disk (between 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch thick).
  • Bake cookies for about 12 minutes. Cookies are done when the surface is dry and has a few minor cracks. Do not worry if the cookies are still soft. They will firm up as they cool. Let cookies cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet. They should easily come off the parchment paper. These cookies can be enjoyed as is. I also sprinkled some sea salt on a few just to add a little texture and flavor.


  • This recipe will only work with natural almond butter. It will not work with almond butter processed with hydrogenated oils. It also needs pure maple syrup or a sweetener with a similar watery consistency. It will not work with thick sweeteners like honey.
  • It can be a little difficult to tell when the cookies are done. The cookies should easily come off the baking sheet once they are firm. If they stick to the bottom, they need a few more minutes in the oven.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 109kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, NET CARBS: 5

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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43 comments on “2 Ingredient Healthy Almond Cookies (No Flour, Butter, Eggs, or Refined Sugar)”


  2. I’ve used this recipe as the base for truffles. Just dip the dough in dark chocolate. Definitely a hit.

  3. Really good really easy!!

  4. I have some crunchy natural unsweetened almond butter from Thrive Market. Do you think it would work? These sound wonderful and I would like to use up this almond butter.

    • All-natural crunchy almond butter could work, but we haven’t tested it. The almond nut pieces could make the cookies more delicate so keep that in mind.

  5. Made these today. Yumm!

  6. Sugar free syrup.  Will it work too?

    • We haven’t tried it, but it may work if your sugar-free syrup has the same thin and watery consistency as pure maple syrup.

  7. was very very disappointed… the cookies were extremely dry and not a pleasant texture in the mouth

  8. Made them! Added Lily’s semi-sweet chocolate chips, and I liked them! 
    Thanks for the great EASY healthy cookie recipe!
    Not crazy about the texture, though.

  9. Though I am not vegan nor following a keto diet, I love seeing the recipes you come up with because they’re so minimal and creative. I just so happened to have both almond butter AND maple syrup on hand so I thought: why not??

    The cookies came out so good!! They’re very crumbly and dry, reminds me of the texture of an arrowroot cookie!! It practically melts in your mouth 🙂 my husband liked them too!!

    I’m whipping up another batch tonight. I’m gonna prepare extra dough and will try sandwiching some of the uncooked dough in between two cookies. We’ll see how that goes!

  10. Very amazing 2 ingredient cookie recipe for our vegan family.
    A bit on the dry side…yet complimentary with coffee or plant/nut
    based like milk product.

  11. Could you also add Almond extract to this?

  12. Maple syrup is not keto safe neither is a banana

    • this is not a keto recipe. I share keto recipes on my blog but my blog is not exclusively keto. All keto-friendly recipes are clearly labeled keto-friendly in the post title

  13. can these be made with a sugar syrup substitute such as sukrin?

    • We can’t say for sure. It will not work with thick sweeteners (like honey), but it may work with other syrups if they have the same thin and watery consistency like maple syrup.

  14. What brand of almond butter do you like to use in these?

  15. 5 stars!

  16. What a great 2 step.idea to making 100% natural cookies! Next time I may add a few carob chips or someone may prefer chocolate chips? I also may try a bit of cream cheese frosting sweetened only with maple syrup and lightly spread on top of cookies.

  17. Too many calories!!!

  18. Awesome, easy, made 24 small ones. 12 minutes 

  19. Loved this recipe – followed it exactly as written. Cookies have an interesting texture, great taste. Thank you.

  20. Is the taste very sweet?

  21. Could I use a sugar free syrup?

  22. Will birch syrup work?

    • This recipe works best with maple syrup, but if birch syrup has a similar watery consistency like maple syrup, it could work.