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Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies – Grain Free, Nut Free, Paleo

These tigernut chocolate chip cookies are a uniquely delicious take on America's favorite homemade cookie. We first gave these a try for New Year's Eve, when we had friends with food allergies visiting. Since then we've made them a number of times using different sugars and different fats. The texture changes a bit, but all variations are tasty.

tingernut chocolate chip cookies

In this post, we'll explain what tigernut flour is, plus share the recipe and some variations.

What is Tigernut Flour?

Tigernuts (Cyperus esculentus) are not nuts at all, but small tubers (root veggies). They are also known as yellow nutsedge or “chufa” in Spanish. They've been consumed for over 4000 years, and were even found buried in Egyptian tombs.

The plants can be invasive, and yields per acre are low. (Think about the logistics of harvesting thousands of marble size roots.) With a little help from modern machinery, the plant is gaining back popularity as a food crop. (You can grow your own, too, if you are so inclined.)

Tigernuts have a mildly sweet taste, making them an excellent fit for desserts and sweet beverages. The flavor is similar to almond flour, but a bit sweeter, providing that perfectly chewy texture for these tigernut chocolate chip cookies.

High in resistant starch, tigernuts act as a probiotic. One ounce has 40% of your recommended daily fiber intake, and is high in iron, magnesium, zinc an d vitamins E and C. They are also gluten free and paleo friendly, and are safe for those avoiding nuts and coconut.

Note – the resistant starch in tigernut flour may cause gas for some. As tempting as it may be, don't eat all the cookies in one sitting.

We've been using Anthony's Organic Tiger Nut Flour with good results.

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies – Grain Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free

This tigernut chocolate chip cookie recipe is adapted from Paleo'ish on a Dime. We  were looking for a nut free, dairy free chocolate chip cookie, but this recipe can also be coconut free, vegan, and a paleo chocolate chip cookie – depending on ingredient choices.

f you don't have tigernut flour – coconut flour is probably the closest substitute, but it tends to be a little more gritty. Almond flour is closer in flavor, but the texture is different. Stick with coconut oil or palm shortening if you need to stay dairy free and vegan.

If you need to make the recipe AIP compliant, use carob chips instead of chocolate chips. We like Enjoy Life chocolate chunks because they are free of the top eight common food allergens.

tigernut flour chocolate chip cookies

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies – Grain Free, Nut Free, Paleo

These tigernut chocolate chip cookies are a uniquely delicious take on America's favorite homemade cookie.

  • Author: Laurie Neverman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (cane, maple or coconut)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, sustainably harvested palm shortening, butter or ghee
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup tigernut flour
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together sugar, maple syrup and fat (coconut oil, shortening, butter or ghee).
  3. Stir in dry ingredients, including chocolate chips.
  4. Form cookie dough into 10 equal balls and space evenly on the baking sheet. Flatten slightly for a crispier cookie, or leave rounded for a cookie with a softer center.
  5. Bake cookies for 15 minutes, or until the cookies are a light golden brown and soft set in the centers. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the baking sheet.
  6. Store in a sealed container and use within one week, or freeze for longer storage.

Keywords: tigernut flour, grain free, gluten free, paleo, chocolate chip, vegan

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        1. The maple syrup helps to stick the cookies together and give them even browning. Not quite sure how well they would hold together without it, but it you want you can give it a try. If they completely fall apart, you could dump them in a bowl, pour some milk on and call it granola.

  1. This came out delicious. I added 1 egg and changed it to about 1 3/4 cup tigernut b/c it was too sweet for our taste buds. Next time i think i can even do 2 1/4 cups tigernut to decrease the sweetness just a tad more. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. These are so so good! I play around with changing the recipe up and they always still turn out amazing. I often add shredded coconut, and will use macadamia nuts if I don’t have chocolate chips and they are so good. I also always omit the sugar, and sometimes reduce the maple syrup or use honey instead. Because the tigernut flour is sweet, they are still so good.

  3. I have tried 3 different variations and they all turned out great
    Coconut oil – a little coconut flavor
    Palm shortening and carob nibs great
    Butter great also

  4. So yummy! I used the coconut sugar for the sugar and the maple syrup. Mine came out flat and with a bit of a candied sugar spread. Ideas? More flour? I love the taste!!

  5. These cookies are so good they fooled me into thinking the AIP diet would be easy! Every other recipe I’ve tried since has been terrible, but these are so delicious. Thank you!

    1. I’m glad they worked well for you. It can definitely be tricky navigating specific diet requirements. Over the years, I’ve eaten dairy free and gluten free at times, and prepped recipes for friends with different allergies or those eating low carb, and the substitute ingredients can be good, but they don’t behave quite the same.

  6. I wondered what to do with my tigernut flour since I’m AIP. Well…… this is it! I made a double batch- one with Enjoy Life choc chips/the other half AIP cranberries. OMGoodness these are fabulous and easy. I will be making more of these—- I’m afraid they may be eaten soon!! Lol

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