Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies

These chewy and delicious flourless chocolate walnut cookies are naturally sweetened, gluten free and vegan.

Chocolate Walnut Cookies - The Lemon Bowl

Asher would be perfectly content waking up and baking a chocolate cake from scratch every morning. No, really. And the kid is GOOD!

Kid Cake Baking - The Lemon Bowl

Needless to say, he inherited his father’s love of baking. Fortunately, my friend Robyn has The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever} and it did not disappoint.

Vegan Chocolate Walnut Cookies - The Lemon Bowl

Of course, we can’t indulge in cake every day so recently we created a healthy chocolate cookie inspired by my friend Melissa’s Flourless Chocolate Cookies. In an effort to mimic a chewy, dense brownie I decided to add walnuts for crunch and added protein.

Chocolatey Walnut Cookies - The Lemon Bowl

They were a huge hit with all of the boys and truly tasted like a rich and decadent walnut chocolate brownie.

The best part? My husband didn’t even notice they were made with black beans. Boom.

No forks required.

Vegan Chocolate Walnut Cookies - The Lemon Bowl

Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies

3.50 stars average
These chewy and delicious flourless chocolate walnut cookies are naturally sweetened, gluten free and vegan.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
TOTAL: 27 minutes
Servings: 24



  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or spray with cooking spray.
  • Place black beans and cocoa powder in a high speed food processor and pulse until it reaches the consistency of sand, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add espresso, peanut butter, syrup, vanilla, baking powder and salt then puree on high speed until ingredients are evenly incorporated, about 3-5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the machine once halfway through.
  • Remove the blade from food processor and scrape off any excess batter.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out batter evenly between two pans – should make two dozen cookies.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon chopped walnuts on top of each cookie and gently press down into the batter.
  • Bake cookies until firm, about 12-14 minutes.


Recipe slightly adapted from My Whole Food Life.


Calories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 8.5gProtein: 2.9gFat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 0.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 139mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 3g

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24 thoughts on “Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies”

  1. Audrey E. Tinkham Burnette

    First, let me say I appreciate this recipe very much because it fits the nutritional profile I am trying to maintain, and the cookies are absolutely beautiful! Plus, the dough is not sticky at all, so it’s really easy to make the cookies. That said, I could not detect ANY sweetness in these cookies. I made them exactly as directed. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste the cookie “dough” until after baking. I’m attempting to save them by dipping them in some kind of sugar glaze or something. Anyone have any suggestions on how to sweeten non-sweet cookies?

  2. LOVE that Asher is so into baking AND that you’re showing him that all baking doesn’t have to be a sugar explosion. These cookies look so fudgy…fabulous.

  3. These sound very interesting!! I’ve heard of recipes like this that includes black beans. but I’ve never tried them!! I love black beans but in cookies? ha,ha They do look yummy!!

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