In a bowl, combine the coconut, almond meal, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and mix until well combined. In another bowl, stir together the rice syrup, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the wet mixture and the chocolate chips (if using) to the dry mixture and mix until combined. You want a thick, dense mix.
Use a small cookie scoop (or spoon) to scoop 1-tablespoon portions of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. (If you have a very large sheet, place all cookies on one sheet with just a little room between each; for a smaller sheet, bake in two batches.) Bake for 14 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Per cookie: 105 calories, 2 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 5 g sugar, 7 g total fat, 53% calories from fat, 2 g fiber, 71 mg sodium