If you’ve been on a strict diet, there’s a good chance you’ve missed the warm, comforting, luxuriant tastes and textures of a simple chocolate chip cookie. Fortunately, there’s no reason to cut cookies out of your diet entirely, when this delicious cookie recipe is totally paleo, low-carb, and packed full of fantastic nutrients. If you’re looking to keep your blood sugar constant, your waistline trim, and your performance high, these are the cookies your life has been missing!
These cookies contain less than 200 calories each with less than 2.5g of carbs – perfect if you’re trying to restrict carbohydrates and keto-adapt, or simply trying to keep sugars low.
Ingredients: Why These Cookies are Guilt-Free
1. Almond Flour
Almond flour is a low-carb replacement for traditional flour and is gluten-free, paleo, and fits well into a ketogenic diet. Aside from these benefits, almonds are a great source of healthy fat and contain a number of amazing nutrients that can contribute to improved health and longevity.
Walnuts, like almonds, are low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats. The main benefit of walnuts is the high concentration of ALA – an Omega-3 fatty acid that has profound health benefits for cognitive function, anti-inflammation, and metabolic health. The fats in walnuts are also essential for absorbing vitamins and minerals, helping to combat deficiencies and preserve health.
Eggs are not only necessary for most baking, but they provide a beautiful texture and a fantastic nutritional profile. Eggs are a great source of protein and fats, making them a great inclusion if you’re on a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet – they’re also totally keto and paleo and a great source of Vitamin D, B2, B12, and choline.
4. Erythritol Sweetener
Erythritol is a sugar-free, calorie-free sweetener that provides a great, sugary taste without any of the downsides. This particular sweetener is also healthier than many others: erythritol has not been linked to cancers like aspartame has, and is very unlikely to cause digestive upset like other artificial sweeteners. The obvious benefit is that this keeps the sugar content of the cookies low, but also contains no calories.
5. Dark Chocolate Chips
Dark chocolate has been popular for its taste for years, but only recently have we realized that it has health benefits as well. Dark chocolate, being higher in cocoa and lower in sugar and dairy products, is relatively low in calories, but high in iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and trace metals like potassium and zinc.
Now that you know the benefits of each ingredient, you’re probably eager to give these cookies a try. What are you waiting for? Dig in!
- 350g almond flour
- 30g chopped walnuts
- 120g butter (unsalted, or lightly salted)
- 2 large eggs
- 70g powdered sweetener (preferably erythritol)
- 90g dark chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or, to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Mix the almond flour, baking soda, salt and sweetener together in a large mixing bowl.
- Melt the butter into a separate bowl, mixing with the vanilla, chocolate chips, walnuts and eggs. Mix these ingredients thoroughly.
- Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until consistent throughout and it has formed a single dough.
- Taking a tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball before flattening onto a cookie sheet.
- With the oven now preheated, place the cookie tray and bake for 8-10 minutes. Any more than this will dry the cookies out and result in a waxy texture, so be cautious with your timing!
- Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes then enjoy!
Luke is a freelance writer inspired by health, wellness and life!