Do you want in on the best cookie-making hack ever, especially for those following a low carb, keto diet?! Use nut butter as the base! This takes out the need for any other flour and oil combination, making the ingredient list very simple, but the cookies still delicious.
This is exactly the hack I used to make my Christmas cookies this year. As soon as I saw the holiday nut butter flavors from Artisana Organics – Gingerbread Pecan Butter and Chai Almond Butter – I knew I was going to turn them into low sugar, keto treats for everyone (read: me) to enjoy this holiday season.
When it comes to keto desserts, I personally prefer to create recipes that are reminiscent of a dessert from my pre-keto days, but with far less sweetness. My tolerance for the sweet taste has gone way down over the past 2 years of keto and I don’t enjoy treats with that level of sweetness, even if they are technically sugar-free.
Speaking of, I’m also a huge advocate for using real food ingredients in my keto meals, snacks, and desserts. This is true even when it comes to sweetener choices. I will always choose to use a very small amount of real food sweeteners like yacon syrup, raw honey, or coconut sugar instead of products like erythritol. I recommend the same of my ladies in the Fat Burning Female Project so we can really focus on keto as a healthy, nourishing lifestyle. No matter which way you cut it, erythritol takes a heck of a lot of processing to get it to the point of mimicking sugar. This means our bodies don’t recognize it as food which can cause undesirable side effects and possible health consequences.
Not only that, sugar-free sweeteners are VERY sweet, so you can easily make food taste just as sweet as if it contained actual sugar. This will trigger the same reaction in our brains and taste buds as if we were eating the real thing, leading us to continue craving more sweet things. One of my favorite benefits of eating a keto diet is the huge reduction in sugar cravings, which won’t happen if you’re still feeding that sugar dragon with sweet treats.
Instead, make something like these cookies that will provide much needed nutrients with organic, raw nuts and egg as the base without bringing that sugar dragon out! With the very small amount of real food sweetener coming from the coconut sugar in the nut butter only (as in 1 gram of sugar per cookie!), the slightly sweet taste will be enough for us keto folk to feel like we’re treating ourselves. And, with the high level of healthy fat content, it won’t spike your blood sugar, leaving you satisfied without the urge to finish the whole darn plate.
The best part? They are SO stinkin’ easy! Four ingredients, c’mon. It doesn’t get much better than that. I have a block against recipes with long lists of ingredients. I just can’t do it, mainly because that means my risk of forgetting one ingredient and ruining the whole batch is very high. Ugh.
Alright, let’s get to some holiday baking, shall we?
Keto Nut Butter Cookies
- 3/4 cup Artisana Organics Gingerbread Pecan Butter or Chai Spiced Almond Butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a thin layer of coconut oil.
- Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
- Mix with spoon until smooth.
- Drop a spoon size amount of dough onto cookie sheet, shaping into round disc.
- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Let cool before removing from cookie sheet.