While following a low carb diet plan, sweet cravings are inevitable. Ignoring your sweet tooth often leaves dieters feeling deprived. Well, good news! There’s no need to cheat on your low carb diet or feel left out at dessert time.
With these cookie recipe hacks, you truly can have it all!
Can I Have Cookies on a Low Carb Diet?
Absolutely. You can still have cookies on a low carb lifestyle, if you make the following minor recipe adjustments and substitutions:
- Use coconut flour or almond flour instead of wheat flour.
- Use a natural sweetener like powdered erythritol, granulated Stevia or Swerve instead of sugar.
- Use unsweetened dark chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips.
Keep reading for the best low carb, keto-friendly cookie recipes that taste so great, it’s hard to believe they’re actually good for you! (Even your kids will be fooled!)
Delicious Low Carb Cookie Recipes
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup granulated sweetener (Swerve)
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips (avoid milk chocolate or semisweet chips as they are high in sugar)
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the egg with the butter, heavy cream, and vanilla. Whisk in the almond flour, salt, and granulated sweetener.
- Fold the dark chocolate chips into the cookie batter. Form the batter into 1 inch balls and arrange on parchment lined or greased baking sheets. Do not place the balls too close together. Leave a 3 inch space between the balls. Flatten the balls with the bottom of a spoon that has been lightly greased with cooking spray.
- Bake until the cookies are lightly golden, about 17 to 19 minutes.
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Only 4 Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup powdered erythritol, granulated Swerve
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix with a spatula until well combined.
- Using a 1.5 tablespoons cookie scoop, scoop out dough and form balls. Place on the baking sheet. Press with a fork to desired thickness.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the tops set and turn slightly golden.
- Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on cooling rack and enjoy!
Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup natural granulated sweetener of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/4 cup sugar free dark chocolate baking chips
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together almond and coconut flours, cocoa powder, sweetener, baking soda, and salt.
- In another bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and heavy cream. Add dry ingredients mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in dark chocolate chips.
- Form dough into large size balls using a tablespoon and drop unto parchment paper. Flatten with the back of a greased spoon to the thickness desired. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Place on rack to cool for a few minutes, (if you can wait that long) and enjoy!
No-Bake Coco-Nutter Butter Cookies
No Baking Required! Ready in 5 Minutes!
Only 4 Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons real butter
- 2/3 cup all natural peanut butter or your choice of nut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened all natural shredded coconut
- 4 drops of concentrated stevia or ½ cup granulated Swerve Sweetener.
- If using a granulated sweetener add it to the butter when microwaving to melt.
- Stevia measures like sugar, so we recommend using ½ cup for this recipe.
- If using another brand of sweetener, check the sweetness conversion on the packaging.
- Melt butter.
- Stir in peanut butter.
- Add sweetener and coconut. Combine well.
- Drop spoonfuls of dough onto sheet pan lined with parchment paper, leaving spaces between.
- Freeze for 5 minutes until cookies are set.
- Bag and store in refrigerator.
Almond Shortbread Cookies
Only 5 Ingredients:
- 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
- 6 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, softened
- 1/2 cup erythritol or granulated Swerve (or other granular sweetener of choice)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon amoretto or almond extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a non-stick cooking spray.
- Beat the butter and erythritol with a hand mixer until it’s fluffy and light in color.
- Beat in the vanilla extract and almond extract and then add in the almond flour a little at a time. Mix until combined. (The dough comes together crumbly, but will stick when pressed into balls).
- Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the greased cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie to 1/3 inch thickness.
- Bake for 10-12, until the edges are golden. Allow to set as they cool completely in the pan and then enjoy!
Where Can I Buy Packaged Low Carb Cookies?
Check out the health food section of your local grocery store on look online. Amazon carries a wide variety of low carb treats including cookies. Just be careful to read all the nutritional information before choosing which cookies to purchase.
Certain brands of cookies made for diabetics are sugar-free or low in sugar, but still remain high in carbs. You’ll want to look out for brands that contain the most natural ingredients and are both low in sugar and in carbs.
Since the Keto diet embraces healthy fats, make sure the brands you choose use good fats, like cream, butter or coconut oil. Be on the lookout for those sneaky cookies that claim to be “Natural” and may appear healthy on the label, but upon further investigation contain hidden sugar and carbs.
Read on to discover our top recommendations for packaged low carb cookies and where to buy them.
Which Packaged Low Carb Cookies Taste Best?
Alyssa’s Healthy Oatmeal Bites take 1st place because they rank high on our taste test and contain only 3 grams of carbs per cookie. The best part is they taste great, they come in both regular and vegan options, and they’re made with all natural ingredients!
Fat Snax Chocolate Chip Cookies come in at a close 2nd place. These cookies contain only 2 net carbs and 9 grams of healthy fats, so they’re big on flavour and perfect for Keto dieters. Choose from Double Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter or Lemony Lemon.
Quest Protein Cookies come in at 3rd place because they’re the biggest, chewiest, low carb cookie on the market today. A jumbo sized 58 gram cookie contains only 4 grams of carbs! These cookies are made with buttercream, which makes them soft and chewy. They have a great flavour, if you don’t mind a very slight protein powder aftertaste.
Andre’s Carbo Save Mini Cookies get an honourable mention because they’re also quite tasty. Plus, they’re only 2 grams of carbs per serving and contain no preservatives.
A Cookie a Day Keeps the Sugar Monster at Bay
In summary, a low carb diet doesn’t have to mean that you can’t enjoy an occasional sweet treat.
Remember, there’s nothing you can’t have with the right substitutions. Challenge yourself to revamp all of your family recipes and those from your home cookbooks with low-carb substitutions. You may be surprised with with the low carb versions of your favorite meals and desserts you can create on your own!
A low carb lifestyle is more sustainable when you find a way to include all of your favorite foods – even cookies!
So worry not, my friend… You can still have your cookie and eat it too!