It seems like Oreos have their own aisle at the grocery store, doesn’t it? I mean, they’ve got the classic, double stuffed, thins, golden Oreos, and every crazy flavor imaginable! Almost like they’re trying to taunt us with their ultra processed yumminess… But, what if it didn’t have to be this way? Skip the Oreo aisle and try my homemade low carb Oreos recipe!
Maybe you’re looking for gluten free, sugar free, and/or low carb Oreos. Or, perhaps vegan- or paleo-friendly Oreos? Better yet, maybe you’re just keen on learning how to make homemade Oreos for the fun of it—healthy or not! No matter your reasons, this homemade low carb Oreos recipe is what you’ve been searching for.
Making low carb desserts and keto desserts is actually pretty simple. There are loads of low carb baking substitutions out there, and they’re often much healthier than our traditional baking ingredients! And, honestly, I never expected homemade low carb Oreos to taste so unbelievably good…
Homemade Low Carb Oreos vs. Traditional Oreos
So, one of these homemade Oreos has about the same number of calories as a traditional Oreo. BUT, the two have just about nothing else in common… Forget the stark difference in ingredients between these homemade low carb Oreos and the traditional processed cookies. For a moment, let’s just compare the nutrition, shall we?
*NOTE: Traditional Oreo nutrition is approximate, calculated using the nutritional information provided on the label for a serving of three cookies.
Compared to the almost five grams of sugars in a traditional Oreo cookie, each of my homemade low carb Oreos is totally sugar free! Not surprisingly, a traditional Oreo is also higher in carbs (sugar and flour), lower in fat, and has almost no protein or fiber. But, you can get less than half as many carbs, around four times as much protein, and around six times as much fiber in one of my homemade low carb Oreos! And, with 3g total carbs, 3g of fiber, and 0g sugars, each of these keto Oreos contains NO net carbs per serving.
Sugar Free AND Gluten Free Homemade Oreos?! Nonsense!
Yes, the homemade low carb Oreos do have slightly more calories than the traditional. But, that’s because low carb Oreos have to be higher in fat—which contains more calories per gram than carbohydrates! And, it’s not just the number of calories that matters for our bodies and our health. We have to consider the quality of the calories we’re putting into our bodies. And, the refined sugar, refined flour, and refined vegetable oils listed as the first 3 ingredients in traditional Oreos are NOT what we’d call quality calories…
To replace the refined sugar in my homemade low carb Oreos, I used erythritol—a natural, low calorie, low carb sugar alcohol—in my Oreo cookies, but you can also use stevia or whichever low carb granulated sweetener you prefer. And, I used a sugar free powdered/confectioners’ sugar in my crème filling, which I bought online but you can also make your own at home!
And, I’ve done away with the refined flour and kept my homemade low carb Oreos gluten free by using almond flour and coconut flour—two of the best flour alternatives for low carb desserts! They’re low in carbs, high in fiber, and rich in the kind of wholesome dietary fats needed to fuel a low carb lifestyle or keto diet.
Making Your Keto Oreos Fat-Rich and Fuel-Filled
Almond and coconut flours are denser than traditional flours, making for crispy, crave-able homemade Oreos—but they can also be a bit crumbly. So, we need the right kinds and amounts of fat to bind our ingredients together. Luckily, we have to pack in plenty of fat anyway if we want our homemade low carb Oreos to be keto friendly!
For this recipe, I chose to use grass-fed butter because of its rich, strong saturated fats. I also think that grass-fed butter adds a nice wafer-like crispness to the cookies, while also giving the creme a more authentic, Oreo-like taste. But, you can also use softened coconut oil if you prefer for vegan and/or paleo homemade Oreos!
Many people don’t realize that butter from grass-fed cows is highly nutritious. Its natural saturated fats actually promote our heart health, as well as fight inflammation. And, it’s rich in vitamin K2, which prevents calcium from leaching out of our bones clogging our arteries. It’s a form of vitamin K that is ONLY found in animal products—leafy greens contain vitamin K1. Plus, grass-fed butter is also a great source of energizing medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), just like coconut, oil!
Tips for the Best Homemade Low Carb Oreos
After preparing your dough, wrap it in plastic and allow to rest in the fridge for around 20 minutes before rolling it out. This will help the dough to stay firm and not crumble!
Allow your homemade Oreo cookies to cool completely before trying to add the crème filling. And, it can help to refrigerate your crème filling for a bit before spreading it onto your cookies!
Once you’ve assembled your homemade low carb Oreos, I recommend also letting them sit in the fridge for a few hours to let the filling firm up. Don’t worry, the cookies will keep their crispness! And, they’ll be SO much more satisfying to bite into.
You can even get creative with your crème filling by using natural food dye to make these cookies a festive treat. I used natural orange dye to turn my homemade Oreos into healthy Halloween treats!
Dry Ingredients: 1½ cups almond flour ⅔ cup coconut flour ¾ cup cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt
Wet Ingredients: ½ cup grass-fed butter, softened (or coconut oil, solid but softened) 2 eggs 1½ cups granulated sweetener of choice
Low Carb Creme Filling: 1½ cups powdered sugar (use sugar-free powdered sugar for low carb Oreos) ⅓ cup grass-fed butter (you could use coconut oil, but butter will give these more of an “Oreo-like” taste!) 1 tsp vanilla ¼ tsp salt splash of milk of choice