Sure, there are recipes for low carb cookies, keto cookies, paleo cookies, and all kinds of low carb desserts. But, do those health-ified recipes for ‘sugar free chocolate chip cookies with almond flour’ really taste that good…? You betcha—and these keto chocolate chip cookies are all the proof you’ll need!
Between breads, cakes, cookies, and all of the scrumptiously sugary sweets in the world, carbs play a starring role in SO many people’s favorite goodies! But, if you’re trying out a low carb lifestyle or are committed to a keto diet, carbs become more complicated.
With a few simple ingredient substitutions, you can easily cut the carbs in traditional cookies! Plus, those low carb substitutions make these keto chocolate chip cookies fuel-filled and SO much cleaner. Seriously, bite into one of these low carb cookies and you would NEVER guess that you’re eating a healthy, keto friendly cookie.
They’re buttery and soft in the middle with deliciously crispy edges, just how I like ’em. And, each of these keto chocolate chip cookies only has three grams of net carbs per serving!
Swapping Refined Carbs for Fuel to Make Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Rather than refined flours and sugars, cheap and/or artificial fat sources (a.k.a. shortening and trans fats), and any number of other questionable additives, these keto chocolate chip cookies are made with all clean, nutritious ingredients.
Granted, packaged, ultra-processed, store-bought cookies will likely be the least clean option. And, fresh cookies from a bakery will likely contain somewhat cleaner ingredients.
But, you’re unlikely to be able to buy any cookie that’s as healthy and nutritious as a batch of homemade low carb cookies can be. And, you definitely won’t find any cookies out there as CLEAN as these keto chocolate chip cookies!
Cleaning Up Keto Cookies with Almond Flour
Almond flour is a simple refined flour substitute for more wholesome paleo cookies and other low carb desserts. And, not only does almond flour cut down on carbs and pack satiating fats into your keto chocolate chip cookies, but it also adds a hearty dose of fiber!
Plus, swapping refined carbs for satiating fats makes low carb cookies more filling and friendly to our metabolism. With keto friendly cookies, you can enjoy your favorite treat without major blood sugar spikes!
Packing in Fuel-Filled Fats with Grass-Fed Butter
One of the most nutrient-dense fat sources out there, rich in stable saturated fats and wholesome vitamins, like heart healthy vitamin K2. And, grass-fed butter is a MUCH cleaner choice than artificial trans fats, and even traditional butter from grain-fed cows.
Plus, it has more powerful anti-inflammatory effects! Most importantly, it gives these keto chocolate chip cookies the luscious, buttery flavor and texture that any cookie needs! But, you can also use coconut oil instead if you prefer.
The Key to Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies: Erythritol
More than even the refined flours, the main carb culprit in traditional cookies (and all sweets) is the sugar. So, the alternative for low carb cookies is a low calorie, low carb sweetener. And, instead of using an artificial sweetener like Splenda (sucralose), I kept my keto chocolate chip cookies clean with a natural low carb sweetener: erythritol.
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in some fruit and fermented foods. In the human body, most erythritol passes through without being absorbed and metabolized which is why it doesn’t affect blood sugar. And, it doesn’t seem to cause digestion issues like most other sweeteners.
(It’s not the most common item in grocery stores, but I just order mine online. And, it can be a bit expensive, but it’s worth the investment if you plan on making low carb desserts!)
If you prefer, you could also use stevia—another natural low calorie sweetener—in your keto chocolate chip cookies. Personally, I like erythritol because it’s not as hyper-sweet as stevia and I don’t experience as much of an aftertaste!
What About the Chocolate in my Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Ah yes, the essential yet counterintuitive ingredient in keto chocolate chip cookies—the chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are pretty much pure sugar! But, there are other options for low carb desserts, and they can actually pack even more fuel into your keto cookies.
And, you don’t even have to make your own low carb chocolate chips! There are a few chocolate chip alternatives for keto chocolate chip cookies:
Choose 100% dark chocolate for totally sugar free paleo cookies! Or, choose a dark chocolate that’s at least 75% cacao for the least sugar and maximum antioxidant benefits.
Totally sugar free, but still totally chocolaty! They will make your keto chocolate chip cookies more like chocolate nib cookies, but cacao nibs are my personal favorite in low carb desserts!
Treat Yourself to Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies!
No need to deny yourself a sweet indulgence on your low carb lifestyle any longer. (Or, on your keto diet, or your paleo diet!) Chow down on these paleo, low carb, keto chocolate chip cookies that you can feel good about!
2½ cups almond flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
salt, to taste (~½ tsp)
½ cup grass-fed butter, melted (or coconut oil)
½ cup erythritol
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup dark chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, eggs, erythritol, and vanilla.
Mix dry ingredients into the wet until a dough forms.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Transfer dollops of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. (I used a regular 4-teaspoon cookie scoop to portion my cookies!) Gently flatten each cookie on top—not so it’s flat as a pancake, but just so it’s not rounded on top.
Bake 12-14 minutes, until bottoms/edges begin to brown.
Remove from oven and transfer to baking rack. Allow to cool 15 minutes before serving and enjoying!
Yields ~26 keto chocolate chip cookies.
*Nutrition provided for keto chocolate chip cookies made with grass-fed butter, erythritol, and dark chocolate chips.