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These paleo gluten free sugar free cookies are not only an awesome treat, they're also dairy free-And low carb with only 5 Net carbs per serving for these tasty keto cookies!
Birthdays call for special treats! July 31st is my mom's birthday and we wanted to do something special to celebrate.
Usually, families celebrate birthdays with cake and ice cream.
However, with all of our family's dietary restrictions (gluten free, dairy free, low carb), it is difficult to celebrate with a cake.
Gluten Free Sugar Free Cookies
There are plenty of gluten free, dairy free, low carb recipes out there, but my sister and I wanted to do something different.
Before my mom's birthday, my sister came over to my apartment.
The first thing we did was think about what we wanted to give my mom. "Kara, what do you want to get mom for her birthday?"
She looks at me with a straight face. "Hand sanitizer," she says giggling.
I don't know where this came from but whenever we ask here what she is going to get someone as a gift she says hand sanitizer.
I laughed. "What does mom like to eat?" "Chocolate," Kara said immediately.
"Ok. Would you like to make her something with chocolate? What would you like to make her?"
"Cookies," Kara replied. So, I checked my cabinet to take stock of what ingredients I already had to make cookies.
I had almond flour, coco powder, baking soda, almond milk, stevia, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar.
Kara I still needed dairy free, soy free dark chocolate chips and dried cherries. So, we hopped in the car and took a trip to Trader Joe's.
Once we got to Trader Joe's, Kara followed me around the store while I picked up the remaining ingredients we needed.
We checked out then had to make one more special stop. Kara wanted a special dinner since she was sleeping over my apartment.
Of course, Chipotle. I should have known as this is her favorite. Not only that but it's a good restaurant for food allergies.
Employees take extra precaution when you notify them of a food allergy. They wipe down the boards and change their gloves.
The Process (making keto cookies)
Kara is a great helper when it comes to baking.
I had her set out all the ingredients we needed on the counter while I grabbed bowls, spoons, and measuring cups.
We measured the ingredients and let Kara pour them in the bowl.
When it was time to pour the chocolate chips in, her eyes widened.
"Ooooo Chocolate." She poured them in the bowl while stealing a morsel.
Once all the ingredients were in the bowl, I had her stir the batter.
We then grabbed the cookies by the tablespoon and rolled them into balls and placed them on a greased baking sheet.
Off they went into the oven for 15 minutes.
Following this, we turned on the movie, Moana and waited.
And a little singing
After 15 minutes of waiting for our gluten free sugar free cookies, while we were in the middle of singing "You're Welcome!"
-the timer went off and I went to the kitchen to pull the cookies out to let them cool before we drizzled them with chocolate.
When it was time to do the chocolate drizzle, Kara and I paused Moana and went back to the kitchen.
I heated up the dark chocolate in the microwave and we used spoons to drizzle the chocolate over the cookies.
"Kara, the recipe made 13 cookies. Would you like to taste one to make sure they are good enough to give mom for her birthday treat?"
Kara's face immediately lit up, "Yes!"
I wish I could have caught her on video cause she gobbled that cookie up! Chocolate was all over her mouth.
The next day, we approached my mom and both gave her a huge hug. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" we said and handed her her delicious treat.
"They look so good! Thank you!" she smiled as she opened up the lid and took one out. "Oh my gosh! They taste so good, fudgy, and chocolatey!"
INGREDIENTS AND HEALTH BENEFITS
PALEO GLUTEN FREE SUGAR FREE KETO COOKIES
Dark chocolate is a good sorce of iron, magnesium, and antioxidants.
Studies have shown that the flavanols in dark chocolate help improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Studies have also shown that the compounds in dark chocolate help build up HDL and protect against the oxidation of LDL lowering the risk of heart disease.
- Coconut Oil:
About half of the fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric acid which is known for killing bacteria and viruses.
It is also known for combating candida.
Coconut oil has MCT which is good for upping your body's energy levels and burning calories.
Coconut oil is also known for curbing your appetite, aiding memory, promoting heart health, improving digestion, and good for your skin, hair, and teeth!
- Dried Cherries:
Cherries are high in antioxidants that prevent development of free radicals and cellular damage.
Cherries are also anti-inflammatory. When the body contains too many free radicals, the immune system starts to kick in and can cause inflammation.
The antioxidants can help to reduce the development of free radicals to prevent inflammation of the body.
Cherries are also a sleep aid. They are known as a good source of melatonin. Lastly, cherries may lower blood sugar.
The antioxidants in cherries boost the body's ability to naturally produce insulin.
TIPS, ADVICE & SUBSTITUTIONS the best keto cookies)!
- Use an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop. Using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop will help you form perfect tablespoon sized balls without getting the batter stuck to your hands.
- Make sure to either grease the pan with oil or line it with parchment paper so the cookies don't stick. You don't want to lose half of your cookie to the pan!
- If you don't have coconut oil, you can substitute olive oil. We tried the recipe with both types of oil and they both give the cookies a nice fudgy texture.
- You can substitute the dried cherries (or leave them out completely) with other dried fruit. I would recommend either dried blueberries, dates, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or raisins as they all pair well with chocolate.
- They are addicting. Try not to eat all twelve 😛
We hope you will enjoy these keto cookies as much as we did! Yup, ours are gone already. We may be making more of our blueberry muffins next.
Are you new to a paleo lifestyle? You'll definitely want to read our post explaining more about what Paleo really means.
Chocolate Fudge Keto Cookies
These turned out good enough to brag about. We shared with a neighbor who agrees!
- 1 Cup Almond Flour
- 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips Divided
- 1/3 Cup Coco Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/8 Cup Stevia
- 1/4 Cup Dried Cherries Chopped
- 1/3 Cup Almond Milk
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil Melted
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, stevia, 1/4 cup of the dark chocolate chips, coco powder, dried cherries, and baking soda
Add the almond milk, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar
Stir the mixture until it reaches a cookie dough consistency
Form the dough into balls (about a tablespoon of dough per cookie) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Place the cookies in the oven and cook for approximately 15 minutes
Once the cookies are done, set aside and allow them to cool for approximately 5 minutes
Melt the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave
Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies
Net Carbs: 4
If you're looking into a low carb diet too, check out some of the health benefits here.