Those who follow a keto diet or other low carb, high protein lifestyles know how beneficial it can be. But do you have to say goodbye to sweets forever if you follow these eating plans?
That answer is a big, fat "no"! You can still enjoy sweets on a low carb, high protein diet but you have to know which ingredients will give you the hit of sweet you crave while helping you maintain your new healthy lifestyle.
One amazing and versatile ingredient you need in your keto kitchen is nut butter. It's delicious, and packed with protein which is why it's the star in the following recipes for three yummy almond butter cookies you'll want to bake today.
What is Nut Butter?
You've no doubt heard of peanut butter, but that's not the only nut butter on the market. Nut butters are made from a variety of nut, including peanuts, cashews, and almonds.
What makes it a keto nut butter? There are certain nuts that are lower in carbs than others, and that's where almond butters come in.
While both peanut and almond butter have similar calories, almond butter has fewer carbs and higher fiber. Almond butter is very similar to peanut butter both in texture in taste except it might be a little naturally sweeter depending on the brand.
Buying the Best Nut Butter
Not all almond butter is made the same. When you're gearing up to make these cookie recipes, you need to have the best nut butter on hand to do it right.
The first thing to keep an eye on is added sweeteners. Once you realize how often sugar is an added ingredient in peanut butter and beyond, you'll be aware of which is the better nut butter to buy.
Keeping sugar intake low is important to keep you on track for weight loss or improved health. Always read the labels to ensure your almond butter is low or no added sugar.
Another thing to watch for is allergens. Millions of Americans struggle with peanut allergies, and almond butter gives them that same sweet and savory nut butter taste without the danger of suffering from an allergy attack.
Look for a brand that keeps allergens in mind when creating their product. Mixed nut facilities can cause problems for those that are sensitive to peanut allergies.
Now that you know why almond butter is a great addition to a low carb pantry and how to buy the best one for your family, you're ready to make these incredible cookies. Fire up your oven and get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth while still hitting your carb goals!
1. Classic Chocolate Chip
A cookie list wouldn't be complete without at least one classic chocolate chip recipe. These chocolate chip cookies are healthy, full of fiber, sugar free, and full of delicious creamy almond butter.
Here's a list of everything that you'll need:
- One cup of almond butter
- 2/3 cups of rolled oats or rolled quinoa
- 2/3 cups of xylitol sweetener (or any other sugar free baking sweetener)
- 1/2 cups of sugar free chocolate chips
- Two large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, combine your dry ingredients -- the rolled oats and baking soda.
In another bowl, stir together the almond butter, sweetener, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk together for about five minutes to ensure they're well combined.
Gently combine both the wet and dry ingredients and then finally stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop in one tablespoon-sized heaps about two inches apart onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Flatten the cookies and top with more chocolate chips. Bake for about nine to 11 minutes then allow them to cool completely before you eat them.
2. Easy Four Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies
Not a lot of time or juts want to use as few ingredients as possible? This next four ingredient cookie recipe is for you!
- One cup almond butter
- One large egg
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees again. Combine all ingredients together, roll dough into 11/2 to two inch balls, then place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern on the top of the cookies. Bake them for nine to eleven minutes and allow to cool.
As you can see, this easy recipe taste great on its own but also allows for experimentation. Add dried cranberries, coconut flakes, and more to make this cookie recipe your own.
3. Sweet and Savory Miso Nut Butter Cookies
This recipe is for those who want to try something different and really wow their taste buds. The miso adds a decadent savory background to these intriguing and exotic cookies.
What you'll need:
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup miso
- One cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- One large egg
- One cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- One teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven again to 350 degrees. Combine flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
Brown butter in a sauce pan, about five to six minutes, until it's nice and golden. Cool for five minutes then combine with the sugar, then the egg, the the almond butter, vanilla extract, and miso.
Mix thoroughly with the dry ingredients, then add your chocolate chips last. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes before scooping two tablespoon-sized balls onto your parchment lined baking sheet.
Once more, add criss-cross shapes on top with a fork. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until the cookies are firm on the edges and lightly browned.
Baking with Nut Butters
We know that after reading the recipes for these three almond butter cookies, your mouth is watering. Grab your almond butter and try one or all three recipes today, then share with friends and family to show how delicious healthy baking with nut butters can be!
These recipes allow for a lot of experimentation. Make them your own by adding your own ingredients or shop our wide range of flavored and plain almond butter for inspiration.