I'm not going to lie: Cookies used to be my love language. I once even baked the ultimate batch for a guy I was dating (soon after, he told me we couldn't talk while he studied for the bar exam… so smooth). Since then, I've been less likely to bake a whole batch of cookies; it just feels too personal to share. I know, I shouldn't feel that way, but I also don't want a whole bunch of cookies in my apartment—the temptation to eat them all is too great.
And this is where low-carb cookies come in. Because in all reality, you could eat the whole batch—and it's not that bad. Who knew that with some simple tweaks you could enjoy cookies without all the extra carbs? (If I had, I probably wouldn't have waited years to whip some up just for myself.) And these aren't your run-of-the-mill cookies either: Oh, no, they're peanut butter–and-raspberry, shortbread, and even chocolate avocado. So keep reading to get your cookie fix the healthier way.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Almond Meal Cookies
Leave it to Minimalist Baker to find an almond-meal cookie we want to write home about. This delectable recipe from The Sprouted Kitchen cookbook yields gluten-free cookies anybody would love. Plus, aside from a few simple ingredients (almond meal, dark chocolate, coconut flakes and coconut oil), you'll already have the rest in the pantry. Bonus: You can make the dough in advance and chill overnight for maximum chocolate-y coconut goodness the next day.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Going gluten-free (as you can see above) is a great way to lower the carbs in a cookie—or any dessert, for that matter. This version relies on peanut butter and a small amount of rolled oats for the base. It's mostly peanut butter, but don't worry; a smattering of raspberry jam works to balance everything out.
Paleo Breakfast Cookies
At first glance, we know you are going to say: "Cookies? With kale?" But we swear these Paleo breakfast cookies are tasty and good for you. The batter is mixed up with almond meal, honey, applesauce, coconut flour, and the greens we already mentioned. With a good food processor, you can get a crunchiness you never even imagined—it'll be love at first bite.
Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut butter is high in protein and can sub in for butter in some cookie recipes, which makes it a low-carb cookie all-star. Other than the PB, these healthy cookies call for oats, chocolate chips (or chopped nuts), brown sugar, and baking regulars like flour and eggs. They bake up in just 10 minutes, and they freeze well, so you can defrost one (or several) for when the moment strikes.
Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies
The secret to these gluten-free shortbread cookies is to whip the butter and sugar to the right fluffy consistency before adding them to the almond flour and tapioca starch. For sweetness, homemade monk fruit sweetener does the trick, while ghee takes the place of butter. Only bake until the edges start to brown—otherwise they'll get too crunchy.
Chocolate Avocado Cookies
If you want a totally creamy cookie texture, avocado chocolate treats are for you. These cookies with a fudgy brownie-like texture are whipped up from the avocado, sugar-free maple syrup, peanut (or almond) butter, eggs, and cocoa powder. If you like the taste of avocado, great. If you're feeding these to little ones, you may want to add a few drops of stevia to cover up the slight avocado taste (we understand picky eaters). ■
Now that you've seen our rundown of the best low-carb cookies, there's never a reason not to make a whole batch (even if you're the only one who's enjoying them).