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If you are a big cookie fan on a low carb diet, you may find yourself wishing that you could find some low carb cookies. Yes, there may be some brands that produce cookies with what they consider to be a low carbohydrate count, but they are unlikely to be low enough for you!
Anybody who loves cookies does not want to stop at one. Besides, as you will find out from the conversations on any low carb diet forums, using a lot of branded low carb snacks like diet bars, low carb chocolate, cakes and cookies causes a stall in weight loss for a lot of people. It is much better to make your own at home.
And now you can! In this article we will give you some ideas of how to make low carb cookies along with basic recipes that you can expand and alter to fit your own tastes and diet plan.
Please note that low carb diets are not all the same. Some of the ingredients that we use may not be allowed on all diet plans, especially if you are in the first phase of a low carb diet which is usually more restrictive. Just bookmark this page and visit again when you are past the induction phase!
Most low carb cookies use artificial sweetener. We use sucralose which is one of the few that does not lose its sweetness during the cooking process. Other possibilities are sugar alcohols such as erythritol, which are allowed on some plans and taste great.
Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies (adapted from a recipe at genaw.com)
- 3 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup almond meal
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Liquid sucralose or other sweetener equivalent to 3 Tbsp sugar
Put almond meal in a bowl. Mix the other ingredients together, then add them to the bowl and mix with the almond meal. Use 1 tsp dough per cookie and bake at 325 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
Makes approx 25 cookies at 2g net carbohydrate per cookie (assuming no carbs in your sweetener).
Low Carb Macaroons (adapted from a recipe at about.com)
- 1 cup shredded dried coconut, unsweetened
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Liquid sucralose or other sweetener equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
Put the coconut in a mixing bowl and mix in the other ingredients. Add a little water if the mixture is too dry. Form into balls, place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for about 15 minutes, until just starting to brown.
Makes 8 cookies at 1g net carbohydrate per cookie (assuming no carbs in your sweetener), so even if you eat them all at once it will not be a diet disaster!
You can also substitute flax meal for flour in some recipes. This is a common ingredient in low carb recipes for thickening. It is very healthy, being high in fiber while low in carbs. You can buy ready-ground flax meal, but it has a short shelf life so it is best to grind your own. Buy either dark or golden flax seeds and grind them in a coffee grinder, a little at a time. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to use them in your low carb cookies and other recipes.