The chocolate chip cookie is more than just a delicious treat, it can be a necessity in life – at least my life. Making cookie dough, the smell as they bake, tasting them while they are still warm and fresh, there is a nostalgic aura involved with cookies that nobody wants to miss out on.
This low-carb chocolate chip cookie recipe hits all the right notes while keeping you on track with your macros. Low in carbs and sugar, you can rest easy as you and your family enjoy this treat after dinner or any time you are craving something sweet.
The Low-Carb All-Purpose Flour: Almond Flour
This low-carb chocolate chip cookie uses two different flours that work great for a low-carb diet. As you begin to explore with ingredients you will find that there are many options to replace flour in recipes like this one and more.
Almond flour is the most popular and recommended alternative to flour and is considered the low-carb all-purpose flour. Here’s why:
- As opposed to traditional flour which can carry as many as 100 grams of carbs per 1 cup, almond flour has just 8 grams of net carbs.
- There is a great flavor to this useful ingredient and it is available in most grocery stores. Almond flour has a mild, slightly nutty flavor that can enhance the taste of many dishes.
- It also has the most similar texture to traditional flour, meaning you can substitute it at a 1:1 ratio.
- Almonds are a rich source of monounsaturated fats, which are considered heart-healthy fats. These fats can help promote a sense of fullness and provide lasting energy. They are packed with essential nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, and protein. Almond flour retains these nutrients, making it a nutritious choice.
- It is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent option for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
- Almond flour can be used in a wide range of recipes, from baked goods like almond flour bread and muffins to coatings for proteins in place of breadcrumbs.
Using Flavorful Coconut Flour
The other flour used in this cookie recipe is coconut flour. It is made with leftover coconut meat after the moisture has been extracted from coconut oil. Therefore, when using coconut flour you will need to increase the amount of moisture to your recipe as it will suck it up like a sponge.
Coconut flour is another great substitute for traditional flour but with more flavor. Thankfully, if you’re not a fan of coconut flavor, the taste of coconut flour can easily be disguised when combined with stronger flavors like vanilla.
Coconut flour is one of the lowest-carb flour available. It's an excellent choice for those strictly limiting their carbohydrate intake. It is incredibly rich in dietary fiber, which supports digestive health, helps maintain regular bowel movements, and can contribute to a feeling of fullness.
Like almond flour, coconut flour is naturally gluten-free, making it a safe option for individuals with gluten-related dietary restrictions. It has a mild natural sweetness, reducing the need for additional sweeteners in recipes.
Coconut flour retains some of the beneficial fats found in coconut, including medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are known for their potential to boost energy levels and support weight management.
When bringing these ingredients into your kitchen pay close attention to the recommended storing techniques as almond flour should be kept refrigerated and coconut flour should be stored dry.
Fun Uses For Your Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
Now that you can welcome cookies back into your diet it opens the door for some fun new treats. Consider using the low-carb-friendly cookies in these fun ways:
- Put a delicious low-carb ice cream recipe to good use by making ice cream sandwiches.
- Crumble the cookies and layer the cookies, some strawberries, and coconut whipped cream for a tasty parfait.
- Cut the cookies into squares and gently pan-fry them in butter or ghee. Now you have cookie “croutons” to top off your pudding when you need to impress.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Yield: 10 servings (1 cookie per serving)
Category: Dessert, Snacks
Description: We’ve made America’s classic cookie low-carb-friendly.
- 1 ½ cups (180 g) almond flour
- 2 Tablespoons (14 g) coconut flour
- 1/2 cup (96 g) granulated erythritol
- 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (1 g) xanthan gum
- 1/4 teaspoon (1 g) salt
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) ghee, melted and cooled
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (80 g) 100% dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the air fryer to 350° F (175° C). Line the air fryer basket or tray with parchment paper.
- Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, granulated erythritol, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt in a large bowl.
- Add the ghee, whisked egg, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and combine until smooth. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to make 10 dough balls.
- Place the dough balls in a single layer, without touching, in the air fryer basket or tray. (If needed, cook the cookies in several batches.)
- Cook the cookies for 6 minutes, turning over halfway through the cooking time, until slightly golden and cooked through.
- Carefully remove the cookies from the air fryer and use a spatula to gently flatten them. Let the cookies cool completely before serving.
Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)
- Calories: 188
- Fat: 19 g
- Total Carbs: 4 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Sugar: 1 g
- Net Carbs: 2 g
- Protein: 4 g