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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: Real Salt & Almond (Keto, Paleo, Sugar-free)


Always Striving For The Perfect Cookie

I’m going to confess something to you all, I didn’t always know how to bake. My cooking and restaurant experience always led me to the savory side of the kitchen. I learned… well taught myself to bake when my son was about to turn one. Yup. Smash cakes were my baking in. A lot of Jack’s little friends had food intolerance’s and mostly still nourished off the boob… so store bought, gluten-full, sugary cake was a no go. Anyway long story short, I taught my self to bake and started selling healthy, baby friendly cakes!

While I got pretty good at cakes, pretty early on… the perfect cookie eluded me for a long time. Then I made a few really good gluten free but not paleo cookies. Then I started making good paleo cookies. A lot of those recipes are posted here… some soft and airy. Some crunchy. Some spiced. My low carb ones and my protein shake cookies have been my go-to lately. They’re melt in your mouth good and good for you! However, neither of those are CHEWY.

Seriously. The texture of these is ridiculous! Like chewy, buttery and dense with salty crunchiness from the coarse salt! Oh em gee!

Why KETO?

There’s a lot of debate on whether or not treats have a place in the paleo diet. There’s a lot of guilt surrounding foods like these, even healthy versions. It’s something I struggle with myself. For a while I thought that my food freedom would be to not have a sweet tooth. But you know what I realized, that I don’t have the option, the luxury to ever indulge in the “real deal”… I will never be able to eat real pizza, pasta, bread, cookies etc. So! Paleo cookies are my “as good as it gets” and I’m damn fine with that. I also know that if I want a treat to truly be worth it, worth is as in that I can thoroughly enjoy it without repercussions to my health… that treat will have to be low carb/keto paleo!

I have used erythritol in the past to bake, especially when I was making stuff for my little niece who suffered from candida issues… but I never bought Swerve before. Yet, it kept coming up in all these SUPER tasty looking recipes, so last week, while at Whole Foods… I grabbed a bag. Along with two Lily’s Dark Chocolate Bars. I use those a lot.

Then… I baked some cookies. Hot damn. No weird stevia flavor or after taste. These taste AH-MAZING… I can have two or three with my coffee. It will be glorious, without any lasting effects to my autoimmune issues, mood or hormones. Boom. Then life goes on where I eat lots of green things 😉 It’s called balance.

Can I Use Another Sweetener?

Yes! Yes you can. If you’re not concerned with keeping your paleo cookie super low carb and maple or coconut palm sugar don’t spike your blood sugar. Use whatever you like, even organic cane sugar. These kind of choices are ones you have to make for yourself. It’s up to you.

If you’re using a GRANULATED sweetener the recipe remains the same. If you’re using a LIQUID sweetener, I would say to omit or reduce the nut milk.

Some make the argument that real sweeteners that are whole foods (honey, maple) are better for you because they’re natural. Others will say that even using cane sugar is better than sugar alcohols because they can disrupt the digestive system. Then there are those who think any and all sugar is the worst, and you are better off moderately indulging in artificially sweetened treats and avoiding sugar always. Phew. That’s intense.

I’m not firm on my stance. Today, I made these sugar free, using Swerve. It’s made from sugar alcohols from fructose and it’s non-glycemic. Am I going to go all “pour some sugar on me” with it? Nah. Because I think moderation is key. (Except when I comes to bacon and avocado).

These Are The Ingredients I Used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Salt & Almond Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Keto, Paleo, Sugar-free)
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Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil (or mac nut oil)
  • 1/3 cup Swerve granulated sweetener
  • 1/3 cup nut milk (I use cashew milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fine ground almond meal
  • 1 tbsp collagen peptides
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2tsp to 1 tsp coarse or flake salt (if using fine salt only use 1/2 tsp)
  • 2 Lily's Dark Chocolate Almond Bars (not their baking bars, those are bigger)

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk egg until frothy.
  • Keep whisking as you add in the oil, vanilla and sweetener.
  • Mix well.
  • Add in the almond meal, then the baking soda, salt and collagen peptides
  • Mix with a spatula until the dough is crumbly.
  • Add in the milk, mix well.
  • Once the dough is moist, chop the chocolate into small pieces and fold in.
  • Shape 1 inch balls with the dough, set on a plate, cover and pop them in the fridge for 20 minutes, or until you're ready to bake the cookies.
  • Pre heat oven to 325F convection (or 350F bake).
  • Place cookie dough balls on sheet pan (greased or lined with parchment paper).
  • Gently and lightly flatten the dough balls.
  • Bake 15 minutes until the base of the cookies turn golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, let cool for ten minutes.
  • Enjoy!
  • Makes about 20 cookies.

Notes

Grass fed beef gelatin will also work in place of the peptides. You can omit them all together, although keeping them in adds to the chewiness of the cookie, as well as adds health benefits!

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48 Thoughts to “Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: Real Salt & Almond (Keto, Paleo, Sugar-free)”

  1. These look thick, chewy, and delicious! I know paleo treats can be controversial, but moderation is key! Pinning these to try next time I crave chocolate chip cookies :)
  2. Wow! These are great! I feel so much better low sugar so I will keep these pinned for the next time I need a special treat! Thanks!
    1. they're life savers in this house!
  3. Oh my LOVE Chewy cookies ! It always bring back so many great childhood memories. LOVE IT !
    1. mine too! We used to love the Soft Batch cookies by Keebler, we would microwave them for 10 seconds to get that "just made cookie effect" haha not the best of habits. Glad to have healthier alternatives these days <3
  4. These look so good, can't believe they are keto! I totally agree with you though, there are so many things we have to cut out when we are Paleo, so we sometimes need to allow ourselves to indulge a bit. If not I think we'd swing completely the other way and wind up really sick. It's all about moderation and coming up with yummy things like this to keep us going!
    1. Yup! So glad to have a healthy go- to treat <3
  5. These look amazing! Can't wait to try them!!
    1. So yum! I've got everyone at my husband's command hooked!
  6. My girlfriend bakes cookies that are so similar to these and they taste amazing. Love the thorough blog post and great pictures!
  7. Yes please!!! I want some! I wish I had some to snack on for a treat tonight. These look so good!
  8. I am sort of a recovering cookie monster, so these look very yummy! Love the low carb sugar free options!
  9. These look SO good with those giant chunks of chocolate! I could use about 3 right now. Love a good salted dessert!
  10. Love that you snuck some collagen peptides in these! so smart!
  11. Oh my you are like the best mama ever! I've just gone back to keto too and made some cookies of my own but these look even better! Love that you've added in some collagen too :)
    1. hehe thanks girl! yes, keto seems to be where my body likes it. Oh yes, I get collagen in where I can!
  12. Cindy
    would luv to try these, do you have the nutrition values please... Keto always needs to know how many net carbs per serving... Thank you so much
    1. Per cookie: 113 cal, 11.3 Fat, 3.2 carbs, 3.7 protein :)
  13. I cannot resist a chewy chocolate chip cookie, or one with sea salt for that matter - these look amazing!
  14. Amy
    Love the addition of collagen! I never put that in my cookies, must do so now!
  15. Cammi
    Anything I can replace the collagen peptides or Beef Gelatin with? Someone recommended this to me, and I have everything on hand except those. I live overseas and it would not be easy to try to walk in a store and find those. I could order from Amazon, but it would take a while (just place an Amazon order yesterday and it won't be here until March 9th, so they say). Thanks!
    1. Cammi
      LOL, or does the "optional" in parenthesis apply to both the collagen peptides and Beef Gelatin? Can I just leave it out altogether? I wasn't sure since I've seen online where they use collagen to replace eggs in some recipes. Thanks!
      1. Hi Cammi, you can leave them out. I know a few folks have made them without the gelatin and they still turn out great :)
  16. Amanda E
    I just made these cookies and the texture is AMAZING! I used Lily's chocolate chips but next time I'll make them with the bars. Another thing I noticed is that they were extremely salty....I'm not sure if the whole tsp of salt is needed. We could barely eat them because of the saltiness. Next time I make them I'll use way less salt. I didn't see any other reviews that talked about the saltiness though, so that's sorta weird. Great recipe though! Thank you!
    1. Hi Amanda! Yes, the texture is amazing! Did you use fine sea salt or coarse? It definitely makes a difference, another thing that might have happened is that one cookie or one bite has a lot of salt, have you tried other ones? Anywho... yes, you can always reduce the salt to your liking :)
      1. Amanda Earp
        I remade this today with less salt because I only had kosher and they were perfect! Thank you for the salt texture recommendation. I wasn't thinking it would make such a big difference it it does! Love this recipe :) this is my new favorite!
        1. Thanks for giving them another try! Yes, rule of thumb with salt, the finer it is, the saltier it makes your food :) These babies are a staple in my house now. They totally hit the spot and help me stay on track.
  17. Oh wow! I made these tonight and I can't even believe how delicious and ON POINT these are! The texture and the bite are an answer to my foodie/low carb cookie prayers. I have never used collagen peptides before (I have to go read about that now, too - ha) Is that what gives the cookie the right tender/chewy texture? This is great! I can't wait to try some other recipes! Thanks!!
    1. I think they add to the texture but not totally necessary. They come out great either way! So glad you loved them!
  18. Melissa
    Hey there! Ive now made these 3 times. So good. Yesterday, my husband requested that I make them. He's not even paleo but really likes these! :) Thank you.
    1. Heck yes! That's awesome!!! xxoo
  19. Nina Jenzen
    These turned out great. First dessert I have made that is actually good! Thank you.
    1. Yeay! So glad you enjoyed them <3
  20. Anna
    I have the Great Lakes beef collagen. Would I use the red or green can in place of the peptides?
    1. You can use either! The green can is like the peptides, the red can is the gelatin. I've used both.
  21. REGINA CASTLEBERRY
    Where can I find the Nutritional Information?
    1. If you use the same ingredients I did and make 20 cookies with the dough the macros are as follows: Calories 113, Fat 11.2, Carbs 3.2 (net carbs 2), Protein 3.7. Here's a tip though... MyFitnessPal App lets you download recipes directly into the app for the nutritional information :)
  22. Vanessa
    Can you use butter instead of coconut oil?
    1. Melted or softened butter should work fine.
  23. sage
    Do you think these would freeze okay? I can't wait to try them!
    1. hmmm I don't know. I would say freeze the dough, when you make the balls, just freeze them until hard, then store them in an air tight container. Thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to bake.
  24. Krista
    Is there a substitute to use for the swerve sweetener? Thanks!
    1. Yes! You can use maple sugar, coconut palm sugar or maple syrup (just reduce the milk).
  25. DC
    sweetened or unsweetened milk?
    1. Hey, sorry I didn't clarify, I NEVER buy sweetened milk! Haha... so yes, UNSWEETENED :)

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