Sunday, April 30, 2017

Low Carb Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes you need a little something sweet, but don't want an entire jar full of cookies calling your name every time you walk through the kitchen. This recipe makes two good-size cookies and was inspired by a jumbo chocolate chip cookie from the Cafe Delites website (click here to view that recipe), but I wanted a sugar free version that tastes great and fits into my low carb, ketogenic lifestyle. You won't believe how amazing this cookie is! You'll never believe it's gluten free, very low in sugar (the chips add a tiny bit) and low carb. I've provided both a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe and a plain chocolate chip version, and both variations are delicious. (Any nut butter can be substituted for the peanut butter.) Warm out of the oven, they have the taste and texture of fresh bakery cookies! This has become my favorite low carb cookie recipe and, no doubt, it will become your favorite, too.

Low Carb Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 cookies (2 servings)

2 teaspoons butter, melted (use ghee or coconut oil for dairy free)
1 tablespoon creamy or chunky peanut butter, no sugar added (melted)
1 tablespoon beaten egg
2 teaspoons erythritol sweetener (I use LaKanto Monkfruit sweetener)
1/4 teaspoon stevia powder
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond flour
2 teaspoons mini dark chocolate chips (70% or higher)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit (176 degree Celsius). In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter), 1 tablespoon beaten egg, sweetener, stevia, baking powder, a pinch of salt and vanilla. Whisk with a fork until well combined.

2. Add in the almond flour and chocolate chips, mixing until a soft dough forms. Divide dough into two equal portions, place the dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten each into a circle about 1/2" thick (I used the bottom of a glass). 

3. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the cookie is set. (If you like a soft and chewy cookie, bake for 15 minutes.) Remove from oven and allow to sit on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool for about 10 minutes and serve.

Nutritional Information per cookie: 190 calories, 8.7 g carbohydrate (2.2 g dietary fiber, 2.4 g sugars, 4 g sugar alcohols), 16.4 g total fat (4.2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 61.1 mg calcium, 112 mg potassium, 140 mg Vit A, 1 mg iron, 5.8 g protein.  Net carbs per cookie: 6.5 grams

Plain Chocolate Chip Cookie Variation: Increase butter to 1 tablespoon, omit peanut butter, reduce beaten egg to 2 teaspoons, increase vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon and increase almond flour to 1/3 cup. Follow directions as above.  Nutritional Information per cookie: 170 calories, 7.9 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 15.5 g total fat, 5 g saturated fat, 4.2 g protein.  Net carbs: 5.9 grams

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2017
All Rights Reserved. Please do not duplicate without author's permission.

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