Keto Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of the coolest things about being keto, or low carb-high fat, is that I've seemingly kicked my sugar dragon to the curb! Hallelujah! I'm telling you the sugar dragon force was strong within me guys. Sugar and paleo-fied sweets (my specialty) were something I was reaching for more and more to try and mask or push through the symptoms I was having....low energy, brain fog, afternoon slump, HANGRY-ness....I would use sugar, or better yet, caffeinated beverages WITH sugar to get me over the slump, and of course it became a vicious cycle that just fed the dragon more and more!
Going low carb-high fat, essentially cut out all sugar from my life, and while the first few days were rough for me (I mean I was basically subsisting on carbs), once I got past that initial transition period, the sugar craving was gone!
Now that we're about 3 weeks out, I've been toying around with the idea of keto "treats" just as a way to make this way of eating truly sustainable for us. Don't get me wrong I don't often crave sugar now, but there are times where you just freaking NEED A COOKIE. NAHMEAN???
So basically, I took one of my paleo chocolate chip cookies and keto-fied it. What does keto-fy mean you might ask? Basically find a sugar substitute and an appropriate flour substitute and you're golden! For this particular recipe we're using almond flour, because it subs more of a one to one ratio for regular flour (and I hate baking with coconut flour, its so darn finicky!), and we're also using Swerve Confectioners Erythritol. I like erythritol because it doesn't have a sickening fake flavor, it subs one to one for regular sugar and coconut sugar, and it doesn't affect insulin or blood glucose levels, and is less likely to cause digestive upset than some other keto type sugar substitutes. I baked this particular recipe with coconut oil, but I'm sure grass fed butter would be AMAZING. You'll also want to stick with 100% dark chocolate (Pure 7 is my favorite) or Lily's Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Chips.
Also, keep in mind these are LOW CARB not CARB FREE...so don't be like my husband and eat 10 in one sitting because "they're keto right??". Yes, they're keto friendly, but having 10 means you're going to consume a decent amount of carbs--because believe it or not almonds have carbs, chocolate (even sugar free) has carbs--just splitting them up over 20 servings (what this recipe makes), makes the net carb content EXTREMELY low. These are a treat, and should be consumed like any other treat you might make--just my advice!
Also, these won't be EXACTLY like a traditional or even paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe, but in terms of keto cookies I've tried, they're pretty darn amazing! Try them and let me know what you think!