If you are on a low carb diet, you may think you have to give up baked desserts. Desserts are usually packed with carbs from flour and sugar. But you’re in luck!
You can cut out carbs by making low carb peanut butter cookies. Peanut butter cookies are a great choice because most recipes are naturally flourless. Beware of the amount of sugar required, though; to cut the rest of the carbs out, you will have to use an artificial sweetener like Stevia or Splenda in place of sugar. The following recipe makes just over a dozen cookies; feel free to double the recipe if you are baking for a crowd.
The Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe You Need to Try
Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies
Net Carb Count: 2 grams per cookie
- 1 Cup of Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 Egg
- 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup of Granulated Splenda OR up to 5 Packets of Stevia
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla.
- Mix vigorously with a fork or whisk until the ingredients are well-combined.
- Add the sweetener to the peanut butter mixture and stir until everything starts to resemble a dough.
- Use clean hands to form small, 1-inch balls of dough.
- Place the balls of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Press the balls down with a fork to flatten them and create those classic peanut butter cookie lines.
- Bake the cookies in the oven for 12-14 minutes, or until the bottoms are just beginning to turn golden brown.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool on the pan for at least ten minutes.
What Makes These Cookies Special?
I love biting into these yummy cookies. These peanut butter cookies have a slightly crumbly texture that melts in your mouth. The nutritional profile of these cookies is almost good enough to justify eating two or three for breakfast; just remember that sweets, even low carb ones, should be enjoyed in moderation. Each low carb peanut butter cookie has about 100 calories and just two grams of net carbs. You even get one gram of fiber and four grams of protein, thanks to the peanut butter.
Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baked Goods Healthier
Use a sweetener instead of sugar, and you have a healthy, nutritious dessert or afternoon snack. Make sure you choose a sweetener that can be measured cup-for-cup with sugar, otherwise you might come out with something too sweet or not sweet enough. For a fibrous whole grain boost, you can add a handful or two of oats and use slightly less sweetener. If you use natural peanut butter (only peanuts and salt), be aware that the cookies’ texture may turn out differently because there is not extra oil to bind them together.
Peanut butter cookies are a fantastic choice for low carb dieters because peanut butter contains a lot of protein and healthy fats to keep you full longer. These cookies are fast to whisk together and they bake quickly, so you can satisfy your craving within minutes. Are you convinced yet? Turn on that oven and make these low carb peanut butter cookies today!