Fall Season Treat: Keto-Friendly Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
TOTAL TIME: 35 mins
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ tsp baking powder (You can pick a gluten-free one.)
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup butter (4 tbsp at room temperature or grass-fed butter)
- ¼ cup powdered erythritol
- 3/4 cup Lily's chocolate chips, dark (can be more or less based on your preference)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together pumpkin puree and butter. Using a hand mixer can help mix them faster.
3. Add almond flour, erythritol, egg, baking powder, and vanilla extract to the mixture of the chocolate cookies.
4. Fold in chocolate chips until you’re satisfied with the cookie texture.
5. Divide the cookie dough mixture into 14 tablespoon-sized cookies. Gently press down each cookie scoop with a fork.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The bottom of the low-carb cookies turns golden brown when ready or baked. Once the cookies have cooled, you can store them in an airtight container.
With our pumpkin butter cookies recipe, you’ll get 100 total calories in along with 9 g fat, 3 g net carbs, and 3 g protein.
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Why Are the Ingredients of This Keto Cookies Recipe Keto-Friendly?
Because this is a recipe I recommend to add to your diet, I don’t want to miss the opportunity of discussing how each ingredient can support your weight loss journey with the keto diet. I will also include the other nutrients you can get from each ingredient, so you know how beneficial they are to your overall health.
The ketogenic diet does not deprive you of eating your favorite pumpkin recipes because pumpkin itself has low carb content, which means it has a minimal effect on your blood sugar levels. Four-fifths of a cup of pumpkin, for example, only contains 4 g of carbs. This means this vegetable significantly affects your blood sugar levels when you only eat a large amount of it. This popular Halloween decor contains other nutrients you can take advantage of, such as the following:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Dietary fiber
Magnesium, for example, is one of the macrominerals your body needs. One great benefit of this mineral is it’s essential for bone formation because it supports your body in taking in calcium into your bones. Good levels of magnesium can help lower the risk of osteoporosis, improve bone crystal formation and promote higher bone density. Vitamin B6 is great for enhancing your mood as this vitamin is essential for creating neurotransmitters that stimulate emotions. People who suffer from depression may have low levels of vitamin B6.
Eggs are one of the most versatile foods you can eat. A large egg has less than a gram of carbs and less than 6 g of protein. This means it's a great addition to your everyday meals. This food can also trigger hormones that promote feelings of fullness, which means it can help you go through your next meal without being hungry. It's important to eat the whole egg though because many of the nutrients are in the yolk. The following are the nutrients you can get from eating eggs:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
Iron, for example, is a vital nutrient as it is present mostly in red blood cells. One health benefit of iron is it may help reduce or manage fatigue from iron deficiency. Without enough iron in the body, oxygen delivery is minimal, which can lead to tiredness and fatigue. Cobalamin or vitamin B12 is important in the cell production of the body, and enough levels of this can promote healthy hair, nails, and skin. Low levels of this vitamin may lead to cracked or inflamed mouth corners, vitiligo, hair changes, nail discoloration, and hyperpigmentation.
Vitiligo Definition: A long-term skin condition where pale white patches appear in any area of the skin.
3. Almond Flour
Almond flour can be a great flour alternative to your baked keto goods, such as these keto cookies, primarily because it is low in carbohydrates and high in fat. One-fourth cup of it only has 2 g of net carbs with 12 g of fat and 5 g of protein. Aside from that, it also adds a lightly sweet flavor to your goods, making it an ideal ingredient for your keto recipes. It's important to note, though, that the flour can become rancid quickly, so it's best to store it in your fridge after opening. Other nutrients in the flour are iron, calcium, and fiber.
Calcium, for example, is a popular nutrient for improving bone health as it is crucial for its growth, development, and maintenance. As you age, you need more of this nutrient to compensate for the bone density loss due to aging. Fiber is also popular for helping your digestive health as it normalizes bowel movements and maintains good bowel health. This nutrient increases the size and weight of the stool while softening it at the same time, which makes it easy to release.
4. Baking Powder
Although regular baking powder may contain a significant amount of carbs because of the starch ingredient in it, you can always find ways to make it more keto-friendly. One way is to mix two keto-friendly ingredients: baking soda and cream of tartar. Baking soda only contains oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and sodium, while cream of tartar is an acid that's a byproduct of wine production. The combination of these two ingredients serves as a leavening agent to your keto cookies. One-half teaspoon of this keto-friendly leavening agent only has net carbs of 0.5 g. You can also take advantage of its sodium content.
Sodium is a mineral that plays an important role in regulating fluid levels in your body. The mineral's channels and gateways help pump water into the cells and aid in regulating the extracellular fluid in the body. It also helps enhance the function of the brain as a deficiency of sodium can lead to lethargy and confusion. Good levels of the mineral can help keep the mind sharp.
5. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is an important ingredient in many types of desserts because it primarily enhances flavor and scent. One teaspoon of this ingredient only contains 0.5 g of carbs, so you only get 0.25 g of carbs for this keto cookies recipe, which is good. Other nutrients you can enjoy from vanilla extracts are magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Potassium, for example, is an electrolyte that counteracts sodium effects in the body, which can help keep a consistent level of blood pressure. Maintaining low sodium and ensuring a good intake of potassium at the same time are essential for your blood pressure. This is why you need to be knowledgeable about the balance of these two minerals in the body.
Butter is one of the best keto-friendly ingredients because it's high in fat and low in carbs. You can even use this in any of your keto recipes that require it. Other nutrients you can get from butter are cobalamin, vitamins A and D, calcium, and protein.
Vitamin A, for example, is crucial for the preservation of your eyesight. It helps your eyes convert light into an electrical signal sent to your brain, which is essential for processing light in the eyes. People who are deficient of the vitamin may suffer night blindness because vitamin A is a component of rhodopsin, a pigment found in the eye's retina and is light-sensitive. Vitamin D is also important for keeping healthy teeth and bones as it helps regulate calcium in these body parts.
7. Powdered Erythritol
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that tastes like sugar but doesn't have any side effects. It is also great for your keto weight loss program as it only has 0.24 calories of sugar per gram but maintains its sweetness at 70%. Other nutrients in it to take advantage of are as follows:
- Vitamin A
- Dietary fiber
Protein, for example, is a nutrient needed for the many parts of your body, such as your nails and hair. Your body also utilizes protein to create and repair damaged tissues. The nutrient is important to make hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals in the body as well for proper bodily functions.
8. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is delicious and more beneficial to your health than other types of chocolate as it has more nutrients. It does contain sugar, but if you choose those with 70-85% of cocoa content, the amount of sugar is less. Most of the calories come from fat, which is around 64%. Other nutrients of dark chocolate are as follows:
- Dietary fiber
Zinc, for example, is a trace mineral that helps strengthen the immune system as it attacks infected cells and regulates and controls immune responses. The mineral is also important for keeping the structure and integrity of your skin. You can find zinc in many skin creams that treat skin irritations like diaper rash.
This pumpkin butter chocolate chip keto cookies recipe not only satisfies your stomach to get through to the next meal but also provides a mouth-watering taste. This ketogenic diet dessert recipe is easy and simple to make, so you don’t have to deprive yourself of sweet treats!
Do you have other soft and chewy recipes for keto cookies you’d like to share with us? Which of those are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below.
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