Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
It’s recipe day on the blog and since the New Year begins in 4 days, I know some of you are already starting to feel the longings of all the things you’re planning to give up. For some, it might be the carbs from potatoes, bread, and rice that you’ll miss. For others, it might just be the sweet treats that bring you comfort in times of trouble.
By now, I’m hoping you see that the keto life isn’t about giving up anything without adding in some fantastic alternatives. I’ve got swaps for everything from bread to rice and even potatoes. And when it comes to sweets, I’ve totally got your back.
“Sweets” aren’t an everyday occurrence in my house, but there is definitely a time and place for treats. This can be a family get-together, holiday party, a celebration or commiseration.
Whatever the occasion, I’ve got plenty of options, including my 5-ingredient Keto Peanut Butter Cookies.
Before I reveal my PBC recipe, I want to address the peanut butter factor.
The Peanut Butter Factor
Prior to going keto, peanut butter was a staple in my life. I loved me some peanut butter. I ate it with everything from bananas to pickled jalapenos. On bread or on a spoon, it didn’t make any difference to me.
That was until I learned more about my beloved “nuts.”
Peanuts are not nuts. They are actually legumes. Legumes,or the lectins from legumes, are known to cause inflammation in the body, especially for people that suffer from autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia or IBS. I fall into that category.
Lectins are present in grains, like wheat, dairy and legumes. Lectins are resistant to human digestion and enter the bloodstream unchanged. Since we are unable to digest them, antibodies are generated in response to them being introduced into our bodies. If you deal with any chronic disorders that can be caused by leaky gut syndrome, eating lectins can throw your body into a tailspin.
I can vouch for this.
So, now, I mostly stay away from peanuts, or peanut butter, altogether. But... every now and then, I’ll crave and cave. And if I’m going to cave, it damn well better be worth it! These cookies are totally worth it. Just sayin.
If you’re wanting one last hurrah before January 1, or if you just want to be assured that making lifestyle changes aren’t going to be the end of great eating, this is for you.
Have a safe and happy new year!!!
Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 cup of organic no-sugar peanut butter
- 1 egg
- ½ cup of granulated Swerve and some extra to roll cookies in
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- ½ tsp of salt (¾ tsp if using unsalted peanut butter)
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all ingredients, except the extra Swerve, in a large bowl. It should be crumbly.
Take small spoonfuls and roll them into balls.
Roll balls into the granulated Swerve.
Put the balls onto a cookie sheet.
Using a fork, make criss-cross pattern and smash them down a little.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.
Let cookies cool before eating.