All the fabulous flavor of cookies with none of the guilt! These Keto Sugar Cookies taste amazing, but help you stick to your nutritional goals.
The ketogenic diet - known as keto for short - is a popular method for losing weight and is also believed by some to help reduce the chances of developing diseases like diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
This focus of the keto diet is consuming foods that are low-carb, but high-fat.
The large reduction of carbs replaced with fats allows your body to enter a metabolic state known as 'ketosis',. This enables your body to quickly and efficiently burn fat for energy.
If you are following the keto diet, you will be aware that you need to avoid sugary foods such as cakes, sodas, cookies, fruit juices, candy and ice cream.
But don't despair - these Keto Almond Shortbread Cookies allow you to still indulge in a treat without breaking any of the rules!
Rather than sugar, this recipe uses a sugar substitute called erythritol. Erythritol falls into the category of sugar alcohols, which are generally used as low calorie sweeteners in sugar-free or low sugar foods. Interestingly, most sugar alcohols used in these foods are found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables.
Erythritol, along with other sugar alcohols, are molecule compounds that trigger the sweet taste receptors on your tongue. This happens because of the way in which they are structured.
Erythritol is significantly lower in calories than sugar, with 0.24 calories per gram as opposed to 4 calories per gram in sugar. Due to its structure, it still maintains 70% of the sweetness but with far less calories. You can find erythritol in the majority of health stores and can be ordered online.