Keto sugar cookies with avocado cut in half and a cup of sprinkles on baking tray
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Keto Sugar Cookies with Avocado

Keto sugar cookies with avocado cut in half and a cup of sprinkles on baking tray

I can’t think of a recipe I have been more excited to create in a long time. I have been trying to make a low carb sugar cookie recipe that not only tasted great, but that could also be easily rolled out and shaped. And on top of that, I wanted to make sure that this keto sugar cookie recipe was nutritious as well. And drumroll please … we finally have a winner. These Keto Sugar Cookies with Avocado check all the boxes. They taste great. They can be rolled out and shaped. And they are packed full of nutrition. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Why did I add avocado to a keto sugar cookie recipe?

Ingredients for keto sugar cookies in bowls

So why did I add avocado? Here’s the thing… there are lots of keto sugar cookie recipes out there, but most of them call for large amounts of butter. Now, don’t get me wrong, a little butter in the diet in fine. But when you add cups of it into a recipe, you are adding a large amount of saturated fat. That’s the fat that can increase inflammation and raise unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels. And since my goal is to provide you with recipes that not only taste great, but are also good for you, I had to find a better way. That’s where avocado comes in. Avocado is packed full on healthy plant-based fats (75% of avocado is made up of monounsaturated fats) and thanks to its neutral flavor and creamy texture, it can be used in a 1:1 ratio as a swap for added fats in any baked good. So, I decided to see what would happen if I removed the butter and replaced it with avocado instead. The result: a damn delicious keto sugar cookie that contains healthy fats!

What happens when you add avocado to a sugar cookie recipe?

Since avocado is rich in good fats, it provides a great flavor and texture to keto sugar cookie recipes. The only downside is the color. If you replace 100% of the butter in your sugar cookie recipe with avocado, the cookies taste great and can still be cut and shaped, but they will have a slight green tint to them. Since I was aiming to make keto Christmas sugar cookies, the green tint worked just fine. But if you would prefer a more traditional colored sugar cookie, you can use this trick instead. Replace just half of the butter in the recipe with mashed avocado. Sure your
cookies will have a slightly higher saturated fat content than if you used only avocado, but you still are adding healthy fats, fiber, and nutrients. And remember – this is still a cookie recipe, so you will most likely only be eating it on occasion anyway.

Can you make traditional sugar cookies with avocado too?

Keto sugar cookies stacked on top of each other

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Not everyone needs a low carb sugar cookie. Maybe you are just looking for a way to boost the nutrition content of your cookie instead. So I tested this recipe both ways. Depending on the flour and sweetener you choose, you can create a keto sugar cookie OR a sugar-free sugar cookie (that’s kind of an oxymoron right LOL) OR a cookie with plant-based fats. It’s totally your choice.

How to make a keto sugar cookie recipe with avocado

If you are looking to make a keto sugar cookie, you will need to make sure you choose a low carb flour and sweetener along with avocado. For this recipe, I used a blend of almond flour and coconut flours (as a replacement to all purpose flour), erythritol as the sweetener (as a replacement to added granulated sugar), and mashed avocado as the added fat (or you can use half butter and half avocado if you prefer a more traditional sugar cookie color).

How to make sugar-free sugar cookies

Process of making keto sugar cookies

If you don’t mind carbs in your cookies, but just want to cut down on the added sugar, this version of the recipe is for you. For the dough, use all purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour if you want a whole grain option with a similar texture). To cut the added sugar, use erythritol as the sweetener. And then use either mashed avocado or a blend of mashed avocado and butter as your added fat.

How to make a sugar cookie without butter

If you are just concerned about saturated fats, choosing to make a sugar cookie recipe without butter can significantly reduce the amount of unhealthy fat in the recipe. Simply swap out the butter the recipe calls for with equal amounts of mashed avocado. So if your recipe calls for one cup of butter, swap it with one cup of mashed avocado instead. For the best consistency, I like to make these cookies in a high-powered food processor to get the avocado as smooth and creamy as whipped butter.

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Keto Sugar Cookie with Avocado

These Keto Sugar Cookies with Avocado taste great, they can be rolled out and shaped. And they are packed full of nutrition. It doesn’t get much better than that!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Low Calorie, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 119kcal

Equipment

  • A couple of mixing bowls
  • Food proccesor
  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie cutter

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients (except erythritol). Add mashed avocado, egg, vanilla, and erythritol into a mixer or food processor and cream together until fully blended. Slowly add in dry ingredients while mixing to create the dough.
  • Roll dough out on parchment paper (sprinkle with almond flour or erythritol if needed to prevent sticking) to about ¼ inch thickness. Using cookie cutter, slice into desired shapes.
  • Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 F for 8 minutes or until edges look slightly crispy and brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Decorate as desired!

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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Keto Sugar Cookie Recipe