Keto walnut cookies will be one of those recipes you’ll love and prepare often. As quick as it gets, yet as aromatic and delicious. You might wonder where did I borrow the phrase “the land across the shiny sea“… Well, I would recommend you listening to this awesome song by Demis Roussos while preparing these cookies inspired by the ancient lands of the eastern Mediterranean. The ingredients are as simple as they can be! Furthermore, macros are perfectly balanced to fit the Keto Mediterranean diet. I particularly took care of the infamous carb content and created a recipe with 0.9 net carbs per cookie. Interestingly, from all the nuts available in the Mediterranean area, walnuts have the least carb content!
Walnuts are delicious, healthy and widely available
Walnuts are full of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients. According to a study conducted at Loma Linda University, a group of people who followed a diet with 40 percent of all calories coming from fat, that consumed a significant amount of walnuts over 24 weeks, lost much more fat deposits than people who had consumed an equal amount of calories, but with a higher percentage of carbohydrates. At the same time, they had a lower percentage of fat in their diet. This is not the first or best study that proved eating more fats and fewer carbs can promote weight loss. However, this particular study is interesting because it included walnuts!
Walnuts have been used in the Mediterranean area for centuries. it was only natural that I come up with a Keto walnut cookies, inspired by various recipes we have in Greece. Additionally, walnut cookies in different varieties are popular in all the countries around Greece.
Walnuts contain 15 times more vitamin E than other nuts. Besides protecting our heart and blood vessels, this vitamin is equally good for fertility. Their particularity is that they contain the most common form of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), but also gamma-tocopherol that is associated with heart benefits.
Walnuts like small brains
If your memory is no longer brilliant, include the walnuts on your daily menu. Only 45 grams of walnut per day, approximately 15 large halves, can help reduce memory impairment associated with ageing. When you look at the very shape of this fruit, you will see that it even resembles the brain! Because of the high proportion of monounsaturated fat, walnuts help lower cholesterol and as a result, help reduce the risk of bloodstream diseases. Walnuts also work as an antistress elixir!
Keto walnut cookies
Walnuts are one of my favourite ingredients when it comes to healthy cookie alternations. Have a look at my version of the most famous Greek cookies Melomakarona which is also prepared with walnuts. The selective breeding of these gems have begun with, who else but the Ancient Greeks. This tree was then widely cultivated around the Europe and parts of North Africa by our successors, ancient Romans.
By the Middle Ages, walnuts were cultivated as far north as England. During the early 19th-century walnut tree was taken from England to North America, where it was given the name English Walnut. However, it should be called Greek walnut – don’t you think?!
So, let’s get to the quick and amazing Keto walnut cookie recipe…
Keto walnut cookies
- 200 g (1 cup) butter grass-fed
- 2 large eggs free-range
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3 tbsp stevia or monk fruit sweetener
- 2 tbsp lemon juice organic
- 4 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp psyllium powder
- 1 tbsp ground vanilla bean (you can use organic vanilla extract)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 200 g (1 cup) ground walnuts
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 24 halves walnut for decoration
Mel the butter and add the sweetener, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well using a whisk in a mixing bowl and then add the eggs. Keep whisking and add lemon juice.
Mix all the dry ingredients in another bowl and start adding them to the wet mixture spoon by spoon. At this point, you can work the dough with your hands. Cover the bowl with plastic foil and leave it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
Form small balls from the dough (approximately 24). Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. On each cookie place 1 half of the walnut and tap it in.
Bake them at 180ºC (356ºF) for 15 minutes. Serve when cookies are cool.