Keto Chocolate & Pecan Cookies and Benefits of Soaking Nuts

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Cookies don't have to be full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients - these cookies are perfect holiday treats!

I had a checklist when creating this recipe; it had to:

  • to be low in carbs & paleo-friendly
  • include coconut flour and coconut oil
  • taste as good as my mom's cookies!

The last one was quite challenging but I've been told they are delicious! :-)

Although I do post recipes for low-carb treats on my blog, I don't myself eat sweets that often. Like most treats, I wouldn't recommend eating too many of them, especially if you are trying to lose weight. This is, in fact, the main reason I don't include too many of them in my apps and book.


Nutritional values per cookie

0.92 grams 0.98 grams 1.2 grams 6.2 grams 4.1 grams 64.9 calories
Total Carbs1.9grams
Net Carbs0.92grams
of which Saturated4.1grams
Energy (calories)64.9kcal

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (5.7%), protein (7.7%), fat (86.6%)

Ingredients (makes 60 cookies)

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  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk with melted coconut oil. Add Erythritol and stevia and mix in well. Erythritol doesn't dissolve unless heated. For best results, powder it first. Note: To boost the flavour, you can use chocolate or cinnamon flavoured stevia or add a tablespoon of natural sugar-free chocolate extract.
  2. Add cinnamon and cocoa powder.
  3. Mix in well using a whisk.
  4. Add the coconut flour and process well.
    Note: Sifting the coconut flour through a strainer will help you avoid hard lumps from getting into the pastry.
  5. Place the dough into a plastic foil and in the fridge to harden for at least 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, preheat the oven to 175 C / 350 F. Using the foil or two sheets of parchment paper, roll the dough out until it's about ¼ inch / ½ cm thick.
  7. Use a cookie cutter to create your shapes. I used a 2 inch / 5 cm cookie cutter.
  8. Place the cookies on a baking dish lined with parchment paper leaving little gaps between each cookie. Roll the remaining dough and repeat until all the dough is used up.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. When done, remove from the oven and let them cool down. Make sure that the they are completely cool before you add the chocolate topping.
    Note: Coconut flour tends to burn faster than regular wheat four. Keep an eye on the cookies to prevent burning!
  10. Melt the chocolate in a water bath. Using a small ¼ tsp measuring spoon, pour the chocolate on top and press the pecan halve in. If you have any chocolate left, just spoon it on top of the pecan halves.
  11. Transfer to a serving plate when the chocolate is completely solid.

Why try soaking nuts

Some people have digestive issues when eating nuts. It's actually not that rare. However, it's not always caused by an allergy and they don't have to stop eating them.

There are "anti-nutrients" such as lectins, phytates and enzyme inhibitors that seem to be the reason for many people having digestive issues when eating raw nuts. While roasting helps to reduce the "anti-nutrients", soaking the nuts first is even more effective.

Soaking and dehydrating not only makes nuts deliciously crispy, but their nutrients are better digested and absorbed by your body.

Pecan nuts need to soak for at least 6-8 hours, cashew nuts 6 hours and hard nuts like hazelnuts or almonds 8-12 hours.

Simply place them in a bowl, cover with water and leave them to soak overnight. Drain and spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and dehydrate at 55-65 C / 150 F for 12-24 hours, turning them occasionally, until completely dry. When done, store in an airtight container.

If you're looking for more recipes for the upcoming festive season, try my Healthy Low-carb Marshmallows!

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By Martina Slajerova
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (18)

Can I flavor the soaking water, like with Swerve or a spice?


I haven't thought of that but yes, you could do that! Cinnamon sounds great 😊


How do you keep the coconut oil from solidifying again when you mix it with the eggs?


I used room temperature eggs (I don't store mine in the fridge) - that will prevent the oil from solidifying.


I've been soaking and drying nuts.
With macadamias and pistachios, both of them had cloudy and bubbly water after soaking - about the color of the water around canned garbanzo beans. Is this normal? The bubbles made me wonder if it was fermenting.


It happens with other nuts too when you leave them for too long. When I soak delicate types of nuts such as macadamia nuts, pistachios or cashews, I only soak them for 2-4 hours, then dehydrate. Soaking is the first step for fermentation so if you leave them soak for longer, the process will be more obvious.


Can i substitute coconut oil to melted butter?


Yes you can 😊


These turned out super dry for me.  Followed the recipe exactly.  The coconut flour seems like a lot, don't you use about 1/3 less than regular flour?  I like the idea...but would try again with less coconut flour, or maybe add some almond flour to help keep the moisture.


Thank you for your feedback! I'll put that in a note in the ingredients list. Mine were fine but if they are a bit too dry, I suggest you add 1/4 cup coconut oil or remove some coconut flour. Although I usually use just 1/3, in this recipe I used 1/2 of the amount of regular flour. It may also be dry if cooked for longer - first time I made them, I baked them for 15 minutes and they lost a lot of the moisture. I think the time also depends on the oven.


You should consider making the app for the App Store for Macs. I would definately buy it.


Thank you John! We've been working on a universal app for the iPhone and iPad for the last few weeks. It will take some time but we definitely have plans for more platforms.


So sating! I didn't eat as many as I would of regular cookies. I think it's the coconut flour. Delicious!


Thank you Jeanette! They are very sating. It's the amount of fat, protein and fibre 😊


Hi, it's Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food. Would you mind if I included these on a round up on A Sweet Life magazine? It will just be the photo and link back to your recipe.


Of course, thank you!


Now, my Xmas will be a lot "sweeter"! Thanks


You're welcome! 😊


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