If you are looking for a delicious keto version of Ginger Snaps – these keto ginger snaps are just the thing! Complete with fall spices and just a hint of molasses!
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Keto Ginger Snaps
Ginger snaps are a favorite of mine from growing up. They always reminded me of fall.
Fall is probably my favorite season. I love wearing sweaters and jeans, but no jacket. Totally sidetracked there, but that’s ok!
Ginger snaps are tricky though due to the molasses, sigh. We’ll get to that in a moment.
I’m all about simplicity, though, so I chose to use Allspice instead of all the separate spices like cloves, etc.. It is a simplification to make your life easier and they taste just the same!
So, let’s get right to the question that I’m sure you want to ask!
Is Molasses Keto-Friendly?
This is a tough question to answer because people have such strong opinions about what “is keto”.
Keto isn’t a food group like most people think. In fact, I have an entire article about the phrase “That’s not keto” in my article Keto Weight Loss and Inflammation. So go check that out and then you’ll understand why it isn’t about food being keto or not but rather the purpose of keto and does that good fit that purpose.
So how is molasses and blackstrap molasses created? Well, cane sugar is crushed and boiled to produce cane syrup, then boiled again to create regular molasses. It is boiled a THIRD time to create blackstrap molasses which is what this recipe uses.
It has the lowest sugar content of all can sugar products and, unlike regular refined sugar, it DOES have nutritional value. According to Healthline, it “is touted as a superfood. While it’s no miracle cure, it’s a rich source of several minerals”.
Now, back to keto. Is it the strictest of keto? No. Is it the dirtiest of keto? No.
I’ve been wanting to make keto ginger snaps for a while. I just don’t think ginger snaps are worth making if you don’t use molasses. I settled on blackstrap molasses to further reduce sugar content.
I played around with using maple syrup and that was as close as I could get to a replacement. SO… if you want to replace the molasses in this recipe, use 2 tablespoons of Lakanto Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and you’ll get it close!
I want to note that including the tiny amount of molasses that I used, each cookie is still UNDER 1g net carbs. SCORE! That was my goal and that was the sweet spot.
Life is worth living and if it means ingesting a drop of molasses, I’m in!
Sweeteners for Keto Ginger Snaps
I oscillate between using classic monk fruit, brown monk fruit, erythritol and liquid stevia.
Using both of these together really balances out any potential aftertaste that may occur due to the sweeteners. Some people find there is one with erythritol or liquid stevia alone, but together, they are a perfect blend.
AND…. of course there is molasses. We already talked about molasses above, so rest assured that it only adds a small amount of sugar. I’ve seen other keto recipes add 1/4-1/2 of a CUP! Craziness.
I used only a single tablespoon. Just to give it a hint of molasses and deepen the color a bit.
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Parchment Paper – My preference is to use the unbleached kind. I ran out and had to use the regular kind for one of the batches. Luckily I had an old box laying around! No biggie, but I simply prefer the unbleached parchment paper.
Hand Beaters – Nothing fancy needed. Just a regular hand beater will do.
Wire Rack – I LOVE cooling my cookies on a wire rack.
Keto Ginger Snaps Tips
When you roll the dough into balls, press down lightly with a spoon to get the top a little flat.
If you add the erythritol topping before baking, it will mostly melt into the cookie. I did that initially as shown below. When I made them the second time, I still did this, but I also added another step.
I added a tiny smidgen of erythritol as soon as I pulled them out of the oven. They needed to be warm enough to hold onto it because it would have just fallen off if I waited.
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- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon pure blackstrap molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 drops liquid stevia
- 2 cups aalmond flour
- 1/2 cup erythritol
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of Pink Himalayan sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together butter, coconut oil, egg, molasses, vanilla and liquid stevia. Blend with hand beater until well combined.
- In a medium bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients.
- Once dry ingredients are well combined, pour into egg mixture and continue beating with hand beater.
- Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes so that it is not too sticky to work with.
- Roll small 1 inch balls and line them on a baking sheet.
- Flatten slightly with a spoon.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.
- Lightly sprinkle with erythritol (optional) when you remove from the oven.
- Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack.
- Store in an airtight container.
Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60.95 Total Fat: 5.84g Saturated Fat: 2.55g Sodium: 16.47mg Carbohydrates: 1.41g Fiber: 0.55g Sugar: 0.52g Protein: 1.26g