Sugar Free Chocolate Chia Biscuits – How to make delicious low carb cookies the easy way.
Ever since I was a child I’ve had a sweet tooth. I don’t think I have ever gone more than 2 days without some biscuits, a pastry, chocolate or cake. So it was inevitable that, after switching to a keto lifestyle, I would simply bake my own treats minus the carbs from flour and sugar.
These sugar free chia biscuits actually came about because I fancied biscuits but I had no eggs. Admitting to a fair amount of laziness, rather than go and get some I decided to try and bake without eggs.
Enter the chia magic!
My kitchen would not function without chia seeds. I don’t know how I managed before I discovered them. They are so full of goodness that I add them to almost everything! In fact, they are so versatile that they even function like eggs in binding dry ingredients together. All you have to do is mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water, wait a few minutes for the gel magic to happen and you’re ready to go.
Sweetness without sugar
As for the sweetness, after reading about and testing a variety of sweeteners my favourite by far are erythritol and stevia. I tend to use them either individually or in combination, depending on what I am making, because both have a habit of affecting the final result in terms of either consistency or taste. The first time I made these biscuits I used erythritol, but I wasn’t happy with the after taste, so I made another batch using stevia instead and the result was perfect.
Bear in mind that the stevia I use is extremely powerful (30 times sweeter than sugar), so you will need to add more if the one you have is weaker, or you could combine erythritol.
Mind the chocolate!
For the chocolate coating, it is down to your preference whether you use milk or dark chocolate or cacao nibs. It goes without saying that whatever you use has to be sugar free or contain only polyols that are low-GI like the one I use.
Sugar free vanilla extract
I have not found a shop-bought sugar free vanilla extract. So if you prefer an all-natural, home made ingredient, check out my post on how to make your own sugar free vanilla extract.
- Yield: 15
- Serving: 1
- Calories: 128
- Fat: 10.5g
- Net Carbs: 3g
- Protein: 2g
- 1 tbsp organic raw dark chia seeds (click HERE for U.S. option)
- 3 tbsp cold water
- 150g unsalted butter
- 90g organic coconut flour (for U.S. option, click HERE)
- 30g organic gluten free oat bran (click HERE for U.S. option)
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tsp pure stevia (U.S. option HERE)
- ½ tsp sugar free vanilla extract (U.S. option HERE); or Make your Own
- 50g sugar free milk chocolate or 100% dark chocolate (U.S. option HERE)
- mix water and chia seeds and set aside to gel.
- pre-heat oven to 180° C static.
- mix all dry ingredients into a medium-large bowl.
- add the cubed butter and chia gel.
- knead by hand to form a dough, then cover with cling film and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- roll out the dough evenly until it is about 2-3 mm thick.
- cut out shapes using biscuit cutters or an upside-down glass.
- lay biscuits on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 13-15 min or until they start browning around the edges.
- wait until totally cold before spreading the melted chocolate on each biscuit.
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