Sugar free, low carb and gluten free cookie heaven: These walnut cookies are a super healthy take on the Italian classic Dolci di Noci.
Holidays are a fab time to get inspiration for new recipes. One leg of our Grand Tour of Europe we’ve just returned from – who would have thought our little car could drive through five countries without breaking down?! – took us to Italy. It is the cradle of food porn, to put it in Instagram speak.
Naturally, good sugar free intentions had to be put on hold quite bit. Tiramisu – of course. Gelato – it would have been rude to say no. You cannot travel 1000 miles and eat like you do at home.
And then there were some particularly wonderful walnut cookies called Dolci di Noci – little balls of nutty awesomeness, which we sampled with a perfect espresso, wearing dark shades. The Italians are stylissimo, so you’ve got to keep up!
Friends, now that I’m back to real life, may I present to you with my take on Dolci di Noci cookies. These sugar free walnut cookies have only 4 ingredients and are
- super easy to make
- ready in 15 minutes
- gluten free
- low carb
- satisfyingly sweet!
How to make sugar free walnut cookies:
2.) Grind walnuts in a food processor or with a stick blender. How crunchy you want them is up to you. I like to leave some larger chunks, so I make sure I don’t grind them too long. You don’t want to end up with walnut flour!
3.) Add the walnut pieces to the egg/sweetener mix and stir until you have a cookie batter.
4.) Form little walnut cookie balls (see the image above for the size I made them) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (I had run out so had to spray my baking tray with walnut oil.
5. ) Bake and enjoy!
Recipe Tips and Variations:
I have tried this walnut cookie recipe with coarsely ground and more finely ground walnuts. Both versions taste great.
I imagine you could also use almonds, pecans or hazelnuts.
If you are a chocolate lover, you could also add some homemade sugar free chocolate chips!
Update October 2018: I have since made this recipe with 1 large egg white minus the egg yolk and found this way the walnut cookies turn out even crunchier.
Before you go… take a look at my other cookie recipes!
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Sugar Free Walnut Cookies
Sugar free, low carb and gluten free cookie heaven: These Italian Walnut Cookies are a super healthy take on the Italian classic Dolci di Noci.
- 175 g / a generous 1 1/2 cups coarsely ground walnuts
- 1 medium egg
- 25 g / 2 heaped tablespoons powdered sweetener
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius
Beat the egg with the sweetener and cinnamon
- Add the ground walnuts
- Have a little taste! If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to add another teaspoon of sweetener.
- Form little balls and place on a baking sheet (I greased mine with walnut oil - I would have used baking paper had I not run out)
- Bake for 10 minutes or until nicely browned
You could experiment with other spices - I think cardamom or mixed spice / pumpkin spice would work well with this recipe.
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