Too often, “low-carb” cookie products are full of junk ingredients and they taste like a diet gone wrong. Bleh.
I’m happy to report that these cookies — from Chip Monk Baking (website) — are delicious!
Here’s what you need to know about these tasty cookies!
What’s in a Chip Monk cookie?
Base ingredients in a Chip Monk cookie:
- Almond flour
- Macadamia nuts
- Vanilla extract
- Monk fruit extract
- Konjac powder
- Psyllium husk powder
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Other ingredients based on different flavors
Chip Monk cookies are:
- Vegan option: chocolate chip flavor
Nutrition information per cookie (varying slightly based on the flavor):
- 70 to 90 calories
- 7 to 8 grams of fat
- 1 gram of net carbs
- Less than 1 gram of sugar
Cost of Chip Monk cookies:
Good things never come cheap! For a box of 16 cookies, you’ll pay about $22.
Take a look at their online shop to find discounts and deals. My take is that these cookies cost far less than buying a bakery cookie and are much better for you.
Chip Monk cookies are sweetened mostly with allulose
Allulose is one of the newest sugar-alternatives on the market and it’s one I’m very fond of because it tastes good, it doesn’t impact your blood sugar, and it doesn’t wreak havoc on your stomach like erythritol and xylitol.
Allulose comes from a few very specific fruits, including jackfruit and figs. Unlike erythritol (and all the sweeteners that end in “tol”), it is not sugar alcohol which means it isn’t going to give you tremendous gas! (Personally, I can’t eat things that are sweetened primarily with erythritol or xylitol because my stomach is irritated for the next 24 hours.)
And here’s the best part of allulose: it contains 70 percent of the sweetness of sugar, but only 3 percent of the calories.
Even more awesome, about 70 percent of the allulose you consume is excreted through your urine.
Don’t forget about the monk fruit
Monk fruit is also used in these cookies, and while it’s not a “zero impact” sweetener, it’s tremendously lower than regular ol’ sugar. (And personally, these cookies had almost no impact on my blood sugar, so monk fruit clearly agrees with me! More on this later.)
“Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit and crushing it to collect the juice, which is then dried into a concentrated powder,” explains Chip Monk Baking.
Monk fruit does not bother your stomach at all, making it a great alternative to sugar even though it will impact your blood sugar a bit.
“Monk fruit gets its intense sweetness from unique antioxidants called mogrosides. During processing, mogrosides are separated from the fresh-pressed juice. This extract is 100–250 times sweeter than table sugar, so monk fruit is often mixed with other natural products, like allulose, to reduce the intensity of the sweetness.”
Chip Monk cookies contain a little bit of erythritol & stevia
There is 1 gram of erythritol in each cookie — which is why you definitely shouldn’t eat more than a 2 or 3 in a sitting if you’re sensitive to sugar alcohols. (Probably a wise approach to any cookie, right?)
Stevia leaf is simply a plant that tastes sweet. Harmless and simple when consumed in reasonable quantities. It’s used in the vanilla or chocolate chips in some of the Chip Monk cookie flavors.
No big deal. And again, these are really minor ingredients in the overall cookie.
So how do they taste?
Okay, so if you’re looking for crunchy cookies — these are not for you.
Chip Monk cookies are very softy and perfectly chewy. They taste like real food because they are made with real food ingredients! I really can’t say it any more simply than that.
They are delicious!
I’m pretty picky about both the ingredients and the taste of a low-carb product, and these cookies pass the test with flying colors.
I’d say they’re actually a little too sweet. I wouldn’t mind if they were less sweet. But aside from that, they are really tasty.
Honestly, they taste and feel and look like homemade cookies. These aren’t products. These are true cookies. Chip Monk Baking must have a sweet grandma doing their baking for them because these really taste like your grandma’s cookies!