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Keto “Peanut Nutter” Cookies

Louise | October 22

Peanut butter is delicious, but there are some drawbacks to eating it. Instead, try out these keto “peanut nutter” cookies. They’ve got the nutty taste you crave without the potential issues of peanut products.

Is Peanut Butter Keto?

In a word, no. But I know that you peanut butter lovers aren’t about to take my word for it.

Here’s why you should consider putting that peanut butter jar on the shelf – for good.

Peanuts contain a harmful mold called aflatoxin. It is actually a carcinogen and can kill you if you ingest enough of it. It’s been linked to liver cancer.

The FDA is concerned enough about that it monitors aflatoxin levels and will pull products with unacceptable levels. That’s great, but these spot checks can’t catch everything.

That’s not all. Peanuts also contain agglutinin, which doesn’t digest well. It’s been found to penetrate the gut lining.

If that’s not enough to turn your stomach, peanuts are also high in phytic acid. That means more trouble for your digestion, as it can cause issues with bowel movements, bloating, and gas.

Still not convinced? Consider this – peanut butter is easy to overeat. (Obviously. That’s why you may still want to eat it!)

Problem is, while peanut butter probably won’t pose an issue with ketosis, there are a lot of calories packed into each tablespoon.

By the time you’ve eaten your fill, you probably consumed more calories than you think. And that could curtail your weight loss efforts big time.

To recap, peanut butter isn’t a problem for ketosis, but it’s got some potential risks you should be aware of before you sink your spoon in. This article spells it out in detail.

A Nutty Alternative

If you’ve bought into my argument and sworn off peanuts, you know you need to find an alternative for this recipe and others.

You really don’t have to look very far. Almond butter is a perfectly acceptable stand-in for peanut butter.

Most almond butter has a similar consistency to peanut butter. The flavor is a bit different but is enjoyable to many people.

Almonds are not completely immune to aflatoxins, but thus far it has been most often linked to peanuts.

You still have to be careful not to overindulge with almond butter, as it is also fairly high in calories.

More Ketogenic Cookies

Hungry for more cookies that are perfectly keto? You’re in luck because I’ve baked up a list of my very favorite keto cookie recipes for you to try.

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Keto “Peanut Nutter” Cookies

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


A healthier alternative to peanut butter cookies.



  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Form 12-15 small cookies with your hands and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  Make sure to leave room between the cookies.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs:  2 g


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 136
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.