These minty gluten free matcha cookies are the perfect snack for those on a keto diet or looking for a low carb option. The almond flour gives them a chewy texture, while the combination of mint, matcha, and chocolate creates a deliciously unique flavor. Not only do these chewy matcha cookies taste amazing, but they’re also packed with antioxidants and other health benefits thanks to the matcha powder. So go ahead, indulge in a guilt-free treat, and whip up a batch of these delightful and healthy matcha cookies today!
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🤔 What is matcha powder?
Matcha is a finely ground powder made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, otherwise known as green tea. Green tea powder has become popular for its health benefits such as providing antioxidants and possibly aiding in weight loss. Matcha has a unique flavor that’s slightly sweet and grassy to some people, while others may find it bitter.
Personally, I really enjoy the matcha taste paired with the mint and chocolate in these gluten free matcha cookies. It creates a unique flavor combination that’s hard to resist.
🙋♀️ Is matcha good on a keto diet?
Yes! Matcha is a great choice for those on a keto diet since it’s low in carbs and high in antioxidants.
What I love about these gluten free matcha cookies is that they’re also low in carbs and sugar, making them an ideal snack for those looking to stay within their daily net carb count.
🙋♂️ Does matcha help you lose weight?
I’ve gotten this question before, and while I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, there are some studies that suggest drinking matcha tea can help with weight loss. Matcha contains ECGCs, a type of antioxidant that may help boost your metabolism and increase fat burning.
However, there are also studies that show any benefit is so minor, it would not be of clinical importance (1).
So, what’s the answer? While matcha may or may not help you to lose weight, it’s best to focus on having a healthy diet and exercise plan for the most effective results.
🙋 Are gluten free matcha cookies keto?
This recipe for gluten free matcha cookies can easily be included in a keto diet. I love to eat a cookie with tea or coffee for a low carb snack or treat.
These cookies are also great for those who are looking to enjoy the health benefits of matcha without going over their daily net carb count. In fact, unlike some gluten free recipes that use oat flour, a gluten free flour blend, coconut sugar, maple syrup, etc., I use all keto and low carb friendly ingredients in these vegan matcha cookies.
📏 Nutritional information: macros
Let’s take a look at nutrition calories and the macros. In this recipe for gluten free matcha cookies, one serving is one cookie. Each one has 83 calories, 2 grams of protein, 7 grams of fat, and 1 gram net carbs per serving.
These macros for keto matcha cookies are figured with MyFitnessPal, with the ingredients I use in the recipe. I always recommend figuring out your own with the exact items/brands you use. It’s especially important to determine your own if you’re keeping close track and want to be accurate.
🍽 Equipment needed to make keto matcha cookies
- large and medium-sized bowls
- a spatula
- measuring cups and spoons
- blender or stand or hand-held mixer
- baking sheets/pans
- silicone mats or parchment paper
- cooling rack (optional)
🥘 Ingredients in gluten free matcha cookies
Here are some tips on how to select the ingredients before you get started:
Finely ground blanched almond flour
When choosing almond flour, make sure it is finely ground to ensure a smooth texture in your cookies. Also, look for blanched almond flour, which is made from almonds that have had their skin removed, as this gives a lighter color to the final product.
Sweetener (powdered or granular)
My favorite keto friendly sweeteners are stevia, monk fruit, or erythritol (Swerve). I also sometimes use allulose, which will brown faster and makes the cookies chewier. Just make sure to check the label for any added ingredients that may not be gluten-free.
This ingredient gives the cookies their unique green color and subtle tea flavor. Look for high-quality organic matcha powder from Japan, as it is known for its superior taste and health benefits.
Any type of salt can be used, but for the best flavor and quality, try to use high-quality sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. I personally use Redmond Real Salt.
Check the expiration date and make sure it is fresh to ensure your cookies rise properly.
Choose organic unrefined coconut oil to ensure the best flavor and health benefits. You can use refined coconut oil, but I prefer unrefined. Additionally, melted coconut oil helps to bind the ingredients together in the cookie dough.
Peppermint extract or food grade essential oil
If you choose to use peppermint extract or essential oil, make sure it is food grade and high quality. You only need a small amount to give the cookies the perfect mint flavor. If you wish, you can also add a teaspoon of vanilla extract, but I don’t find it necessary.
Apple cider vinegar
This ingredient helps to activate the baking soda (we’re using baking soda not baking powder in this recipe) and helps the dough to rise. Choose an organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar for the best health benefits.
Sugar-free chocolate chips
If you want to add chocolate chips to your cookies, look for sugar-free options that are also gluten-free. This will give you all the flavor without the added sugar. I like to use Lily’s Dark Chocolate baking chips or Lakanto Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (vegan). Be sure to look for a vegan chocolate chip if you want to make vegan matcha cookies.
With these tips, you can ensure that your gluten-free matcha cookies come out perfect every time. Ready to make gluten free matcha cookies? Let’s do this!
First, preheat your oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. This will help prevent the cookies from sticking to baking sheets and make cleanup a breeze.
Now, in a medium bowl, whisk together some almond flour, sweetener, matcha powder, salt, and baking soda. These dry ingredients will give your cookies a nice texture and a subtly sweet flavor with a hint of matcha.
Next, stir in the melted coconut oil, peppermint extract, and apple cider vinegar. These wet ingredients will help bind everything together and add some extra flavor complexity.
Once everything is well mixed, it’s time to fold in the chocolate chips. This is totally optional, of course, but who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their cookies? I really like the flavor combination with the mint, matcha, and chocolate.
Using a cookie scoop or a 2-tablespoon measurer, drop 1-inch balls of dough onto your prepared baking or cookie sheet below. Make sure to space them about 2 inches apart to give them room to spread (but don’t worry, these won’t spread too much).
Now, use a fork or the bottom of a glass to gently flatten each cookie (or your fingers). This step is important to ensure that the cookies spread as they bake evenly, and also gives them that classic cookie shape.
⏲ Bake time
Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes or until they are dry around the edges and just starting to brown. This may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on them towards the end to avoid over-baking.
💭 Top tip
Once they’re done, allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. This will help them firm up and prevent them from falling apart when you move them.
And there you have it – some delicious and easy gluten-free matcha cookies. These are great for a snack, a dessert, or even as a gift for your friends and family. Trust me, they won’t last long!
🥣 How to store gluten free matcha cookies
Once your cookies are completely cooled, store them in an airtight container or zip-top bag. They should last for 3-4 days if stored at room temperature and up to a week in the refrigerator.
For the ultimate grain free matcha cookie experience, you can also freeze these treats. Place the cookies in a single layer on a sheet pan and freeze until solid. Then, transfer the frozen gluten free cookies to a zip-top bag and they will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.
👩🍳 Variations on gluten free matcha cookies (including white chocolate!)
Lemon Matcha Cookies
Add 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon zest instead of the mint to the recipe. This adds a zesty kick of acidity that pairs perfectly with the matcha flavor.
Blueberry Matcha Cookies
Fold in 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries to the batter and leave out the peppermint. The tartness of the blueberries will balance out the sweetness of the cookie.
White Chocolate Raspberry Matcha Cookies
Leave out the peppermint and fold in 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries to the batter and use white chocolate chips instead of regular. The sweetness and tartness of the raspberries will complement the matcha flavor.
Ginger Matcha Cookies
Instead of peppermint, add 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger to the cookie dough. This adds a spicy kick that pairs perfectly with the matcha flavor.
Orange Matcha Cookies
Replace the peppermint extract with 1 teaspoon of orange extract, and add the zest of one orange to the batter. This adds a citrusy note that complements the earthiness of the matcha.
Pistachio Matcha Cookies
Fold in 1/2 cup of shelled and chopped pistachios into the cookie dough. The nuttiness of the pistachios complements the earthiness of the matcha flavor.
Hazelnut Matcha Cookies
Replace the almond flour with hazelnut flour, and add 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts to the batter. The nuttiness of the hazelnuts pairs perfectly with the earthy matcha flavor.
🥳 Happy baking!
Enjoy your gluten free matcha cookies and savor their delicious matcha flavor. 😋
In conclusion, these gluten-free matcha cookies are the perfect addition to any tea time or low carb snack. With almond flour and natural sweeteners, you can indulge in a guilt-free treat that is both delicious and healthy. The addition of peppermint extract adds a refreshing twist to the classic matcha flavor, and the chocolate chips provide an added punch that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Not to mention, these cookies are incredibly easy to make and will leave your kitchen smelling heavenly. So why not try making these keto cookies today and enjoy a tasty, nutritious treat with a cup of tea or coffee? Your taste buds and body will thank you in return!
📋 Gluten free keto cookie recipes
- Keto Zucchini Cookies
- Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies
- Low Carb Cinnamon Pecan Cookies
- Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies
- Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Low Carb Lemon Cookies
📌 Pin the keto recipe here:
📖 Printable recipe card
- 2 cups finely ground blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup sweetener (powdered or granular)
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (or 2 drops food grade essential oil)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips (optional but recommended!)
- Preheat your oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, matcha powder, salt, and baking soda until evenly combined.
- Stir in the melted coconut oil, peppermint extract, and apple cider vinegar until the dough comes together.
- Fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
- Using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon measurer, drop 1-inch balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet; space them about 2 inches apart. Use a fork or the bottom of a glass to flatten each cookie slightly (the cookies will not spread much while they bake).
- Bake for 12-13 minutes or until dry around the edges, only slightly starting to brown.
- Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Cookies made with almond flour may fall apart if moved before they cooled properly.
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Lily's Sweets, Dark Chocolate Baking Chips, 9 Ounce
Redmond Real Salt - Ancient Fine Sea Salt, Unrefined Mineral Salt, 16 Ounce Pouch (1 Pack)
Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder, 1 Pound (16 Ounce), Culinary Grade, First Harvest Authentic Japanese Origin, 100% Pure Matcha for Smoothies, Latte and Baking, Unflavored, Non-Irradiation
Wholesome Yum Besti Natural Sugar Substitute - Granulated Monk Fruit Sweetener With Allulose - Keto, Non GMO, Zero Carb, Zero Calorie, Tummy Friendly, No Aftertaste - Monk Fruit Allulose Blend Sugar Replacement (16 oz / 1 lb)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gProtein: 2g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For the most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.
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I use MyFitnessPal dot com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
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