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Keto Vanilla Wafers (Vegan & Paleo Option)

This keto vanilla wafers recipe uses 5 ingredients (not counting salt) and tastes so much like the original with only 1 gram of carbs per cookie. You can easily adapt it to make it paleo or vegan!

keto vanilla wafers stacked in front of a glass of milk

Do you love Vanilla Wafers, or ‘Nilla Wafers? They may seem like plain, boring cookies, but I loved them. There was something so addicting about those light and crispy cookies, and they weren’t too sweet so you could eat a whole bunch in one sitting. Well, today, I’m bring you homemade vanilla wafers in low carb, keto form and they taste just like the original!

Keto Vanilla Wafers Recipe

While these may seem like simple keto cookies (only 5 ingredients!), I actually had to test them out several times because I really wanted to get the texture just right: light, flaky, and crispy, while being soft in the center.

Making these keto vanilla wafers without eggs was key to making them get to that perfect texture that’s soft and crispy at the same time. Eggs are great for creating moist and chewy cookies, but that’s not what you are going for in these homemade vanilla wafers! You want them a bit more sturdy, especially if you’ll be using them in another recipe like banana pudding, as a cake crust, or even just enjoying them dunked in almond milk or coffee like me.

keto and paleo vanilla wafers fresh out of the oven
homemade vanilla wafers dunked in milk

Easy Substitutions to Make These Into Vegan or Paleo Vanilla Wafers

These simple keto cookies can easily be adjusted to make them vegan or paleo-friendly with simple adjustments and substitutions. I know not everyone needs or wants to be low carb, and would rather not purchase extra ingredients like Swerve (my favorite 0 carb sweetener), so here’s how you can make these keto vanilla wafers paleo and/or vegan!

For paleo vanilla wafers: All you have to do is replace the sweetener with coconut sugar, which most people have in their pantry if they regularly cook and eat paleo. That’s it! The rest of the ingredients will stay the same. Keep in mind that replacing Swerve with coconut sugar may result in darker cookies, because coconut sugar imparts a deep, amber color in baked goods.

For vegan vanilla wafers: Replace the sweetener with coconut sugar like for paleo vanilla wafers, AND replace the ghee with the same amount of coconut oil. Ghee gives these homemade vanilla wafers that rich and buttery flavor that’s present in the original version of these cookies, but using coconut oil will still yield delicious results!

Things to Note About This Keto Vanilla Wafers Recipe

  • Make sure to use blanched almond flour, NOT almond meal. Almond meal will yield crumbly cookies that won’t hold together well.
  • These easy and simple keto cookies won’t spread much during baking. Make sure to flatten them lightly before putting them in the oven. I used the bottom of a bowl to do this.
  • If you decide to make them paleo or vegan and use coconut sugar instead of Swerve, keep in mind that the cookies will turn out darker than you see in the photos. It won’t affect the flavor though!
  • The baking time will be affect the texture of your homemade vanilla wafers. I found that 25 minutes was great if you want to enjoy the cookies alone. If you are making them to add to a dessert recipe that adds moisture to the cookies, bake them for full 30 minutes so they crisp up further.
  • You can store them in an airtight container. Keep in mind that they’ll soften a bit after a day of storage, but will still be delicious!

I honestly couldn’t stop eating these once I made them and they really do taste so much like the original. I hope you enjoy this keto vanilla wafers recipe, and make sure to leave a review below if you end up making them!

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Keto Vanilla Wafers (Vegan & Paleo Option)

This keto vanilla wafers recipe uses 5 ingredients (not counting salt) and tastes so much like the original with only 1 gram of carbs per cookie. You can easily adapt it to make it paleo or vegan!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy keto cookies, easy keto dessert, easy vanilla wafers recipes, homemade vanilla wafers, paleo vanilla wafers, simple keto cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 86kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine almond flour, Swerve (or coconut sugar), baking powder and sea salt, and mix together.
  • Add ghee and vanilla extract and mix until a dough forms.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon at a time and drop them on the prepared baking sheet, and flatten lightly with the bottom of a bowl. These cookies won't spread much.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. If you are using them in another dessert recipe, bake for 30 minutes so they crisp up.
  • Cool for at least 30 minutes before enjoying or transferring to a cooling rack. The cookies will be too soft to handle at first, but will harden as they cool.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie – makes 24 | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 2.1%
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Homemade Paleo Pigs in a Blanket

A favorite for both adults and kids alike, learn how to make paleo pigs in a blanket that’s healthier than the original but still super tasty and addicting!

paleo pigs in a blanket baked on a baking sheet

Pigs in a blanket is a type of dish that I get excited about growing up and even now. There’s something so yummy and comforting about these pillowy bites dipped in a delicious sauce that’s just so addicting. While I can’t enjoy them like I used to because of my gluten intolerance, I can definitely make a paleo version at home using much healthier and cleaner ingredients!

Paleo Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

While you do have to make the dough yourself and can’t use store-bought crescent rolls, this is a fun and easy pigs in a blanket recipe that doesn’t take too long to prep AND only needs 15 minutes in the oven. I was so pleased with the flaky and soft dough that wrapped the mini hot dogs and even my husband (who is a hot dog snob) said these were incredible!

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homemade pigs in a blanket before baking

How to Make Pigs in a Blanket That’s Healthy and Paleo

To make these homemade pigs in a blanket, you first have to make the dough with a combination of grain free flours for best results. I’ve never tried this by substituting with other flours so I can’t guarantee the same results if you make any modifications.

Unlike regular gluten dough, this paleo pigs in a blanket dough will be a little sticky and not as easy to work with. Make sure to let it sit in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to help it firm up, and then roll it out in between 2 parchment papers so it doesn’t stick to any surface. And when you are rolling the hot dogs into the dough, just be a bit more gentle when handling the dough, and it should be fairly easy to do.

Paleo Mini Hot Dogs

Conventional mini hot dogs or lil smokies can contain a lot of weird ingredients and preservatives, so I like to buy this grass fed version. It’s also Whole30-friendly, delicious, and just filled with super clean spices!

gluten free pigs on a blanket plated
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My Favorite Dips For Homemade Pigs in a Blanket

I’m pretty basic when it comes to my dips for any kind of hot dogs. I’m a ketchup girl through and through. If you want to also make ketchup at home and maybe get creative with all the different ketchup varieties you can make, make sure to check out this post for the recipes.

I also think these will be fantastic with some honey mustard sauce (Whole30 version here) or even just plain mustard! What would you dip these homemade pigs in a blanket in or what did you love dipping them in growing up?

I hope you and your entire family enjoy this yummy and easy pigs in a blanket recipe, and let me know how you like them in the comments if you try them out!

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Homemade Paleo Pigs in a Blanket

A favorite for both adults and kids alike, learn how to make paleo pigs in a blanket that's healthier than the original but still super tasty and addicting!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword game day appetizer, gluten free appetizer, kid friendly recipe, paleo appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Dough resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 386kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients, except mini hot dogs, in a large bowl and knead into a sticky dough.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes until the dough firms up.
  • Place the dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper, and roll it out to a thin layer that's 1/8 inch thick.
  • Use a butter knife and score the dough into long triangles that are about 1.5 inch wide x 4 inch tall (see photo in the blog post).
  • Roll each hot dog into the triangle dough starting from the widest part. Repeat with the rest of the dough and hot dogs.
  • Place on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite dippings sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (makes 4) | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 8.6%
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Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

You are going to love this perfect dish for Spring and Summer: Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks. The perfectly balanced flavors with the flaky crust make the most delicious breakfast or brunch!

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

I have to admit, I haven’t cooked with leeks for very long because it’s a new-to-me vegetable. My mom never cooked with it, and I’ve never ever heard of it until several years ago. However, as someone who loves experimenting with a new ingredient, I’ve been cooking with it and adding it to dishes and I’m really starting to love it! It’s been everywhere at my local farmers market these days.

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks Recipe

One of my favorite ways to enjoy leeks has been in egg dishes. It has a milder taste than regular onions while adding a crunchy texture that complements perfectly with creamy eggs. The crunchiness still remains after cooking and baked for a long time like in this keto quiche recipe.

This quiche is cooked with leeks, fresh herbs, and my favorite, smoked salmon, and the flavors and textures complement each other so well in every bite. Everything about this paleo and keto quiche screams spring, and it’s so perfect with a mug of coffee or matcha in the morning.

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks
Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

Sturdy Almond Crust

Real talk: I dropped this paleo and keto quiche on my countertop when I was taking it out of the oven, because there was a hole on my oven mitt which made me burn my skin (the story of my life). This is why you’ll see some cracks in the photos from the impact of the fall, but rest assured, the crust is extremely sturdy while still being flaky. It won’t fall apart on you!

Not only is the crust delicious and easy to make, I love that’s it’s grain free and low carb without any weird ingredients. In fact, 1 slice of this leek and smoked salmon quiche has only 9 grams of net carbs, which fits perfectly into your keto meal plan!

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

#LeeksOnFleek Collaboration

This Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks recipe is a part of an Instagram collaboration with several other talented bloggers. We are all sharing recipes featuring leeks today and I’m so excited to be taking part in it!

If you want some ideas on other delicious ways to use this spring vegetable, go check out the hashtag #leeksonfleek on Instagram. And don’t forget to share your creations with this hashtag as well!

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Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

You are going to love this perfect dish for Spring and Summer: Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks. The perfectly balanced flavors with the flaky crust make the most delicious breakfast or brunch!
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 408kcal

Ingredients

Quiche Crust

Filling

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 leeks white and light green parts only, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 large eggs whisked
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or any other non-dairy milki
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 oz smoked salmon chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 10 inch quiche dish with ghee or coconut oil. 
  • Combine all ingredients for the crust in a large bowl until a crumbly dough forms.
  • Press the dough into the quiche dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add sliced leeks and garlic and stir cooking for 3-4 minutes just softened  and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, dill, chives, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  • Stir in the leek mixture and smoked salmon.
  • Pour the egg mixture into to the par baked quiche crust.
  • Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until golden, and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Cool slightly before slicing and serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice – makes 6 slices | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 15% | Vitamin C: 5.2% | Calcium: 14.7% | Iron: 17%
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