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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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The BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30) + Stove Top Option

These paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot mashed potatoes (with stovetop option) are always a crowd favorite at every gathering, and you’ll be sad that there are no leftovers!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

I know what you are thinking… “Really? The BEST?” It might sound a liiittle bit overconfident, but it’s not just me who claimed that these were the best Instant Pot mashed potatoes. I’ve actually heard it from several people who have tried this recipe before. It’s incredibly flattering, but I gotta say, these mashed potatoes are pretty darn fantastic.

The BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Not only are these super tasty, they are incredibly easy because they are made in the Instant Pot. Instead of having to keep an eye out for when the water is boiling and simmering, you just throw everything in the Instant Pot and ignore it until it’s finished.

Another great thing about making mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot is that if you end up making them early before the rest of the dishes are done, you can keep them on the Warm setting until everything else is finished. This trick is especially useful for Thanksgiving or the holidays when you are stressed out and making 8 things at once, because, or course, nothing is ready for the table at the same time.

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How to Make the BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Okay… so wanna know the trick to making the BEST Instant Pot mashed potatoes? These tips are quite simple and easy but makes such a huge difference in the flavor and texture:

  • Always use russet potatoes. I’ve tried making mashed potatoes with all different kinds of potatoes in the potatoes and the ones that yield the best texture every time is russet. Other softer potatoes can get gummy or “sticky” if you accidentally over-mash them, but the chances of that are very low with russet potatoes.
  • You’ll notice that I added apple cider vinegar to the potatoes, and that makes such a huge difference to the taste in the best way. It gives the potatoes a slight tang and zest that makes them so addicting. Try it if you don’t believe me! You’ll never make mashed potatoes any other way.
  • Also, using ghee instead of the traditional butter (or any other fat) makes it even more amazing because of that deep caramel flavor that is way stronger in ghee. The combination of the apple cider vinegar and ghee is what makes this recipe so special!

Don’t Have an Instant Pot?

I know not everyone has an Instant Pot (although you should because it’s the best investment and such a time saver), so I included stove top directions as well. This doesn’t change the taste at all so you’ll still have delicious mashed potatoes to serve with your main dish however you decide to make it!

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30) + Stove Top Option

These paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot mashed potatoes (with stovetop option) are always a crowd favorite at every gathering, and you'll be sad that there are no leftovers!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Pressurizing time 10 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 156kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freeze dried chives plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • If you like your potatoes peeled, peel them now. If not, scrub the potatoes.

Instant Pot Method

  • Cut the potatoes in half and place them in the Instant Pot
  • Pour water over the potatoes until they are just covered.
  • Close the lid and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing
  • Cook on high on Manual for 12 minutes.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, quick release pressure. 
  • Pierce the potatoes to make sure they are fork tender, then drain.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.
  • If you are not eating right away or waiting for other dishes to cook, you can keep the mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot and set it to Warm until ready to serve.

Stove Top Method

  • Cut the potatoes into 2 inch chunks and place them in a pot. 
  • Cover the potatoes with water.
  • Turn the heat to high until the water is boiling.
  • Cover, and reduce the heat to medium, then let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. 
  • Drain, then add the rest of the ingredients and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 8.4% | Vitamin C: 12.8% | Calcium: 2.1% | Iron: 7.4%

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Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Don’t let food allergies stop you from indulging in treats! These soft and chewy Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are also paleo, vegan, gluten free, and egg free!

Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can you believe I don’t have a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe on my blog yet? Well, I can, because I’m the worst baker. But sometimes, the baking gods are on my side and I end up making a treat that’s super delicious and dreamy.

I recently had one of those moments when attempting to make these cassava flour chocolate chip cookies, and no tears were shed from an inevitable #fail (a norm when I’m baking) and I lived through it to share this yummy recipe with you.

Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, these are not your standard chocolate chip cookies. They are gluten free and grain free, made with cassava flour and a bit of coconut flour, and they are also paleo and vegan! And if you have some common food allergies in your family, these might be for you because they are also nut-free and egg-free.

Don’t worry though, because they are NOT fun-free. They actually taste amazing and have the perfect amount of chewiness and softness that you love in your favorite cookies.

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How to Yield Perfectly Chewy Cookies

Since these are gluten free cookies, you have to treat them a bit differently than regular cookies. Here are some tips to make these cassava flour chocolate chip cookies THE BEST EVER:

  • If you are using coconut oil instead of ghee, make sure it’s soft instead of melted. If it’s hard, you can microwave it for 15 seconds at a time, and if it’s melted, you can leave it in the fridge it gets to the right consistency.
  • DO NOT pick up the cookies once it’s out of the oven. They will be quite fragile and fall apart if you try to pick them up. Wait about 30 minutes for them to fully cool down before handling them. I know, it’ll be incredibly hard but it’s 100% worth it!
  • For even chewier and sturdier texture, keep the cookies in an airtight contain in the refrigerator. I think they taste better when they are cold!

Hope you love these cookies, because my husband and I can’t get enough. We just made these a few days ago and they are already half gone! So dangerous, but so worth it.

Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Don't let food allergies stop you from indulging in treats! These soft and chewy Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are also paleo, vegan, gluten free, and egg free!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 105kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, whisk together ghee (or coconut oil), maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together cassava flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt. 
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. 
  • Stir until combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Use a rounded tablespoon to scoop the dough and place on the baking sheet, flattening it out slightly. 
  • Repeat with the rest of dough, making sure you give enough space in between to spread a bit.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Cool completely on the baking sheet for 20-30 minutes before removing and serving.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They'll get even chewier (in a good way) once cold!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 1.6% | Iron: 4.3%

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.