Keto Kourabiedes should not be that difficult if we were able to ketonised the famous Melomakarona. However, did you ever travel to Greece during the winter festivities? If yes, chances are you had those sugar-coated biscuits* (or cookies). Nevertheless, we the Ketonians know how unhealthy sugar is! Furthermore, we don’t even have to talk about the level of blood glucose after eating them. Luckily, Keto-friendly sweeteners come in powdered form too. So, what should stop you from making Keto Kourabiedes this Christmas or New Year’s season?
*We call them biscuits because we use Brittish English.
On the other side, in th USA they are called cookies.
A touch of history and connection with Apollo
Ancient Greeks loved to give honour to the Gods and the Universe by preparing sweet treats for their honour. The ritual cake for the winter solstice is the best example of this tradition. This time happens to be quite equivalent to the time we celebrate Christmas today. Maybe this is why Greeks continued making sweet biscuits for Christmas! Even though powdered sugar did not exist back then, ancients used honey and lots of precious spices to give honour to the newborn sun. Interestingly, God of the sun Helios can be Apollo (in Greek Apollonas) – the light bringer. Remember, this website’s founder is Apollonas. What a great coincidence, isn’t it? Let’s see what we can do to reduce the sugar content and still celebrate all the winter holidays!
Keto Kourabiedes and ketonising process
Have you checked the recipe for our Kavala cookies? That would be the story behind Kourabiedes. There’s no need to rewrite the history, the Kavala article covers it all. However, our Keto Kourabiedes recipe is simpler. We did all the necessary actions to reduce the carb content and also keep the amazing flavour. We also managed to preserve the traditional aroma.
For sure, the Greek Goes Keto Kourabiedes will bring you a lot of joy because they are incredible. At the same time, you will not have to worry about your carb count and your Keto macros. If you take a single biscuit (cookie) or two after your Keto meal, there’s no need to worry. You will stay on track and enjoy your winter festivities without even a dash of guilt. After all, you will prepare them only once per year!
CAUTION: If you have strong sugar addiction, psychological or physical cravings after Keto desserts you need to skip this recipe!!! On the other side, if you are able to enjoy such a dessert once per year, without wanting them every day, you can proceed.
Lastly, look at the amazing macros, only 0.1g total sugar per piece! Total carbs are 2,8g, while your net carbs are 1g per piece. What a success! Ketonisation should be fun and it should bring you a lot of enjoyment. Allow us to share our passion with you! Let’s bake the Keto Kourabiedes together. But before we start, check out the links below.
Follow these links to purchase some of the ingredients we used in this recipe:
Keto KourabiedesCourse: DessertsCuisine: Keto MediterraneanDifficulty: Medium
150g (3,5 oz) softened butter (we used goat butter)
2 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract (alternatively use aromatic brandy or rum)
150g (5,3 oz) roasted and ground nuts of your choice (we used walnuts)
4 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp almond flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp psyllium powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Orange bloom water (the amount is up to you, use in a spray, see the description)
Powdered monk fruit or stevia sweetener to your liking
- First mix all your dry ingredients together: ground nuts, coconut flour, almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, psyllium powder
- Using an electric mixer beat the softened butter until it gets fluffy. At this point add eggs and vanilla extract. Keep mixing. (If you decide to use liquer or brandy add them at this point).
- When the butter and yolks mixture is nicely combined start adding the dry ingredients, spoon by spoon. After you added all of the dry ingredients, mix using your hands. Create a ball of dough and wrap it with plastic foil. Place the dough in the refrigerator and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 150ºC (300ºF). Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. grease your hands with some butter or coconut oil and create small balls from the dough. Place the balls on the parchment paper approximately 2,5 cm (1 inch) apart. You will be able to make 24 medium-sized balls.
- Bake them for 20 minutes and then remove them from the oven. Let them cool down a bit.
- Place orange bloom water (check notes for alternatives) in a spray and quickly spray the Kourabiedes. You can also sprinkle with your hand but try to be even. Immediately after that, throw some powdered sweetener on top till they all turn white. Wait a little bit and add more powdered sweetener if needed. You can use your hands or tea strainer to sprinkle the sweetener.
- Orange bloom water is used traditionally in this recipe. We provided you with the link if you would like to buy it and stick to the tradition. However, you can use some water with the addition of any flavouring you like. For example add a few drops of vanilla extract, lemon extract or similar to water and use this to spray the cookies before sprinkling them with powdered sweetener.
- If you make the balls smaller, you will get more of them but reduce the baking time to 15 minutes.
- The Keto Kourabiedes are not only for Keto oriented people, anybody can enjoy them, including children and persons with diabetes. However, don’t snack on them between meals, have 1 or 2 right after your main meal.
- You can experiment and add more than one natural flavourings, but make sure you don’t use too much of alcohol based flavourings at once.