An easy and secretly healthy recipe for M & M cookies that are actually keto, vegan and sugar free! Made with low carb candy buttons, these soft and chewy cookies take 15 minutes and come with a paleo option!
Keto “M & M” Cookies Recipe
The classic M & M cookies just got a healthy and keto friendly makeover!
Thick, soft and chewy cookies loaded with sugar free chocolate chips and keto approved candy buttons, they taste just like the classic cookie…but with a twist.
Traditional M & M cookies are delicious…but not dietary friendly. They are made with flour, sugar, eggs and well..more sugar.
My homemade version? None of those.
Instead, these cookies with “M & Ms” are made with almond flour and coconut flour, and use sugar free and low carb chocolate candies (buttons) that taste like actual M & M candies! Easy, soft and chewy cookies that take 15 minutes to make!
These cookies are completely keto, low carb and sugar free. There are also options to keep it completely vegan, gluten-free and paleo too!
M & M Substitutions
M & M candies are not keto friendly, nor are they are paleo, vegan, gluten-free or sugar free.
Instead, here are suitable substitutions to use-
Keto M & M’s (sugar free!)
This recipe uses Atkins Chocolate Candies– A low carb (1 gram net carb!), sugar free and low-calorie chocolate candy that looks and tastes like M & M’s.
I mixed several into the cookie batter and reserved the rest to top the cookies with!
Vegan and Gluten-Free M & M’s
The Atkins Candies aren’t vegan or gluten-free, but there is another option that I use, like in these flourless monster cookies.
Choco-no-no candy buttons are dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free, and have a delicious chocolate taste. The crispy shell reminds me of Crispy M & M’s!
Paleo M & M’s
Unfortunately, there isn’t a suitable substitute for the paleo diet. However, you can still make this paleo by using a combination of dairy free mini chocolate chips, chocolate chips, and chocolate morsels.
How to make M & M Cookies from scratch
Step 1- Preheat the oven and prepare a cookie tray
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line either a baking tray with parchment paper or a Silpat cookie sheet.
Step 2- Prepare your cookie dough
In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and mix them until combined. In a seperate small bowl, add your wet ingredients and mix well. Combine your wet and dry ingredients, except for your chocolate buttons (M & M’s!).
Step 3- Get cookies ready to be baked
Form 12 balls of cookie dough and place on the baking tray/Silpat cookie sheet. Place each ball, several inches apart, and press each ball into a cookie shape (they won’t spread much). Evenly distribute the chocolate candy buttons amongst the cookies.
Step 4- Bake the cookies!
Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until they start to look baked. Remember, the cookies continue to bake while they cool.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
How many calories are in Healthy M & M cookies
For one serving, 1 our 12 cookies, you’ll be looking at 143 calories per cookie. Each cookie yields 5 grams of carbs (2 grams NET CARBS!), 4 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat.
Storing M & M Cookies
Healthy Keto M & M cookies can keep at room temperature, in a sealed container for up to 1 week.
The cookies are also freezer friendly and can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Store the cookies in a ziplock bag or shallow container.
To enjoy cookies from the freezer, allow thawing at room temperature.
More healthy cookie recipes
- Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Healthy Flourless Brownie Cookies
- Sugar Free Flourless Cookies
- Keto Strawberry Cookies
Healthy M & M Cookies Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or prepare a Silpat cookie sheet.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your wet ingredients and mix well. In a separate bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Combine your dry and wet ingredients and mix until just combined. If the batter is crumbly, add extra applesauce (or a small amount of milk).
- sing your hands, form 12 small balls of dough and place on the cookie sheet. Press into a cookie shape evenly distribute the chocolate buttons on each cookie. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until just golden brown.
- Allow cookies to cool on the tray for 10 minutes, before carefully transferring to a wire rack until completely cool.