Last Updated on July 27, 2023
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Keto diets, or ketogenic diets, have been popular for several years now. A keto diet is low-carb, so your calories come more from protein and fat than from carbohydrates. That means that foods such as white bread, cookies, soda, donuts or pastries, and other sugary foods or foods with processed white flour are off limits.
When you limit your carb intake enough, the idea is that your body eventually goes into a process called ketosis in which you break down protein and fat for energy instead of breaking down carbohydrates. This can aid in weight loss.
While no one in my immediate family eats a keto diet, we do like to moderate our carb intake for health reasons. So we’ve been open to trying some of the keto or keto friendly products that Aldi sells.
Processed keto products usually include more fiber and/or artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes such as stevia or erythritol. The idea is that you can subtract the total grams of dietary fiber and half of the grams of sugar alcohols from the number of grams of total carbohydrates for a reduced number of net carbs. (One exception is if the only sugar alcohol in the food is erythritol, and then you can subtract all of its carbs.)
It’s a controversial subject that not all scientists agree on, but if you’re buying keto products in a store, they often use this type of “keto math.” You can decide for yourself whether these products are truly keto.
Aldi has offered several types of these keto friendly products. The item that made the biggest splash at Aldi a few years ago was some keto friendly zero net carbs bread, which showed up at first as a limited-time Aldi Find, and it disappeared almost instantly from store shelves. Due to its popularity, Aldi eventually brought it back as a year-round Regular Buy, although it took some time to make that happen.
During a recent shopping trip, I found some keto cookies in the snack food aisle and decided to give them a chance.
Benton’s Keto Cookies cost $2.95 for a 3-ounce package at the time of publication, which comes out to about 98 cents per ounce. They come in chocolate chip or snickerdoodle varieties. They advertise that they’re grain free and that the chocolate chip cookies have zero net carbs while the snickerdoodles have 1 gram of net carbs per serving.
For comparison, Atkins cookies with 3 net grams of carbs cost $1.23 per ounce at Walmart at the time of writing. The Atkins cookies are advertised as “soft & chewy,” while these Aldi cookies are crispy, so it’s not an even comparison. Still, if you want keto cookies, the Aldi cookies are the better deal, even if they are more expensive than regular cookies.
These are Regular Buys, so you should be able to find them at Aldi any time of year.
These are sold under the Benton’s brand, which is not a company. Instead, Benton’s is the private label Aldi uses for the various cookies or cookie-like products it sells, including knockoff Teddy Grahams, vanilla wafers, upcycled cookies, and more.
If you’re watching out for allergens, both cookie types contain egg, milk, almonds, and coconut. They may contain other tree nuts and peanuts.
These are made with ingredients including almond flour, erythritol (a sugar substitute), stevia (another sugar substitute), coconut oil, butter, egg whites, natural vanilla flavor, hydrolyzed collagen, baking soda, xanthan gum, and sea salt.
Each package contains about three 7-cookie servings. (The cookies are tiny.)
The chocolate chip cookies have 140 calories per serving, with 13 grams of total fat (17% DV), 5 grams of saturated fat (25% DV), 150 mg of sodium (7% DV), 9 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), 3 grams of dietary fiber (11% DV), 1 gram of total sugars, no added sugars, and 6 grams of sugar alcohols.
Using “keto math” on the chocolate chip cookies, you’d subtract the 3 grams of dietary fiber and the 6 grams of sugar alcohols from the 9 grams of total carbohydrates, which leaves you with zero net carbs.
The snickerdoodles have 140 calories per serving, with 13 grams of total fat (17% DV), 5 grams of saturated fat (25% DV), 180 mg of sodium (8% DV), 8 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), 2 grams of dietary fiber (7% DV), 1 gram of total sugars, no added sugars, and 5 grams of sugar alcohols.
Using “keto math” on the snickerdoodles, you’d subtract the 2 grams of dietary fiber and 5 grams of sugar alcohols from the 8 grams of total carbohydrates, which leaves you with 1 gram of net carbs.
But How Do the Cookies Taste?
My family hasn’t always liked processed keto friendly foods. We thought the Aldi keto friendly baking mix produced biscuits that were dry, crumbly, and tasted off. It’s a challenge to get past the hard, crumbly nature of most keto ice creams as well, thanks to the sugar alcohols they’re sweetened with. The keto buns Aldi stocks during the summer months are all right in terms of taste, and they’ll do if you really need to eat keto, but we prefer regular buns. The same goes for the keto bread at Aldi.
So I was pleasantly surprised by these keto cookies. They are on the hard and crumbly side, but they aren’t necessarily dry. If you didn’t tell me they were keto, I’m not sure I would have figured it out.
The chocolate chip cookies have just the right amount of sweetness without being overly sweet, and while I can maybe taste a bit of that sugar substitute flavor that tastes a bit off from foods sweetened only with sugar, those flavors aren’t strong. They just taste like store-bought chocolate chip cookies.
The snickerdoodles are a lot darker-colored than they appear on the package. One family member said they look like clumped brown sugar, but everyone agreed these taste a lot like regular snickerdoodles. I will always prefer the taste and texture of homemade snickerdoodles (I always make sure to under bake mine a little so the centers are soft), but these are decent for grocery store snickerdoodles.
Some family members thought these cookies had a bit of an aftertaste (probably due to what they’re sweetened with), but they said it definitely wouldn’t stop them from eating the cookies.
These are more expensive than traditional cookies, but if you’re on a keto diet and are craving cookies, these will do the trick.
Benton’s Keto Cookies come in chocolate chip or snickerdoodle varieties. If you subtract grams of dietary fiber and grams of sugar alcohol from grams of total carbohydrates (a process that not all scientists agree on), the chocolate chip cookies have zero net carbs and the snickerdoodles have 1 net carb. These cookies are small and crispy, and they taste pretty good. We’re especially fans of the chocolate chip ones. They’re pricier than regular cookies, but if you want keto cookies, these are good.