Are desserts allowed on the ketogenic or keto diet?
Some people think desserts are a no-no for those who follow a keto lifestyle. But you have to remember that there’s a difference between low-carb and zero-carb. On a ketogenic diet, you’re allowed up to 50 grams of carbs per day.
Now, you may not think that’s enough, especially if you’re used to sugar-laden treats. But once you’ve had a taste of the best keto desserts, you’ll see why other keto followers are able to satisfy their sweet cravings without breaking the low-carb rule.
Not convinced? Well, to taste is to believe, so here are 5 dessert recipes that are easy to make and best of all, keto-approved.
1. Lemon Keto Cheesecake
For low carb desserts to taste just as good as high-sugar treats, you have to use the right keto sweetener. The good thing about erythritol is it tastes a lot like sugar, and unlike stevia, doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste.
So for this cheesecake recipe, you can make the crust with erythritol, almond flour, and melted butter. Then, for the filling, use cream cheese, vanilla, yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, and erythritol. Bake for an hour and 20 minutes, then cool for at least 2 hours before serving.
2. Keto Fudge
This is one of the easiest no-bake keto recipes you can make. You only need unsweetened baking chocolate, your preferred keto sweetener, salted butter, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract.
Mix everything in a bowl, then microwave for 30-second intervals until your fudge is silky smooth. Freeze, cut into small pieces, and it’s ready to serve.
3. Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut butter, vanilla extract, an egg, and your choice of sugar substitute – these are all the ingredients you need to make scrumptious, low-carb peanut butter cookies.
But keep in mind not all peanut butter brands are keto-friendly. Read labels to make sure you’re not going over your carb limits.
To make keto PB cookies, combine all your ingredients until a dough is formed. Make 1-inch balls and put them in a lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
4. No-Bake Coconut Cookies
This recipe calls for just 5 ingredients: shredded coconut, coconut oil, whatever keto sweetener you like, vanilla, and salt. You’ll need a blender to mix all the components together. But make sure, you don’t overprocess the whole thing.
You’ll want some texture in there. Think macaroons, not butter. Once you have the right texture, form what you have into little balls.
Optional: Top the balls with shredded coconuts or crushed nuts.
5. Strawberry Cream Cheese Fat Bombs
If you’re craving a fruity dessert, you’ll be happy to know that berries are keto-approved. Strawberries, in particular, only have about 2 grams of carbs per 1/4 cup.
To make strawberry cream cheese fat bombs, you’ll need strawberries, keto sweetener, vanilla extract, softened cream cheese, and butter.
In a bowl, mix the strawberries, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Add the softened cream cheese and butter, then beat with an electric mixer. When you have a uniform mixture, you can spoon them into little muffin molds.
Freeze for at least 2 hours. For best results though, it’s best to leave them in the fridge overnight before serving.
Keto Desserts: Sweeter When Shared
Do you have loved ones who aren’t on a ketogenic diet?
Don’t think they won’t like these keto desserts. That also applies to most keto dishes. Tip: Check out The Keto Kettle for some great recipes.
Remember, food tastes best when eaten together.
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