“Keto” is a diet buzzword that’s gained popularity recently due to some seriously bold claims: people say that it’s helped them lose weight despite going all in on a high-fat, adequate protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The ketogenic diet was developed primarily to treat refractory epilepsy in children. By forcing the body to burn fats instead of carbohydrates, ketone bodies from fat and fatty acids in turn are used to fuel brain function instead of glucose. This elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, called ketosis, helps reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures.
What does this mean for weight loss? About the same thing, as the diet essentially uses up your own body fat as an energy source. It can also help lower insulin levels and control your blood sugar level, as it requires the person to abstain from sweeteners like sugar. That, however, doesn’t mean that people on a keto diet should always skip desserts. Below are some of our favorite keto diet desserts that will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your soul:
- Low carb chocolate coconut bars
Coconut and chocolate are a classic pairing that goes beautifully well together in this recipe. It’s only 2 net carbs and 22 grams of fat, which places it comfortably within the acceptable range of a keto diet dessert. You will need some shredded unsweetened coconut from a good coconut cream and milk supplier, as well as some virgin coconut oil and liquid Stevia to make the bottom coconut layer. Top with chocolate made with some unsweetened baking chocolate, more coconut oil, and Stevia, freeze the whole thing in a silicone pan, and you can have an indulgent snack without having expended that much effort.
- Coconut raspberry slices
This perfect summer dessert blends creamy and fruity by combining an almond meal biscuit base with luscious coconut cream and a raspberry topper. It’s under 4 net carbs a slice, but still leaves you with a great feeling of satisfaction, thanks to the high fat content and the natural sweetness of the ingredients. First you create a biscuit base with some almond meal, baking soda, butter melted to room temperature, and an egg. Bake this in a preheated 350F oven for 15 minutes, then layer on the other ingredients. For the coconut layer, mix unsweetened coconut milk, coconut oil and desiccated coconut with vanilla bean powder and sea salt. Finally, heat some fresh raspberries with chia seeds in some water and use the jam as the final layer. This should keep for a while in the freezer, so you can have desserts for days.
- Low carb choco chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a growing-up classic that follows us all well into adulthood—nothing quite brings the same amount of comfort and nostalgia. In order to make them low carb and get them to fit into your keto diet, minimize the amount of ingredients that contain a high amount of carbohydrates with a few simple replacements. You can use almond flour in place of regular flour, as well as unsalted butter, eggs, dark chocolate chips, some salt, baking soda and vanilla extract. Erythritol takes the place of normal sugar, and you combine these ingredients just as you would a regular cookie dough. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes, and indulge.
- Fat bombs
Candies made with coconut oil are a great way to boost your fat intake and are a guilt-free dessert because they’re actually good for you. For this recipe, you’ll need some cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, vanilla extract, your sweetener of choice such as Stevia, some sea salt, some unsweetened cocoa powder, almond butter or some other nut butter, and some desiccated coconut to top them with. They’re so easy to put together – simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl or a food processor until smooth and then drop onto some wax or parchment paper, tablespoon by tablespoon. Then pop them in the fridge until solid, and pop as needed to control cravings.
If you’re having a hard time finding premade keto desserts, you can always whip up these simple recipes using common ingredients in your own kitchen. This way, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without much effort and ensure that what you’re eating fits right in with your chosen diet.