I know that when you think healthy or diet the very last thing to come to mind is a dessert! Those are normally for cheat days, right?
What if there are actually deserts that will not affect your Keto diet in a negative way, even better, some will actually help you stay sane while in ketosis!
If you are new to the Keto diet, you are probably wondering what I am talking about? so let’s start with the basics:
WHAT IS THE KETO DIET?
For those of you who don’t know, the Keto diet is high in fat, moderate with protein and very low carbohydrate, sometimes referred to as a Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) intake diet.
Your aim is to reach the state of Ketosis, where your body stops using sugar for fuel and instead starts to burn your body’s stored fats alongside those in your diet as it’s the primary fuel.
This can be achieved by reducing carbs & sugar while at the same time increasing the consumption of healthy fat.
The Keto diet has been around since the early 1900s, but it’s only recently that people have come to see this as one of the most effective ways to lose weight fast making it extremely popular.
There are a few other benefits of keto diet such as improving metabolism, and memory. Keto diet also stabilizes sugar levels and keeps a better insulin sensitivity level.
Foods to avoid
In order to reach Ketosis, you should stay away from foods that are high in sugar and carbs like:
- Refined Carbs – bread, pasta, cereals, etc.
- Grains – Wheat, rice, oats, corn, etc.
- Sugars – honey, agave sugar, maple syrup, soda, etc.
- Legumes – lentils, beans, chickpeas
- Tubers – Potatoes, yams, etc.
This means that when you bake or make keto desserts there are some ingredients that are off-limits if you want to continue being in ketosis.
Now we will check some of the most common substitutes.
Keto desserts & baking essentials
- Almond flour: Is the number one substitute for regular flour, but it behaves a little different, so for some recipes, you will have to mix it or add Psyllium husk powder to achieve a smooth dough.
- Coconut flour: This is another option, I like testing things out with a mix of both or just one of them depending on what I am baking, my favorite use for this flour is cookies!
- Monk Fruit Sweetener: This is my preferred way to replace sugar when baking because it’s natural and it does not have that bitter after taste that other sweeteners have.
- Psyllium husk powder: It’s the perfect alternative to gluten. Psyllium helps makes the low carb flour (coconut, almond, etc.) stick to each other when used in baked goods.
One of the hardest thing for me at the beginning was to find a solution to replace sugar in the things I was used to. Changing the way I sweeten my tea or coffee was easy peasy. But when it came to baking, that was a whole different game.
There is a good number of natural and artificial sugar-free sweeteners available for you depending on your preference.
- The natural ones: Xylitol, Stevia, Erythritol, Swerve (Erythritol + Oligosaccharides) and Natvia (Stevia + Erythritol).
- The artificial ones: Maltitol, Sucralose, and Aspartame.
I prefer the natural solutions and my favorite is Erythritol (Monk Fruit) because is the kind of sugar alcohol that has the lowest effect on blood sugar, with just 0.2 calories and zero carbs. But you can choose whichever sweetener that suits your taste.
This beautiful sugar-free cake by baking marvel Laura from Sugar-free Sprinkles is the Keto take on a classic! It tastes so similar to a regular birthday cake you will not even notice that you are not cheating on your diet!
Another classic that I was having a hard time getting rid of my diet, I have a huge sweet tooth, and a couple of chocolate cookies with a glass of milk would get me all happy. But the sickness I would feel after eating that much sugar was not worth it! UNTIL I found this recipe, not I can snack and not feel sick (or guilty!)
My favorite sweet things are the ones that also include a little savory, so anything lemon is super high on my list! What I love the most about this recipe is that you can’t even notice that is Keto friendly! To me, it tastes the same (if not better) than the regular lemon bars.
I started making this recipe so we could give our boys a sugar-free dessert after dinner that would not get them bouncing off the walls. And this simple mousse delivers not only a smooth texture and delicious flavor but also peace of mind when giving them to the little ones.
This as one of the first keto dessert recipes I tried and let me tell you, it’s delicious and tastes just like the real thing! I accompanied it with fresh raspberries and also made the recommnded raspberry sauce to top just like in the picture.
Ken is obsessed with peanut butter, Reese’s anything to be more exact, and this recipe has turned into one of his favorites, it delivers so much flavor and the texture of the chocolate and peanuts from the top are just wonderful.
I love a good Pumpkin cheesecake, but this one in particular tuned out so smooth! I followed Maya’s directions to avoid cracks and it worked like a charm!
Brownies are one of my kid’s favorite dessert ever! So I was extra happy when I found this recipe by Sam, my boys are always asking for seconds, and now (if they are good) I have no problem giving them more!
Cobbler what one of those desserts I also thought I was not going to try unless I quitted eating Keto. So I was super excited to find this recipe! The very first time I made it I did measure wrong and it ended up being kind of a mess, but that was a user-error, nothing to do with the recipe! The second time I was more careful and followed the directions (like I was supposed to :P) and it turned out beautifully!
I’ve only made these mini bites once, but they were so good!! I loved that they store well, so we were able to have them for a couple of fo days.
Lura did it again with this bundt cake recipe, it’s so decadent and lovely, my chocolate-loving heart was so extremely happy!
Sometimes you want a dessert that you can make super fast and with no baking at all! These little marvelous jars are perfect for those occasions, they deliver on teh flavor and they are so convenient to serve and store (if you end up with leftovers, but don’t count on it!)
Remember how I mention Ken’s obsession with Reese’s peanut butter cups, well this recipe is a close second for him, BUT the fact that we can both indulge guilt-free is priceless!
Cheesecake in a shot glass, do I even need to say anything else? I didn’t think so! If you are not sure, just give it a try!
Avocado brownies were a new thing to me until last year I tried one at my local coffee shop, it was ridiculous! At that time I didn’t even know that they were keto-friendly, but after a few weeks, I had to ask, because they were so good! And this recipe was the closest I found in both flavor and ingredients, it’s so delicious!
Sometimes all you need to satisfy that sweet tooth is a handful of pecans, I love this recipe because I can feel sure that even though is sweet is totally safe for Keto diet.
Cinnamon rolls are another classic that I am so happy to give a try, I avent made this one yet, but I will surely report once we’ve given them a try, just the way Mira shares the whole process has me super excited!
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I hope you enjoyed this selection of Keto desserts. And if you have some favorites that you would like to share send them my way!
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Happy eating! (Nom, nom)