When you’re going on the keto diet, you might think it’s time to say goodbye to your favourite chocolate chip cookies. Because the keto diet limits your carb and sugar intake, dessert isn’t typically included — and let’s be honest, the few low-carb dessert options that are currently available usually taste like a block of cardboard with a few cacao nibs thrown in.
The good news? You can easily whip up keto desserts that aren’t too carb or sugar-heavy. And they taste awesome.
While the jury’s still out on whether the keto diet has any actual health benefits, if you are interested in trying it out, you don’t necessarily have to suffer. Here are a few keto dessert recipes that’ll taste so good, you may not even realize they’re keto.
1 Flourless avocado brownies.
This recipe by The Castaway Kitchen is perfect for chocolate lovers. These fudgy, low-carb, and dairy-free, avocado brownies are sure to hit the sweet spot without packing on the pounds. The avocado and almond butter pack a ton of healthy fats, which is right in line with the keto diet, and it uses erythitol, the low-calorie sweetener that isn’t quite as sweet as sugar. It also uses cacao powder for added richness and flavor.
The best part? These brownies will satisfy your hunger, so you won’t want to reach for a second one.
2 Keto pistachio truffles.
On Instagram, you see so-called “fat bombs” everywhere, presumably because they’re a soft, chewy snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth while still being keto-friendly. They also include such healthy, high-fat ingredients as nut butters, coconut oil, and avocado.
These pistachio keto bombs from I Breathe I’m Hungry are both salty and sweet. They’re also quick and easy to make, so you can pop one of these in your mouth and be out the door in about 5 minutes.
3 Keto chocolate chip muffins.
We’re not going to encourage you to grab a muffin for breakfast when you can easily whip up one of these healthy on-the-go options instead, but these keto chocolate chip muffins by Fat for Weight Loss are pretty damn delicious regardless. They’re only 229 calories and have seven grams of protein. (Pro tip: Use unsweetened dark chocolate to keep the sugar low and the flavor rich.)
4 Low-carb peanut butter pie.
A keto-friendly Reese’s cup? Sign us up. This low-carb peanut butter pie from Simply So Healthy is perfect for those watching their carb and sugar intake. Using unsweetened cacao powder and stevia, this recipe offers depth and complexity of flavor without being too sweet.
5 Keto double chocolate chip cookies.
These double chocolate chip cookies from gnom-gnom are intense— they’re soft, moist, and totally drool-worthy. You’d never know they were gluten-free and keto-friendly. To help balance out the sweetness, add some sea salt on top for added bite.
By Isadora Baum