Before you went keto, you might have loved pizza, fries and baked goods—okay, you definitely did—but they’re not allowed on the restrictive diet. Think about the ingredients: carbs on carbs on carbs.
Fortunately, keto bloggers have created some delicious, simple recipes that makeover these classic comfort foods, so you don’t need to feel deprived of your favourite treats. If you want to treat yourself today, try one of these awesome recipes that won’t make you miss the originals one bit.
Low Carb Pumpkin Pancakes
There’s nothing like waking up on a lazy Sunday morning and digging into a stack of pancakes with syrup. Sadly, those Sundays don’t really happen when you’re keto—and that’s why this pancake recipe by Ketogasm is a game changer. Not only do they use pumpkin puree to add tons of flavor, as well as a medley of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, but they also take only 10 minutes to make and cost you 2 grams of net carbs a pancake. If that’s not “lazy,” I don’t know what is.
Healthy Chicken Noodle Squash Casserole With Spaghetti Squash
There’s nothing like a warm, creamy casserole to stick to your bones on a cold evening. Yet sadly, casserole isn’t exactly keto friendly. Luckily, this makeover by Food Faith Fitness has all the rich, indulgent components but keeps carb count to 31.1 grams a serving, thanks to its squash swap. It’s on the heavier side, but just keep it in mind as you go about the rest of your day to stay in ketosis.
Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Who turns down a slice of cheesecake? Well, you might if you’re on the keto diet. Major buzzkill. Yet you can still treat yourself to this decadent slice of keto pumpkin cheesecake by Food Faith Fitness while still staying on your diet. Each serving has 4.2 grams of net carbs (yup, you read that right) and 23 grams of fats. There’s even a bit of protein, 6.5 grams, making that dessert actually filling and healthy.
Crispy Ginger Lime Chicken Wings
You might be able to eat grilled chicken when keto, but fried chicken wings? Not so much. And that’s a shame, as wings and football are a classic duo that you’ll have to miss out on when out with the guys. You can eat these crispy wings from The Castaway Kitchen though, which still offer that fried, greasy texture, but they’re baked and only take you back 4 grams of net carbs per 5 wings. So, invite everyone over to your place for the game and whip these up beforehand.
Suuuper Fudgy Paleo & Keto Brownies
Just think: warm, rich brownies. Yesss. These brownies by Gnom Gnom use erythritol (stevia does not work in this recipe) to keep sugar and carbs low at 1 gram of net carbs per brownie and don’t skimp on that deep cocoa flavour or gooey, soft texture one bit. The best part is its calorie count at a mere 102 calories a brownie.
Easy Keto Lasagna Bake
Ooooo lasagna—it sounds (and tastes) so good. But it’s definitely off limits for the keto diet, as it’s heavy and high in carbs. This recipe makeover by Hey Keto Mama saves you a ton of carbs, leaving the net carb count to 4.7 grams a serving. Why? It’s noodle-less. But it’s not missed, as the fillings are so rich and decadent from the heaping of ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, ground beef and Italian sausage. Is your mouth watering yet?
Mini Mushroom Keto Pizza
Pizza is the ultimate comfort food or late-night snacking splurge, but just think of the ingredients—bread, bread, and more bread. (Let’s not even get started on deep-dish pizza.) Yet you can ditch the bread, sub in a mushroom, and eat all your favourite cheesy, pepperoni, and flavourful toppings with this makeover recipe by I Eat Keto. Each mushroom pizza has 4 grams of net carbs and 9 grams of fat, so feel free to eat a few at once.
By Isadora Baum