A keto diet is a great way to support cognition and overall health. Following a keto diet means eating low amounts of sugar and carbohydrates. So what can you do to satisfy your sweet tooth? Try some of the best keto snacks and sweets recipes for a healthy, sweet treat.
What Is the Keto Diet?
The keto diet is a low-carb, low-sugar diet rich in plants and healthy fats.
A daily ketogenic diet consists of:
- Fat (70–80%)
- Protein (10-20%)
- Carbs (5-10%), about 40 grams per day or less
Consuming high amounts of fat and low amounts of carbohydrates triggers ketosis. It’s a metabolic state that helps manage weight loss and blood sugar.
Ketosis can also support brain health. Dr. Dale Bredesen, a leading expert in neurology and author of the New York Times Best-Seller The End of Alzheimer’s, recommends a keto-inspired diet to his patients. Dr. Bredesen developed KetoFLEX 12/3, a mildly ketogenic diet mixed with intermittent 12-hour fasting (including 3 hours before bed).
Health Benefits of Dr. Bredesen’s KetoFLEX 12/3 diet may include:
- Optimal brain health and memory
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Healthy weight and metabolism
- Reduced discomfort from inflammation
- Better quality sleep
9 Best Keto Snacks and Sweets Recipes
Having a regular snack throughout the day can help maintain a healthy diet and keep energy levels high. If you crave a small bite or something sweet, keep these recipes handy. We’ve got a mix of savory and sweet recipes to keep hunger pangs at bay. Enjoy the best keto snacks and sweets while still sticking to your wellness routine.
1. Avocado Chips
High in fat and low in net carbs, avocados are one of the best fruits to stick to your keto regime (And, yes they’re fruits!). Avocado gets mashed and mixed with parmesan, lemon juice, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Then place teaspoon scoops on a baking sheet and bake until crisp. When they cool, why not dip them in a keto-friendly dip, like hummus, baba ganoush, or cheesy spinach dip?
2. Keto Brain Cupcakes
Who doesn’t crave a sweet treat during the spooky season? These keto brain cupcakes add a ghoulish flair to any Halloween spread, fun for all ages. Made with sugar free pink cream cheese frosting, you can enjoy these creepy cupcakes and still stick to your keto diet. Now that’s smart thinking!
3. Bacon-Wrapped Halloumi Cheese
Traditionally made from goat’s or sheep’s milk, halloumi is a Mediterranean cheese with a tangy, salty flavor. We couldn’t think of a better idea than to wrap it in bacon! This bacon wrapped halloumi cheese recipe would go great at a dinner party or as an afternoon snack. We like the idea of serving these baked bites over fresh greens, like arugula or spinach.
4. Low Carb Pumpkin Truffles
When the fall is in full swing, that means pumpkin season! These sugar-free pumpkin ganaches are covered in a dark chocolate coating—a perfect sweet treat for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Pumpkin puree combines with yummy (and healthy) fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Plus, it contains stevia, one of the best keto sweeteners for a low carb diet. Cover the filling with chocolate coating and you have the perfect addition to any fall dessert table!
5. Keto Fat Bombs
Following a keto diet means eating high amounts of healthy fats. That makes these fat bombs a great choice for a healthy metabolism and keto snack. They only take two minutes to prepare, ideal for a busy schedule. All you need are five ingredients: nuts, nut butter, a keto sweetener, and chia seeds.
6. Keto Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Nothing beats a decadent bite of chocolate! You can indulge yourself guilt-free with this keto chocolate mousse recipe. Use a hand beater to whip up this healthy mousse made with cocoa powder, cream, coffee, vanilla extract, and a keto sweetener of your choice (they suggest monk fruit).
7. Keto Pretzel Bites
To prepare these pretzel bites, combine coconut flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and xanthan gum. Stir in some cheese (yum!) and divide the dough. Bake them in the oven or use an air fryer until golden brown. They come out nice and hot. Then dip them in sugar-free honey mustard.
8. No Bake Cheese Parfaits
Craving something sweet? Try these no bake cheese parfaits! Low carb and keto friendly, cream cheese gets combined with sour cream, whipping cream, vanilla, and lemon zest. Add fresh berries for a delightful keto sweet.
9. No Bread Bruschetta
Sticking to a keto diet means avoiding carbs when you can. That makes this no bread bruschetta an ideal keto snack! Portabella mushroom caps get filled with tomatoes and fresh herbs. And, they only take 15 minutes to bake! Looking for more keto recipes?
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