It’s 8:00 pm on Saturday night. You have followed your keto diet perfectly for the week and are craving something sweet. The GirlScout cookies and ice cream in the freezer are calling your name, but you know that giving in will kick you out of ketosis and set you back. Thankfully, with just a handful of ingredients, you can easily whip up hundreds of awesome keto desserts!
10 Products to Have on Hand when Carb Cravings Strike and you Need a Keto Dessert!
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My assumption here is that you have baking powder and vanilla on hand, so I have not included these in the list.
The first ingredients to consider and the foundational ingredients of most keto treats are
Full-Fat Dairy Products:
Heavy cream, cream cheese, sour cream, and of course, BUTTER! These are a few of the ONLY ingredients I still order from my local grocery store (I add it to my order for pickup).
Secondly, you must look to replace in your gluten free, low carb, keto desserts, and baked goods is wheat flour, so number one on the list is my favorite:
You can use almond flour as a wheat flour substitute in almost any baked good recipe! It’s higher in fat, protein, and fiber, but also much higher in nutrient value.
You can buy almond flour in supermarkets (like Bob’s Mills), but I find it easier and less expensive to order online. For most baked goods, the finer milled products, like Honeyville yield the best results. I highly recommend it.
Coconut flour is very versatile and excellent for those who are looking for a gluten free and nut free flour alternative. It is quite long lasting because the ratios for coconut flour to wheat flour are quite different: you use much less coconut flour! I also buy my coconut flour online.
There are so many uses for coconut oil that I think everyone should have two on hand at all times: One in the kitchen and one for the bathroom. I use coconut oil in cooking and in my daily beauty routine. You can read more about that here.
A milk substitute is also very important. You can use almond milk, but I prefer:
Milk is high in carbs but is used in many baked goods. Thankfully, coconut milk can be used as a high fat, low carb substitute. I order in bulk to make sure I never run out!
You will also need to replace refined sugars in your keto desserts.
Sugar is obviously high in carbs and a big no-no on a low carb or keto diet so it is essential to have a replacement on hand for your sweet keto treats. I use Stevia drops when a liquid is required, and for a granulated replacement, I like Swerve and Truvia.
There are so many options available!
This is a link to the caramel flavor: it’s delicious. These are also great for making decadent coffee drinks. Take a look around after you click on the caramel flavor link. You’ll be amazed at the variety!
One of my favorite, quick keto desserts recipes you will get when you subscribe to my FREE resource library is made with my favorite sugar-free almond butter: Barney Butter. YUM!! Many recipes call for peanut butter, but I prefer almond.
Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate:
Some of my most intense carb cravings are chocolate cravings! Thankfully there are many chocolate Keto treats recipes out there that utilize sugar-free dark chocolate. I also keep Special Dark Cocoa on hand for keto desserts that call for cocoa in place of actual chocolate.
Lastly, an ingredient you will happy to have on hand for keto sauces as well,
Xanthan Gum Powder:
The most important piece of advice I can give about xanthan gum is a little goes a very long way. It is a thickening agent and can give smooth, rich textures to sauces and help bind and emulsify. One bag will last ages and is definitely worth the investment.
I hope you will find this list helpful. I like to be prepared because I never know when the cravings will strike, and now you will be, too!!