We love our desserts. Giving up desserts can be the worse part of any diet, we are so used to having a sweet course to finish off a meal. Some diet plans offer desserts that are basically ricotta cheese with an artificial sweetener added. Sure, it’s sweet, but not very satisfying. You are trying to follow a smart diet plan but you would like a treat once in a while.
One great feature of a keto diet is that there are options for desserts, real desserts. Desserts that feature chocolate and brownies and some of our other dessert favorites. The secret is substituting high carb items, such as all purpose flour, with low carb alternatives that work very well. Consider a favorite cake recipes. Instead of 2 1/2 cups of all purpose or cake flour, a keto friendly recipe will call for 1 1/2 cups almond flour, 3/4 cup coconut flour and 1/4 cup flaxseed meal. All three substitutes are zero carbs, work like flour and are found in almost every grocery store. The other key ingredients, chocolate, eggs and butter are already approved for a keto diet. One substitution and you have a delicious, rich chocolate cake that looks and tastes like a cake.
Instead of having to cut out desserts completely, a keto diet allows you to have desserts as long as they are not make with flour (or any other high carbohydrate ingredient) and sugar. Most sugar substitutes are exchangeable in recipes in the same portions as regular sugar, you don’t have to pull out a conversion chart to figure out how much to use.
There are quite a few dessert cookbooks on the market that feature keto friendly recipes. Here are some of our favorites.
The Best Keto Friendly Dessert Cookbooks
Easy Keto Desserts is a fun cookbook with over 50 delicious keto friendly dessert recipes. The book is very well written, the recipes are easy to follow and the photography is really well done. Most of the recipes use standard baking ingredients and don’t requires special purchases.
-Very well written. The recipes are detailed but easy to follow.
-Well photographed. You usually only get a photo of the finished product but the images are stunning.
-Excellent recipes. We have tried most of the recipes and the results have been wonderful.
-A wide variety of desserts. There is a nice assortment of cakes, cookies, freezer desserts, ices and pan bars. You may be on a diet but this cookbook allows you to enjoy some fun desserts.
-A few of the recipes have a lot of ingredients. Granted, you are substituting high carb ingredients for low carb, but some of the recipes are overly complicated.
-While the author is very helpful with her advice about sweeteners, there are a few sugar substitutes that can taste harsh in some recipes.
Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets and Treats pulls no punches. This cookbook is about sweets and other comfort foods and how to have them while on a keto diet. With over 100 recipes you can easily find a keto friendly dish to help satisfy almost every craving. Not only are there dessert recipes but you will also find great recipes for pancakes, muffins and breads.
-A wonderful assortment of recipes, over 100 in total. Not only are there dessert recipes, there are keto friendly recipes for breads, muffins, crackers and pancakes.
-Very well written. None of the recipes assume anything, the directions are very clear. The author does a very good job of explaining what an ingredient does and why your are using it.
-The author explains how a keto diet works and what you should do to follow a healthy keto plan.
-Many recipes use peanuts, peanut butter or chocolate. Anyone with food allergies will want to pay attention to the recipes.
-A few recipes use some hard to find ingredients such as xantham gum or psyllium husk powder.
Everyday Keto Baking gives you some fun options for keto friendly baking. Here you will find great recipes for desserts such as Streusel cake, cookies, cobblers and cupcakes. Along with these excellent desserts you will find recipes for bagels (finally a keto bagel!), breads ticks and quiche.
-Most of the recipes are built around almond flour and coconut flour. Both of these are very common ingredients, not expensive and found in most supermarkets.
-There are a few recipes for savory bites. While these aren’t baked, they are low carb and delicious.
-Pie recipes. Yes, pies can be keto friendly.
-Very well written recipes with excellent photography.
-Some of the recipes use a lot of ingredients. This is not necessary a bad thing, but it does mean you may need to do some special shopping.
-There is not much guidance on the use of sweeteners, especially when using dairy. Many people don’t like sweeteners such as Splenda with dairy rich dishes but the recipes often don’t offer advice about your options.
A Few Final Thoughts….
Having desserts, whether you are on a diet or not, usually means that you are adding something to your diet, such as fats (cream, butter) or sugars. Just because the recipes is keto friendly doesn’t mean that there are no consequences if you eat the whole dessert. Portion control is still important.
Any dessert recipe that is allowed on a keto or low carb diet will use a sweetener other than sugar. Some are good, some less so. Pay attention to what the recipe calls for until you have decided which sweetener you like best.
Alternatives to wheat flour, such as almond flour and coconut flour, will usually react to other ingredients in the same manner that wheat flour does. However, these alternatives can absorb liquids slower and may require a mixture of two or three different types of flour to achieve the same consistency as wheat flour.
Almond flour and coconut flour will generally be about twice the cost of wheat flour. They are usually found in the organic sections of supermarkets as well in the baking aisle. Not all alternative flours are organic, be sure to check the labels. Keep them dry and awake from high heats. Your freezer can be a great storage space for coconut flour.