Dessert

While pursuing a keto lifestyle, the idea is to do away with sugar cravings (and this includes using artificial sweeteners). However, we are all human and being able to still enjoy sweet ‘treats’ one in a while (I only use Erythritol) has been one of the main reasons Funnyman has so easily stuck to this lifestyle for more than a year now, so I am on the fence about being too strict about it. While I certainly don’t advocate using artificial sweeteners every day (again, I admit I am 100% guilty of that – I use it every day in my morning coffee), I created this DESSERTS category because it’s nice to have a few great dessert options at hand. NOTE: A lot of development has gone into perfecting the low carb desserts and sweet treats listed here. My preferred sweetener is Erythritol. Erythritol is a polyol (sugar alcohol) and has no ‘impact’ carbs. It can therefore be safely used on a low carb diet without affecting your blood sugar levels. It leaves no after-taste and has no associated bad press. In my baking, I mostly use the brand ‘Swerve‘ – which can be purchased on Amazon as granulated or confectioner’s / powdered.  (Be sure to use the kind of granulation I used for best results.) Also, please note that almond flour and coconut flour are not interchangeable in baking. If a recipe calls for almond flour and you choose to use coconut flour, I cannot guarantee the same success. Texture, density and flavour will be compromised. These ingredients are pricey, so I always advise to use the ingredients I have used for best success first-time.

Cinnamon Flax Breakfast Muffins (Keto)

There is no need for a long-winded intro here, these muffins are not only high in fibre (thank you, ground flax), but they are also super tasty! Funnyman loves them any time of the day so I freeze a batch when I bake them. If he isn’t enjoying them as a sweet breakfast option, he enjoys them as an after-dinner treat: He slices them in half, heats them a little in the microwave, then drizzles some double cream over: just lovely …

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (Keto)

Until the stores can offer us a decent keto ice cream, we are left to our own devices. Making your own ice cream is dead easy and very satisfying. I invested in this ice cream maker that I bought from Amazon and I love it. Its excellent quality and does the job perfectly. Funnyman loves this simple vanilla ice cream and enjoys it sprinkled with nuts or topped with fresh blueberries. Macros are calculated that one serving = two scoops (50g per scoop), therefore one serving is 100g / 3.5oz. All that at 2g carbs! Enjoy!

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Madagascan Vanilla Cream Lollies (Low-carb)

Keto Vanilla Lollies
Keto Vanilla Lollies

I always have a batch of lollies for Funnyman in the freezer (they usually take me less than 10 minutes to make once a week). He loves them as after-dinner treats, and enjoying them most nights has never knocked him out of ketosis. This time, I decided to go back to basics with a simple vanilla-cream. He was not disappointed. Unlike the majority of the other lolly recipes on this site, here I used mostly double cream and only a dash of Greek yogurt for some acidity. I scraped the seeds from a good quality Madagascan vanilla pod (hence the name), but if you are on a tighter budget, you can get away with two teaspoons of vanilla essence you probably already available in your pantry. (Just be sure to check the labels: vanilla paste contains sugar)…

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Chocolate Mousse Lollies (Low carb)

Creamy and chocolatey, these lollies were made with whipped cream, giving a light, airy texture which makes me rethink how I have been making all the other lollies up until now. A simple addition of confectioner’s sweetener and melted 85% Lindt®, and you have a dreamy after-dinner treat. I marked this low carb and not strictly keto, due to the presence of soy in the Lindt®. As we know, soy is an inflammatory food and should be avoided on the keto lifestyle. However, if you are simply living the ‘if it fits your macros’ lifestyle, these lollies will be a great addition to your summer creations. The lolly moulds I use are 100ml / 3.4 fl. oz capacity, but there is so much air whipped into the mixture, you will only use about 70g of mixture to fill each mould. This was how the macros were calculated. I also added a few drops of chocolate essence which really lifts the flavour to another level – you will love it!

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Yogurt Cream with Raspberries & Ground Flax (Keto)

Yogurt with Raspberries and Ground Flax
Yogurt with Raspberries and Ground Flax

These are great little yogurt pots, made using a combination of full-fat Greek yogurt and whipped double cream (sweetened with a little confectioner’s Swerve). I mashed fresh raspberries to stir through for some lovely natural sweet tartness, and I couldn’t resist adding ground (milled) flaxseed for added goodness and fibre. I LOVE the combination of plain yogurt and ground flax – it reminds me of the milk I slurped up as a child after finished a bowl of All-bran flakes. It adds a lovely ‘bran’ flavour to these yogurt cream pots and I am sure you will love it as much as I do. It will make for a great high-fat breakfast, but I marked this under dessert category too because… well, why not?

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High-Fibre Chocolate Muffins (Keto)

Keto High-fibre Chocolate Muffins
Keto High-fibre Chocolate Muffins

Who doesn’t love (and long for) Chocolate Muffins? Here, I made the most deliciously moist keto-friendly chocolate muffins and snuck in some extra necessary fibre in the form of seeds which add a lovely, subtle texture. No long-winded headnote needed here, these chocolate muffins are lovely – and they freeze well too.

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Low-carb Chocolate Mug Cakes

Chocolate Mug Cakes
Chocolate Mug Cakes

Dreamy, chocolate mug cakes that take just a few minutes to throw together. It took several trials to achieve this great texture, and they are best eaten warm with a dollop of extra cream. The recipe makes two, so you can tuck into them with your loved one as a dessert or a sweet breakfast.

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Easter Cinnamon Rolls (Keto)

Keto Cinnamon Rolls
Keto Cinnamon Rolls

Best eaten warm, these puffy, cinnamon-flavoured rolls were made with sweetened Fathead dough. I know you may think I have gone completely bonkers suggesting a sweet treat made predominantly from cheese, but the reality is that fresh mozzarella and cream cheese are very mild in flavour and the cheese flavour doesn’t come through at all. I went on to drizzle mine in a criss-cross fashion – and aptly called them my Easter Cinnamon Rolls. Forgive my poor piping skills, you can decorate as you please (and the drizzle is included in the macros, which total in at only 4.1g carbs per roll!) QUICK NOTE: Your pastry scraper is a very important tool here (just as it is in the Ham & Gruyere Rolls recipe) – it’s essential to gently nudge and shift the ‘dough’ when rolling…. Happy Easter everyone! xxx

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Keto Lemon and Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Keto Lemon and Poppy Seed Cupcakes
Lemon and Poppy Seed Cupcakes

I have always loved the combination of lemon and poppy seed so I am thrilled to share this keto cupcake recipe with you. The recipe took a few trials to get here (don’t even ask how many zested lemons are sitting in my fridge right now(!) but the truth is, the end-result recipe below is dead-easy. These lovely, sweet, lemony cupcakes have a beautiful texture and a delicious flavour. Bonus: they come in at only 3.4g carbs per cupcake (and that includes the cream cheese frosting!)

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Low-carb Chocolate & Raspberry Tart

Chocolate Raspberry Tart
Chocolate Raspberry Tart

This is no April Fools joke! Each slice of this dreamy low-carb chocolate and raspberry tart comes in at only 5.7g carbs! I melted 85% Lindt and whisked in warm cream and butter making a creamy chocolate filling to cover a base made with almond flour and cocoa powder. I love the contrast of dark chocolate with tart, sweet raspberries and thought this was another great way to pair them up. Not only is the tart garnished with fresh raspberries, but there are plenty hidden right there in the set ganache too! Just lovely…

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Low-carb Chocolate Mousse

Low Carb Chocolate Mousse
Low Carb Chocolate Mousse

Can this be for realsies? Only 5.8g carbs per serving for a lovely low carb chocolate mousse dessert! I used 85% Lindt® chocolate (only the best for Funnyman) to make this airy, creamy mousse. Very dark chocolate can quite bitter, but its the best option when baking. I added a little Swerve® (my favourite brand of confectioner’s Erythritol) which adds just the right amount of sweetness. What a treat! (NOTE: If you choose to use completely unsweetened chocolate buttons (as opposed to 85% Lindt), you will need to increase the amount of sweetener.)

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Tart Berry Yogurt Lollies (Low-carb)

Keto Tart Berry Lollies
Keto Tart Berry Lollies

Yes, I am still churning out the lollies for Funnyman, but the look on his face when he sees a batch in the freezer is worth the time spent making them – which happens to be only 5 minutes! Here, I mashed up raspberries and cooked them down a little with some lemon juice bringing a sharp tart flavour. A quick mix with powdered Erythritol (my favourite brand is Swerve®), full-fat yogurt and some double cream and we had another winner! If you like the idea of frozen yogurt & cream lollies, check out the Desserts page, as there are several other great flavours.

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‘Turkish Delight’ White Chocolate Mousse (Keto)

Keto Low carb Turkish Delight Mousse
Keto Low carb Turkish Delight Mousse

Something for upcoming Valentine’s Day… This easy, low-carb white chocolate mousse was made using only a few ingredients, with a distinct ‘Turkish Delight’ flavour coming from the necessary addition of rose water. Its a lovely, fragrant dessert that is so pretty to look at – and even better to tuck into! I added a little pink food colouring, but that is entirely optional. Each serving is approx 135g / 4.8oz, which is very generous, and only 2.8g carbs per serving, – you can get away with it! You can choose to simply divide the mixture between 4 dessert bowls, or you can pipe them in like I did. It was only afterwards I realised it resembles a pink rose (well, at a stretch), so I encourage you to put in the little extra effort. Important technique tip: Allow the melted cocoa butter buttons to cool sufficiently before adding to the cream to avoid a grainy mousse. Also, be careful not to over-whip the cream, nobody wants rose water butter…

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Mixed Berry Coconut Crumble (Keto)

Keto Mixed Berry Crumble
Keto Mixed Berry Crumble

A lovely, keto-friendly warm dessert to enjoy alongside pouring cream, my Keto Coconut Ice Cream or Keto Vanilla Ice Cream. The sharp, tart berries shine alongside the coconutty flavour of the crunchy crumble. If you have 6 ramekins, you may be better off baking these in them (as opposed to one pie dish), which makes for easier serving. If you choose to do this, place all the ramekins onto a tray when baking to ensure safe removal from the oven. #SafetyFirst

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