The Keto Desserts You Need in Your Low-Carb Life

The keto diet: You’ve heard it before, but what exactly is it?

Living a keto lifestyle means minimizing your carbohydrate intake and increasing the amount of fat you consume. This gets your body to use fat as a form of energy. Basically, it breaks down like this: 60 to 75 percent of your calories come from fat, 15 to 30 percent of your calories come from protein, and 5 to 10 percent of your calories from carbs.

But just because you’re cutting down on carbs (buh-bye, bread!) and saying sayonara to sugar, that doesn’t mean you have to live a dessert-free lifestyle. Sure, pastries are definitely out, but after one quick search on Pinterest, we found so many keto dessert recipes.

From no-bake cheesecakes and cookies and crème ice cream (yes, we said ice cream) to peanut butter balls and pecan pie clusters, these 16 recipes will satisfy your sweet teeth — but won’t destroy your diet.

A version of this article was originally published August 2018. 


Trust us — just because the caramel and chocolate are sugar-free doesn't mean this decadent, chewy, crumbly dessert isn't scrumptious. 

Keto Cookies & Crème Ice Cream

Creamy, crunch and totally keto-friendly, this cookies-and-crème ice cream is not only addictive, it's rich, filling and clearly will last you days. (We'd say weeks, but we all know that's not true.)

Chocolate Covered Vanilla Buttercream Truffles

These mouthwatering truffles a crowd-pleasing favorite whether you’re keto or not. They’re easy to make and exactly what you need at the end of a long, grueling day. 

Low-Carb No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Bars

Mix walnuts, cashews, coconut, natural peanut butter and dark chocolate, and in no time you'll have these coconut bars, also made with natural sweetener.

Secret-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Mousse

A whipped mousse that's actually healthy? Heck, yes! And the secret ingredient? We'll just tell you: It's avocado.

Instant Pot Low-Carb Cheesecake

The folks at Our Paleo Life managed to make a keto-friendly cheesecake in an instant pot, y'all. Follow their very detailed step-by-step instructions with plenty of images, and you'll have a low-carb cheesecake in no time.

Low-Carb Lemon Pound Cake

Can you believe this pound cake is only 9.5 net carbs?

Low-Carb Peanut Butter Balls

Name a better duo than chocolate and peanut butter. We'll wait… That's what we thought. And these peanut butter balls are not only low-carb, they're also as healthy as it gets. Well, you know, for indulgent peanut butter balls.

Keto Pecan Pie Clusters

Thank goodness the team over at Hey Keto Mama posted this "happy accident" of a recipe: We could eat these sugar-free chocolate-drizzled pecan clusters all day.

Keto Brownies

What makes these brownies special is the use of coconut flour, still leaving the brownies moist and soft.

No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Tart

For a sugar-free, grain-free, low-carb dessert, this chocolate mousse tart doesn't skimp on the flavor at all. The best part is it's a no-bake dessert.

Sex in a Pan Dessert

What is in sex in a pan, you ask? This gluten-free, sugar-free dessert has five layers: pecan shortbread crust, cream cheese, chocolate, whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Keto Lava Cake

With just 4 grams of net carbs, this lava cake will simultaneously cool you off and warm you up.

Chocolate Chunk Cream Cheese Bites

Eating these cream cheese bites — which are just 190 calories per serving — is almost like eating cookie dough straight out of a tube. Almost.

Keto Chocolate Roll Cake

Little Debbie sweets are the devil. But they're so good. Kick those cravings with this keto-friendly chocolate roll cake.

No-Bake Key Lime Pie Bites

No bake? Check. Easy to make? Check. Great to store away in the freezer? Check. These Key lime pie bites are the whole package. Oh, and did we forget to mention they're tasty too?

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Made with coconut oil, this peanut butter cheesecake bite recipe makes 12 (which you may or may not want to share after eating just one!). 

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