The way I see it, Keto’s high fat, moderate protein take on dieting allows for some exceptionally tasty meals. Imagine one day of having loads of bacon and the fattiest cuts of steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don’t know about you but as a lifelong carnivore, I’d consider that one of the best days ever — and keto is probably the only diet that promotes this, if not one of the rare few.
However, alongside this leniency towards fat is an extreme carb restriction. That’s bad news for anyone with a sweet tooth, especially after considering how most desserts are jam-packed with sugars.
But here’s the good news: There are brilliant, talented minds who’ve masterminded low carb desserts that taste just as good, if not better than their traditional counterparts — and I’ve got some of the simplest ones here!
These easy keto dessert recipes are virtually guilt-free, tasty, and fairly straightforward that anyone can make them at home. In fact, you won’t even have to bake some of these desserts! And, since everyone (okay, not everyone) loves chocolate, I’m going to go ahead and kick off this list with chocolatey recipes. Take a look!
Easy keto chocolate dessert recipes you can make today
1. Keto chocolate roll cake
Mom Secrets made this recipe for the holidays but I think it’s great all year round.
You’re going to have to make 2 things: a thin layer of chocolate cake and an amazing mascarpone filling. Both are easy to make so there’s no need to worry. When these 2 are done, all you have to do is spread the filling on top of the cake and start rolling. Be sure to roll the cake while it’s still warm and malleable to avoid any cracks.
Macros: 124 calories | 3g carbs | 11g fat | 4g protein
2. Keto chocolate mug cake
Need a quick fix for your dessert cravings? Look no further than mug cakes!
This particular recipe from Low Carb Maven takes less than 5 minutes to make and it tastes like actual cake. Just mix all the ingredients in a mug, pop it in the microwave for about 50 seconds, and voila! Keto friendly chocolate cake!
Macros: 272 calories | 3g net carbs | 23g fat | 9g protein
3. Keto double chocolate muffins
Just a heads up: Delish has an entire library of keto recipes, so don’t be surprised to find more than one of their creations here.
Case in point, their double chocolate muffins are incredible — incredibly easy and incredibly tasty to be more specific. They call it double chocolate because it’s chocolate flavored muffins with chocolate chips baked between the folds. And would you believe that this recipe only totals 3g net carbs?!
Macros: 280 calories | 3g net carbs | 27g fat | 7g protein
4. Keto avocado brownies (2 recipes)
Honestly, I’ve never even heard of avocado brownies before I got into keto, so I was quite apprehensive about making it. But when I did? Man. What a life changer.
Below are 2 of my favorite recipes. In terms of macronutrient ratio, they’re both similar — low cal, low carbs, moderate amounts of protein, and high fat — so they’re great for keto! Check ‘em out:
- Macros: 155 calories | 2.8g net carbs | 14g fat | 4g protein
- Macros: 260 calories | 6g net carbs | 23g fat | 7g protein
5. Nut-free keto brownies
I get that avocado brownies aren’t for everyone, so here’s a recipe from Ditch The Carbs that you might like better.
All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together, pour the mixture into a baking dish, bake, and eat. Of course, you can add nuts to the recipe but you’re going to have to calculate the macros on your own. If that’s what you want to do, pecans, Brazil, and macadamia nuts are all keto friendly.
Macros: 178 calories | 1.5g net carbs | 17g fat | 4.5g protein
No bake keto dessert recipes
6. Keto chocolate peanut butter cookies
You’re only going to need 4 ingredients: coconut flour, peanut butter, your choice of sticky sweetener, and chocolate chips. That’s it.
However, The Big Man’s World has a few tips on what peanut butter and chocolate to use. First, make sure to check your peanut butter is keto-friendly. So, check the label and make sure what you buy only has peanuts (and/or salt) as its ingredients. Second, the peanut butter needs to be smooth. Crunchy just doesn’t do well in this recipe. And finally, check that your chocolate chips are keto-friendly.
Head over to his website for more detailed information.
Macros: 237 calories | 10g carbs | 15g fat | 7g protein
7. No bake keto peanut butter chocolate bars
There seems to be quite a lot of easy keto dessert recipes that use both peanut butter and chocolate, so here’s another one. This one comes from Twosleevers and, apart from the PB and chocolate, this and the previous recipe actually use different ingredients. Thus, they should also taste (and look) somewhat different.
Nevertheless, both are delicious and easy to make. If you’re up for it, you could always have a go at both.
Macros: 246 calories | 4g net carbs | 23g fat | 7g protein
8. Coconut crack bars (2 recipes)
To me, crack bars are tweener desserts. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it tastes and feels somewhat like cake and cookies but they’re entirely different at the same time. Regardless, I think they’re great as snacks or part of a meal.
Having said that, if you’re a fan of both crack bars and coconuts, you’re going to enjoy these next recipes. They’re both from The Big Man’s World and both great for keto. Check them out:
- Macros: 108 calories | 2g carbs | 11g fat | 2g protein
- Macros: 98 calories | 1g net carbs | 9g fat | 2g protein
9. Keto no bake cookies
Before we move on, know that these cookies are tiny but the recipe from Maebells also makes 48 pieces. I think this setup makes for the perfect make-ahead keto snack AND dessert, especially considering how low in both calories and carbs these cookies are.
Also, since you don’t have to bake them, it’s easier to make than a lot of other cookie recipes. Just stick to the instructions to the letter, and you’ll have an amazing, chocolatey dessert in no time.
Macros: 70 calories | 1.7g carbs | 7g fat | 1.2g protein
10. No bake peanut butter cookies
Is it just me who seems to never get tired of peanut butter? Whether it be dessert, snacks, or sometimes even meals, I just love it!
This particular recipe from Joy Filled Eats is no exception. You only need 4 ingredients to make these cookies: coconut flour, sugar-free syrup, powdered sweetener, and of course, peanut butter. Mix them all up, form the dough into balls so you can squash them with a fork afterward, refrigerate for 10 minutes, and gobble up!
Macros: 126 calories | 6g carbs | 9g fat | 5g protein
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11. Keto cheesecake fluff
If you haven’t had cheesecake fluff before, now’s the time to do it. It’s super creamy with just the right sweetness. But, you know what? It’s 100% sugar free! Amazing, right? Plus, it’s quick and easy to do. 20 minutes and you’re done.
Head over to Ketopots for more info.
Macros: 322 calories | 4.8g carbs | 32g fat | 5.2g protein
12. Keto New York cheesecake
Cheesecake fluff not doing it for you? Okay. Here’s an actual cheesecake recipe from My PCOS Kitchen. This follows the New York style of making cheesecake, so you just know it’s going to be super creamy.
Also, this recipe is for a crustless keto cheesecake, so be sure to line your pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the sides so the cake doesn’t stick.
Macros: 296 calories | 2.7g net carbs | 28.5g fat | 7.8g protein
13. Low carb cheesecake (sugar-free!)
Welp. What do you know? Another cheesecake recipe. And, like the previous one, this version from Wholesome Yum is sugar-free, too.
The main difference between this recipe and the traditional cheesecake is that the crust is based off of almond flour and instead of sugar, you use erythritol to sweeten it up. Besides that, it really doesn’t taste and look that much different.
Macros: 325 calories | 5g net carbs | 31g fat | 7g protein
14. Easy keto butter cake recipe
To be honest, I wouldn’t necessarily call this beginner friendly largely because I had a bit of trouble trying to make it. But then again, I’m a terrible baker. In any case, just stick to the instructions and I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to pull this off, too.
I personally think it tastes amazing and with only 2g carbs, it slides easily into my daily meal plan.
Macros: 295 calories | 2g carbs | 30g fat | 5g protein
15. Healthy 1 minute low carb cinnamon roll mug cake
Here’s another recipe from The Big Man’s World. This time, it’s a low carb cinnamon roll mug cake. And, like most other mug cakes, easy to prepare and as close as it gets to instant cake.
I particularly love this version because I workout about 6 times a week, so I need my protein — and this comes with a whopping 25g! Plus, it’s keto friendly considering the low carb content.
Macros: 132 calories | 6g carbs | 4g fat | 25g protein
16. Carrot cake keto balls
As it mostly is with Delish, they don’t say much about this recipe except that it’s “a guilt free dessert”. Regardless, it only takes 3 steps — mixing, folding, and rolling. The recipe makes 16 keto balls in total, so it also works as an amazing grab-and-go snack.
Macros: 130 calories | 6g carbs | 11g fat | 2g protein
17. Low carb keto cream cheese cookies
With Wholesome Yum recipes, you can expect recipes with only 10 or less ingredients, making them generally easier and cheaper than other keto dishes. The same can be said for these cream cheese cookies. And, like most other cookies, these taste amazing! Also, Wholesome yum has amazing tips on how to make these cookies the perfect shape, so be sure to read the entire blog post.
Macros: 110 calories | 1g net carbs | 10g fat | 3g protein
18. Keto lemon bars
I found this dessert on Hey Keto Mama’s blog but, like she said, it’s actually a recipe from Tasteaholics. Regardless, what matters most is that these lemon bars are easy, delicious, and absolutely keto friendly.
Not only that, it’s a good way to add fruit to your diet — something that might not always be a part of your daily keto meals due to the carb restriction.
Macros: 272 calories | 4g net carbs | 26g fat | 8g protein
19. Keto avocado pops
You know what fruit is always a part of the keto diet, though? Avocado. And these low carb avocado popsicles from Delish make for the perfect dessert on a hot day.
I like to make these in the morning, put them in the freezer, and grab a pop in the afternoon while I’m playing with my dogs. They enjoy chasing the ball I throw and I enjoy a good snack. It’s a win for everyone!
Macros: 120 calories | 5g carbs | 12g fat | 1g protein
20. Low-carb keto ice cream (sugar-free)
You know what else is great in sunny weather? Ice cream. Wholesome Yum’s ice cream recipe is sugar-free, so you don’t have to worry about your carbs as much. Plus, you won’t need to have an ice cream maker for this and it only needs 6 basic ingredients, making it both a cheap and easy recipe.
Macros: 347 calories | 3g net carbs | 36g fat | 2g protein
Tools and equipment to help make desserts even easier
Before I end this, here’s a short list of tools and machinery that can make dessert-making easier. You’re also going to need a lot of these same things for the recipes on this list, too, by the way, so you might as well buy them ahead of time if you don’t already have them in your kitchen, or at least check them out to see if they fit your budget.
Measuring cups and measuring spoons
The logic is simple. You can’t replicate a recipe if you don’t use the exact measurements. And, to do that, you’re going to need measuring cups and measuring spoons. You can tweak a few things here and there if you want, but if you want to keep it simple, that’s what the measurements in the recipe are there for.
With diets that require you to follow a strict macronutrient ratio (e.g. keto), a kitchen scale is always going to be useful. This will help you know exactly how much a certain ingredient you’re putting in your food which also helps you get more accurate calculations.
A lot of these desserts require mixing ingredients together in a bowl prior to baking and a hand mixer is the perfect tool for it. You can get a stand mixer if you have the budget for it but for homecooks like you and I, a hand mixer does a splendid job.
You don’t actually need this but if you want to get accurate and consistent results, using a cookie scoop is key. Without it, you’ll likely get different sized cookies (or keto balls) which also means they have different macros.
Baking sheets and pans
Because how can you bake any dessert without these? Different recipes call for different pans or sheets, too, so I think it’s wise getting a set over a single item.
Assuming you don’t already have bowls in your kitchen, I highly recommend you use glass. Compared to plastic, it doesn’t absorb stains so it’s going to look prettier over time. Plus, you can see through the glass which, to me, makes it the better choice.
Food processor, blender, or both
With a lot of these easy keto dessert recipes, you’re going to be instructed to use either a blender or a food processor. Like making your own peanut butter for example. You can mostly get away with owning just one of them but, if it fits your budget, having them both also helps.
These are just some of the tools you might want to have when trying to make your own desserts. Other obvious items that you probably already have include rolling pins, some sort of oven thermometer, spatulas and whisks, and of course, an oven.
I hope this list proves to you that it doesn’t take years of skill and experience to make amazing treats. I believe any of these easy keto dessert recipes can be done by the most novice home cooks if they only stick to the instructions. Plus, they’re fun to do and likely won’t put your keto lifestyle in jeopardy.
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