Cravings for sugary, sweet, and all-around indulgent desserts seem to spike and stick around whenever we've gotten used to a healthy routine, and that can feel especially true if you've decided to try the keto diet. Since the whole point of this regimen is to rely on healthy fats and oils to burn fat, plunging a fork into a dessert seems strictly off-limits. Yet, if you really will do anything to satisfy a sweet tooth, there are ways. We found some easy keto desserts to satisfy your cravings. Most of these desserts can come together with a few ingredients, so you can lick your plate clean in no time.
What Is Ketogenic Diet (or Keto)?
The Ketogenic Diet—called Keto for short—is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.
Read on for our 12 favorite easy keto dessert recipes.
Fat Bomb Avocado Brownies
The Sweet Facts: These avocado fat bomb brownies from Feed Me Phoebe feature a delicious combination of coconut oil, avocado, almond butter, and cacao powder. We already want seconds!
Don't Forget: When using the food processor, "process until just smooth – a few pulses will do, you don’t want to overmix!" says recipe creator Phoebe. "Alternatively, you can mash the avocado and mix by hand."
The Sweet Facts: Taylor Kiser at Food Faith Fitness managed to make this decadent mug cake with only a handful of ingredients, including cocoa powder, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and egg yolks. Plus, you make this in the microwave for those times when you really need dessert fast.
Don't Forget: "Microwave for 2-3 minutes until there are no uncooked spots that are larger than a dime," Kiser says.
The Sweet Facts: Food Faith Fitness also created these no-bake cookies—which have a 10-minute prep time—using almond flour, unsweetened coconut flakes, and sugar-free chocolate chips. Monkfruit and almond butter add dimension.
Don't Forget: "My go-to is monkfruit that is cut with erythritol but something that is more erythritol forward will probably work too. I would not recommend stevia as it could leave these cookies tasting quite bitter!" Kiser says.
Matcha Coconut Fat Bombs
The Sweet Facts: These matcha fat bombs from Root + Revel can be eaten as a keto breakfast, snack, or dessert. Recipe creator Kate used coconut milk, coconut butter, and matcha collagen to create these delicious bites. Sign us up.
Don't Forget: "To store, transfer your finished fat bombs to an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 1 month," Kate says. Though these fat bombs can be eaten straight away, I like to let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before eating them to let them soften just a bit."
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Fat Bombs
The Sweet Facts: We'll give it to Kiersten at Hello Glow—she knows how to make an indulgent treat for a keto dieter. Here, she makes chocolate macadamia nut fat bombs with macadamia nuts, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. The flaked sea salt garnish takes these over the top.
Don't Forget: "If you want these fat bombs to be a little firmer and able to stay out of the fridge for a few hours, replace the coconut oil with 1/2 ounce of cacao butter. They will travel much better," Kiersten says.
Peanut Butter Smoothie
The Sweet Facts: There's nothing better than a cold smoothie on a hot day, and this recipe from Food Faith Fitness blends its namesake ingredient with almond milk. It's a healthy breakfast or dessert, depending on cravings.
Don't Forget: If you don't want to use almond milk, you could also use regular milk, or "cashew milk. Or oat milk. Or WHATEVER milk variety makes your heart happy," Kiser says.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs
The Sweet Facts: Peanut butter, coconut oil, and cocoa powder combine to make this eat-five-in-two-minutes recipe by Food Faith Fitness. The hardest part will be waiting one hour for them to firm up in the fridge!
Don't Forget: "You want to keep these fat bombs in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Do not put them in the freezer or they get WAY too hard to eat!" Kiser says.
Pumpkin Pie Fat Bombs
The Sweet Facts: Kate at Root + Revel figured out how to prepare a keto-approved pumpkin pie by turning them into fat bombs made with coconut oil, canned pumpkin, and coconut butter. All in all, this dessert can be made with only seven ingredients.
Don't Forget: "To store, simply put the fat bombs into an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 7 days. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 1 month," she says.
The Sweet Facts: This recipe from Food Faith Fitness lets you have your Thanksgiving dessert without any guilt (though you can really make this any time of year!). It's sugar-free, low-carb, keto, and 100% delicious.
Don't Forget: "Fill your pie crust with the filling and bake for about 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Let cool until room temperature, then cover and refrigerate overnight," Kiser says.
The Sweet Facts: If a classic cup of hot chocolate is what you crave, then use this recipe from the Root + Revel to make one that follows the rules. It uses coconut milk, mushroom hot cocoa mix, and collagen peptides in the blend.
Don't Forget: "To add some extra thick creaminess to this hot chocolate recipe, I decided to go for dairy-free coconut almond milk," says Kate. "I just pour it into a mug and microwave for 90 seconds to warm it up."
The Sweet Facts: Sometimes, all you want is a comforting slice of banana bread. Thankfully, Food Faith Fitness conjured up a keto banana bread recipe with coconut oil, coconut flour, and banana extract to make that wish a reality.
Don't Forget: "Slice this when it's still a bit warm! It gets a harder crust when it's totally cool and is harder to cut," Kiser says.
Chocolate Chip Fat Bombs
The Sweet Facts: These fat bombs from Hello Glow are like an inside out Reese's Cup, and we're here for it. Mix everything together, pour into a mini muffin tin, and freeze. It couldn't be easier.
Don't Forget: Eat these right away as they melt quickly!