Every now and again, no matter how much willpower we possess, most of us crave something sweet, particularly on a low-carb diet. It’s sods law – the one thing you can’t have is often the one thing that you want the most.
I usually find that if I’m up late (or if I’ve woken up from a nap) I start to get cravings for things I shouldn’t! It’s one of the down-sides of the keto diet – those damn sugar cravings!
As you probably already know, on most conventional diets, desserts containing ingredients such as butter, cream cheese, or cream, are usually avoided like the plague. But, with low carb dieting, these ingredients can be embraced with open arms. Here’s a look at 4 quick and easy dessert ideas for a low carb diet, for when those sleep-induced sugar-cravings start to take hold.
Easy Keto Lemon Cheesecake
Who doesn’t love cheesecake? It’s one of the most popular desserts on earth (I have no source for this claim, but you know I’m right) – and this is probably due to the fact that it’s packed full of that lethal combination of sugar and fat. But, with a little creativity, it can be made keto-friendly:
- 150ml double cream
- 300g cream cheese
- Melted butter
- Sweetener (such as erythritol)
- The juice of 2 whole lemons
- Ground almonds or almond flour
- In a bowl, combine your ground almonds with a generous serving of melted butter, and mix together until the mixture becomes slightly crumbly, but dense
- In a buttered cake tin, pour in your ground almonds to form the base of your cake. Press them down and then chill in the fridge
- In the meantime, in a large bowl, add your cream cheese, lemon juice, and a generous serving of sweetener, and mix together
- Next, gently add the cream and continue mixing until a firm and thick mixture has been achieved
- Remove your cake tin from the fridge, pour the mixture on top, smooth down the surface, and chill for at least 2 hours
Jello and Ice Cream
A firm favorite at childrens’ parties, but a powerful dessert recipe in every low-carb dieter’s arsenal nonetheless. This sweet treat is so simple and easy to make that you could probably make it with your eyes closed. I wouldn’t advise it though, since there’s boiling water involved 🙂
- 1 pack of your favorite sugar-free jello
- A generous serving of double cream
- Boiling water
- Make up the jelly according to the instructions
- In a plastic Tupperware or measuring jug, add your double cream and sweetener to taste, and place in the freezer for 90 mins
- After 90 mins, take the cream out, gently fold the mixture and mix in the ice crystals, place back in the fridge for a further 45 mins, and repeat until your mixture resembles ice cream
- Once your jelly has been made, store in the fridge to chill and set, and once set, enjoy with the ice cream
Chocolate and Pistachio Apricots
These are great for snacking, and are far lower in carbohydrates than regular candy. That doesn’t give you a free pass to go nuts though (unfortunately). Just remember, as long as you only snack on a few of these at a time, you shouldn’t run the risk of kicking yourself out of ketosis.
- Half a cup of bittersweet dark chocolate
- Dried apricots
- Chopped pistachios
- Begin by melting your dark chocolate gently (you can do this in a microwave or in a bain marie)
- Once melted, add your sweetener to sweeten the mixture
- In a separate small bowl, add your chopped pistachios
- Take your dried apricots, dip them half in the chocolate mixture, and then dip them into the pistachios so that the nuts stick to the chocolate
- Allow the chocolate to set, and enjoy
Blueberry and Watermelon Popsicles
These low-carb popsicles are perfect for a post-workout snack when you’re hot and sweaty. Plus they’re great for making up in batches and storing in the freezer, so you’ll never be far from a sweet fix when you need it. As with all keto recipes containing fruit, though, it’s advised that you consume these sparingly.
- Two cups of chopped and seedless watermelon
- 1 cup of blueberries
- A tablespoon of sweetener
- A tablespoon of lime juice
- Place all of your ingredients into a food processor, and puree
- Take a freezer pop mold, or something similar and suitable, and divide the mixture up until you fill the molds
- Insert your sticks, and place the pops into the freezer to set for around six hours
- To remove the pops from the mold, briefly dip the mold into hot water before easing the popsicle out
We’ve chosen these recipes because of their simplicity. But if you want to go even simpler, then you might want to check out some of our ready-made sweet treats over in the Ketoship web store. Sometimes when you need something sweet, it’s a matter of urgency – right? 🙂
If you have a favourite recipe or keto-friendly snack for when the sugar cravings start to take hold, we’d love to hear about it, so please feel free to share in the comments section.