The keto diet requires its followers to avoid carbohydrates as much as possible. It’s a high-fat, mid-protein, and low-carb balance. For many people, this means avoiding desserts because cakes and cookies contain too many carbs!
Today, that changes! Here are 15 amazing keto desserts with coconut flour, so you can satisfy your cravings.
Cookies are a classic treat to offer guests or make for yourself. However, their main ingredients are flour and sugar. This makes them a complete no-go for people on the keto diet.
This recipe by The Big Man’s World, however, has made some simple changes so we can still eat these morish snacks. They swap flour for coconut flour and sugar for sugar-free brown sugar or sweetener.
The entire recipe only has 6 ingredients, and takes just 20 minutes to make! You could serve a whole party with just one bake.
If you don’t like chocolate or don’t agree with the added sugar it comes with, try this vanilla coconut cookie recipe instead.
Created by Sugar-Free Londoner, the recipe is super simple, creates 16 cookies, and only mounts up to 62 calories.
Even the equipment needed is low-key, as the method suggests mixing the ingredients with a fork!
Wholesome Yum has a slightly confusing website, but don’t let that put you off. This recipe allows you to make fluffy pancakes through a fat-heavy recipe.
The method is just 3 steps long, and is super simple, while the ingredients list holds easy-to-gather items.
Wholesome Yum has also included alternatives to their ingredients so vegans can make the dessert without figuring out the changes for themselves.
We are back on the cookie trend with this ginger-infused alternative. Created by Keto Summit, there are 2 unusual ingredients in the 9-item-long list. They are ghee and stevia.
Keto Summit offers links to these ingredients, so finding them won’t be hard.
Ghee is a type of clarified butter, this means it doesn’t have the same levels of dairy proteins. This makes ghee great for lactose-intolerant people or those on the keto diet who have already had their protein quota.
Stevia, however, is a type of natural sweetener. The link in Keto Summit’s recipe list takes you to a great brand, but if you already have sweetener at home, don’t buy another pot just because the recipe says so.
This recipe creates beautiful crunchy cookies in just 30 minutes!
Plain cookies, chocolate cookies, ginger cookies, and now shortbread cookies. These silky and flakey treats have a net carb of just 1.7g. They only need 4 ingredients and minimal equipment to create 12 cookies.
It takes 23 minutes to bake, and in the end, you’ll have a diabetic-friendly, gluten-free, keto-focused, low-carb snack.
These cookies will easily become a family favorite!
These muffins have the most complex ingredients list so far, but all the items are commonplace and might be in your cupboards already!
My Keto Kitchen has created an easy-to-follow recipe that serves 12 people in just 25 minutes. The recipe comes with a picture too, so you know what your creation should look like at every stage.
You’ll end up with a mouthwatering snack that you can serve at breakfast lunch or dinner!
7. Keto Cake
Everyone deserves a cake on their birthday, even people following the keto diet! With this recipe by Wholesome Yum, you’ll only be eating 2g net carbs with every slice.
Most importantly, this cake looks like a cake. Keto cakes normally look stodgy and off-color, but this cake is tender, has the classic yellow color, and could easily be mistaken for a non-keto-friendly alternative.
Because this recipe uses a super fine coconut flour mixture, the end result is a moist and fluffy crumb with good strength. Your keto-friendly buttercream won’t sink in!
Wholesome Yum suggests using their own line of flour for the best results, but as long as you buy fine flour, you can use whichever brand you prefer.
Now we are getting into more complex territory. Healthy Living How To has made a delicious chocolate cake that uses a mixture of coconut flour, cocoa powder, coconut milk, and coconut oil.
They also include pure coffee extract, but the vast majority of the flavor comes from the coconut.
Because chocolate and coffee are strong flavors in themselves, they easily overpower the coconut but don’t be fooled into thinking the sweet flavor will be completely gone.
Healthy Living How To need those coconut ingredients to ensure the coffee and chocolate don’t dry out the texture.
In the end, you’ll be left with a rich coffee and chocolate flavor balanced with the sweetness of coconut.
9. Keto Waffles
Some might say that waffles are a breakfast meal, but to them, we say NO!
Waffles are a delicious treat that can be eaten at any time of the day. Ditch The Carbs agrees, listing this recipe under lunch boxes and snacks as well as cakes and desserts.
To process is extremely simple, but you will need a waffle maker to get the classic waffle shape. Without a waffle maker, you’ll be left with some delicious pancakes, but nothing more.
These brownies are rich and fudgy, even though they are low-carb. To make the brownies so tasty, The Big Man’s World used coconut flour for the texture, keto maple syrup for the sweetness, and peanut butter for the fudginess.
The richness comes from the ⅓ cup worth of cocoa powder, and trust us you don’t need any more than that!
This recipe will serve 12 people and only takes 30 minutes to make.
Okay, so this recipe doesn’t include coconut flour directly, but that’s only because Wholesome Yum tells you to make shortbread bread cookies by redirecting you to another recipe page.
If you use the Buttery Keto Shortbread Cookies we mentioned earlier, then coconut is back on your ingredients list, and we can get to the real matter at hand.
This sweet dessert is technically sugar-free, as the sweetness comes from the bananas and the vanilla extract – nothing else.
The banana pudding is creamy, fruity, and melts in your mouth!
These coconut flour cupcakes are both gluten-free and dairy-free, so no matter your diet you should be able to enjoy this dessert without any worries.
The ingredients list is simple and contains just 7 ingredients. You might have trouble finding coconut sugar, but you can swap it for sweetener without upsetting the balance of this cake’s structure.
These blueberry pancakes have a net carb total of just 3.7g, and that’s without reducing any of the added treats on top.
If you want the pancakes to have even fewer carbohydrates, you can skip step 5, which adds coconut cream, berries, and nuts to the dessert as a garnish.
The recipe is super simple, light, and refreshing. It takes just 15 minutes to make, and all you need is a frying pan, bowl, and whisk.
You can make these crackers with either almond flour or coconut. Almond will give you an earthy nutty flavor, while coconut will offer a sweeter and lighter flavor.
Either way the cheese added to the crackers will help mellow any overpowering flavors for a more-ish and tasty snack.
Cinnamon rolls are the ultimate sugary dessert, and they are also super carby. But when we swap regular flour for coconut flour and use a low carbohydrate sugar, we can still enjoy these sugary swirls.
The recipe suggests serving the rolls warm, and with melted cream cheese on top. However, if you want to reduce the carb, even more, you can skip this step.
Admittedly you’ll be skipping some of the fun too, but it’s a great option if you’re teetering on the edge of your sugar allowance.
Following the keto diet doesn’t mean avoiding all the fun foods you like to enjoy. You can still have cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and brownies.
Enjoy your food, and enjoy baking! Being healthy doesn’t mean eating bland food.
Frequently Asked Questions
Coconut flour is the most commonly used and most popular flour alternative for the keto diet. It comes second only to almond flour. 2 tablespoons of coconut flour will give you 9g of carbs, or 4g of net carbs.
Almond flour has a higher fat content than coconut flour and a lower carb content. This means almond flour can help you hit your fat percentages as well as reduce your carb intake.
This makes almonds better for the keto diet, but coconut is still a good substitute.