It’s safe to say that the keto diet craze isn’t going anywhere. It’s especially popular among endurance athletes because its focus is on eating healthy fats and keeping carbohydrates down—that way, we can burn fat instead of carbs for more sustained energy. Research says that the slow burn of fat can help fuel ultra-endurance athletes through a race too (so chop up that avocado!). And just because you’re sticking to a low-carb plan doesn’t mean you can’t snack on the keto versions of your favorite munchies. Here are some sweet and savory keto diet snack recipes you can whip up for the week.
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5 Amazing Keto Diet Snack Recipes (Guilt-Free!)
1. Keto Grainless Granola
This granola is free of grains and added sugars, unlike many packaged granolas available in stores. It’s mostly made from healthy-fat-packed nuts and seeds, and is a great hearty breakfast or on-the-go treat. Plus, the nuts are that crunch and protein you need to stay full for longer.
2. Easy Keto Low-Carb Frosted Glazed Donuts
Your keto meal plan doesn’t need to exclude doughnuts if that’s what you’re craving! This recipe is made with gluten-free almond flour, and it’s not packed with sugar: this, and many other keto recipes sub sugar with a zero-calorie sweetener. You can use the base recipe and make the doughnuts chocolate-glazed or cinnamon-flavored if you want to switch things up.
3. Easy Pimento Cheese Dip
Hosting a picnic or other summer get-together? There’s no need to skip out on the appetizer course — just make this dip for everyone at the gathering; it’s healthier than many store-bought dips, many of which are full of preservatives. It’s super cheesy, between the cream cheese and two types of cheddar, and has a hint of spice, thanks to the pimentos. You can dip keto-friendly baked cheese chips, gluten-free tortilla chips, or fill low-carb tortillas to make your own quesadillas.
4. Paleo Snack Mix
This spicy, garlicky snack mix is compliant with the keto diet, Paleo diet, Whole 30, and is also gluten-free and vegan, so it’s a crowd pleaser. You’ll feel like you’re snacking as you usually would want to at happy hour, but you’re actually eating almost all protein and good fats, between the walnuts, pecans, and almonds. The spice mix of sweet paprika, hot paprika, and garlic-infused olive oil gives the snack blend sweet and salty notes.
5. Keto Carrot Cake
Dessert is served — keto-style. Whip up this carrot cake, made with almond flour, Swerve erythritol sugar, right in a cast-iron skillet in your oven. You can top it with regular cream cheese icing, which is instead blended with the same erythritol sugar as the cake, along with pecans for an additional crunch.