March 20, 2019
February 14, 2019 by Dr. Varner in Ketogenic Diet
Despite going on and on about weight loss, I’ve had a secret that I’ve been hiding for years. I’ve got quite the sweet tooth.
OK, well maybe I wasn’t ‘hiding’ it when I was a solid 50 pounds overweight. But back then, whenever I would let myself have any sugary desserts, it was only when people weren’t around.
When I began keto, I had some legitimate anxiety over whether I could continue to indulge in sweet treats.
Thankfully, it wasn’t long before I discovered I could actually enjoy dessert AND stick with my lifestyle! Needless to say, I’ve done a lot of ‘quality control’ testing of keto-friendly desserts since.
And since I’m a guy who likes to keep things simple in the kitchen, in honor of Valentine’s Day, read on to check out my three simple favorites…
Sugar-free peanut-butter fudge
I wasn’t joking when I said they were simple: This one only requires three ingredients! Yes, that’s right, three! One of the biggest obstacles to dieting effectively is inconvenience, so this one eliminates that right off the bat.
All you need is 1 cup unsweetened peanut butter, 1 cup of coconut oil, and ¼ of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
If you want to spice it up a bit, you can add a pinch of salt if your peanut butter is unsalted, or 2 teaspoons of vanilla liquid stevia. You can find some other good keto sweeteners if stevia isn’t to your liking here.
Or, if you want to go all out, you could add a chocolate sauce topping with ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil melted and 2 tablespoons of sweetener.
All you need to do to make this delicious dish is to soften the peanut butter and coconut oil together, which can be done on the stove at low heat, or in the microwave.
Then, mix it in a blender with the other ingredients. Pour it on a parchment-paper-lined loaf pan, and stick it in the fridge for two hours. If you’re using chocolate sauce, you can mix it all together and then add the sauce after the two hours.
Keto peanut butter cookies
These cookies might just be my ultimate favorite dessert and are super simple too, with only three ingredients. Okay, maybe four. (Sometimes I add a touch of baking soda.)
These bad boys are low-carb, sugar-free and gluten-free –and down the hatch in about 20 minutes.
First, combine ½ cup of peanut butter (creamy or crunchy) with ½ cup of powdered erythritol and an egg in a mixing bowl until the ingredients are incorporated.
Then scoop out the dough and make balls. Place them on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and press them with a fork to make a criss-cross pattern. (These cookies don’t spread, so you can fit a lot on one sheet.)
I usually bake mine at 350F for 12-15 minutes, until the tops look golden brown. Then I take them out and let them cool on a cooling rack until they’re nice and warm, yet not too hot to eat.
Flourless keto brownie
This one has the advantage of not having nuts or coconut, which can be a blessing if you’re either allergic or not a fan.
You’ll need 6 eggs, 160 grams of melted butter, 60 grams of unsweetened cocoa, half a teaspoon of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 120 grams of softened cream cheese, and 4 tablespoons of sweetener.
Put them all in a mixing bowl and blend them all until they’re smooth, using a stick blender with a blade attachment.
After this, pour the mixture into a lined baking dish, one around 21 centimeters or 8.5 inches should do fine. Bake it at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Slice and serve. If you slice it into squares, each slice is just 1.5 grams of carbs!
Let’s be honest, dessert is what we’re all waiting for when we sit down to eat. But it’s also the most guilt-inducing part of eating.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve racked your brain about how to incorporate sweet foods in your weight-loss journey. It can sometimes feel like it’s a trade-off you simply can’t avoid.
Luckily, living a keto lifestyle won’t stop you from indulging your sweet tooth. It’s simply about working out the right combinations. And like finding your perfect match, it’s fun to try all of the different options.