Must-Try Keto Recipe Ideas For Your Ketogenic Diet

Written by Aparna Mallampalli

The keto diet is being popularized for the visible results it offers. Many are opting it for maintaining their weight or shedding those stubborn pounds. However, one challenge of the keto diet is the limited number of ingredients for the recipes. Such repetitive recipes with limited ingredients may seem monotonous. But worry not – here, we bring to you a variety of healthy and tasty keto recipes that are simple to prepare. Check them out.

Keto Diet Recipes

Keto Breakfast Recipes

1. Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼ tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil

How To Prepare

  1. Pour 2 eggs in a bowl and beat them well.
  2. In another bowl, add 1 cup of desiccated coconut, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix further.
  4. Add the desiccated coconut mixture into the egg mixture and mix well.
  5. This is the batter. Apply coconut oil to the tray and pour the batter into it.
  6. Steam for 15 minutes and serve hot.

2. Almond Pancakes

Almond Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 200 grams almond flour
  • ¼ cup erythritol, granulated
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ⅓ cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon clarified butter
  • 3 teaspoons sugar-free maple syrup

How To Prepare

  1. In a big bowl, add almond flavor, granulated erythritol, baking powder, and vanilla essence. Mix properly.
  2. Add unsweetened almond milk, unsalted butter, and eggs to this mixture. Beat slowly.
  3. The batter will attain a thick consistency after about 15 minutes of beating.
  4. Heat a pan on medium flame. Add 1 teaspoon of clarified butter to the pan and spread the batter over it.
  5. Cover with a lid for 5 minutes and flip the pancake gently. Repeat the process on the other side.
  6. Pile 5 to 6 pancakes and add the maple syrup.
  7. You can garnish these pancakes with chopped almonds.

3. Keto Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Keto Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 1 small avocado
  • 2 scoops chocolate collagen protein
  • 3 teaspoons chia seeds
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk

How To Prepare

  1. Add the peeled avocado, chocolate collagen protein, chia seeds,  and cinnamon to a mixer jar.
  2. Add the vanilla essence and unsweetened almond milk. Blend all the ingredients into a smooth paste.
  3. Transfer the smoothie into a glass tumbler and sprinkle some protein powder.
  4. Your keto chocolate avocado smoothie is ready to serve.

4. Coconut cereal

Coconut cereal

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½  tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon butter

How To Prepare

  1. Add unsweetened coconut flakes, unsweetened shredded coconut ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, and ⅓ cup of melted coconut oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients with a spoon.
  3. Add this mixture to a baking sheet and spread the mixture all over the sheet.
  4. Put this in the oven and bake at 150oC/300oF for 25 to 35 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, mix it, and store it in a container. It can be stored for 2 to 3 days in an airtight container.
  6. You can take it as a regular breakfast cereal. Add a cup of milk and butter to each serving.

5. Keto Broccoli Omelette

Keto Broccoli Omelette

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups broccoli
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 small tomato
  • ½ teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter

How To Prepare

  1. Soak broccoli in hot water. Add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric and ½ a teaspoon of salt and quickly mix with a spoon.
  2. Close the lid and allow it to soak for 10 minutes. Wash and drain after 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Steam cook the soaked and drained broccoli for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  4. After the broccoli is half-cooked, allow it to cool for 5 to 7 mins at room temperature.
  5. Add 2 eggs in another bowl and beat to get a fluffy mixture.
  6. Add pepper powder, chili flakes, salt, oregano, garlic powder to this. Mix the ingredients.
  7. Add the broccoli pieces. Combine the egg mixture and broccoli.
  8. Add 1 teaspoon of oil and1 teaspoon of butter to a pan.
  9. Add the chopped onion pieces and allow them to cook for 2 minutes on medium heat. Add tomatoes to it.
  10. Sauté for a minute on medium heat. Don’t mash the tomatoes. Spread the sautéed onion and tomato evenly.
  11. Add the egg broccoli mixture to this. Spread the broccoli evenly all over.
  12. Close the lid and allow it to cook for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  13. Flip the omelet and cook on the other side for 2 minutes.

Keto Dessert Recipes

1. Keto Brownies

Keto Brownies

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium avocado
  • ½ cup erythritol/stevia
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 eggs

How To Prepare

  1. Preheat oven to 350o Cover a pan with parchment paper and keep it aside.
  2. In a food processor, add avocado, erythritol/stevia blend, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, melted butter, vanilla extract, almond butter and, eggs. Blend together until smooth, for about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the batter to the loaf pan covered with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges begin to separate from the sides.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Slice into squares. These can be stored for 2 days in the refrigerator.

2. Almond Pudding

Almond Pudding

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons almond meal/flour
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter
  • 1 tablespoon cashew pieces
  • 8 to 10 strands saffron
  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons erythritol
  • 3 drops stevia

How To Prepare

  1. Add clarified butter to a pan. Let it melt for 30 seconds.
  2. Add almond flour and fry for a minute.
  3. Add chopped cashew pieces and toast them. Add the saffron strands. Add half a cup of water once the strands turn slightly brown. Let the almond flour soak and plump up. Drain the excess water slowly
  4. Once slightly dry, add the erythritol and vanilla essence. Mix well.
  5. Turn off the flame as the clarified butter starts to separate. Add 3 drops of stevia.
  6. Transfer it to a bowl and top with crushed almonds.

3. Creamy Coconut Bites

Creamy Coconut Bites

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Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons clarified butter
  • 2 cups dry shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup erythritol
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon stevia

How To Prepare

  1. Heat clarified butter in a non-stick pan, add sliced almonds, and fry them slightly.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and add dry shredded coconut and toast it with almonds till golden.
  3. Move the coconut mixture to one side of the pan. On the other side, add the whipping cream, cardamom powder, and erythritol. Mix well. Add stevia, mix well, and allow to melt.
  4. Fry till clarified butter separates, for about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off the flame.
  5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and transfer this mixture to the tray.
  6. Spread the mixture evenly and put the tray in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 hours.
  7. Take the tray out and cut it into squares.

4. Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • A pinch of kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts

How To Prepare

  1. Add the peanut butter to a large bowl and whisk it smoothly.
  2. Add the whipping cream, salt, and sugar. Beat into a fine paste.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and mix properly.
  4. Transfer this mixture to a glass or plastic container and freeze for 6 to 7 hours.
  5. Garnish with roasted peanuts before serving.

5. Keto Panna Cotta With Strawberry Sauce

Keto Panna Cotta With Strawberry Sauce

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Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup cold water
  • ½ tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 ¾ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon swerve
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 10 ½ tablespoons full-fat sour cream
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown swerve

How To Prepare

  1. Add ⅔ cups of cold water into a pan. Sprinkle gelatin over it and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  2. Place the pan over medium-low heat and allow the gelatin to melt. Allow it to steam for 4 to 5 minutes. Do not boil.
  3. Now add the whipping cream and swerve and let it simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla bean extract and mix thoroughly.
  5. Remove from the heat and let it sit for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Slowly pour the mixture over the sour cream.
  7. Pour into cups and place in the fridge for 4 to 5 hours or overnight.
  8. Slice strawberries and finely chop them.
  9. Place these sliced strawberries into a small pan and add lemon juice and brown swerve.
  10. Set over medium-low heat and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the strawberries break down and cook.
  11. Let it cool and pour over panna cotta right before serving.

Keto Sides And Dressing Recipes

1. Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

How To Prepare

  1. Heat a pan and add 1 teaspoon of oil and the spinach.
  2. Mix thoroughly and allow it to cook.
  3. Add butter, chopped garlic cloves, and sour cream. Mix well.
  4. Add salt and parmesan. Mix well.
  5. Your keto creamed spinach is ready to serve. You can use it as a spread or dip.

2. Cheese Chips

Cheese Chips

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

How To Prepare

  1. Preheat the oven to 425o
  2. Mix chili powder, oregano, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Add cheddar cheese on a prepared baking sheet in individual piles.
  4. Sprinkle the oregano mixture on top of the cheese and bake for 7 minutes.
  5. Serve with cheese dip.

3. Ranch Dressing Recipe

Ranch Dressing Recipe

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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

How To Prepare

  1. Add heavy cream and vinegar in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Set it aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Add mayonnaise and mix. Add salt and pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill, dried parsley, and liquid sugar substitute or 1 teaspoon of regular sugar. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Cover it and refrigerate for one hour.
  5. You can use it for salad dressings or as a spread. It can be stored for 3 days in an airtight container.

4. Keto Coleslaw

Keto Coleslaw

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Ingredients

  • 1 small cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 3 scoops mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • A pinch of pepper
  • A pinch of pink salt

How To Prepare

  1. Chop white cabbage into small pieces
  2. Add these into a large bowl and add chopped carrot.
  3. In another bowl add apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, pepper, and pink salt. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Add chopped cabbage and carrot to this mixture. Mix gently.
  5. Refrigerate it overnight. Do not freeze. Your keto coleslaw is ready to serve

5. Keto Thousand Island Dressing

Keto Thousand Island Dressing

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sugar ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dill relish
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 drops EZ sweet mix

How To Prepare

  1. Add mayonnaise, dill relish, ketchup garlic powder, and onion powder in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add vinegar, salt, EZ sweet mix, and mix with a spoon gently.
  3. Keep it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Your keto thousand island dressing is ready to serve.

Keto Snacks And Appetizers

1. Zucchini Fries

Zucchini Fries

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs

How To Prepare

  1. Cut zucchini vertically and keep it aside.
  2. In a bowl add parmesan, butter, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Beat the eggs for 2 minutes.
  4. Dip zucchini pieces into the egg mixture and coat with parmesan mix.
  5. Take a baking tray lined with parchment paper and put the pieces into it. Place the tray into the oven at 425oF/220oC for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with a cheese dip.

2. Sesame Cheese Balls

Sesame Cheese Balls

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 150 grams cheese
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

How To Prepare

  1. In a bowl, add cheese, mayonnaise, and sriracha sauce and marinate. Keep the mixture aside.
  2. Pour the white sesame seeds on a plate.
  3. Take a small portion of dough and frame a ball with it. Roll it over the sesame seeds. The sesame cheese ball appetizer is ready to serve.

3. Keto Sausage Roll

Keto Sausage Roll

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup minced meat
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

How To Prepare

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add finely chopped onion and garlic. Fry for 5 minutes.
  2. Add butter and mozzarella cheese and let them melt completely. Add oregano and mix once.
  3. In another bowl, add almond flour, xanthan gum, and salt. Mix and add the melted mozzarella mixture.
  4. Mix gently. Take a small portion of dough, roll it, and fill it with minced meat. Roll it and cut it into pieces. Bake it at 320oF for 20 to 25 minutes. Your keto sausage rolls are ready to serve.

4. Keto Coconut Candy

Keto Coconut Candy

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups coconut butter
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons liquid sugar substitute

How To Prepare

  1. Melt the coconut butter in the oven for 60 seconds.
  2. In a large bowl add the melted coconut butter and coconut oil. Mix well. Add a few drops of liquid sugar substitute.
  3. Add one cup of almonds and mix thoroughly.
  4. Take a baking tray lined with parchment paper and pour the coconut mixture into the tray. Spread it evenly.
  5. Freeze it for 20 to 30 minutes. Cut it into small cubes. Your keto coconut candy is ready to serve.

5. Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower Bites

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower pieces
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • ⅓ tablespoon buffalo sauce

How To Prepare

  1. In a bowl, add flour, garlic powder, salt, milk, and hot sauce. Mix properly.
  2. Add cauliflower and mix gently.
  3. Put these in a baking tray and apply some olive oil.
  4. Bake them at 450oF for 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer them into a bowl. Add the buffalo sauce and mix again. Bake them again at 450oF for 10 minutes
  6. Cauliflower bites are ready. Serve with cheese dip.

Conclusion

Keto diet is generally hard to stick to due to its limited ingredients and food options. But you can always experiment with these ingredients and try out new food combinations. The recipes listed here offer you that variety you have always been craving for. Try any of the above-mentioned recipes today.

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Aparna is a professor-turned-content writer with over 5 years of experience in life sciences. Her passion for writing and interest in the healthcare and wellness industry pushed her toward a career in content writing. She has a master’s in Microbiology and aims to use her knowledge of life sciences to break down complex information into easily understandable content for the readers. When she’s not working, Aparna loves cooking and collecting keychains.