Best Keto Candy
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So the fact is I have a sweet tooth and on my regular count your calorie diet I would always calculate carbs so I could satisfy my sweet need for sugar, which on a Keto diet would seriously eat up my carbohydrate quotient for the day. Fruit was also a way so satisfy my need but most fruit can easily add up to 15- 20 grams of carbohydrates.
I felt I could just look at something sweet and kick myself out of ketosis. But thanks to some really creative bloggers there are great recipes to help you and I indulge as long as we do it in moderation.
I know there are those out there who believe keto diet needs to be free of sweets but I am not one of them. My ability to have something sweet now and then helps keep me on track and feeling deprived.
That being said if the whole idea of working on a keto diet is to lose weight you need to not over do it. As Lay's potato chips once said "you can't just eat one".
Just to review for those of you who are new to keto or low carbohydrate diets (if you already know this please skip the next few paragraphs). If you are on a keto/ low carb diet you are balancing your consumption of macronutrients, aiming for about 20 grams of carbohydrates a day and thus limiting your carbohydrate consumption and replacing foods with a higher percentage of fats and proteins.
Your body then switches from a glucose burner to a fat burner. The metabolic state is called ketosis.
Fat is turned into ketones which can lower blood sugar levels and insulin levels. The ketogenic diet, a diet high in fat, adequate protein and low in carbohydrates was used primarily to treat epilepsy in children.
Many studies show that one can lose weight and improve health on this diet.
So how can you eat candy on a low carb/keto diet?
With the right sweeteners and high-quality ingredients that are not white sugar, honey, date syrup, grains, little fruit or carbohydrate-based, absolutely YES! Just be aware of how many grams of carbohydrates per serving and calculate it in.
There are so many holidays where there are sweets, so I learned to bring my own or have my treat waiting for me after the party because I did not blow my diet.
Are you a Chocolate lover? Check out Lisa Marcaurele Homemade Stevia Sweetened Sugar Free Chocolate Chip recipe at lowcarbyum.com
I have used Lakanto powdered monk fruit sweetener and it really tastes like the white sugar stuff! And while you are at her site check out her 5-gram carbohydrate fudgesicles. They are so worth the effort.
She uses coconut cream and almond milk with monk fruit liquid or you can use stevia drops.
Do you like fudge? How about low Carb Fudge?
I bet you thought you had to give fudge up forever. Martina Slajerova author of Sweet & Savory Fat Bombs wrote a cookbook full of Fat Bombs and more than half of them are sweet!
Try out her Spiced Maple & Pecan Butter Fat Bombs, a serving has 4.1 grams of carbohydrates.
You will need:
- 3 Cups of Pecans and or Walnuts (300 grams)
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sugar-free maple extract
- Pinch of salt
Blend in a food processor until really smooth for a few minutes. Then add:
- ¼ cup powdered Erythritol
- ½ cup unsalted butter or Coconut oil
- Pulse until smooth and pour into a 20cm x 20cm (8inch by 8 inch) pan.
I recommend a silicone pan or line your pan with baking paper.
- ¼ cup chopped pecans + 16 pecan halves ( Don’t add 16 pecan halves to the mixture they are for decoration).
Smooth out with a spatula and place 16 pecan halves evenly on the smoothed out mixture so that when you cut your fudge into square serving sizes each one has a nut on top. Refrigerate for 2 hours and cut into 16 square servings.
You can keep them in your fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months- but good luck!
Check out https://alldayIdreamaboutfood.com/ by Carolyn. I found this site when I went looking for Peppermint Bark.
It is made with sugar-free chocolate, coconut oil, and cocoa butter (make sure you use the edible kind).
The ingredients are:
Dark Chocolate Layer
- 4 ounces sugar-free Dark chocolate bar chopped
- ½ ounce cocoa butter
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
The White Chocolate Layer
- 2 ounces cocoa butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons powdered Swerve Sweetener which is erythritol based ( Stevia powder or Monk fruit powder, but the amounts may need to be adjusted . Remember with sugar substitutes a little goes a long way).
- 2 sugar-free peppermint candies, crushed
The Chocolate layer you can simply use a bar of sugar-free chocolate and melt it over a double boiler. Carolyn recommends using a “bit of cocoa butter to coax it into a smooth consistency” then add a few drops of peppermint extract).
When this is melted you evenly pour it into little silicone mini muffin cups. For the white chocolate layer, you will need to melt cocoa butter with coconut oil and a little more peppermint extract.
That goes over the chocolate layer. You can add crushed sugar-free peppermint candies as long as they are sugar-free and low in carbs.
Crush and sprinkle on top and put in the freezer for 10-20 minutes, store in the fridge.
So let's say you don’t want to make your keto candy but you live in a big enough place that it is ready-made keto candy to buy. It may not say keto-friendly on the package so you need to become a label reader.
Pay attention to how many grams of carbohydrates are in the product. What is the serving size?
Just because something says sugar-free does not mean it has zero Carbohydrates. Look for items with 5 grams net carbohydrates or less.
That means if your daily amount of carbohydrates is 20 you can’t eat more than four or you will have reached your carbohydrate level for the day. Think of this as a treat and be mindful.
Check out sites like: https://wholelottayum.com/keto-candy/ to help you.
So enjoy your candy while you are sticking to your low carb/keto diet. Make it count, and savor the moment.