By Jessica Lewandowski
Whether celebrating a special occasion, or you just happen to have an intense craving, it’s sometimes impossible to get dessert off your mind! It may seem tricky to figure out ways to include dessert in your low carb or ketogenic diet, but it can be done! There are many recipes within the CarbManager app for delicious, low carb desserts that won’t ruin your diet. Read on to learn how to wisely include a few popular types of once-in-a-while-treats while still satisfying those cravings.
When you are thinking of ways to enjoy dessert on a low carb diet, one of the first ideas you may have is chocolate. This is a great starting point, but you’ll be surprised to learn that carbohydrates can sneak their way into your cocoa treats! By learning some basic Chocolate 101, you can avoid overly sweet chocolate desserts while maintaining your diet.
There are three main types of chocolate, which you’re probably very acclimated with: dark, milk, and white. These types are separated by the percentage of dairy mixed in with the natural cacao bean when chocolate is being made. White chocolate has the highest dairy content (in fact, it has no cacao in it at all - it’s just milk solids, cocoa butter, and sugar)! Milk chocolate usually has around 50% dairy mixed in, and dark chocolate will have 40% or less dairy.
To put it simply, the darker the chocolate you choose, the more chocolate you can actually enjoy. There are many great dessert recipes in the CarbManager app, and you’ll see dark chocolate makes multiple guest appearances.
You may notice there is little to no fruit in a low carb or ketogenic diet. Since most fruit is loaded with natural sugars (carbohydrates), it is very tricky to include it in your low carb desserts. While you are unlikely to get your hands on fruit pies and cakes, there’s a couple ways you can sneak in a little fruity sweetness to your dessert.
One way to enjoy a fruit dessert on a low carb diet is with a smoothie. CarbManager has a growing selection of fruit smoothie recipes, and some even sneak in vegetables as a low-carb way to have a sweet treat. If a smoothie doesn’t quite say “dessert” to you, the best suggestion is to include citrus into your desserts. Lemon makes an excellent complement to desserts, such as a low-carb cheesecake!
As mentioned, it will be difficult to include classic desserts, like pies and cakes, into your low carb diet. However, there are alternatives to enjoying the next best thing as a dessert.
If gluten products is your concern when making a low carb dessert, search for gluten free flours, like almond or coconut flour. Even just a tablespoon of these alternatives can significantly improve your baking. If sugar keeps popping up in your dessert ingredients, look for sugar alternatives in specialty baking aisles at your grocery store. You may also be surprised to learn how less common dessert ingredients, such as avocados and eggs, are fantastic substitutes when making dessert favorites like ice cream, mousse, and cakes!
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