Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Deliciously creamy keto Philly cheesesteak casserole is packed with flavor and the perfect family weeknight meal. Easy to meal prep beforehand and throw in the oven, this low carb beef recipe always receives rave reviews at our house.

This weekend for Mother’s Day we returned to what’s probably my mother’s favorite restaurant in our home town. We go there almost every year on this special day, and we inevitably get the same things, EVERY YEAR. Creatures of habit we are, and I’ve found when I don’t get my usual, I am disappointed.

I love the predictability of it and the laughter and fun time our family has together. My mother gets the lemon cod, my grandmother, the cod Florentine. Now that I think of it, this year my brother shocked the table and ordered MY favorite instead of his usual Reuben sandwich. So what is my traditional Mother’s Day selection?

This post might give you a hint.

I absolutely love Philly cheesesteak. Actually, I always have even before I started eating keto. However, now I order the Philly cheesesteak sandwich without a bun and a side salad instead of fries.

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Flavorful Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is the perfect weeknight low carb recipe the family will request over and over again. Creamy with beef, green peppers, onions and spices, ideal for a gluten-free diet. #ketodinner #lowcarbmeals

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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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History of the keto Philly cheesesteak casserole

So what started us out making this dish other than my love for the Philly cheesesteak? One day my daughter, as she often does, exclaimed over how much she loved steak. Also, “Daddy cooks it just right!”

Well, we had some strip steaks on hand so decided to cook them up for dinner. She was ecstatic until she was about halfway through her meal. “This is very chewy”, and “What are those small round steaks called?” and “Filet mignon, yes, that’s what I like.”

Thank you so much Butcherbox for introducing my child to really good meat, yet spoiling her for any other steak cuts.

We had several other strip steaks on hand, and so I decided to try my luck with the flavors of Philly cheesesteak. Let’s just say it was a huge hit and one of the most enjoyable meals of my life as a mother.

Husband: This is really good! I like it. You can make this again. (Repeats 5 minutes later)

Girl child: Ahhh, steak! *Sigh* *Smile* Ahhh, cheese! *Sigh* *Smile* Ahhh, creamy sauce! *Sigh* *Smile* Yay.

Boy child: Can I have a banana with my mango?

You can’t win them all! Since then, this recipe has been a winner in my household. I love the fact it’s easy to put together on a Sunday afternoon and then just bake off Monday for an easy dinner.

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is a fabulous low carb family weeknight meal! Flavorful and gluten-free, a great recipe for a keto diet. #ketorecipes #ketodinner

Why do you call it a casserole?

First of all, this dish is called a casserole because it’s baked in a casserole dish. It’s fabulously delicious and one of the few dishes both my husband and daughter rave over. (My son won’t eat beef so we won’t discuss that right now.) ūüėČ

Instead of a more solid casserole you can cut squares out of, this keto Philly cheesesteak casserole is more of a spoon dipper. It comes out cheesy gooey on top with a creamy gravy that permeates the meat and vegetables. In fact, I almost think it’s better the second day because it gives all the flavors a chance mingle.

So, let’s get to it!

To make a keto Philly cheesesteak casserole you’ll need :¬†

Excellent low carb recipe for keto Philly cheesesteak casserole. Flavorful, gluten-free, and kid-friendly - this is a weeknight meal-prep hit! #ketodinner #lowcarbdinner

How to make the Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

To begin, get out all the ingredients. Then start with the meat.

What kind of beef cut to use for Philly Cheesesteak?

Well, traditionally a good Philly cheesesteak is made with very thinly sliced ribeye steak. However, you can use strip steak, top sirloin, or even a skirt steak.

To prepare the raw steak, slice it into very thin strips. Yes, I mean as thin as possible, and that’s not always easy. Luckily, I discovered a little trick to help in the process.

Steak slicing tips

Have your butcher slice it thin. OR if the meat is frozen, I’ve found it’s easier to cut with a good sharp cerated knife. It should be just starting to melt but still fairly frozen and hard. Then, simply slice the raw steak in thin strips.

Next, melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet and salt and pepper the meat. Brown the meat on all sides quickly on medium-high heat just to sear in the juices. Then remove it from the pan and set it aside.

Using the same skillet with the leftover fat and butter, cook the onions and peppers, stirring occasionally. Add another tablespoon of butter if there’s not enough left for the veggies. Now cook them for about five minutes or until the onions almost caramelize and the onions and peppers are soft and cooked through.

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole, onions and peppers

Philly Cheesesteak Sauce

In order to make the sauce that becomes sort of a gravy in the casserole, take out a blender. I love how simple this is. Put the cream cheese, bone broth, parsley, chives, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into the blender. Then blend on high speed until the cream cheese is completely incorporated and there are no lumps. Voílà! Easy right?

If you’re not as excited about easy as I am or if you don’t have a blender and want a workout there’s another method. Be sure the cream cheese is room temperature or even on the warmer side. Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl. As a result of some hard whisking, you should come up with about the same mixture with no lumps.

Assemble the casserole

First, take out an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish and grease it with butter or coconut oil. Second, layer in the meat and then the veggies on top of it.

Meat, veggies, layered, Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Third, evenly pour the sauce over the veggies and meat in the casserole dish. Now top it all off with 9 slices of provolone cheese. 

Provolone layer, Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Then bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it sit another 15 minutes before serving. 

Mmmmm!! Enjoy!

Spoon of delicious keto Philly cheesesteak casserole. Perfect to meal prep for weeknight family low carb dinners. #lowcarbdinner #ketorecipes

 

Beef Dinner Recipes

What are your favorite beef dinner recipes? Do you prefer casseroles, meat with gravy, or grilled? I personally love it all and find it’s good to mix things up every now and then. Now, I’m really hoping my son pulls an about-face and starts to love meat as much as I do soon!

I hope you try out this keto Philly cheesesteak casserole recipe and it becomes as popular in your house as ours!

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Delicious Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is a great option to add to your meal prep list for a quick weeknight low carb family meal. Comforting flavors and great protein, your family will love this gluten-free dish. #ketodinner #ketorecipes

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Awesome keto cauliflower mac and cheese bake. Keto, low carb, and gluten free it's sure to please everyone! #lowcarbdinner #ketodinner #macandcheese #explorermomma

More awesome keto main dish recipes:

  1. Cheesy Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna
  2. Keto Jambalaya
  3. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  4. Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup

This casserole is always good with a side salad and a keto dressing like Keto Thousand Island Dressing.


Printable Recipe

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Inspired by all the flavors we love in Philly Cheesesteak: steak, green peppers, onions, provolone cheese, and spices. Keto creamy goodness with hearty beef.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole, Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 lbs beef steak (sirloin or strip)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup beef bone broth
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 9 slices provolone cheese
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped green onion

Instructions

  • Slice the raw steak in thin strips. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet and salt and pepper the meat. Then brown the meat on all sides for about a minute on medium-high heat. Remove from pan.
  • Using the same skillet, cook the onions and peppers, stirring occasionally for about five minutes or until the onions almost caramelize and the vegetables are soft and cooked through.
  • Take an 8" x 8" casserole dish and grease it with butter or coconut oil. Layer the meat and then the veggies on top.
  • Place the bone broth, cream cheese, parsley, chives, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a blender. Blend on high speed until the cream cheese is completely incorporated and there are no lumps.
  • Pour the sauce over the veggies and meat in the casserole dish evenly. Top with 9 slices of provolone cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428
 
Total Fat 24 g  
Saturated Fat 14 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 153 mg  
Sodium 823 mg  
Potassium 597 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 3 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 45 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Almond Raspberry Keto Bakewell Tart

Almond Raspberry Keto Bakewell Tart

A glorious and flavorful keto Bakewell tart is the perfect addition to your summer picnic, fancy tea, or after dinner dessert. Packed with raspberry jam and a sugar-free almond frangipane, this low carb delight will soon become a family favorite.

Okay, I admit it. I love British baking, British history, the British countryside, British literature, and British murder mystery shows. When I was in college, I spent a semester in Oxford, England, and it was just one of those places I felt completely comfortable in. I’ve traveled to many countries, but England is the one I really feel a connection with and could call home.

While my daughter and I are planning trips to London, Oxford, and some other villages in the countryside, we often like to bake.

This keto Bakewell tart recipe came out of one of those inspirations. It seems so exactly like something you’d eat for afternoon tea or a picnic dessert. We decided it was perfect, and it was necessary to remake it in keto form.

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Delicious raspberry almond keto Bakewell tart is the perfect low carb recipe for tea time or a special sugar-free dessert. #ketodessert #lowcarbdessert

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For future reference, Harry, it is raspberry…although of course, if I were a Death Eater, I would have been sure to research my own jam preferences before impersonating myself.

J. K. Rowling

Author, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Why is it called a Bakewell tart?

First of all, did you know there is a town in England called Bakewell? Yes, indeed! It’s located in a beautiful spot in Derbyshire in the Peak District of the UK.

Now, a Bakewell tart is traditionally a shortcrust pastry with layers of jam and frangipane topped with flaked almonds. It’s a variation on the older Bakewell pudding which originated guess where? Why in Bakewell, of course!

Glorious layers of raspberry jam and frangipane make up the keto Bakewell tart. A low carb dessert at its finest. #ketodessert #lowcarbrecipes

There are many ways to make the Bakewell tart nowadays, made popular at village fêtes and picnics. Then they were taken to the next level by British food writers and TV personalities. Which is how we came to know about the tart.

From what I can tell, raspberry is the most popular flavor to include in the tart, which suits me perfectly. It has a distinct flavor that works particularly well with almonds and even the keto diet. The cherry Bakewell tart is another common flavor I may have to try during the cherry picking season!

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Beautiful almond raspberry flavors a keto Bakewell tart. Perfect for a low carb tea or special gluten-free dessert. Sugar-free and delicious! #lowcarbdessert #ketorecipes

How to make a Keto Bakewell Tart

Gluten-free almond flour crust

To begin an almond flour crust, first, whisk together the almond flour and sweetener. Then carefully mix in the melted butter so it comes together as moist crumbs.

Second, push the mixture into a tart pan or a pie plate. Use your hands or the bottom of a flat glass to evenly press the mixture around the bottom and sides of the pan. Make sure to get it in all the corners!

Next, bake the tart shell at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 minutes. Then remove it and let cool to prepare for the filling.

Pieces of keto Bakewell tart will be welcome at any low carb table! Delicious sugar-free raspberry jam and almond frangipane in an almond flour tart shell. #ketodessert #lowcarbtea

Almond frangipane filling

Before we begin on the frangipane filling, don’t forget the raspberry jam! Spread the 5 tablespoons of raspberry jam evenly around the bottom of the tart crust, not up the sides, just on the bottom.

Now, take a large bowl or standing mixer and mix together the butter and sweetener for a minute or two. Add in the eggs and almond extract and then mix in the almond flour.

TIP: If you use Swerve as the sweetener, it will crystallize in the frangipane when not eaten right away. Therefore if you use Swerve I suggest making and serving the same day. We also like to use the equivalent amount of Lakanto Monk Fruit sweetener.

Next, spoon the filling into the tart shell in blobs then push it in gently together so the raspberry jam stays on the bottom as a layer. Smooth it out on top with an icing spatula or knife. Then bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-35 minutes or until it’s set.

A piece of flavorful keto Bakewell tart will be a huge low carb hit at a picnic or party. #ketorecipes #lowcarbdessert

Creamy keto icing

To make the creamy keto icing I like for the topping, first, take out a medium to a large bowl. Mix together the cream cheese and sweetener until no lumps remain. Now once well-combined, add in all the other ingredients. I find it easiest to use a standing or hand mixer and blend everything together for about 2 minutes.

Once the icing is ready, spread it on the completely cooled frangipane tart. Even it out again with the icing spatula or knife to completely cover the almond filling.

Next is the fun part! Decoration time. Use a spoon or even a piping bag with a small hole with about 2 more tablespoons of the sugar-free raspberry jam. You are going to want to make stripes about an inch apart on the white icing. Then take a toothpick and run it back and forth between the stripes the opposite way to create a feathered design.

Chill it to set the icing and serve at a fabulous tea, picnic, or for dessert tonight!

Bite of a delicious keto Bakewell tart with raspberrry and almond frangipane. A fabulous low carb dessert perfect for a keto diet. #ketodiet #ketodesserts

 

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

Alice Walker

Novelist

Low carb desserts for summer

What kinds of desserts do you love in summer? While I don’t eat a lot of fruit on a keto diet, small quantities of raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries can make the perfect flavorings for summer dishes. Whether it be cakes, tarts, ice cream, or trifle, I am an admitted lover of sweets.

Luckily for me, I can still get my fill of dessert without all the sugar.

So, give this dessert a try while you’re planning your own trip to London or around the UK. Hmmm…I may need to add Derbyshire to my itinerary! Yum.

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A Keto Bakewell tart is the perfect low carb dessert addition to any tea or picnic, even for tonight's gluten-free dessert! Sugar-free and delicious, the family will love this keto diet treat. #ketodesserts #lowcarbdessertsketo #lowcarbdesserts

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Need more tea time or dessert recipes?

You will love these low carb cinnamon pecan cookies!

Cinnamon Pecan Cookies are low carb gluten-free bites of goodness. #glutenfreecookies #lowcarbdessert

Printable Recipe

Keto Bakewell Tart

The classic British Bakewell tart with a beautiful almond frangipane, raspberry jam, and a delicious icing top.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto bakewell tart, keto dessert, low carb bakewell tart
Servings: 12
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour, finely ground
  • 1/4 cup sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioner's
  • 5 tbsp melted butter

Filling

  • 5 tbsp sugar-free raspberry jam
  • 10 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioner's)
  • 1 1/3 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Icing

  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioner's)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp raspberry jam (for decoration)

Instructions

Almond flour crust

  • Whisk together the almond flour and sweetener. Then mix in the melted butter so it comes together as moist crumbs.
  • Push the mixture into a tart pan or pie plate. Use your hands or the bottom of a flat glass to evenly press the mixture around the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 minutes. Remove and let cool to prepare for the filling.

Filling

  • Spread the 5 tablespoons of raspberry jam evenly around the bottom of the tart crust.
  • Take a large bowl or standing mixer and mix together the butter and sweetener. Add in the eggs and almond extract then mix in the almond flour.
  • Place the filling in the tart in blobs then push it in gently so the raspberry jam stays on the bottom as a layer. Smooth it out and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-35 minutes or until it's set.

Icing

  • Mix together the cream cheese and sweetener until no lumps remain. Once well-combined, add in all the other ingredients. Using a standing or hand mixer blend them for about 2 minutes.
  • Spread icing on the completely cooled tart. Take about 2 more tablespoons of raspberry jam and make stripes on the white icing. Then take a toothpick and run it back and forth in stripes the opposite way to create a feathered design. Chill to set the icing and serve!

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving: 1 piece
Calories 234
 
Total Fat 23 g  
Saturated Fat 12 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 85 mg  
Sodium 90 mg  
Potassium 17 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 1 g  
Protein 4 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

The Best Easy Low Carb Keto Pesto

The Best Easy Low Carb Keto Pesto

Quick and easy keto pesto is bursting with flavor! Gluten-free pesto is perfect on your favorite low carb bread or in any recipe that calls for an Italian sauce. Packed with garlic and basil, it’s kid-approved and delicious!

When was the first time you tried pesto? To be honest I can’t actually remember as I was a picky child. However, I know I was in college when I truly fell in love with it.

Pasta with pesto became very popular around my shared house, and I was so excited to get my aunt’s old food processor she was about to sell at a garage sale. Can I tell you a secret? Those older machines are sometimes the best. That same food processor she used for many years is still in my cabinet and runs well!

I’m not going to tell you exactly how many years it’s been for me since I received it in college, but it’s been quite a few!

In spite of the fact my diet is primarily keto and low carb, I still adore pesto! The powerful strength of the garlic and basil is just as fabulous as it was back then. I just dropped the pasta and use it on different dishes.

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Simple and classic keto pesto is a delicious sauce for any low carb Italian dish. Gluten-free and packed with garlic and basil, every member of the family will love this fabulous dinner accompaniment. #lowcarbrecipes #ketopesto

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‚ÄúPesto madam.”
“Yes, Floote, that! Brilliant. Full of garlic.” To illustrate her point, she took another mouthful before continuing. “Seems they put garlic in positively everything here. Absolutely fantastic.‚ÄĚ

Gail Carriger

Author, Blameless

Pesto origins

Imagine yourself in a terracotta roof-tiled house on the side of a hill in 16th century Genoa. It’s a summer sun-filled day in northern Italy, and the air is filled with the scent of basil. The garden is full, and the basil sways in the breeze filling the air with that magnificent aroma.

It’s time to make a new sauce. Pesto!

Pesto is said to originate in Genoa in the 16th century. It’s a simple sauce, but with a punch of flavors that blend together just right. Traditionally, it’s made with basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil.

Back then they wouldn’t have had a food processor but used the indispensable mortar and pestle. Like this one here:

Therefore, for a truly authentic pesto it’s nice to go back to original methods. It’s not that much more difficult to grind a pesto sauce in the mortar and pestle. There are chefs like Mario Batali who claim it’s the best or even the ONLY way to make a true pesto.

Don’t worry, if you use a food processor like I do most of the time, I won’t tell anyone.

A jar of keto pest with a white plate of garlic, peppers, and spinach #ketorecipes #pesto

To make easy keto pesto you’ll need :¬†

Quick and easy keto pesto is packed with flavor and the perfect sauce to spice up a low carb meal. Gluten-free and sugar-free but full of garlic and basil, this will become a summer staple in your house. #ketopesto #ketorecipes

How to make a quick keto pesto

This recipe is so simple and easy it hardly takes any time at all.

First, take out all the materials and ingredients. Plug in the food processor or brandish your pestle (the rounded stone tool to grind the pesto), and it’s time to begin.

Second, throw all the ingredients but the basil, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Process on high for 30-40 seconds or until everything is evenly combined.

Alternatively, grind it in the mortar with the pestle until combined.

Next, add in the basil, salt, and pepper and continue to pulse and process (or grind) until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. To be perfectly honest, it depends on the person. Do you like to have small chunks of nut or parmesan in your pesto or would you prefer it perfectly smooth?

I like it with very small pieces and not completely pur√©ed. However, it’s your pesto! It’s completely up to you.

When the machine is off, use a spatula to push down any large pieces on the sides. Process it another 20 seconds or until you’ve reached the perfect pesto.

E ecco! Delizioso!

Spoon dips into a jar of basil keto pesto sauce. #ketorecipes #italianketo

The versatility of the keto pesto recipe

Do you know why I love pesto so much? Well, number one it’s flavor is out of this world! Yes, I have a thing for garlic and basil.

Secondly, the recipe is so incredibly versatile! It’s so easy to switch out certain ingredients based on what you have on hand or to make it fit with a certain diet. I even switch it up to avoid different allergens.

For example. The child has a nut allergy to pine nuts, cashews, and walnuts, but she’s okay with almonds. Instead of the traditional Italian pine nuts, I replace them with almonds.

Boom. Crisis averted, and we still get to enjoy those amazing flavors.

Another example:¬†Eek! It’s spring, and I’m out of all my frozen pesto I stored up using all the basil from the garden last year! Basil is super expensive to buy in larger quantities or I only have a little on-hand. While the flavor will be slightly different you can always substitute in spinach for the missing basil.

Third example:¬†I’m out of olive oil or prefer avocado oil on my keto diet. Simple. Substitute avocado oil.

Hint:¬†Don’t avoid or skimp on the garlic. Its flavor is pretty awesome, and hey, you’ll ward off vampires.

Lovely silver spoon of green keto pesto #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipes

Pesto is such a great standard. It’s so simple to make and always tastes good.

Tamra Davis

Director

Okay, you’ve sold me. But why call it KETO pesto?

There you’ve caught me. This is a pretty classic, traditional pesto recipe with optional changes here or there.

BUT it’s such a flavorful sauce, and it fits perfectly into the keto parameters. It’s low carb, high fat, and gluten-free. Did I mention it’s delicious?!

Therefore, to recognize the fact these traditional ingredients and sauce are an AMAZING addition to your keto library of recipes, I’ve titled this one Easy Keto Pesto. And it’s just that.

I hope you enjoy it on zoodles, your favorite keto bread, a white pesto zucchini lasagna (does that not sound like a fabulous summer garden recipe?!), or in my keto pesto pinwheels, a fabulous keto appetizer coming soon!

Buona fortuna, mangia, e sii felice!

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Delicious and super simple keto pesto adds a punch of flavor to any low carb meal. Garlic, basil, and parmesan, you can't go wrong! Use up the garden basil and keep the family happy all year. #ketorecipes #lowcarbsauce

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  1. Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup
  2. Chiles Rellenos Keto Breakfast Casserole
  3. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  4. Keto Zucchini Lasagna

Or for a fabulous appetizer or snack for the big game, try this fabulous Cheesy Pickle Dip with keto friendly crudité, so good!

Printable Recipe

Keto Pesto

Easy bright and flavorful keto pesto will have your tastebuds singing of summer! The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic in the perfect low carb summer sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Basil Pesto, Easy Pesto, Keto Pesto, Low Carb Pesto
Servings: 14
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (or pine nuts, walnuts, or preferred nut)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients but the basil, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Process on high for 30-40 seconds or until everything is evenly combined.
  • Add in the basil, salt, and pepper and continue to pulse and process until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. When the machine is off, use a spatula to push down any large pieces on the sides. Process another 20 seconds or until mixed well.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 14.0
Amount Per Serving: 2 tablespoons
Calories 134
 
Total Fat 14 g  
Saturated Fat 2 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 4 mg  
Sodium 146 mg  
Potassium 28 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 1 g  
Dietary Fiber 0 g  
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 2 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Keto Chocolate Coconut Balls

Keto Chocolate Coconut Balls

Craving holiday chocolates? These delicious keto chocolate coconut balls have the perfect crack of sugar-free chocolate into super soft creamy coconut centers.

You know ALL the chocolate and eggs and sugar you get around Easter and really any other holiday in our modern-day system? Does anyone else have trouble avoiding it, or is it just me?

I absolutely love all things Cadbury and the crazy sweetness of their chocolate eggs. Coconut-filled eggs are another huge weakness of mine. Honestly, if I don’t have a good keto alternative at hand on holidays I simply can’t handle it and have to plan to wean myself off sugar after the holiday.

However! The ups and downs can all be avoided if you prepare. Fabulous keto chocolate coconut balls are a life-saver at times, and I definitely plan to have them on hand at Easter in the next few weeks.

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Keep these Keto chocolate coconut balls around during Easter and other candy-filled holiday. They're low carb, sugar-free, and will help keep you on the keto diet and say no to temptations. #ketocandy #lowcarbdesserts

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Low carb unsweetened coconut

One question I get asked quite often is where to find unsweetened shredded coconut. More and more lately I’ve seen it at everyday grocery stores. However, if yours doesn’t stock it, I would try a Whole Foods or Natural Grocers style store. Or you can always order online through Amazon with one of their options here.


‚ÄúWill looked horrified. “What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?‚ÄĚ

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Author

To make keto chocolate coconut balls you’ll need :¬†

Delicious keto chocolate coconut balls are the perfect gluten-free sugar-free holiday candy to keep around during Easter, Christmas, or whenever you need a low carb alternative to candy! #ketocandy #lowcarbdessert

How to make keto chocolate coconut balls

First of all, take out a small saucepan and heat the heavy cream to almost a simmer, but do not boil. Second, whisk in the powdered sweetener and then the coconut.

Then turn off the heat, stir in the extract and let it sit for 15 minutes so the coconut can absorb the liquid.

Now form the coconut mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and place each one on a baking pan at least an inch apart. Put them in the freezer for 2 hours or overnight.

Keto Chocolate Coconut Balls, coconut overhead

 

How to make the low carb chocolate coating

Next, it’s time to make the chocolate coating! First, put 5 oz of chopped unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, and powdered sweetener in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler you can always use a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.

Chocolate melting in a double boiler with Swerve and cocoa butter

Then stir it all constantly until everything is completely melted and mixed together.

Melted chocolate in glass bowl

Now, remember the coconut balls? Remove them from the freezer and get them ready to dip in the chocolate! (I love this part!)

Place one coconut ball on a fork, and dip it in the chocolate mixture to coat thoroughly. Then remember to shake the excess chocolate back in the bowl and place the coated coconut ball on the baking tray to set.

Dipped Keto Chocolate Coconut Ball

After that, continue to dip and repeat with all the coconut balls until they’re all delightfully chocolate coated. Yummy.

From there, return the newly dipped keto chocolate coconut balls to the freezer to set for 10 minutes. If you forget about them for a little while it won’t matter. The important thing is for them to be cold and set to pop them off the pan. If you fear them sticking use silicone baking liners or parchment paper to line the pan.

Take them off the pan and store them in an airtight container or even a zipper bag in the refrigerator for up to a week or about a month in the freezer.

Keto Chocolate Coconut Balls on pan

 

The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.

Sandra Boynton

Author, Humorist

What’s your favorite Easter candy?

Yes, for me, any holiday involving food is the hardest to stay on a strict keto diet. I love keto and how it works; however, I also love holidays and family traditions.

It’s so difficult not to grab that English toffee at Christmas or the chocolate eggs at Easter! Because I know those are my weaknesses, I have an advantage!

When you recognize what could be a potential downfall to your low carb or keto plan you have power. It’s great because then it’s easier to plan and say, “Okay, this is what I struggle with. How can I find a healthier alternative I’ll want to reach for?”

Preparedness is key, and it can be done! With these delicious keto chocolate coconut balls around I breathe a sigh of relief when the chocolate eggs appear everywhere. I can make a good choice, stick to the keto diet, and still enjoy an Easter treat.

Happy holidays and enjoy the candy-making!

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Easter keto chocolate coconut balls are sugar-free, low carb, super-easy, and delicious. Gluten-free with coconut, chocolate, cream, and other goodness. A low carb treat for any holiday. #ketodessert #lowcarbcandy

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Do you need an Easter brunch recipe?

Chiles rellenos keto breakfast casserole is a delight to the tastebuds! Cheesy low carb, gluten-free stuffed green chiles in a breakfast egg custard. #ketobreakfast #ketorecipes

More low carb dessert ideas:

  1. Coconut Macaroons
  2. Butter Spritz Cookies
  3. Gingerbread Cookies
  4. Thumbprint Peanut Butter Cookies
  5. Low Carb Lemon Cookies
  6. Chocolate Truffles
  7. Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
  8. Pumpkin Cookies
  9. Cut Out Sugar Cookies
  10. Low Carb Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Have you tried fat bombs?

Fat bombs make a great mid-afternoon snack or a sweet treat after a meal. Try these amazing Keto Coffee Fat Bombs, made with only 5 ingredients from Kimspired DIY.

Printable Recipe

Keto Chocolate Coconut Balls

Craving holiday candies? These keto chocolate coconut balls have the perfect crack of sugar-free chocolate into super soft creamy coconut centers. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: chocolate coconut fat bombs, keto chocolate coconut balls, low carb chocolate coconut balls
Servings: 20
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioners)
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Chocolate Coating

  • 5 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tbsp powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioners)
  • 1/2 oz cocoa butter

Instructions

  • Take a small saucepan and heat heavy cream to almost a simmer, but do not boil. Whisk in the powdered sweetener and then the coconut. Turn off the heat, stir in the extract, and let it sit for 15 minutes so the coconut can absorb the liquid.
  • Form coconut mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and place on a baking pan. Place in freezer for 2 hours or overnight.

Chocolate Coating

  • To make the chocolate coating, put 5 oz of chopped unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, and powdered sweetener in a double boiler or bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir constantly until completely melted and mixed together.
  • Remove the coconut balls from the freezer. Place one on a fork and dip it in the chocolate mixture to coat thoroughly. Shake the excess chocolate back in the bowl and place the coated coconut ball on the baking tray to set. Repeat with all coconut balls.
  • Return to the freezer to set for 10 minutes then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or a month in the freezer.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 20.0
Amount Per Serving: 1 ball
Calories: 120
 
Total Fat 11 g  
Saturated Fat 5 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 16 mg  
Sodium 4 mg  
Potassium 0 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 3 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 1 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

 

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Low Carb Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Low Carb Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Creamy Keto Thai coconut soup is a delicate blend of amazing flavors: shrimp, ginger, lime, coconut milk, lemongrass, with the red curry spice on top. Delicious, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low carb, this refreshing recipe is perfect for a Lenten meal, spring, or anytime!

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of blog posts on Pinterest with gorgeous pictures and tales of experiences in Thailand. They all seem to scream, “Come! Come visit Thailand, Land of Smiles!”

So, of course, my heart says, “Yes, please let’s go! I want to see these fantastic places and experience the food and culture!”

My brain says, “Unfortunately, now is now a good time to take off to Thailand, but why not make some Thai food?”

Why not indeed?

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Keto low carb Thai coconut soup is a delicate blend of delicious flavors. This dairy-free, gluten-free, and delicious soup is perfectly refreshing for spring, lent, or any time! #ketosoup #lowcarbsoup

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Thai food ain’t about simplicity. It’s about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Like a complex musical chord it’s got to have a smooth surface but it doesn’t matter what’s happening underneath. Simplicity isn’t the dictum here, at all. Some westerners think it’s a jumble of flavors, but to a Thai that’s important, it’s the complexity they delight in.

David Thompson

Chef

Keto Thai coconut soup beginnings

With a few substitutions here and there, it’s very easy to eat delicious Thai food that’s low carb at the same time.

My first experiences with Thai food were definitely memorable. I was a sophomore or junior in college, and a group of friends decided to check out a fairly new local Thai restaurant. In the middle of Texas.

I loved and still love trying new flavors and experiencing other cultures and was super-excited to give Thai food a go. Unfortunately, my Texas Thai food experience was not a pleasant one. In fact, it made me sick for the next two days.

Regrettably, this disaster of a meal put my love of Thai food on hold for a number of years. Do you have a similar food memory you can’t shake? For years afterward, the smell of spicy coconut milk took me back to that experience, and not in a good way.

Creamy low carb Thai shrimp soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, and an amazing blend of flavors with a punch of red curry. #ketosoup #lowcarbsoup

The beautiful flavors in Thai cooking

Today, I love Thai food! It is truly an art of flavor blending and layering and a delight to the senses. When prepared well.

Which is why I now do my research on any Thai restaurant I plan to visit and often make my own versions of my favorites. It is fairly easy to modify recipes slightly to make them Keto or low carb and still retain the fabulous flavors.

I was once told, in Thai cooking, there are four flavors: sour, sweet, creamy and salty. The spice, or heat, is over those four flavors. The secret and magic of the perfect dish is the correct balance of flavors where each sits just right to make it practically divine.

A westerner may see a list of the ingredients and skeptically think, “Wow! That’s certainly a melting pot of ingredients!”

When in fact, the lemongrass, ginger, lime, coconut milk, red curry, and all the others are precisely planned out. The balance must be there for a true Thai dish. It’s a different mix newer to my palate, and it’s very enjoyable!

Keto Thai coconut soup is art in color and flavor. The perfect blend of flavors in a delicious low carb meal. #ketosoup #lowcarbdinner

 

To make this low carb Thai coconut soup you’ll need :¬†

Keto Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup is full of flavors while still gluten-free and dairy-free. Shrimp, ginger, lime, red curry, perfectly refreshing for spring. #ketosoup #lowcarbdinner

How to make keto Thai coconut soup

First, take out a large soup pot or dutch oven and melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. You can also use avocado oil instead if you don’t have coconut oil.

Second, add the shrimp and stir it occasionally for 2-3 minutes until it turns pink. Sprinkle on salt to taste and then remove it to a bowl. Set it aside for now.

Then, back to the pot, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and zucchini. Stir it all occasionally until the vegetables become tender (4-5 minutes).

A note on the zucchini

I prefer to slice the zucchini and cut the rounds into fourths for my soup. However, you can cut them any size you want or even use a spiralizer to create noodles for your meal. I’ve done both and admit it’s just easier for me to slice instead of spiralize!

Next, add in the ginger and lemongrass and cook another minute. Instead of actual lemongrass I often use 5 drops of quality lemongrass essential oil. If you do choose to use lemongrass essential oil, add it at the end instead of at this point. It cuts down on the carbs and is easy to keep in the cabinet!

Now, whisk in the curry paste, coconut milk, stock, and pepper. Slowly, bring it all to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until the soup thickens slightly. This can be for about 10 minutes or longer to allow the flavors to combine. I often like the soup the second day better because the flavors have more time to blend.

Lastly, stir in the shrimp, lime juice, and cilantro (and lemongrass oil if using). Season it with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve it up in bowls and to make it pretty, garnish with fresh lime wedges and cilantro.

A bite of low carb Thai soup with shrimp. #ketodinner #lowcarbsoup

 

I landed in 1980 in Bangkok, and I stopped to eat ten times between the airport and the hotel. It was all lemongrass and ginger and chilies.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Chef

What’s your favorite international cuisine?

Spices, flavors, herbs, textures. I love my food. It’s even better when you taste the fabulous dishes from around the world. Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Cajun, yum!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to travel from country to country to try their regional specialties? Oh yes, that would be delightful! However, I’m going to whip up some in my own kitchen. Then the smells, tastes, and textures will transport me easily on a world tour from own home.

Currently, I’m off to eat a bowl of keto Thai coconut soup. For now at least. ūüôā Enjoy!

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Keto Thai Coconut Soup is a delicate low carb blend of shrimp, ginger, lime, coconut milk, red curry and more. It's the perfect Lenten, spring, or anytime meal as it's dairy-free and gluten-free too. #lowcarbdinner #ketosoup

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Need something sweet for dessert?

Try a Butter and Jam Keto Thumbprint Cookie!

Delicious, easy butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies are the perfect low carb snack! Super kid-friendly and perfect for Easter, Christmas, Fourth of July, you name it! Gluten-free cookies with a strawberry tang. #ketorecipes #lowcarbcookies

More low carb soups:

  1. Keto Taco Soup
  2. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  3. Low Carb Green Chili Chicken Chowder
  4. Keto Jambalaya (can be made as a soup)
  5. Low Carb Chicken Mushroom Soup


Printable Recipe

Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Fresh, spicy, and flavorful! Low carb Thai coconut soup is the perfect mix of coconut, lime, shrimp, cilantro, and red curry deliciousness! It's dairy-free, gluten-free and fabulous.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb, Thai
Keyword: Keto Thai soup, Low Carb Thai soup, Thai coconut soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or avocado oil)
  • 1 lb peeled medium shrimp
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 chopped zucchini (small) (or make as zoodles)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (finely chopped) (or 5 drops lemongrass essential oil)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste (or red curry powder)
  • 2 13 oz cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (more to garnish)

Instructions

  • In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt the coconut oil over a medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes until pink. Salt to taste then remove to a bowl.
  • To the pot, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and zucchini. Stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes). Add in the ginger and lemongrass and cook another minute.
  • Whisk in the curry paste and then the coconut milk, stock, and pepper. Bring it all to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until the soup thickens slightly (about 10 minutes).
  • Stir in the shrimp, lime juice, and cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and garnish with fresh lime wedges and cilantro.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
 
Total Fat 26 g  
Saturated Fat 22 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 116 mg  
Sodium 474 mg  
Potassium 381 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 6 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 4 g  
Protein 26 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Butter and Jam Keto Thumbprint Cookies

Butter and Jam Keto Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery, delicious, and easy low carb cookies. What could be better? Butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies are melt in your mouth with a zing of strawberry in the middle.

What comes to mind when you think thumbprint cookies? For me, I have a flash of the bakery famous for them in my college town, a Mad-Hatter tea party, and a Christmas cookie exchange.

I do love the versatility of these cookies. The delicious almond flour buttery cookie can be filled with any number of things. I like to use a red jam such as strawberry or raspberry, but you could even use a sugar-free ganache. Get creative!

The other thing I love about thumbprint cookies is that they’re super kid-friendly. Actually, my six-year-old son loves to make them with me, put all the ingredients in, and then say, “Mommy! Can I make the thumbprints?!”

He thinks it’s so much fun to make the thumbprint wells in the cookies, and then he eats spoons of jam while they bake. I don’t mind too much all this jam eating as long as I know what’s gone into it!

We like to use my homemade easy keto strawberry jam recipe, and I can feel good about him eating organic strawberries, chia seeds, with a bit of Swerve sweetener.

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Delicious, easy butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies are the perfect low carb snack! Super kid-friendly and perfect for Easter, Christmas, Fourth of July, you name it! Gluten-free cookies with a strawberry tang. #ketorecipes #lowcarbcookies

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Perhaps he’s in love with Agatha,” she said. “I hope not. I intend to marry Agatha myself. She may be a thousand years old, but she makes an incomparable jam tart. Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.

Cassandra Clare

Author

Keto thumbprint cookies: a brief history

Did you know that in Sweden, thumbprint cookies are called “Hollongrotta”, which means raspberry cave? I love that! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely one of those people who gets excited about the etymology of words. Where do words come from? How are they similar/different in different languages?¬†

In Europe, it is argued whether thumbprint cookies originated in Poland, Sweden, or from Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. At least most agree they were first made in the 19th century. However, whether you call them Polish tea cakes, birds’ nests, or raspberry caves, I think we can all agree we like to eat them!

In the United States, thumbprint cookies have become a holiday staple for many families in various forms.

I used to love to help my mother make tons of cookies and go to the church cookie exchange! We would take one kind of cookie and return home with dozens of cookies of all sorts. Inevitably, the group would include jam thumbprints as well as the other popular peanut butter blossoms version (see my version of Keto Peanut Butter Blossoms here).

Traditional butter and jam thumbprint cookies are a low carb holiday staple! Christmas, Easter, or the Fourth of July, these kid-friendly gluten-free cookies will disappear fast. #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

To make keto thumbprint cookies you’ll need :¬†

Butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies are delicious, kid-friendly, and low carb! Buttery melt in your mouth gluten-free, sugar-free goodness. #ketocookies #lowcarbdesserts

How to make keto thumbprint cookies

To begin, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and take out two baking pans. I like to line them with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 

Second, take out a large bowl and plop in the softened butter, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Mix that together well with a hand mixer or really strong arm and spatula. Then, once it’s completely combined with no lumps, continue to mix and add in the egg until it’s well-incorporated.

After that, measure in the almond flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until it all up until it forms the cookie dough. Super simple so far, right?

Low carb keto thumbprint cookies are absolutely melt-in-your mouth low carb delish. The perfect gluten-free, sugar-free kid-friendly cookie for all the holidays. #ketoholidays #lowcarbrecipes

How to prepare keto thumbprint cookies to bake

Next, roll the dough into 1 tablespoon-sized balls and set them on the baking tray about 2 inches apart. Now, wet your thumb slightly and push it in the center of each ball to make a little well for the jam. This is the part kids love to help with!

Now for the jam! Carefully put about half a teaspoon of jam in the well of each cookie. Try to keep it in the center of the cookie, but as my son says, “They don’t all have to be perfect! I’ll just eat that one.”

Lastly, bake them off for 12-14 minutes in the 325-degree oven. Be sure to let them cool for 10 minutes on the tray before removing to the cooling racks or they’re likely to fall apart.

The recipe makes about 30 delicious low carb cookies!

Low carb keto thumbprint cookies with sugar-free strawberry jam are the perfect gluten-free holiday cookie. Easy and kid-friendly, a great choice for picnics and parties. #ketorecipes #lowcarbcookies

I would love to go and live in the mountains… and make jam.

Eve Best

Actress

Low carb keto thumbprint cookies are a gluten-free sweet treat perfect for Christmas, Easter, and all holidays. Sugar-free and kid-approved, a delicious melt in your mouth treat. #ketocookies #lowcarbrecipes

Favorite low carb holiday cookies

What are your favorite low carb cookies around the holidays? My kids especially like to make spritz cookies and cut-out cookies in holiday shapes so we’re sure to include those. What’s your favorite cookie recipe for the holidays or a daily household staple?

What do you think? Could you add some strawberry caves to your list of favorites? Our family definitely loves these fruity keto thumbprint cookies.

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Butter and jam low carb keto thumbprint cookies are melt in your mouth gluten-free delicious. Sugar-free and kid-friendly, kids love to help make these holiday treats. #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipes

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Do you like chocolate and peanut butter?

What about low carb peanut butter brownies?

Trust me, you want this recipe!

The best low carb peanut butter brownies with sugar-free chocolate chip and chewy goodness. Gluten-free and keto-friendly desserts you can enjoy without the guilt! #ketobrownies #lowcarbdessert

 

Printable Recipe

Butter and Jam Keto Thumbprint Cookies

Butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies are a sweet low carb, kid-friendly treat! Perfect for tea, picnics, or holidays! Easter, Christmas, Fourth of July, or afternoon tea, they're the perfect delicious gluten-free snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto cookies, keto thumbprint cookies, low carb thumbprint cookies
Servings: 30
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp softened butter
  • 2/3 cup powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioner's)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups finely ground blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp finely ground sea salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free jam

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two baking pans lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the softened butter, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Once completely combined with no lumps, continue to mix and add in the egg.
  • Measure in the almond flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until it forms the cookie dough.
  • Roll the dough into 1 tablespoon-sized balls and place on the baking tray. Get your thumb slightly wet and push it in the center of each ball to make a well for the jam.
  • Put about half a teaspoon of jam in the well of each cookie. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 325 degrees. Let cool for 10 minutes on the tray before removing to the cooling racks. Makes about 30 cookies.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 15.0
Amount Per Serving: 2 cookies
Calories 78
 
Total Fat 7 g  
Saturated Fat 3 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 25 mg  
Sodium 86 mg  
Potassium 29 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 2 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 1 g  
Protein 2 g
**Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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