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Low-carb desserts guide

Low-carb desserts guide

If you started a low-carb diet, or just thinking about starting, then you are probably worried about desserts. No more sugar? Nothing sweet to treat yourself to – ever? How can you cope?

Fear not! Sweet taste doesn’t come from sugar alone – there are many sugar substitutes you can use instead. Some of them have little or no impact on your blood sugar and no calories, so you can safely indulge your sweet tooth without compromising your low-carb principles.

This article is the detailed guide to low-carb desserts – which ingredients to use, where to find them, types of low-carb desserts and, of course, links to recipes.

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Low-Carb Pumpkin Mousse

Low carb pumpkin mousseThis recipe was initially supposed to be a pumpkin-based cake, but I really struggled to make it work. The cake kept coming out as a sorry floppy disaster, so eventually I gave up.

The only part that worked out ok was the icing. So I tweaked it a bit and turned it into a quick mousse recipe. This is the ideal way to use up any leftover pumpkin puree – takes about 5 minutes to whip up the mousse, and you can keep it in the fridge. (I should know, as I have pulverised three gigantic pumpkins into puree over the last two weeks, and had to come up with ways to utilise almost a bucketful of puree).

But what can you do – pumpkin is impossible to avoid this time of year. At least it is low-carb, with only 6g net carbs per 100g. It is also a permitted food on Atkins Induction.

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Low-carb pumpkin bandwagon

Low-carb keto pumpkin recipesAutumn is finally here and Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. And you know what that means! Everyone is going mad with pumpkin recipes. My Pinterest feed is full of orange and yellow colours in every shade. I am definitely not complaining – I love this time of year.

With only 6g net carbs per 100g, pumpkin is the perfect low-carb ingredient. You can do just about anything with it – soups, side dishes, breads, desserts, ice cream…

So, today I am going to jump on the bandwagon with a round-up of low-carb recipes with pumpkin.

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Low-carb mozzarella pie

Low-carb cheese pieThis low-carb mozzarella pie recipe is very loosely based on Imeretian Khachapuri – delicious savoury pie with goat cheese filling. Imereti is a region in Georgia (the country in Caucasian mountains in Eurasia rather than the US state of Georgia).

Georgian cuisine is fantastic and Georgian people are justifiably proud of it.

This is why I am calling this dish “mozzarella pie” – with all the substitutions I am about to make to the traditional recipe, I could not possibly presume to call it “khachapuri” without attracting the wrath of those who know.

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Low-carb chocolate digestives

Low-carb chocolate digestivesThis recipe is a low-carb version of chocolate digestive biscuits.

In Britain, digestive biscuits are a national treasure loved by everyone. If you are not from England, they are semi-sweet biscuits with fibery texture, traditionally made with wholemeal flour.

The name “digestive” dates back to 19th century, when these biscuits were believed to have antacid properties because they contain sodium bicarbonate.

They are great for dunking in your tea, and are often crumbled for use in other recipes, for example, cheesecake base.

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Low-carb strawberry cheesecake

Low-carb strawberry cheesecakeIt’s June, berries are in season and strawberries are everywhere. Strawberries are low-carb (around 6g net carbs per 100g), and so are some of their traditional companions like cream. Perfect combination for a low-carb dessert with a seasonal flavour!

I have seen many low-carb strawberry cheesecake recipes (links to some of my favourites are provided below), and I got inspired to create my own version.

I already have  a low-carb cheesecake recipe which tends to perform consistently well, so I just had to adapt it  to include strawberries instead of my usual chocolate flavour.

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Vanilla keto mousse with blueberries

Blueberry vanilla mousseSummer is here and berries are in season again. This is good news for us as berries are generally quite low in carbs. They help to fill the gap left by fruit.

One traditional way to have berries is to mix them with cream, whipped or plain. This keto mousse recipe takes that concept a couple of steps further, to form a keto fat bomb comprised mostly of cream, with vanilla and blueberries.

It is creamy, rich and very, very high in fat. Anyone who is not on a ketogenic diet should probably stop reading now! You have been warned.

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