Desserts

A lot of development has gone into perfecting the desserts and sweet treats listed here. My preferred sweetener is Erythritol, which leaves no awful after-taste, and has no associated bad press! It can be purchased on amazon, as granulated and confectioner’s. Be sure to use the brands listed in the recipe, as that’s what I used for optimum results. Happy baking!

Keto Blueberry Cheesecake

Keto Blueberry Cheesecake

No long-winded headnote needed here: it’s a creamy, delicious blueberry cheesecake that will make 8 people VERY happy! Enjoy!

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Carbs 4.3g
(4.4%); Fat 35g (89.4%); Protein 5.7g (6.4%)
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Keto Lime Cheesecake Tart

Keto Lime Cheesecake Tart

Sweet, acidic, creamy… whip this superstar out at your next dinner party (it serves 8), or simply do what I do: slice and freeze individual slices – and save for a rainy day. Just too delicious… sigh …. 

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Carbs 2.2g
(2.7%); Fat 26g (89.8%); Protein 4.9g (7.5%)
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Double-Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Keto Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

I first tasted dark chocolate-and-macadamia nut cookies on honeymoon in Malaysia more than 10 years ago. This was LBK (life-before-keto) and Funnyman and I were literally eating our way through Kuala Lumpur and Penang (it’s a foodie heaven!) One afternoon, when strolling through one of the enormous department stores* in KL, we found a mainstream cookie kiosk called Famous Amos. Their dark chocolate and macadamia cookies were sublime – and here I am, still thinking of them 10 years later! My version is chewier than I remember theirs being, but just as fab. 

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Carbs 5.7g
(8.7%); Fat 21g (80.8%); Protein 6.1g (10.5%)
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Berry Meringue Baskets

Keto Berry Meringue Baskets

When hosting dinner parties and braais, Funnyman and I don’t make a big deal of our keto journey (unless asked). When hosting, I simply make exact versions of the desserts I serve my guests and serve as normal, making sure we get the keto-friendly versions (this is mainly due to artificial sweeteners which not everyone has a taste for). This past summer, when making little berry meringue baskets for my guests, I whipped up a sugar-free version for the two of us. While my rustic meringue baskets weren’t snow-white like the store-bought versions my guests received, they were still pretty damn tasty and hit the sweet spot. If you prefer to make a mess of this (I mean, to literally make a Berry Mess), simply use the Mini Meringues recipe and mix it all together just before serving… (as opposed to making a pretentious, deconstructed version like I have done here by piping them into baskets…) 

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Carbs 2.4g
(2.7%); Fat 21g (91.4%); Protein 3.1g (5.9%)
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Homemade Keto Coconut Ice Cream

Keto Coconut ice cream
Keto Coconut ice cream

If you are ambitious enough to own an ice-cream maker (I invested in this one), this Keto Coconut Ice cream should definitely be your first attempt. I toasted the desiccated coconut to add to the mixture before churning to make it even more coconutty. Get churning!

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Carbs 5.6g
(6.2%); Fat 31g (89.8%); Protein 3.7g (4%)
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Creamy Keto Coconut Popsicles

Keto Creamy Coconut Popsicles
Creamy Coconut Popsicles

I told you I was a lolly-making machine! My Homemade Keto Coconut Ice cream was so popular with Funnyman, I used the leftover mixture to make lollies. For your benefit in the recipe below, I adjusted it to make 6 lollies (using (100ml / 3.4 fl. oz moulds) – and you needn’t churn anything – just mix and freeze. If you like the idea of keto lollies, do check out my Rosewater Raspberry Lollies and Blueberry Lollies, all of which make Funnyman giddy with excitement when he notices a fresh batch in the freezer… 🙂 

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Carbs 6.1g
(6.2%); Fat 34g (89.8%); Protein 4g (4%)
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Mini Meringue Bites

Keto Mini Meringues

I made a batch of these to use in a Keto Blueberry Mess I was playing around with one day. They are so delightful and the perfect sweet treat to pop in your mouth when you walk passed them. (They lasted about half a day in my house with Funnyman’s sweet tooth!)Add to whipped cream and blueberries and you have yourself a tasty mess.. 

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Carbs 0g
(0%); Fat 0g (0%); Protein 1.4g (100%)
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Keto Raspberry Rose Water Lollies

Keto Rosewater Raspberry Lollies
Keto Rosewater Raspberry Lollies

Funnyman loves his after-dinner treats so much (my Blueberry Lollies and Keto Brownies are his favourite), but I am getting bored churning them out since we started keto a few months ago, so I am now on a mission to shake things up and experiment with different flavours. These lollies were made using raspberries and rose water and I added a drop or two of pink food colouring to make them pretty! Fragrant and creamy with little tart raspberry bits throughout, you should definitely give these a try! 

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Carbs 4.1g
(9.4%); Fat 13g (73.5%); Protein 6.9g (17.1%)
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Best Ever Keto Brownies

Best Keto Chocolate Brownies
Best Keto Chocolate Brownies

Bribing Funnyman with my brownies is a nifty way to get him to do stuff around the house. I learnt this in wife-training school. He loves these keto brownies. They are the perfect size to hit the sweet spot and they make great fat bombs. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all, so making a batch of these along with a batch of Keto Blueberry Lollies for him once a week is my way of showing him how much I appreciate him going on this Keto journey with me. For this recipe, I did not use confectioners’ Erythritol like I do for all my other recipes, I used granulated. It’s a good idea to have a bag of each on hand. The brownies store well in the fridge (although they would disappear in a day if I did that), so I freeze them individually after cooling and slicing. We always have double cream in the house, so he often reheats them slightly after they have defrosted (2-3 hours in the fridge to defrost) and then he pours a little cream over them. Happy Husband = Happy Wifey…

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Carbs 1.1g
(2.4%); Fat 18g (87.7%); Protein 4.8g (9.9%)
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Keto Blueberry Lollies

Keto Blueberry Ice Lollies
Keto Blueberry Ice Lollies

Funnyman wasn’t entirely convinced when I broached the subject of doing keto with me a few months ago. He has a massive sweet tooth and the thought of giving up his after-dinner treats didn’t sit well with him. A client of mine in the US suggested I try Swerve® (a brand that makes confectioner’s / powdered Erythritol) as a sugar replacement in my cooking and baking and I have never looked back. When Funnyman tried my lollies, it gave him the push to do keto with me. Of course, I had to become a lolly-making machine because he happily enjoys one of these almost every night. He is down almost 10kg (22lb) now and counting…

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Carbs 5g
(11.8%); Fat 13g (71.8%); Protein 6.6g (16.4%)
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