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Carb Free Dessert Recipes

Written by Nathan Phelps on May 02, 2020


Whatever carb-restriction diet or lifestyle you prescribe to, there are times when you just want something sweet, and we all know resisting is easier said than done.

The key is to maintain a healthy relationship with your cravings by making compromises while slowly lowering the frequency at which you give in to those cravings. The better you get at managing your cravings, the fewer you'll have! Plus, when you make it less of a habit, it makes the sweets you do have feel like such a treat!

So what happens when you need dessert but can't have carbs?

We've got your back. We're going to cover a few thoughts on carb-free desserts and sweeteners and then give you nine of our favorite zero-carb sweets recipes.

Why No-Carb Desserts?

Eating zero or low-carb is an effective health measure for a lot of people. From weight loss to gut health, skipping carbs can reduce irritants, bloated feelings, and help your body burn more of its fat storage (as is the case in ketogenic diets).

Regardless of your reasoning, going for a zero or low-carb diet doesn't have to be tasteless. You can make all sorts of no-carb recipes with foods that are delicious and full of good nutrients!

Diets That Advise No-Carb Sweets

Restricting carbs is most often associated with keto, the carnivore diet, and other diets that have low-carb phases like the Fast Metabolism Diet. The limits and restrictions of those diets vary, but it's smart across all of them to have a reliable list of meals and snacks you can prepare. The more your go-to meals fit into a zero or low-carb lifestyle, the easier it will be.

Zero-Carb Sweeteners

There aren't a lot of zero-carb sweeteners — most have a very small amount of carbs within them, and popular zero-calorie sweeteners are usually completely filled with carbs.

That being said, here are two zero-carb options for when you need a bit of sweetness:

  1. Stevia: Stevia is a natural, zero-carb sweetener that comes from the South American plant stevia rebaudiana, which is part of the sunflower family. Stevia won't taste exactly like sugar, but it has no carbs or calories and won't raise your blood sugar or insulin levels.
  2. Erythritol: Erythritol is made from fermented corn or cornstarch, and it's also a good way to get some sweetness without any calories or carbs. Make a batch of this homemade keto syrup to keep around when you need it!

Note: These often don't work as perfect substitutions for sugar, so pay attention to recipes that offer substitution advice. You'll probably have to experiment a bit!

The Best Carb-Free Desserts

Okay! Onto our nine favorite zero-carb dessert recipes. Pick your favorite or combine some of these to make something wonderfully delicious without breaking your diet!

Note: These carb-free desserts and sweets have 0g of net carbs per serving, but that could change slightly depending on the ingredients you use. Always check the nutritional labels to make sure the end product fits with your diet.

1. Zero-Carb Pink Puff Meringue Cookies

How good do these pink puff meringue cookies look? You can whip these no-carb desserts up in less than 30 minutes, and they have 0g of carbs per serving. All you need are some egg whites, cream of tartar, gelatin, lemon, and the zero-carb sweetener of your choice.

Per serving: 3 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0.5g protein

Get the recipe for this carb-free dessert from Baking Outside the Box.

2. Zero-Carb Caramel

This clever caramel recipe uses butter, heavy cream, and an alternative sweetener to whip up a really delicious caramel spread. There are all kinds of ways you could use this!

You could make some homemade keto bread, dip it in beaten egg, and whip up some keto-friendly french toast, use it to spice up some low-carb yogurt, or just grab a spoon and dive in!

Per serving: 89 calories, 9.3g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein

Get the recipe for this zero-carb dessert from Keto Culinary.

3. Carb-Free Marshmallows

These marshmallows may look a little strange, but they definitely get the job done! By using gelatin and alternative sweeteners, the team at Low Carb Diet World came up with a clever way to get a bit of low-carb sweetness in your life. Drizzle some of the above caramel over them to make these marshmallows even more exciting.

Per serving: 15 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein

Get the recipe for this no-carb dessert from Low Carb Diet World.

4. Carb-Free Popsicles

Carb-free popsicles are great to have in the freezer for when you're craving something sweet. They are really simple to make, and they get the craving out without sacrificing a lot of calories. This no-carb dessert recipe uses sugar-free jello and kool-aid to get the job done.

Per serving: 8 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein

Get the no-carb dessert recipe from Baking Outside the Box.

5. Homemade Gummy Bears

Sugar-free gummy bears aren’t super glamorous, but if they can get you through a craving, then they’re worth it! These are super simple to throw together, and you can make a big batch that will last you for weeks.

Per serving: 28 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 7.25g protein

Get the recipe for these no-carb sweets on Yummly.

6. Cinnamon Pork Rinds

I know. This sounds weird, but believe me, these cinnamon keto pork rinds are really good. It's right on that edge between savory and sweet. If you're a fan of salted caramels or chocolates like I am, then I guarantee you will like these! You can also crumble these up into some almond milk and make a homemade keto cereal.

Per serving: 160 calories, 13g fat, 0g carbs, 10g protein

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

7. Sugar-Free Meringue Roulade

Okay, okay. One more meringue recipe won’t hurt, right? Just remember that only the roulade is zero carb — if you choose to serve it with fruit or something else on the side, you’ll have to factor in those carbs.

Per serving: 15 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 3g protein

Get the recipe for this zero-carb dessert from Ditch the Carbs.

8. Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Dip

And lastly, sugar-free cookie dough dip. While this recipe comes out to 1g of net carbs, if you make your own homemade, low-carb tahini, you can push this under 1g of net carbs per serving. It’s not a perfectly zero-carb dessert, but it’s pretty much as close as you can get!

Per serving: 134 calories, 13g fat, 1g carbs, 1g protein

Get the recipe from Sugar-free Mom.

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