14 Best Keto Desserts

Gluten-free chocolate cookies on a plate

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

The keto diet restricts most things sweet, including cane sugar, sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, and agave. Luckily, there are some keto-friendly sweeteners on the market. Options like stevia, monk fruit, xylitol, and various blends are popular choices. You can find these keto sweeteners in some supermarkets, health food stores, and online.

For your next gathering, special occasion, or when your sweet tooth strikes, make one of these delicious keto dessert recipes for a treat that everyone will love.

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    Keto Pumpkin Pie

    keto pumpkin pie

     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Whether you're planning a big Thanksgiving meal or just in the mood for a little fall spice, keto pumpkin pie is sure to please. Sweetened with erythritol, the filling is made with canned pumpkin, so you can enjoy this dessert all year long. A homemade pie crust made with coconut flour is tender and flaky. Serve topped with whipped cream—either omit the usual sugar or replace with a few pinches of keto-friendly sweetener.

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    Keto Chocolate Cookies

    Keto chocolate cookies recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    These double-chocolate keto cookies are the perfect end to a meal. Rich, sweet, and studded with flakes of salt, they're the perfect chocolate treat. The chewy texture and lightly nutty flavor comes from almond flour, a high-protein, gluten-free alternative to all-purpose flour. Add finely chopped nuts for a little crunch.

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    Coconut Flour Brownies

    Coconut Flour Brownies

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    The combination of coconut and chocolate in these coconut flour brownies is decadent and delicious. Gluten-free and low-carb, the recipe is easily made keto-friendly by swapping the sugar for a cup-for-cup keto sugar blend and using sugar-free dark chocolate. Leave off the frosting or use a keto powdered sugar for an extra special dessert.

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    Keto Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts

    Keto Donuts

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    For a sweet breakfast or a fun dessert to pair with coffee, whip up some keto cinnamon-sugar doughnuts. The pastry doesn't even require messy frying—use a doughnut pan to bake up these treats in mere minutes. Serve them warm after brushing with butter and tossing in a mixture of cinnamon and a keto sweetener like xylitol.

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    Keto Lemon Bars

    Classic Lemon Bars

    Julie Rideout / Stocksy

    Lemon bars are always a favorite at the dessert table. With a shortbread crust and sweet lemon filling, it doesn't seem possible to enjoy them while on a keto diet. This keto lemon bar recipe swaps the typical wheat flour for almond flour and uses Swerve sweetener for a perfectly sweet-tart dessert. You can make this recipe using lime zest and juice, too.

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    Keto Sugar Cookies

    keto sugar cookies

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Sugar cookies are a crowd-pleaser. You can roll and cut them out into a variety of shapes and decorate them however you like, making them perfect for any occasion, from Christmas to Easter. Keto sugar cookies hold their shape extremely well while baking and won't spread out like other doughs. Make sure to let them cool completely before moving since they are crumbly when warm.

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    Keto Chocolate Mousse

    Keto Chocolate Mousse Recipe

    The Spruce / Ariane Resnick 

    Fluffy, chocolatey, and sweet, keto chocolate mousse only requires a few ingredients and a few short minutes to mix up. It's decadent enough for company but quick and easy enough for a weeknight. Toppings like chopped nuts, cocoa nibs, or chopped sugar-free chocolate add a nice textural contrast.

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    Keto Shortbread Cookies

    Keto Shortbread Cookies

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    These nutty shortbread cookies are delicious served with tea or coffee and are attractive piled on a plate for guests or family members. You only need six ingredients (plus salt) and about 20 minutes to make these keto cookies. Stevia or xylitol work well for this recipe.

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    Keto Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

    Keto Cheesecake Popsicles Recipe

    The Spruce / Ariane Resnick 

    All it takes is four ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make these creamy, tangy, and sweet strawberry cheesecake popsicles. While this recipe does contain fresh fruit, it's a small amount per serving, keeping the recipe keto-friendly. You can swap the strawberries for other berries like raspberries or blueberries.

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    Chocolate Keto Birthday Cake

    Keto Birthday Cake Recipe

    The Spruce / Ariane Resnick

    If you're not eating grains and sugar, enjoying a slice of birthday cake seems impossible. But a simple mix of coconut and almond flours, sweetener, cocoa, and yogurt make this fluffy chocolate cake keto diet approved. Make it extra festive by whipping up a keto cream cheese frosting and topping with sugar-free chocolate shavings.

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    Keto Tiramisu

    keto tiramisu slice on plate with whole tiramisu on a platter

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Layers of shortbread are soaked with coffee and topped with whipped cream and cocoa for a delicious mixture of textures and flavors. Since the keto diet is alcohol-free, this recipe calls for rum extract for the same flavor without the sugar. Serve tiramisu with hot coffee for an after-dinner treat.

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    Keto Pumpkin Bread

    Keto Pumpkin Bread Recipe

    The Spruce / Ariane Resnick

    This moist quick bread can be served as a sweet brunch dish with hot tea or as a fall-inspired dessert. Pumpkin purée and spices make it a festive keto dessert, especially when topped with a glaze or cream cheese frosting. Make sure to use a cup-for-cup sweetener when making keto pumpkin bread for the right level of sweetness.

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    Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

    Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Combine just a few simple ingredients to make these gluten-free, sugar-free peanut butter cookies. The nut butter and coconut keep the cookies chewy and delicate, and vanilla and sea salt add flavor. Make sure to use natural peanut butter to keep out added sugar. You can also swap the peanut butter for natural almond butter.

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    Keto Creme Brulee

    creme brulee
    Alison Conklin

    Creme brulee is a beloved dessert best known for its crackable sugar shell, which eaters bang on with a spoon to break prior to consuming. To make this recipe an accessible dish for keto dieters, we swapped out the sugar for a keto sweetener. Be sure to choose a noncaloric sweetener that can caramelize well, such as allulose, and not one that can't, like xylitol.