Are you looking for keto snacks to stock your kitchen with? We’ve put together the best list of high-fat ketogenic snack foods out there to help make this awesome diet easy for you.
Since you’re probably looking for both conveniently prepared low carb snacks and homemade ones, we’ve divided this list into two parts:
1 – Pre-packaged Keto Snacks
2 – Simple Keto Recipes
Whether you need keto friendly snacks to take with you and eat throughout the day to maintain your diet, or you are looking for some to eat around the house, this list will be sure to help you meet both of these needs.
How to Snack While on a Keto Diet
Remember to avoid eating any more than 20-25% protein and 5-10% carbs to avoid kicking your body out of ketosis. A ketogenic diet consists of 70-80% fats in order to initiate a ketogenic breakdown of stored fats in your body.
All this being said, it can be tempting to pick the yummy snack foods loaded with preservatives, but this won’t help you on your journey to health as much as eating raw, whole foods. So while there are plenty of snacks you may have eaten before on this list as a guilty pleasure, be sure to balance them out with plenty of healthy and unprocessed meals.
When you find yourself in doubt about other snacks that aren’t on this list, just be sure that they are always high in fat as this simple rule will keep the carbs you consume lower. The method to initiate ketosis is to keep carbs out of your diet as much as it is to include more fats.
Prepackaged Healthy Keto Snacks
The most likely time for you to eat food that is high in carbs is while you are going about your day. Sometimes it is easier to grab a high carb snack because you’re busy, but this will throw off your body’s ketones to a level outside the diet’s guidelines. To avoid this, try taking some of these high fat keto snacks with you when you’re on the go:
Low in carbs and high in protein, beef jerky is a staple for those of us who get hungry while out and about and need to satisfy that craving. To make it healthy, stay away from common jerky brands that usually have added sugar (and thus added carbs). Natural beef jerky with no added sugar is what you want to look for to keep your carbohydrate intake low and make sure you are getting enough protein.
Madamia nuts are an excellent keto snack that are very high in healthy fat. Not to mention, the flavor of roasted and salted macadamia nuts is one to be savored especially in the afternoon. Macadmia nuts from Hawaii are particularly delicious, and a very tasty way to make sure you are eating healthy to balance out any unhealthy snacks.
Deep-fried pig skin may have been a food you would completely avoid on any other diet – but on the Keto, this snack is actually a universal favorite. Pork rinds contain 0 carbs and are nearly 70% protein, making them an ideal Keto snack. They are also a great source of healthy fat and taste lip-smacking good, especially when paired with the right dip.
Regular chocolate, or what we know as milk chocolate, contains less of the actual cocoa bean and more milk, sugar and cream. Dark chocolate or baker’s chocolate, on the other hand contains more cocoa and less sugar, ensuring that you continue to stay on Ketosis.
It also contains a class of natural antioxidants called flavonoids that help reduce cell damage and maintain cholesterol levels. Do not directly jump to the darkest, strongest chocolate you can find, start off with a 65% and move gradually towards the other end.
This popular snack from Asia has lately been earning a good name in the west. A
favorite in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and China, seaweed is a rich source of minerals such as calcium, iron, iodine and copper and is also almost calorie-free. Dieters report that it provides the body with good protein and fiber, and tastes great. With all these benefits, seaweed is a great Keto snack and promotes overall health. No wonder the Japanese have one of the highest reported life expectancies in the world!
Simply put, Cacao nibs are little bits of fermented cacao beans – chocolate in its purest form. Bitter in taste and crunchy to bite, this is the best Keto snack there is for chocolate lovers. What’s more, it supplies the body with antioxidants, fiber, magnesium and can be consumed in its pure form or blended into smoothies.
Cashew, Walnut, Sunflower, Sesame, Almond, Coconut, Peanut – name it and you will find it. With a variety of nut spreads flooding the market, this is the best Keto snack for the no-frill foodie. Just dunk your spoon into one of these jars, and keep yourself loaded on good fats. If you are worried that the store-bought variety may have added sugars or unwanted preservatives, create your own by blending the nuts of your choice in a processor and adding salt, spices or cocoa to your taste.
Yes, artificial sugar is not the best thing for your body, but being on the Keto diet, especially during the first few weeks will give you some serious sugar cravings during which this the best Keto snack to keep around.
Bacon jerky bites
These delicious bacon jerky bites are an easy way for you to satisfy you while on the go. Not to mention, these make bacon a portable food so that you don’t have to limit this keto staple to your home meals.
Pack these Epic bacon bites into your bag or keep them in your car for an anytime snack with the nutritional profile of bacon!
Touted by dieters as one of the few truly Keto-approved protein bars, Quest contains only 2-7 gm of active carbs and no added sugar. These bars are the best Keto food to consume immediately after a work out, replenishing your body with essential proteins and fats.
Another great replacement for potato chips and crisps, cheese crisps are available in the market or can be easily made at home if you want to be extra cautious about the ingredients. These cheese crisps available for purchase are particularly delicious. Take them on the go for a high fat keto treat!
This common Keto snack is a classic. Pecan, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Cashew, Macadamia, Walnut, Pine, Brazil, Peanut and Pistachio, are some of the nuts known to be healthy, especially for those on a Keto diet. Not only are nuts convenient to carry around, providing for a quick snack almost anywhere, they also are rich in healthy fats and other nutrients. Some nuts are actually better fat fuel than others, for instance Macadamia nuts have more fat content than Almonds. Remember to eat nuts in a controlled manner, as excessive consumption may actually jolt you out of ketosis.
Touted to be the Ketoer’s best friend, pickles are not only virtually carb free, but also provide that much needed crunchy, tangy and zesty taste to your diet. There are a number of varieties available in the market, just make sure you stay away from the sweet kind. Pickles are also a great source of sodium, an important nutrient for the Keto diet and something many dieters fall short on, especially the first few days into their diet.
Canned tuna can be paired up with a number of items to create an interesting, quick Keto snack. Dieters report loving combining tuna with different flavors of mayonnaise, dill relish, spiced nuts, avocado mash among other toppings. Others have created delicious recipes including Keto tuna salads, Keto burgers and Keto tortillas using this fish.
Since tuna is an excellent source of protein and is actually quiet low on the fat content, you are free to supplement your meal with enough high-fat toppings to make it Keto friendly.
Easy Homemade Keto Snack Recipes
Eating ready to eat snacks all day won’t make you feel very good, so these keto friendly snack recipes will leave your taste buds and your body very happy. Try making one of these low carb recipes the next time you want a homemade keto snack to munch on:
Spicy Jalapeños wrapped or stuffed with fatty bacon/ sausage meat – the best comfort food you can find when on the Keto diet. Liberally use sour cream and cheese, but make sure you remove the seeds in the Jalapeno, if you are not a big fan of spicy food.
Mexican hot chocolate pudding
Use heavy cream, water, artificial sweetener, Almond milk and a tablespoon of cinnamon powder to create this popular Keto drink that will satiate your sugar cravings.
Green bean Fries
Is being on Keto keeping you from attacking that tempting plate of french fries or that bag of potato chips? Green bean fries are a great replacement! All you need is some store-bought frozen green beans, which you will thaw and place in a baking tray along with parmesan, garlic powder and other spices. You can get more creative with a variety of recipes available on the web, but while you try these out, make sure you remember to keep out carbs.
We know the feeling – you are snuggled into your comforter, ready to watch a game or your favorite movie, but it just does not feel the same without potato chips. Here’s what can save you: a big bunch of Kale leaves that you would pointedly look away from at the supermarket.
Remove the stems, dry the leaves and place them in a single layer in a baking tray – add condiments, spices and salt as per taste and bake. Voila you may have just found a new favorite. A measured helping of parmesan may also add to the flavor.
Freshly brewed coffee blended into butter or MCT oil is being touted as the ideal Keto kickstarter for the day by many dieters. Inspired from the famous Bulletproof coffee, this drink has all the right fats to get your day going. Caffeine is known to help Keto dieters power through the day and MCT oil or butter are both rich sources of triglycerides which help store fat in your body.
As the name suggests, fat bombs are tiny meals or snacks containing an “explosive” amount of fat and they especially come in handy when you’re running low on your fat intake or are feeling weak. It’s difficult to keep track of the amount of fat you are consuming, but one must not forget that eating it is a crucial part of the Keto diet. Keeping around a handful of these mini snacks, which can range from chocolate balls embedded with dry fruits to bacon and egg bombs, is a good idea.
Keto lava cake
We think the best part about the Keto diet is that you are allowed a healthy amount of dark chocolate. This you can use to make your favorite desserts, which not only satiate sugar cravings but also keep you from derailing from the diet. Lava cakes are a favorite Keto snack in the community and can be made in the microwave. With the help of artificial sweeteners such as erythritol, the carb content can be brought down to as low as 4g!
This avocado-based dip is another fat bomb in itself. Not only is it rich in monounsaturated fat, which helps regulate cholesterol and blood levels, but also it may actually help you consume those other vegetables that you aren’t a big fan of. Make sure you garnish the dip with a healthy amount of tomatoes, chilli pepper and cilantro – yum!
Homemade chocolate bark
Another great Keto snack that uses the goodness of dark chocolate! Chocolate barks can be easily made at home by melting dark chocolate and spreading a thin layer on a tray. Before it sets, make sure you embed the bark with your favorite Keto-friendly dry fruits and condiments.
Homemade ice cream
Did you know that eating ice cream activates the same pleasure centres in the brain that light up when you win a lottery or when you listen to your favorite song? If you have new-found appreciation for this Keto snack, get to making some with the help of artificial sweeteners, coconut cream and eggs.
Protein shakes are a great way to maintain muscle mass and build them further. If you are combining your Keto diet with a rigorous strength training routine, then you can not do with out a protein shake. However, there are some considerations that need to be made when consuming protein drinks on a Keto diet. If you consume more than the amount required, the protein may in fact be turned into glucose by your body. To ensure you stay in Ketosis, you have to consume just enough protein shake to help your body building or weight loss needs and not more. There are a variety of protein shakes available in the market, for best results on Keto choose unsweetened versions and flavors that will not include any kind of carbohydrates.
Also remember, you need to be consuming more fats when on the Keto diet – so you can add a small amount of MCT oil, nuts or butter to your protein shake.
Low Carb Veggie Dips
Low-carb vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, radishes and green beans make for great Keto snacks when combined with the right dip. You could slightly roast or bake these veggies or eat them raw. There are plenty of other dip recipes out there, but here are a few to get you started, including pesto, spinach and salmon dip. Dips that work best on the Keto diet include sour cream, blue cheese, and there are some delicious Keto hummus recipes available on the web as well.
Making roast chicken or any other meat for dinner is always satisfying. Using the leftovers for small sized snack boxes with a fixed amount of roasted chicken, ham, turkey, beef or pork can be a lifesaver when you are heading out to work out or are suddenly feeling weak and hungry. Roasts also end up being a healthy option when you’re eating out, being a common appearance on most menus.
Hard boiled eggs
Hard boiled eggs are a great example of an on-the-go Keto snack. Not only a rich source of protein and fat (especially saturated fat), boiled eggs also supply the body with healthy amounts of potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and folate. They also are very easy to prepare and convenient to carry around. While usually consumed with salt and pepper, you can also make them a part of your other meals, or simply use them to make healthy salads.
Bacon is the Keto dieter’s holy grail. This rich source of fat may not make an appearance on any other diet, but on the Keto it is almost close to a necessity. Bacon has earned a bad name in fitness circles, especially due to its high content of saturated fat. The common misconception is that saturated fat is bad for your heart, however, this actually has never been proven!
Bacon also makes for a good source of sodium, an important electrolyte. A lack of electrolytes can actually make your diet feel like a bane and leave you drained and demotivated. Either cook a batch of bacon every week or buy the pre-cooked variety, the point is to make you always have enough to satiate your cravings through the week!
Bacon and Cauliflower muffins
Savoury muffins are really catching on in the food business, and this might be just the right time for you to experiment with bacon and cauliflower, two ubiquitous Keto ingredients to make this innovative Keto snack. Process cauliflower until it has a grain-like texture, add bacon, cheese, eggs, baking powder and other spices/ condiments to taste. Line it up in a muffin tray, and watch it rise.
Keto Bacon burger bombs
Jump onto the burger bomb bandwagon with this unique Keto snack made from sausage rounds garnished with spices and cheese and moulded into tiny “bombs” or balls. Wrap bacon slices on to these bombs, and slide them into your oven!
Krispy Keto pork bytes
Bake thin pork belly strips until they are a shade of golden brown. Serve with a cheesy low-carb dip for melt-in-your-mouth experience!
Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Bites
While Tuna is a low on fat content, Salmon is one of the fattier fish out there that could help make some interesting Keto snacks. Salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, Vitamin D and B6 and Selenium. Pair it up with a good serving of goat cheese or feta.
Soy sauce marinated devilled eggs
The Keto diet really is all about innovation. It is about how you can convert regular recipes to make them suitable for your diet, and also about trying out different variations – so that you do not get bored of eating the limited set of food items you are allowed to consume. Eggs are big on the Keto diet, but if you are bored of eating the same old boiled, fried or scrambled variety, try this version of devilled eggs and watch it blow your mind.
Spicy sausage cheese dip
Melted pepper jack cheese and cream cheese loaded with a spicy-hot Italian sausage will probably be the best Keto snack you have tasted in a while. Dip chips or crackers into this heavenly and hearty dip to satisfy your meat and cheese cravings while keeping it keto.
Cheesy cauliflower onion dip
Cauliflower is your best friend on the Keto diet. The vegetable has such a versatile texture when eaten whole or when processed, that it can be used to create a range of innovative recipes. What’s more? It extremely low on carbs, and adds that much needed fiber to your diet. This cauliflower based dip also uses chicken broth, onions, cheese and condiments to create a unique taste that is best enjoyed with raw veggie sticks.
Pesto Keto crackers
Pesto is one of the few non-mayo based sauces that is low-carb friendly. This refreshingly earthy tasting condiment is made by processing basil, pine nuts, cheese, garlic and you may add other flavors as per taste. You can also use Pesto and Almond flour to make a batch of delicious Pesto Keto Crackers – an ideal Keto snack to be consumed between meals.
Neapolitan fat bombs
This colorful Keto snack is inspired from the famous Neapolitan ice cream that comprises chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors. This particular recipe uses butter, coconut oil, sour cream, cream cheese and artificial sweeteners to create the batter and fresh strawberries, cocoa and vanilla extract for flavoring.
Coconut Orange Creamsicle Fat Bombs
Coconut oil is an acquired taste for many, but the effort may be worth the time for Keto dieters. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides that boost Ketones. This recipe uses heavy whipping cream, orange and vanilla extract and artificial sweeteners like Stevia, to create this yummy creamsicle fat bomb.
Savoury Pizza Fat Bombs
If there’s one thing that you terribly miss from your pre-Keto life, it’s probably Pizza. But here’s a Keto snack that can bring those days. Use cream cheese, Pepperoni, black olives, sun dried tomato paste and basil to create this rich fat bomb, which will satiate those late-night New York-slice cravings.
Keto Tortilla Chips
Use Almond flour, Coconut flour, flax seeds, Chia seeds, psyllium husks to create a textured dough that is perfect for tortilla chips and tacos. Bake until crispy brown and load with cheese and home made low-carb salsa (no onions).
Keto Cheeseburger Muffins
Use Almond flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, eggs and sour cream to create Keto-friendly muffin dough. Top the muffin dough with a filling of ground beef onion and garlic powder, cheddar cheese and tomato puree.
Personal Pan Pizza Dip
Pizza dips are crustless dishes filled with Pepperoni slices, cheese and Keto-friendly vegetables – the perfect snack for a movie marathon.
Keto Corndog Muffins
Use almond flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, eggs and sour cream to create a variety of Keto-friendly muffin dough. Set the dough into the slots of a mini muffin tray and top it off with pieces of hot dog. Serve with sour cream or mayonnaise based dips.
Keto Tropical Smoothie
You are not allowed milk or fruits on the Keto diet, which is probably why you are really craving those milkshakes, smoothies and juices right about now. But like we always say, Keto is all about innovation.There is no recipe that cannot be modified to suit your liking. In the case of smoothies, replace regular milk with Almond or Coconut milk. A wide range of fruit extracts are available in the market, and will serve perfectly well for making smoothies. Use Stevia or any other artificial sweetener in place of sugar and add golden flaxseed meal for some texture.
Cucumber Spinach Smoothie
If you were big on fruit and vegetable juices in your pre- Keto life, then with this recipe you can recreate the same taste using spinach, cucumber, coconut milk, MCT oil and Stevia. MCT oil helps load the smoothie with good quality fat – do not use coconut oil in its place as it will solidify when exposed to low temperatures. This smoothie makes for an excellent pre-work out drink.
Layered Fried Queso Blanco
Have you ever really appreciated the fine, versatile taste of cheese before you were on the Keto? It is one the luxuries that the diet does allow you! So it is only fitting that you make the most of it. Heat oil in a frying pan, and slowly fry queso blanco, forming a layered block of pure cheesy goodness. You can add salt to taste, but remember most cheeses are slightly salty in nature. Serve with olives, Jalapeños or chilli flakes.
Low Carb Chia Seed Crackers
Chia seeds are packed with nutrients and contain very few calories, making them a top food in many diets including the Keto. These crackers are flavorful, refreshingly crunchy and deliver excellent nutrients including omega 3 fatty acids, phosphorus, magnesium (remember them electrolytes?), antioxidants and loads of fiber.
Simple and Delicious Caprese Salad
An easy yet ideal on-the-go meal, the Caprese salad chiefly contains layers of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil. The cheese and olive oil contain good amounts of healthy fat (and protein) while the Tomato adds the much needed zestful flavor.
Pecan Butter Chia Seed Blondies
Nuts and seeds form a crucial part of the Keto lifestyle and the eager dieter will ensure he or she takes advantage of these nutritious, flavorsome goodies by assimilating them in their meals regularly. This recipe makes Pecan butter from the scratch and pairs it up with Chia seeds to create a yummy, nutty, textured brownie.
Coconut Cream Yogurt
Many of us may be used to store-bought yogurt, however it is a common practise in many countries to culture yogurt from the scratch. This simple recipe uses coconut milk and probiotic capsules to form the yogurt. Mix in xanathan gum and double whipped cream, adding chia seeds and nuts for that extra crunch.