7 Nuts That Are Keto-Friendly (+ Delicious Recipes)

“My new meal plan is a hybrid of Vegan and Keto. I call it the Veto diet. Basically, I deny myself any foods that make me happy. And I can drink only water or tears.” – Slade Wentworth

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All jokes aside, the ketogenic diet is a great way to lose weight quickly, and increase your energy levels.

Getting to know your kitchen is essential, since keto recipes often involve a lot of substitution of traditional favorites.

Nuts play a central role in a keto diet. There are some aspects that determine which nuts are best for keto, but if you vary which ones you eat, you’re overall on the right track.

Keto relies on constantly burning healthy fats for energy, instead of carbohydrates. That means constantly replenishing your fat supply.

Nuts are full of healthy oils and fats, so they’re an easy way to keep you fueled up. They’re also an excellent substitute for carbs. Nut-based flour like almond flour and nut butters like almond, cashew, and peanut butter are great choices in your cooking and baking. You’ll love these nut-based recipes for getting protein and fats into your diet.

Nut-based flour like almond flour and nut butters like almond, cashew, and peanut butter are great choices in your cooking and baking. You’ll love these nut-based recipes for getting protein and fats into your diet.


1. Pecans

Keto Pecan Pie Clusters

Living with keto means living without pastry. But you don’t have to compromise on taste, with these pecan pie clusters. All the flavor, and none of the carbs!


1 cup chopped pecans

2 tbsp sweetener

1 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp butter

¼ cups heavy cream


Line a tray with parchment paper

Brown butter over medium heat

Whisk together with heavy cream. Simmer

Whisk in sweetener and vanilla till smooth

Remove from heat

Add chopped pecans. Mix well

Spoon clusters onto your prepared tray and freeze until set


2. Cashews

Keto Cashew Chicken

This delicious keto-friendly take on a classic Chinese dish can be served over cauliflower rice, or on its own. You can even add amino acids for an extra boost of protein when you need it. Delicious spices and flavourful roasted cashews make this a filling meal your whole family will love.


2 raw chicken thighs boneless, skinless

1 1/3 tbsp coconut oil

1/8 cup raw cashews

1/3 medium Green Bell Pepper

1/3 tsp ground ginger

2/3 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1/3 tbsp chili garlic sauce

2/3 tbsp minced garlic

2/3 tbsp Sesame oil

2/3 tbsp Sesame seeds

2/3 tbsp green onions

1/8 medium white onion

Cauliflower rice


Toast cashews over low heat for about 10 minutes. Set aside

Dice chicken thighs, onion, and pepper into chunks

Oil your pan

Cook chicken thighs all the way through. Add pepper, garlic, onions and chili garlic sauce, along with ginger. Cook on high for about 3 minutes

Add rice wine vinegar and cashews

Cook until the liquid has evaporated and the sauce is sticky.

Serve over cauliflower rice. Top with sesame seeds and drizzle with sesame oil


3. Macadamia nuts

Keto Chocolates With Macadamia and Sea Salt

Every once in a while, no matter how dedicated you are to your diet, everyone feels the pang of a sweet tooth. These candies are quick, easy to make, and packed full of healthy fats, thanks to the macadamia nuts.

10 tbsp coconut oil

5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

2 g granulated sweetener

3 tbsp macadamia nuts

Sea salt


Melt coconut oil on your stovetop. Mix in cocoa powder and sugar substitute. Once it’s fully blended and smooth, remove from heat.

Spoon mixture into candy molds, till they’re a little more than half full

Refrigerate so they are partly set. Don’t let them harden completely.

Add macadamia nuts. Press nuts down, so they’re distributed evenly

Freeze til hardened

Once they’re hardened, take them out of candy molds, and sprinkle with sea salt.


4. Walnuts

Zucchini Bread

Walnuts are packed with proteins and healthy fats. Mix them up with zucchini, and you get a power-packed bread suitable for breakfast, or a great snack. You won’t even notice there are no carbs!


3 large eggs

½ cup olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/3 cups almond flour

1 ½ cup sweetener

½ teaspoons salt

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup zucchini

1/3 cup chopped walnuts


Grind nutmeg and ginger, grate zucchini and preheat oven to 350F

Squeeze the excess moisture from the zucchini using a paper towel or cheesecloth.

Whisk together eggs, oil, and vanilla in a bowl

Mix in shredded zucchini

In another bowl, mix almond flour, sweetener, salt, and baking powder. Mix in nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients with a hand mixer

Add half the chopped walnuts to mixture and mix well with a fork

Spoon bread mix into a greased loaf pan

Top with remaining walnuts and bake about an hour


5. Pine Nuts

Roast Pumpkin and Spinach Salad

This warm salad is almost a full meal by itself. Super healthy, with spinach and roast pumpkin, the roasted pine nuts give this salad a unique lightness, and the feta cheese adds some creamy to the crunch. You’ll love this salad we think is perfect for fall.

4 cups butternut pumpkin

2 tsp olive oil

3 tsp honey

2 tsp sesame seeds

1 tbs squeezed lemon juice

3 tbsp wholegrain mustard

1 cup spinach

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

1/3 cup feta cheese


Preheat oven to 428F

Deseed, peel and cut butternut pumpkin into wedges

Place pumpkin in a bowl. Drizzle with oil and 2 tsp of honey. Season with salt and pepper and toss til pumpkin is coated

Bake pumpkin for 25 minutes, turning once

Combine lemon juice, EVOO, mustard and honey in a screw-top jar or small container with a lid. Shake til combined. This is your salad dressing.

Use olive oil to grease a pan. Toast pine nuts on stove top until aromatic. Keep tossing, so they don’t burn

Place pumpkin, spinach, pine nuts and feta in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing, and toss.


6. Almonds

Keto Pancakes Recipe With Almond Flour

Almond flour is a staple in keto baking. Coconut flour works too, but almond flour is perfect if you don’t want overpowering sweetness. Just put your almonds in a food processor, and process until super fine, like flour. When you’re done, you can use the flour to make these fantastic sugar free chocolate chip pancakes!

½ cup fine ground almond flour

¼ cup heavy whipping cream

¼ cup cream cheese

2 eggs

2 bananas

¼ cup sugar-free dark chocolate chips



Melt cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds. Whisk with heavy cream.

Once cooled, add eggs and vanilla extract.

Add almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Once it’s mixed well, add in chocolate chips, and mix. You can add water if you want a runny batter.

Heat a non-stick skillet and grease with coconut oil

Ladle in the batter, and cook until one side is brown. Flip, and cook the other side.

Top with chopped bananas


7. Peanuts

Penaut Butter

Peanut butter has a lot of uses in keto cooking, but mainstream brand peanut butter comes with a lot of sugar. You can use all-natural peanut butter, or you can make your own, with this recipe.

1 cup peanuts

½ cup melted butter

sugar substitute to taste


Melt butter in the microwave

Mix with sugar substitute and peanuts in a food processor

Alternate between pulsing and mixing. Remember to scrape the sides regularly. Til desired smoothness.

5-minute Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes. Creamy and delicious, it’s sure to give you the energy you need to get through the day. Add some cocoa powder for an extra decadent treat!

¼ almond milk

2 tbsp keto peanut butter

2 tbsp sugar-free vanilla yogurt

1 banana

Pour ingredients into a blender, and blend till smooth.

Nuts are a healthy source of both fats and proteins, and a real staple in your keto kitchen. With these recipes in your pocket, you’re sure to get some genuinely delicious benefits

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