“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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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