Last Updated on March 4, 2022 by Olivia Wyles
Got a candy craving? These quick & easy keto candy ideas are here to help.
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If you’ve been on Keto for a bit (or even if you haven’t), you understand how hard it can be to stick to it when cravings hit.
A sweet tooth may feel like a temptation to fall off the wagon, but it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, the keto diet doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of the flavors you love.
There are so many easy recipes to help keep you on track. Below, I’ve rounded up 8 easy candy ideas you can make at home that will help you satisfy those cravings and stick to your routine.
And guess what, you only need a few ingredients to make these! And if all else fails, you can always order a bag of my favorite sugar free and keto chocolate bark from Lakanto.
List of Keto Candy Ideas
These Keto candy ideas are surprisingly easy to throw together and are easy to store, so you always have something on hand to satisfy those cravings.
- Almond Brittle: ¼ cup Grass-Fed Butter or Ghee + ½ cup Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener + 2 teaspoon vanilla extract + heat in a saucepan on medium heat until melted + stir every 30 seconds until mixture reaches a deep brown color + remove from heat + mix in 1 cup sliced almonds + spread mix onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet + refrigerate until firm [1 net carb]
- Peanut Butter Cups: Mini muffin silicone baking pan + ½ cup keto chocolate chips + 3 tablespoon coconut oil + microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds at a time until melted + place small amount of chocolate mixture in the bottom of each cup on baking pan + freeze 30 minutes + ⅓ cup peanut butter + 2 tablespoon Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener+ 3 tablespoon almond flour + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + mix until combined + fill muffin tin ⅔ of the way full with peanut butter mixture + freeze for 1 hour + Microwave more chocolate mixture + top each peanut butter cup with chocolate + freeze 15 more minutes [2 net carbs]
- Keto Toffee: ¼ cup chopped raw almonds spread on a parchment paper lined baking sheet + 1 cup Grass-Fed Butter + ½ cup Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener + heat in a saucepan on medium heat until melted + stir every 30 seconds until 300F + pour over chopped almonds + top with 1 cup keto chocolate chips + spread with spatula + cover and refrigerate until firm [3 net carbs]
- Copycat Twix Bars: ½ cup almond flour + 2 tablespoon melted Grass-Fed Butter or Ghee + 2 tablespoon Swerve confectioners sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + combine in a bowl + press into a small square candy mold until ⅓ of the way full + fill almost to the top with keto caramel sauce + freeze overnight + remove from candy mold + keto chocolate chips + 2 tablespoon coconut oil + microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds at a time until melted + drizzle chocolate mixture over candy bites with a fork + freeze for 10 minutes before serving [1 net carb]
- Keto Peppermint Patties: ½ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled + 2 tablespoon coconut cream + beat together until smooth + ½ cup Swerve confectioners sugar + 2 teaspoon peppermint extract + mix into coconut cream mixture + dollop a tablespoon onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and smooth into a 1 ½ inch circle + repeat with remaining mixture + freeze 2 hours + 3 oz keto dark chocolate chips + 1 tablespoon coconut oil + microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds at a time until melted + toss one patty into the chocolate mixture at a time + place on lined tray + freeze 15 minutes [1 net carb]
- 2-Ingredient Fudge: 1 cup keto sweetened condensed milk + 1 cup keto chocolate chips + combine in a bowl + microwave at 30 second intervals until melted + pour into candy molds + freeze until solid [1 net carb]
- Copycat Almond Joys: 2 tablespoon coconut oil + 3 tablespoon canned coconut milk + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + 1 cup shredded coconut + ⅓ cup Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener + pinch of sea salt + 3.5 oz dark chocolate + 24 whole almonds (optional) + combine coconut milk and coconut oil in a bowl + microwave 30 seconds + stir in sweetener, coconut, vanilla, and salt + shape into 12 bars + press 2 almonds into the top of each bar + melt chocolate + drizzle chocolate over top and sides of bars + freeze until firm [2 net carbs]
- Keto Gummy Bears: 1 packet of sugar-free Jello + 1 envelope unflavored powdered gelatin + ¼ cup cold water + combine in a saucepan over low heat + whisk for several minutes until completely dissolved + carefully pour into a silicone mold + cool in fridge 30-40 minutes until set [0 net carbs]
How do you calculate net carbs?
Net carbs are the actual carbohydrates in food that your body uses for energy. The equation to calculate: Net Carbs = Total Carbs – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols – Allulose.
Your main focus should be on maintaining 20g – 50g of net carbs per day. So if you can squeeze in a little keto toffee before bedtime, go for it!
Are there health benefits to eating keto candy?
A lot of keto candy recipes are high in healthy fats like peanut butter or coconut oil. You might have also seen the term “fat bombs” when scrolling through keto dessert recipes looking for some sweet treats.
On a low carb diet, it is necessary to consume enough healthy fats to keep you full and give your body something to burn for energy since it’s missing those carbohydrates it used to crave.
Can I just eat a sugar free candy bar?
Yes, if plain chocolate is your thing, the grocery stores are now carrying low-carb and sugar free candy bars like Lily’s Chocolate Bars. There are only 3 net carbs in one serving.
I love these as an easy grab-and-go alternative. And don’t worry, this sugar free candy won’t upset your stomach since it’s sweetened with stevia.
Do you recommend artificial sweeteners or natural sweeteners?
I recommend natural sweeteners for most recipes, but sometimes, you don’t always have that option depending on what they have at your local grocery store. It is probably why I almost always order directly from the brand’s website or Amazon!
So, if you are in a pinch and don’t have the recommended sweetener for the recipe, it’s okay to use any keto-friendly sweetener whether it’s artificial or natural.
What are your favorite sugar substitutes?
My top three favorite keto approved sweeteners or sugar substitutes are:
Lakanto and Swerve both have different sugar substitute types that replace brown sugar, powdered sugar, and granular sugar. Lakanto is my top pick because they also have sugar free and keto substitutes for pancake syrup, simple drink syrup for cocktails, flavored drops for drinks, baking mixes, chocolate chips and more.
The only thing Lakanto doesn’t have is allulose which is another great baking substitute that won’t break down in some recipes like erythritol would. It mimics sugar almost perfectly plus it’s made from plants. I like using the Wholesome brand for their liquid allulose that looks and pours like honey. It’s great for recipes that require heating like gummies.
Will eating keto candy mess up my weight loss?
As long as you are keeping your body in ketosis, you will continue to lose fat on the keto diet. These keto candy recipes have 3 net carbs or less so as long as you are under your allotted carbs for the day, you’ll stay in ketosis and burning fat, thus losing weight.
It seems unintuitive to be able to eat candy and lose weight, but that’s what I love about the keto lifestyle. You can always swap out a carb heavy recipe for a low carb one while keeping your sanity and enjoying normal ingredients that real people use in real life. My absolute favorite thing to do is “keto-fy!”
Hopefully, these keto candy ideas will give you something to reach for when those pesky cravings hit. Have you tested any of these recipes out? Let me know your favorites in the comments!