When you reach for a little pick me up between meals, do you want a sweet treat? If you or your family members have a sweet tooth, there are ways to give everyone in your household the satisfaction of decadent sweets, add to their overall health, and keep it keto — all at the same time.
Read on to discover nine craveable sweet keto snack options you’re all going to love!
What Makes a Sweet Snack Healthy and Keto?
Sweet snacks don’t have to be a source of empty calories, meaning calories that lack nutritional value. By choosing sweet keto snacks that add to your daily vitamins and minerals in delicious ways, your taste buds will be happy, and your body will thank you.
Here are a few ways to keep your snacks keto, healthy, and satisfying to get you to your next meal as deliciously as possible.
Protein is essential for every cell in your body. It helps build and repair cells, regulate different hormones, and carry oxygen throughout the body. Protein may also leave you feeling fuller for longer, especially when paired with fiber.
Healthy fats are crucial on a keto diet because they provide you with the long-lasting energy you need without relying on carbs.
Your body’s first source of energy is glucose (AKA sugar). With a lack of sugar, your body will shift over to using fat for energy. This helps you burn fat while feeling fantastic. Focus on healthy fats like avocado, nuts, coconut, flax seeds and chia seeds.
Sugar is the main ingredient in most sweet snacks, making them far from keto — not to mention a huge source of empty calories. Added sugars appear in most sweet, convenient snacks, but they don’t have any nutritional value. If you eat too many processed sugars, it can even lead to problems with heart health and weight management. It can also end in a sugar crash instead of giving you the energy you need to get through the day.
Look for sweets snacks that are sugar free or have no sugar added, like our vegan and keto chocolate bars. Snacking on delicious MiiRO Chocolate or adding it to your snacks gives you a sweet treat with no added sugar!
When you are following a keto diet, the goal is for your body to use fat as its main source of energy, not glucose. When your body digests carbs, it turns the carbs into glucose. This means that glucose is used as energy, and your fat stays exactly where it currently is.
Low-carb livin’ means that your body can focus on using fat for energy, so you can stay lean.
How and Where Can You Shop for Keto Sweet Snacks?
The keto diet has taken off in popularity in the last decade, but it actually started in the 1920s! Because it has gained in popularity, there are many sweet keto snacks available on the market today.
You can look online and in your local grocery store for sweet keto snacks or DIY your own tasty treats with MiiRO’s baking collection!
9 Sweet Snacks for the Whole Family
Let’s get to the delicious part! Here are nine sweet keto snacks for the whole family. They’re loaded with nutrition for the parents and packed with yummy flavors for the kids (... and the parents). You’ll be coming back to these snacks again and again!
Keto Snack Bars
If you're looking for a refreshing sweet treat, look no further. I Eat Keto’s Keto Snack Bars are easy to make — you can even ask the kids to help on this one for some quality bonding time — and even easier to devour! These bars are perfect for making ahead for an easy snack.
For an extra pop of flavor, roughly chop our White Chocolate Bar with Crispy Almond Pieces, and add them to the top of the bar. The silky white chocolate will help balance out the rich vegan milk chocolate in the original recipe.
Ants on a Log
Ants on a log is classic lunchbox treat that’s also perfect for a keto sweet snack. To make these quirky bites, all you need are three ingredients: celery, sugar-free peanut butter, and our Dark Chocolate Chips. Simply grab your celery, load up the center with yummy peanut butter, and then top it off with chocolate chips.
Celery is low in carbs, making it perfect for a keto snack. It is also very high in vitamins and minerals and super hydrating with 95% water!
When you're looking for peanut butter — or any nut butter — make sure to read the label. Just ensure that there isn’t any added sugar so you know it’s keto-friendly. Nut butters are full of those healthy fats, perfect for a keto sweet snack.
Carrot Cake Muffins
Carrot cake seems like it couldn't get further from a keto diet, but Sweet Laurel has cracked the code with their Carrot Cake Muffins!
You can add an extra pop of sweetness and make them extra irresistible by finishing them with a glaze, but make sure to use our No Added Sugar Maple Flavored Syrup. Our maple syrup matches the taste of traditional maple syrup with only 2 grams of sugar and net carbs per serving.
Mini Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Mini chocolate chip pancakes are super easy to make ahead and pop in the freezer for a sweet treat or a quick breakfast. When you're ready for a snack, pull out a few mini pancakes, heat them up, and enjoy. It’s that easy!
Our 5-Ingredient Vegan Waffle recipe is as simple as it is delicious. To make your pancakes chocolatey, add our dark chocolate chips to the batter. Instead of using a waffle maker, use an electric griddle to make many mini pancakes quickly.
Chocolate and Fruit Granola
Granola is super simple to grab and go, no matter where you're headed. Many store-bought granolas are full of added sugars, but our low-sugar Cashew Granola is useful to have on hand without the risk of a sugar crash. Add a few of our Peanut Butter Chips and some fruit to pump up the sweet flavors, and make your own trail mix!
You can also add dried coconut, berries, and dates to your granola. Dates are a nutrient-packed dried fruit, and they pack a huge sweet taste. Fruit naturally has a lot of sugar, but some fruits keep it keto-friendly in moderation like raspberries, avocado, and lemon.
Chocolate Striped Popcorn
Popcorn is a low-calorie snack that’s loaded with fiber. To give your popcorn a sweet kick, melt down one of our delicious chocolates and drizzle it over the top. Let it cool until the chocolate firms up over the popcorn.
This is an easy, craveable snack that’s ideal for movie nights. The whole family will be begging you to make it again and again (and again).
Sometimes, you don’t have time or energy to make a snack with multiple steps. Dipped apples are the perfect option for these days when you just can’t even.
For this apple snack, simply take your apple slices and dip them in your favorite nut butter like almond butter, cashew butter, or peanut butter. This simple snack will please your sweet tooth and help you get your energy back.
Apples do have natural sugars, but they’re okay to eat once in a while. Apples also pack a huge dose of vitamins and minerals, making them more than okay to eat once in a while.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
If you can’t pull yourself away from the classic chocolate covered strawberries, who can blame you?
Melt any one of our chocolates — we’re thinking dark chocolate chips, peanut butter and chocolate bar, or white chocolate with almond pieces — and dip your strawberries. Let them cool, and you have a perfect, no-sugar added sweet snack.
If you are looking for an ice cold treat for those warm summer days, these Keto Avocado Pops from Cook Me are for you! For this super simple recipe, all you need is a food processor or blender to mix together your ingredients, and a freezer to get them nice and frozen.
These pops are packed with avocado, coconut, and lime, and finished with a dip in melted chocolate. Melt down our delicious Dark Chocolate Chips or White Chocolate Bar with Crispy Almond Pieces for a perfect finish on these popsicles.
You no longer have to ignore those cravings for sweet snacks. With these nine snacks, featuring keto-approved, plant-based, and health-forward ingredients, you’ll be satisfying your sweet tooth and your nutritional goals!
At MiiRO, we believe you can eat your beloved sweets, without loading your body with unnecessary sugars. We love bringing people delectable sweets without all of the junk, so you can have your chocolate and eat it, too!