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! You can easily mix our chocolate into keto-friendly baked goods and desserts like brownies, homemade ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and more.
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 that includes some veggies and chewy keto-friendly chocolate 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, cranberries, and some raisins.
Celery is low in carbs, making it perfect for a sweet & salty treat while on keto. 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 a super simple grab and go snack mix for game day, school lunches, and more. 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!
While many trail mixes inlcude high-sugar or high-carbohydrate ingredients like M&M’s, pretzels, and Chex, there are plenty of ways to avoid these ingredients and still get a delicious snack. The prep time on homemade trail mix is super quick, making it a no-brainer to make your own sweet and salty snack mix at home.
You can also add dried coconut, pecans, berries, and dates to your granola. Dates are a nutrient-packed dried fruit, and they pack a huge sweet taste, making them a must-have for snack recipes. 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.
Bonus: A Handful of Sweet AND Salty Snacks
There’s truly something special about snacks that are both sweet and salty. In fact, there is scientific reasoning behind why the sweet and salty combination tastes oh-so-delicious.
Salt enhances the ways we experience flavors, which is why we like sprinkling salt on so many dishes! When paired with sweet ingredients, the salty and sweet elements are layered for a uniquely delicious dish. Think of the salt as making your sweets receptors work overtime — in the best way possible.
Speaking of sweet snacks that will captivate your taste buds, let's check out some options for sweet and salty snacks that your family will adore.
Salted Caramel Fudge
Need we say more?! Don’t worry, we will.
Arman from The Big Man’s World does it again with this vegan, keto, and paleo Salted Caramel Fudge recipe. And with only three ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier than this!
Use MiiRO’s No Added Sugar Maple Flavored Syrup and sprinkle a dash of sea salt on top of these fudge pieces for good measure.
Sugar-Free Candied Nuts
Say hello to your new favorite holiday party snack that is sweet, salty, and guaranteed to please a crowd of partygoers! These Sugar-Free Caramelized Nuts can be fine-tuned to your preferences. Add a little more or less salt, depending on what you fancy.
Sweet and Salty Popcorn
Popcorn is such a delightful snack. It keeps us full and is low calorie to boot! The blog Plant Based on a Budget provides us with Sweet and Salty Popcorn that is sure to satisfy your sweet ‘n salty cravings.
Replace the agave syrup it calls for in this recipe with our No Added Sugar Maple Flavored Syrup. You can also add a little cinnamon to really impart a cozy fall flavor when combined with maple syrupy goodness.
Sweet and Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Recipe creators Six Vegan Sisters give us more than six reasons to love this Sweet N Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark recipe.
Both MiiRO’s Vegan Dark Chocolate Baking Chips and Vegan Peanut Butter Cups have their time in the sun with this yummy dessert. You can even add some chopped up pieces of our Vegan and Keto White Chocolate Bar with Almond Pieces. The sky's the limit when it comes to toppings for this delectable chocolate bark.
Vegan Salted Caramel Pudding
We just can’t help but give another well-deserved nod to salted caramel flavor. ThisVegan Salted Caramel Puddingchecks all of the boxes when it comes to a satisfying sweet and salty dessert snack. The coconut milk delivers silky richness that is lightened up in a heavenly way with just the right addition of sea salt.
Salt and Watermelon
This combo is easily the simplest recipe on this list and, dare we say, almost the most delicious. Talk about a refreshing way to beat the summer heat! Sprinkling a little bit of salt on top of watermelon slices takes this humble fruit to a whole new level (and we are all about it).
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!