Need some low carb inspiration? These keto recipes are the tastiest and most popular of the past year!
I love the keto lifestyle! Have I ever mentioned that? Oh, maybe once or twice, or a few billion times.
And I am passionate about creating keto recipes that make this lifestyle so much more enjoyable. Because food is so much more than fuel. It’s pleasure, celebration, family, and comfort.
When food is both healthy fuel and deliciously satisfying, life is so much brighter and happier. And it can absolutely both – these popular keto recipes are proof!
The Best Keto Recipes of 2021
1. Keto Oatmeal
Yes, it’s true! My Baked Keto Oatmeal was hands down the most popular keto recipe of 2021. And with good reason. This keto hot cereal recipe is easy to make, and has the taste and texture of the real thing.
And it’s completely grain-free and sugar-free! Here’s what readers are saying:
Holy cow. This is good. REALLY REALLY GOOD!!! It’s one of those dangerously good recipes that I can easily overeat because I keep going back for more! – Krista
2. Keto Chocolate Cake
This rich chocolate layer cake has wonderful texture and moistness from a secret ingredient… mayonnaise! It was originally published in my cookbook, The Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking. It got such rave reviews, I decided I had to share it here too!
Yes, this is THE BEST Keto Chocolate cake recipe. My entire non-keto, non-diabetic family LOVE this cake. Even the ones who do not like mayonnaise LOVE this cake. It has become my “go to” cake for just about every occasion. – Michael
3. Keto Breakfast Pizza
To my surprise and delight, this hearty keto breakfast recipe has met with great approval from readers. Unlike many recipes, it doesn’t use cheese-based fathead dough. Instead it uses my Keto Focaccia Bread, which means it can be made entirely dairy-free!
This is delicious! I topped mine with sausage, and it tastes just like a McDonald’s Sausage, egg and cheese biscuit. Thanks! – Bethany
4. Keto Ricotta Cookies
These easy sweet treats quickly became one of my most popular keto Christmas cookie recipes ever! And you don’t have to save them for the holidays, either. Garnish the top with a little lemon or orange zest and you’ve got a year round dessert.
These ricotta cookies just earned me first place in my family’s Christmas cookie contest, so thank you! Nobody even knew that they were keto. – Marie
5. Keto Snickers Cheesecakes
Little individual sized keto cheesecake with peanuts, caramel, and chocolate – I mean, what’s not to love? Especially when they have only 5g net carbs per serving!
I decided to finally try a cheesecake recipe since I’m not really into cheesecake, but these were super good! Thanks! – Giovanna
6. Keto 7 Layer Salad
Rarely does a salad recipe meet with this much enthusiasm! But this easy layered salad is delicious and perfect for entertaining. You can scale it up or down, depending on how many people you plan to serve.
Best Layered Salad! My friends and family love this salad so much that they have told me to make it every day, all summer long. – Diane
7. Keto Peanut Butter Fudge
This easy keto fudge recipe is so creamy and smooth, it’s the ultimate low carb and sugar-free treat for peanut butter lovers. It’s actually an older recipe that I updated, making is even easier and lower in carbs. And it seems my readers approve!
Easily my favorite low carb dessert yet. I can’t tell this from regular peanut butter fudge. – Marisa
8. Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup
I drew my inspiration for this keto chicken soup from the myriad recipes for Creamy Tuscan Chicken. You have probably seen these recipes all over the internet. Turns out that it’s just as delicious as a soup too!
I just made this for lunch today! It was so easy to prepare and absolutely delicious! My husband took one bite and went WOW!! He loves it and so do I! – Melanie
9. Keto Churro Waffles
How can you go wrong with light and crispy keto waffles dipped in cinnamon “sugar”? These are so fun and make a great breakfast, snack, or even dessert. And they’re dipped in a rich sugar-free chocolate sauce, just like real churros!
The cinnamon churros were GREEAATT! My granddaughters were spending the night and we made these for breakfast. We all loved them, Thanks so much – Neila
10. Keto Pumpkin Bread
There is nothing in the world that smells quite as good as a fresh loaf of pumpkin bread baking in the oven. It’s even better when said pumpkin bread is keto friendly so you can enjoy it guilt free. And it’s made entirely with coconut flour!
I love this loaf so much I made it 5 times this fall! I even portion and freeze slices, warm up on defrost in the microwave, and put a little plant butter on before enjoying – so good! – Kate
A few of my favorite keto recipes
In case you haven’t noticed, I write a lot of keto recipes. Through the whims of Google and social media, some end up far more popular than others.
So I thought I would share a few of my favorites that didn’t quite break the top 10. Enjoy the extra deliciousness!
Keto Chocolate Cream Pie
These easy no-bake chocolate cream pies are absolutely divine. I seriously dream about them sometimes, they are THAT good!
Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
I’m a pork chop fanatic but these surpassed even my own expectations. Super juicy, with a delightfully crisp parmesan coating, they really deserve a spot on your must-make dinner list.
Mini Keto Ding Dong Cake
Good things come in small packages! This sweet little cake is the mini version of my popular low carb Ding Dong Cake. And while it may be small, the flavor is mighty. It’s just the right size for a small, intimate celebration.
Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies
When it comes to a classic cookie like snickerdoodles, it was extremely important to me to get them right. I wanted that perfect chewy texture and funny cinnamon speckled appearance, and I think I nailed it!
Easy Korean Beef with Zucchini Noodles
This easy keto dinner recipe was a huge surprise hit for my whole family. The flavor is spectacular and it’s insanely simple to make. I won’t pretend it’s authentic Korean food, but it really satisfies that craving for good, Asian-style meals.
Kelly Jones says
????????Two thumbs up Carolyn! Mr. Hubbs is a hard core sugar-a-holic. Poor man has been at my taste testing mercy for years. He claims he is now suffering from “Keto” PTSD. I cornered him the other day and insisted he take a bite of my cookie. I used the butter pecan cookie recipe but used walnuts and maple extract. He took one bite and said “ I have never been ‘Ketoed’ like that before. Do you have another?” Thank you Carolyn!
You need to add your pecan shortbread cookies to this list! The texture is amazing and they are oh so yummy!
Ah, but that recipe was created long before 2021. This is just about the most popular from last year. 🙂
Noela Abou Saleh says
I would really love to try Keto as it has been recommended many timesesprcially for my PMR illness .nany thanks and a happy and healthy New Year
All the rest are favorites in my house, but I hadn’t yet tried the oatmeal. Oh my to do list. The Ding Dong cake is in my top 5 😉