This is my collection of top-rated keto carnivore diet dessert recipes you can make with just a few essential animal-based ingredients! They are all ultra-low-carb and no-carb options approved for many diet types including keto, carnivore, low oxalate, and other wellness protocols.
No Carb Desserts
Where do carbs come from in dessert?
Sugar is the #1 source of carbs.
Followed by flour, nuts, and fruit.
These ingredients are minimized on a keto diet and not allowed on carnivore, so you don’t have to worry about them too much.
Why make the effort to eat sugar free and low carb?
Well, eating zero carb is a useful tool for many people. From fat loss to decreased inflammation, cutting the carbs can also improve metabolism, cognitive function, and energy levels throughout the day. (1)
What Dessert Has No Carbs?
Diary foods like cream cheese, sour cream, and heavy cream are some of the best ingredients for no carb no sugar desserts. Dairy has a subtle sweetness and incredible mouthfeel. The thick creamy texture is so enjoyable!
True “no carb desserts” are hard to come by, but we can get pretty close!
I consider anything under 3 g net carb to be 0 carb and 0 sugar. 1-3 grams of carb per serving has negligible amounts of carbs and is unlikely to cause any damage to your progress. These macros are totally fine for a carnivore or any other low-carb diet.
It’s hard to avoid carbs completely any time you use dairy. Per 1 g tablespoon of heavy cream, there is 1 g carbohydrate. (2) Don’t sweat these minuscule amounts of carb on your carnivore. They won’t hurt you!
Zero Carb Sweeteners
I had lots of fun creating keto desserts without any added sweetener in my first cookbook The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook. This keto recipe collection concludes with easy keto dessert recipes made without refined sugar, added sugar, or keto sugar substitutes! All the desserts are made exclusively of simple, unprocessed real food ingredients. (Keep in mind the recipes in this book are sugar-free and made without keto sweeteners, but not necessarily zero carb).
Through this experience, I learned a lot about how to sweeten desserts without sugar.
Don’t underestimate the power of vanilla extract! This is what I use for most of the carnivore-friendly desserts. As little as ½ teaspoon will enhance the flavor of a recipe without and fiber or anti-nutrients.
Similar to vanilla extract, this is a great way to add flavor to zero carb recipes.
As far as a keto sugar substitute goes, LAKANTO is my top pick. It’s made from monk fruit and erythritol which creates the perfect level of sweetness. All their keto sweeteners are 100% natural, zero carb, and zero calorie.
Take a look these keto recipes to try with Lakanto.
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Desserts on a Carnivore Diet
A carnivore diet is known as a diet made up exclusively of animal foods. That means no sugar, no grains, no starches, no vegetables, and no fruits.
There is a long list of animal foods you can eat. Read What to Eat on a Carnivore Diet to learn all about them.
I also recommend the printable Carnivore Diet Food List. Sign up in the form below to get it delivered straight to your inbox.
Desserts on a carnivore diet are a little tricky to come by, but with a pinch of creativity and a lot of trial and error I came up with some good options.
My favorite carnivore ice cream recipe is in The Carnivore Cookbook. It’s approved for strict carnivore dieters and 100% plant-free. This recipe is a no-churn version which doesn’t call for an ice cream machine or any fancy equipment. Awesome!
Are There Any Carnivore Desserts?
The short answer is Yes, but you shouldn’t eat them every day if your main goal is fat loss. Dessert is still dessert. It’s highly palatable and easy to eat more than you need. You will gain weight anytime you eat a surplus of calories. (3, 4)
Fueling on fatty animal protein every meal, every day does wonders for controlling cravings. We’re training our taste buds to expect savory flavors over sweet ones with each bite we take.
After completely eliminating all carbs (sugars) from your diet for a while, subtly sweet things become extremely satisfying. A little sweetness goes a long way when you only eat meat and fat!
So, you want to know “What do Carnivores eat for dessert?” Ok, let’s get into it…
Keto Carnivore Desserts
Just because you’re a carnivore, doesn’t mean you need to be 100% strict all the time, forever, always. Most people don’t notice any negative effects from a splash of vanilla extract from time to time.
All individual recipes have notes about adapting to strict carnivore guidelines.
When it comes to making desserts, do what is best for your context and goals!
You might be accustomed to keto sweeteners already. Assuming they don’t cause digestive distress or trigger unhealthy eating habits, these are fine to continue using.
Desserts are extra, nonessential recipes that are nice on occasion but shouldn’t be the main portion of any diet. Overeating any kind of food won’t lead to healthy eating habits or long-term fat loss.
Everything on this list is going to be leaps and bounds better for your health than a Krispy Kreme doughnut!
You might also like:
- Carnivore Diet Recipes – An epic selection of savory no carb recipes for carnivore style cooking.
- Keto Carnivore Recipes – My main list of animal-based, low carb recipes.
- Carnivore Ground Beef Recipes – A growing collection of zero-fiber and zero-carb ideas with ground beef.
Meet Jessica Haggard
Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes.