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Whether you’re following a keto diet to limit your intake of carbs, lose weight, or take advantage of other health benefits, you’ve probably found that finding good snacks can be a bit of a chore. That’s because many traditional snack foods, like chips and crackers, are loaded with carbohydrates.
Tired of having to constantly snack on eggs, we went in search of better alternatives —and we found quite a few! Reap the benefits of our journey to find better keto snacks by checking out the recipes below. We’ve got crunchy keto crackers, fulfulling fat bombs, and other delicious keto snacks that you’re going to love.
The Best Keto Snacks for a Low-Carb Diet
If you’re on a low-carb diet and struggling to find satisfying snacks, you’re going to want to sit down for a minute. We’ve got a treasure trove of keto snack recipes that offer big flavor and easy preparation so you can switching up your snacking style. Check out our list of the best keto-friendly snacks below.
1. Pizza Keto Snack Dip
This awesome keto snack brings all the yummy of pizza, without the carb-heavy crust. It’s perfect for scooping up with keto chips (keep reading for a few delicious recipes) and veggie sticks or eating straight from the bowl.
1/2 cup sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 ounces mozzarella shredded cheese
2 ounces pepperoni
- Preheat oven to 350°F, and prepare a baking dish with non-stick spray or a very light coat of olive oil.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese, and spices, and then transfer to the baking dish.
- Top the prepared mixture with tomato sauce, and then layer with pepperoni.
- Bake the mixture for 10 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from the oven, top with mozzarella cheese, and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
- Serve with keto-friendly crackers or veggies, or enjoy straight from the dish.
2. DIY Muddy Buddies for Keto Dieters
Muddy Buddies are off-limits on a ketogenic diet due to the high carbs in the cereal, but this interesting recipe takes care of the problem by using crunchy pork rinds instead. Yes, it sounds strange, but believe us: It all comes together wonderfully. We find that these sweet treats are great to snack on while sipping on a keto smoothie.
5 ounces pork rinds
1/2 cup no-sugar-added peanut butter
1 cup keto-friendly chocolate chips
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.5 cups low-carb confectioner’s sugar substitute
- Seal the pork rinds in a zip-top bag, and break them up into smaller pieces using your hands or a rolling pin. You want the pieces to be about the size of Chex cereal, the traditional main ingredient of Muddy Buddies.
- Add the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter to a double-boiler, and heat on low until the ingredients have melted. Stir to create a smooth mixture.
- Add the cinnamon and vanilla to the chocolate mixture, and stir well.
- Pour the pork rinds into a mixing bowl, and then top with the melted chocolate mixture.
- Stir the pork rinds and chocolate gently to coat. You may have to stir for several minutes to ensure an even coating.
- Pour the powdered sugar substitute into a bowl, and then dump the pork rind mixture on top. Shake the mixing bowl to coat the pork rinds with the powdered sugar. You may need to break up clumps and use a spoon to ensure the pork rinds are evenly coated with sugar.
- Pour the pork rinds mixture onto a cookie sheet and spread the mixture evenly so it can cool completely. Serve once cooled, or store in an airtight container for later use.
3. Low-Carb Zucchini Bites
These low-carb zucchini bites are one of the best keto snacks for when you’re craving tater tots. Offering far fewer grams of net carbs compared to the real thing, these bites are wonderful as a quick snack or a side dish at dinner.
1.5 cups zucchini, shredded and patted dry
1 cup low-carb breadcrumbs
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400°F, and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine shredded zucchini, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, and Italian seasoning.
- Scoop one tablespoon of the zucchini mixture into your hand and gently squeeze it over an empty mixing bowl. Squeeze until no more water releases from the mixture.
- Form the squeezed mixture into the shape of a tater tot, and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat the process with the the rest of the zucchini mixture.
- Bake the raw zucchini tots for 15 minutes. Ensure that the bottoms of the tots are golden-brown and crispy, and then flip and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven, and serve warm with your choice of low-carb dipping sauce or topped with fresh herbs.
4. Keto Tortilla Chips
We love the crunchiness of these faux tortilla chips. This easy recipe uses mozzarella cheese and almond flour rather than corn or wheat flour, and they only take about 15 minutes to whip up. One our favorite ways to enjoy these chips are with a cheddar cheese or cream cheese-based dip.
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F, and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the mozzarella cheese in a microwave-safe bowl for 90 seconds.
- Add the almond flour, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and chili powder to the melted mozzarella.
- Knead the dough until ingredients are fully incorporated, and then form a dough ball.
- Put the dough ball between two sheet of parchment paper, and then use a rolling pin to flatten it to about 1/8th-inches thick.
- Use a knife to cut the flatten dough into tortilla-chips-sized triangles.
- Transfer the triangles to the baking sheet, and bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges of the chips turn golden brown.
- Remove the chips from the oven, and allow to cool before serving.
5. Chocolate Mousse for Keto Dieters
Lots of people turn to salty and savory when they snack, but we know that sometimes, you just need a sweet treat. We’re huge fans of this chocolate mousse; after all, what’s not to love? It’s sugary, chocolatey, and pretty quick to make. We love it so much, we even use it as a an unconventional but creamy dip for celery and other veggie sticks.
1.5 cups heavy cream, chilled
4 tablespoons sugar alternative
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon regular cocoa powder
- Whip the heavy cream using a stand mixer until there are stiff peaks.
- Add the sugar alternative and cocoa powders, and continue whipping until the ingredients are incorporated and you achieve a smooth consistency.
- Serve chilled as-is or with toppings of your choice, such as whipped cream, sugar-free chocolate chips, or chopped pine nuts.
6. Easy-Peasy Peanut Butter Balls
These PB balls are one of the best keto snacks for those who are always in a rush. They’re a filling snack made with healthy fat, and you can make them ahead of time to enjoy all week. Best of all, you only need three ingredients to pull these off.
2 cups smooth, no-added-sugar peanut butter
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup monk-fruit-sweetened maple syrup
- Prepare a serving plate with parchment paper paper.
- Combine the peanut butter, coconut flour, and syrup in a mixing bowl until a thick batter forms.
- Scoop out about one tablespoon of batter, and roll it in your hands until a small ball forms.
- Place the peanut butter ball on the serving plate, and then repeat the forming process with the rest of the batter.
- Refrigerate the peanut butter balls for 30 minutes so that they firm up, and then serve chilled.
7. Kale Wannabe Potato Chips
When you want something light and airy, you can turn to keto crackers, or you can reach for these yummy kale chips. They’re a tasty snack that offers the crunch of a potato chip, without all the carbs. We love to make a huge batch of these and keep them nearby whenever we’re in need of a quick shot of crispy, salty goodness.
2 cups kale leaves
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Combine the kale leaves and olive oil in a mixing bowl until the leaves are coated well.
- Sprinkle the kale with salt and pepper until evenly coated.
- Transfer the kale to the air fryer, and fry for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, shake the fry basket to redistribute the kale chips, and fry for an additional 5 minutes.
- Serve warm, or allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.
8. Low-Carb Cheese Puffs
We’ll fully admit it: This is one of our more complicated keto snack ideas. But, oh boy, that delicious payoff is so worth it. If you can devote a tiny corner of your kitchen to drying out cheese for three days, we’re sure that you’ll find these crunchy cheese puffs to be a keto snack that you constantly crave.
8 ounces provolone cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon sweet corn extract
3 tablespoons white cheddar cheese powder
- Place the cubed cheese in a bowl and cover with a paper towel.
- Place the covered bowl in a cool area of your kitchen and leave the cheese to dry out for three days. The cheese is ready when it is very hard when you squeeze it.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Transfer the hardened cheese to a baking sheet, and bake for 5 minutes, or until the cheese puffs.
- Remove the cheese from the oven as soon as most have puffed.
- Allow the cheese puffs to cool completely before continuing.
- Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and then add the sweet corn extract, mixing until combined.
- Add the cooled cheese puffs to the butter mixture, and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle the cheese puffs with the cheese powder and toss until evenly coated.
- Serve immediately.
9. Savory Burger Bites
The addition of butter in these burger bites add a ton of savory flavor and loads them up enough to consider each bite a fat bomb. If you like an extra kick with your snacks, you can transform them to jalapeno poppers with some chopped peppers.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 ounces cheddar
- Preheat oven to 375°F, and prepare a muffin tin non-cooking spray.
- Chop both the butter and cheddar into 20 pieces.
- Combine ground beef, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.
- Scoop one tablespoon of ground beef, and press it into the well of a muffin well.
- Place one piece of butter on top of the ground beef, and cover it with another tablespoon of beef.
- Place one piece of cheddar on top of the ground beef, and cover it with another tablespoon of beef.
- Repeat the process for the remaining ingredients.
- Bake the ground beef for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Remove the muffin tin from the oven, carefully remove the burger bites, and serve hot with keto-friendly condiments.
10. Avocado Keto Chips
Avocado is a staple in many a keto diet because it’s loaded with healthy fats and has less than 4 net carbs per half. Many people know it for its creamy texture, but did you know that with a few more ingredients and a bit of baking, it can also offer a satisfying crunch? Let us show you how.
1 ripe avocado
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 325°F, and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Peel the avocado,and mash the flesh in a mixing bowl.
- Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cheese, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the mashed avocado, and stir until incorporated.
- Scoop one teaspoon of the avocado mixture onto the baking sheet.
- Using the back of a spoon or the side of a cup, flatten the avocado mixture.
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients, leaving three inches between each chip.
- Bake the avocado chips for 30 minutes, or until golden-brown and crispy.
- Remove the chips from the oven, and allow to cool completely before serving.
11. Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Eggs play front and center in many keto diet menus, and for good reason! They’re extremely versatile, they’re high in protein and healthy fats, and they have virtually no net carbs. The downside to eggs is that they can get boring, especially if you stick to hard-boiled eggs or the same egg cups day after day. This fun recipe adds a bit of tang to make eggs exciting again.
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons cooked and chopped bacon
- Slice the hard-boiled eggs lengthwise, and remove the egg yolks.
- Combine the egg yolks, mayo, mustard, and bacon bits. Season with salt and pepper, if you’d like.
- Place the sliced egg whites on a serving dish, and fill each cavity with a scoop of the egg yolk mixture.
- Garnish as desired, and serve immediately.
12. Keto-Friendly Beef Jerky
These beef jerky pieces for a keto diet are a great portable snack that you can take virtually anywhere. So long as you properly dehydrate the beef, it requires no refrigeration, so you can stow bags of the stuff in your backpack, your office desk, or your car.
1.5 pounds flank steak, frozen for 90 minutes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt
- Place the flank steak on a cutting board and note the direction of the grain.
- Slice the beef into two-inch-wide pieces, going against the grain.
- If any slices are thicker than 1/8 of an inch, slice them in half to form two thinner pieces.
- After you’re done slicing the beef, place the pieces back in a single layer on the cutting board.
- Place a piece of plastic film over the sliced beef, and use a meat mallet to pound the pieces until they’ve reached a uniform thickness.
- Remove the cling film from the meat, and sprinkle the pieces with each the chili powder, black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Using your hands, toss the beef pieces to ensure they’re evenly coated with seasoning.
- Spread the sliced meat onto the trays of a dehydrator, and dehydrate for 4 hours, or until the beef is completely dehydrated.
- Allow the beef jerky to cool for 30 minutes, and then enjoy or store in an airtight container.
13. Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cups
These peanut butter cups are loaded with so many healthy fats, they easily double as fat bombs for when you need to work on your macros. Best of all, you don’t have to stick with PB. Use a different nut butter, such as almond butter, for a more interesting taste.
3/4 cup no-sugar-added peanut butter (or nut butter of your choosing)
14 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
8 drops of liquid stevia
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Prepare a 12-cup muffin tray with paper or silicone liners.
- Melt 8 tablespoons of coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Add the PB (or alternate nut butter), vanilla extract, sea salt, and 4 drops of liquid stevia to the melted oil, and whisk until smooth.
- Scoop the PB mixture evenly into the lined muffin wells.
- Refrigerate the muffin tin for one hour so the filling can set.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the remaining coconut oil, cocoa, and stevia, and whisk until smooth.
- Remove the muffin tin from the refrigerator, and spread the chocolate topping between the cups.
- Refrigerate the PB cups again for about 30 minutes before serving.
14. Garlicky Zucchini Chips
These garlicky zucchini chips are a great keto snack if you’re craving salty, flavorful potato chips. They have a fraction of the fat and a fraction of the carbs, but all the crispiness that makes a wonderful chip. Eat them on their own, or whip up a keto-safe dip for scooping.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 250°F, and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Clean the zucchini, peel it, and slice off the ends.
- Slice the zucchini into thin slices, either by hand or with a mandoline slicer.
- Spread the zucchini slices over paper towels and sprinkle them with salt.
- Leave the zucchini slices for 10 minutes, and then pat dry with paper towels.
- Arrange the zucchini slices on the prepared baking sheet, brush evenly with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic powder.
- Bake the zucchini slices for an hour, or until they’re golden-brown and crispy.
- Remove the zucchini keto chips from the oven, and allow to cool before serving.
15. Low-Carb, No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Listen, you’re never going to see us arguing against ways to save time in the kitchen. That’s part of the reason we love these no-bake PB cookies. The other part is that they are just so scrumptious. They’re a delicious keto snack that you can enjoy any time of day. Though, if you’re looking for something extra-decadent for dessert, try them with a melted dark chocolate drizzle.
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup no-added-sugar peanut butter
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
4 drops vanilla-flavored stevia
- Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl.
- Add the peanut butter, and stir until incorporated.
- Add the shredded coconut and stevia, and stir until incorporated.
- Scoop cookie batter by the spoonful onto the lined cookie sheet.
- Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes to set the cookies.
- Serve the cookies from the freezer, or chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy them.
So long as you practice mindfulness, snacking can be a helpful and satisfying part of any diet, even a keto diet. The recipes above offer lots of options, whether you’re looking for a quick afternoon snack or party food to feed a crowd, and they’re all pretty simple to prepare.
Looking for a little something-something to help you unwind after a long day? Check out our favorite keto-friendly adult beverages that are sure to bring on the relaxation.