I love retrospectives. I love looking back on the best keto recipes of the year. It’s great fun to sift through my analytics and discover what recipes people were most drawn to, which ones went viral and which ones fell flat.
It’s like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.
Creating keto recipes is truly a joy for me. I wish I could accurately describe the feeling I get when I create a recipe I know people will love. Or when I manage to overhaul an old high carb classic so that the keto version is just as good, and often better, than the original.
It’s the best natural high in the world! And I will fully admit that I am addicted to it. Yes, I am addicted to creating keto recipes. There, I said it. And I am not the least bit ashamed.
WHAT MAKES THE BEST KETO RECIPES?
What makes one recipe more popular than another? I have to be honest, after almost 9 years of blogging and creating low carb recipes, I am not really sure I know why one will go crazy viral and another will meet with less enthusiasm. Some of it is timing, some of it is up to the strange and unknowable algorithms of Google and Facebook. And some of it is just plain luck.
But here are a few things that go into creating really good keto recipes:
- A good keto recipe fills a need. Those of us following a ketogenic diet don’t have the luxury of grabbing convenience foods at the local grocery store. So some of the most popular recipes are those that recreate the old favourites we used to love, like bread, pizza, and bagels.
- Keto recipe bloggers should be creative and original, while also being mindful of the basics that people really want and need. This is a lesson I’ve had to learn, as I tend toward being overly creative, rather than offering some of the more basic recipes. It’s an issue I am working on! And some of my “basics” are now my most popular recipes.
- Good keto recipes shouldn’t have too many specialized ingredients. That’s a tall order at times, since we often can’t use what is readily available at most stores. But keto diets are such a hot trend right now that more and more of our ingredients are becoming accessible to everyone. I try to be mindful of what people can get and to offer substitutes when special ingredients are involved.
- Truly keto recipes should be very low carb and relatively high fat. But those should be healthy fats, not processed ones – think natural fats like animal fats and minimally processed plant oils. Butter, ghee, coconut oil, avocado oil, and bacon grease are my favorites for cooking and baking.
- Keto recipes should be only about 8g or less TOTAL carbs. Don’t be fooled by net carb counts. While the net carb count idea has validity, it’s been muddied by companies, brands, and some recipe developers adding in fiber simply to reduce the count.
Those are my requirements for recipe development. And now, without further ado, here are the best keto recipes of 2018!
TOP TEN KETO RECIPES OF THE YEAR
Keto Italian Cream Cake
Magic Mozzarella Dough
The Ultimate Keto Brownies
Chewy Keto Ginger Cookies
Chewy Keto Bagels
Keto New York Cheesecake
Sugar Free Caramel Sauce
Cheesy Zucchini Casserole
Keto Caramel Cake
TOP KETO RECIPES FROM FOOD BLOGGER FRIENDS
Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
Low Carb Beef Stroganoff Casserole
Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
Sausage and Cabbage Skillet
Keto 7 Layer Dip
Keto Mug Bread
Spinach Stuffed Chicken