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13 Best Keto-Friendly Comfort Food Recipes

These tasty comfort food recipes can help your body to stay in ketosis
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There are few things as great as taking a bite of one of your favorite comfort foods. They are the foods that make you feel warm, full, nostalgic, and happy. But sometimes those often carb-laden comfort dishes don't always align with certain diets. Additionally, finding keto-friendly comfort food recipes, in particular, can sometimes prove to be especially difficult.

The keto diet is a very specific diet plan that involves eating foods that have either no or very few carbohydrates, as well as foods that are high in fat. This helps the body to stay in ketosis, in which your body doesn't consume enough carbohydrates during the day to burn for energy, so it burns fat instead.

Followers of the keto diet tend to avoid foods with a lot of sugar in them or those made from grains. However, this can limit your ability to enjoy a lot of classic comfort food dishes.

Thankfully, there are always workarounds to help make a meal keto-friendly. Don't stress about putting together a meal you'll fully enjoy while also remaining faithful to your diet. Try any of these 13 keto comfort food recipes, and you'll see it's easy as keto-friendly pie. 

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1

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

keto chocolate chip cookies
Beth Lipton / Eat This, Not That!

What food is more comforting than dessert, and what dessert is more classic and beloved than chocolate chip cookies? Not only is this recipe the ultimate in classic comfort treats, but it's also keto-friendly, using almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.

Get our recipe for Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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2

Best-Ever Buffalo Wings

Healthy fiery buffalo wings
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

By baking these hot wings in the oven rather than deep frying them, this recipe cuts a significant amount of fat and calories out of this delicious dish. The best part about this recipe is that it provides a few different options for preparing the sauce. So, if you're not a fan of buffalo sauce, you are able to switch up the wing sauce flavor with ease.

Get our recipe for Best-Ever Buffalo Wings.

3

Keto Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

keto bacon cheese sandwich on parchment paper with tea in the background
Courtesy of Waterbury Publications, Inc.

For anyone who's not entirely familiar with the keto diet, it may seem like it's extremely restrictive. Furthermore, you'd probably assume that a dish like a bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich might be entirely off the table. But while there are serious restrictions with the keto diet, there are always workarounds to make great meals accessible—like this breakfast sandwich recipe. Instead of using carb-heavy products like bagels or toast, this sandwich uses cloud bread, a low-carb bread substitute. It's also topped with keto-friendly foods like bacon, guacamole, pico de gallo and monterey jack cheese.

Get our recipe for Keto Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich.

4

Keto Pumpkin Pie Bar

keto pumpkin pie bars
Beth Lipton / Eat This, Not That!

One of the most comforting foods to have around the holidays is pumpkin pie. Thankfully, it's not too tricky to replicate a crust by using almond flour and butter, so can indulge over the holidays without abandoning your keto diet. By using pumpkin puree, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves in the filling, these keto-friendly bars capture all of the flavor of a traditional pumpkin pie.

Get our recipe for Keto Pumpkin Pie Bar.

5

Keto Waffles

Finished keto waffle with butter
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Coated in syrup and butter, waffles are one of the most comforting breakfast foods, but they're not exactly keto-friendly. However, these waffles are—and they're definitely a unique take on the breakfast staple. Instead of being made with all-purpose flour, these waffles—or "chaffles"—are made with eggs and mozzarella cheese. Although this is a more savory approach, it's one that's just as comforting its classic predecessor.

Get our recipe for Keto Waffles.

6

Keto Chips and Guacamole

keto chips and guac
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

When you first start to follow a keto diet, it can be a bit of a challenging adjustment because it seems like so many food options are off-limits. Thankfully, there are some standbys that even if they're not completely keto-friendly, they're easy enough to adapt to the terms of the diet—like chips and guacamole. This is the perfect comfort food for a taco night, game day, or just snacking on the couch. However, instead of using tortilla chips, which are made from corn flour tortillas, this recipe recommends using parmesan crisps to compliment this keto guacamole.

Get our recipe for Keto Chips and Guacamole.

7

Keto Buckeye Cookie Fat Bombs

sweet buckeye fat bombs 2
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

A ball of peanut butter encased in hardened chocolate, the buckeye cookie is a classic treat hailing from Ohio. Luckily for any Ohioans as well as chocolate and peanut butter lovers, on the keto diet, it's easy to make these comforting cookies keto-friendly. Swap high-carb powdered sugar for keto-friendly sweetener like Stevia, and use a sugar-free chocolate to avoid any unwanted carbs.

Get our recipe for Keto Buckeye Cookie Fat Bombs.

8

Keto-Friendly Ham and Broccoli Soup

keto ham broccoli soup
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

When the weather turns a bit colder, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of soup, but it's not always that easy to find a recipe that fits within the keto diet. What's great about this soup—which consists of ham, broccoli, and a broth made of cheddar cheese and cream—is that it's a a delicious keto-friendly comfort food recipe that only takes about 15 minutes to put together. As far as homemade soups go, it doesn't get more simple or convenient than this recipe.

Get our recipe for Keto-Friendly Ham and Broccoli Soup.

9

Cheesy Keto Pizza Cups

keto pizza cups overhead
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Pizza is so well-appreciated that it seems like people have found creative ways to incorporate an iteration of a pizza recipe into even the most restrictive of diets, and that includes keto. While many keto pizzas use a cauliflower crust to help reduce the amount of carbs, this recipe actually uses a mix of cream cheese, mozzarella, almond flour, and coconut flour for the crust instead. Also, toppings like cheese and pepperoni fit well within the keto diet, so you can enjoy your low-carb pizza with the works.

Get our recipe for Cheesy Keto Pizza Cups.

10

Instant Pot Cauliflower 'Mac' and Cheese

spoonful of cheesy cauliflower from an Instant Pot
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Part of what makes macaroni and cheese so hearty and comforting is that it's extremely delicious, yet so simple. At its essence, it's just two ingredients that come together perfectly: macaroni and cheese. But when you can't have macaroni because you're on a keto diet, what can you do? The next best thing, which is replacing the macaroni with cauliflower like in this recipe. It tastes good, there's no excess carbs, and it's all around healthier than the original.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Cauliflower 'Mac' and Cheese.

11

Keto Stuffed Jalapeños Fat Bomb

keto stuffed jalapeno poppers
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

The goal of the keto diet is to eat foods that are low-carb and high-fat. While there are a lot of foods you should obviously avoid because of their carb content, like bread and pasta, some fruits and vegetables are high in carb content, too. However, this is not the case with these stuffed jalapeño peppers. This recipe fills the peppers with high-fat foods like ground beef, bacon, and pork rinds, as well as cheddar and cream cheese, culminating in a keto-friendly comfort food appetizer that's perfect for sharing with friends.

Get our recipe for Keto Stuffed Jalapeños Fat Bomb.

12

Keto Cheeseburger Casserole

keto cheeseburger casserole 2
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

The best comfort foods are the ones that bring back fond memories of childhood—like this recipe for cheeseburger casserole. This recipe is a more elevated take on old-school Hamburger Helper dishes your parents used to make. Best of all, it's keto-friendly, containing ground beef, heavy cream, shredded cheese, and marinara without any added sugar.

Get our recipe for Keto Cheeseburger Casserole.

13

Keto Latte Swirl Brownie

keto latte swirl brownies
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

While coffee might not be considered a classic comfort food, lattes are certainly help comfort many people during busy mornings packed with rush hour traffic and work. The only thing that could make the morning ritual of a daily latte even sweeter is combining it with an actual comfort food, like a decadent brownie. This brownie recipe is keto-friendly combines almond flour, cream cheese, and dark chocolate, as well as instant espresso, culminating in fudgy deliciousness few will be able to resist.

Get our recipe for Keto Latte Swirl Brownie.

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