Summer parties call for a different breed of dessert, and this one works for your low-carb diet. Make this sweet Keto strawberry cream jello salad recipe for your next social event!
How I Made This Keto
Remember when you were little and thought that everything with fruit in it was healthy? Pie, donuts, candy…all of these things were supposedly healthier because they even had a semblance of fruit in them.
Unfortunately, now we know better.
Even though most jello salads aren’t the ketogenic disaster that, say, cake would be, many recipes would still present a problem for your diet.
For most, the problem area is sugar. While dessert should be sweet, there are better ways to go about it. This Keto jello salad uses a bit of stevia to make it sweeter.
Whipped cream is another issue in most jello dishes. In addition to sugar, many popular varieties of whipped cream feature hydrogenated oils. It’s really just sugar and the worst kinds of fat. Ugh.
Coconut cream is a much better option for making a fluffy jello dessert. No silly corn syrup or overly processed oil.
Another potential issue with strawberry jello salads is if there is a pretzel base. Yummy, sure. But carb-filled pretzels are hardly Keto, so I left them out of this recipe.
Are Strawberries Keto?
You may be wondering whether you can safely eat strawberries on Keto. After all, fruit can be a significant source of sugar.
Strawberries happen to be a great option for Keto. They have only about 4.13 g of net carbs per serving. For comparison, bananas have 24 g of net carbs per serving, which makes them a poor choice for Keto.
This recipe only calls for half a cup of strawberries. When you consider that that amount will be split between four servings, you can see how this dessert fits safely into Keto territory.
More Keto Desserts
I love dessert, and rather than tell you to skip it on Keto, I want to tell you how to do it right. With some modifications, just about any dessert can get a Keto makeover.
Heat up the water so it’s hot. Pour into a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin powder on top and let it sit for a few minutes to bloom. Then whisk it in well so there are no lumps. You can microwave the mixture or put into a water bath if you’re having trouble dissolving it.
Puree the strawberries, cream, vanilla extract, and stevia. Pour the puree mixture into the gelatin mixture and mix well.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes so it starts to set. Then remove and stir in the chopped strawberries. If the jello is already set, then just microwave for a few seconds. (You want to add in the chopped strawberries later so that they don’t all sink to the bottom.)
Put back into the fridge to set for 4+ hours or overnight.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.