Delicious Late Night Keto-Friendly Snacks
Late-night cravings tend to send most folks to the pantry for carb-heavy snacks like popcorn or potato chips. Carbs slow you down and make you sluggish, helping you drift off to sleep—that might not be your conscious reason for grabbing the bag, but that's one of the effects of carbs. But if you're on the keto diet, that plan won't work.
The ketogenic diet is known for changing the way you metabolize food into energy. When you remove carbohydrates and replace them with fat, you transition from burning glucose for fuel to burning ketones (ketosis). So when it comes to late-night keto snacks, it's still really important to skip the carbs and opt for high-fat options that will crush a craving without giving you heartburn or keeping you awake for longer than you want to be.
10 Healthy Late Night Keto Snacks
The name of the keto game is ketosis, but there are a few different ways to get there. There's the true keto way, in which you choose nutrient-dense foods to help you maintain your macro ratios—high-fiber, healthy fats, medium-to-high-protein. This way is the best way to get the health benefits of the keto diet.
And there's the lazy keto way, in which you just pay attention to the macros (low-carb, high-fat), and let the micronutrients fall where they may. Of course, as with everything in life, there's also something in between.
For keto dieters who have a weight loss or fitness goal, a good way to go is to try for healthy when you're at home and have time, and then have a back-up plan in the event that you run out of time to make things from scratch. We've started our list with 10 of our healthiest suggestions.
#1 Bone Broth
Bone broth is a nutrient-dense liquid filled with healthy proteins and nutrients that help keep your gut working properly and your skin looking vibrant. If you're feeling like you need something late at night, but you aren't quite sure you want a full-on food fest, this is the go-to-brew. Simply put a mug in the microwave and enjoy warm with a pinch of salt and pepper. Make your own or grab some boxes from Kettle & Fire.
#2 Hard-Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are an easy keto-friendly snack that you can make in advance and keep in the fridge. Of course, all eggs are on the keto meal plan, but making hard-boiled or even deviled eggs in advance makes it easier to grab a ready-made snack when you're channel-surfing at night.
#3 Berry "Nice" Cream
"Nice" cream is the version of ice cream that keeps the added sugars out and the healthy ingredients in. It's kind of like a super thick smoothie that you eat with a spoon. For most health-conscious folks, frozen bananas give the consistency they want, but bananas don't really make the keto cut. This recipe from Hip2Keto replaces the banana with heavy cream to keep the fat content high and the sugar content low. And if you find that the berries on their own aren't quite sweet enough, you can add your favorite keto sweetener to the mix.
#4 Brown Butter Buffalo Bites
This keto recipe offers a vegetarian take on a buffalo wing. The wings are replaced with cauliflower florets, and the whole recipe is baked in the oven. The best part is that you can make a huge batch, eat some now, and put the rest in the fridge for later. Just reheat them at 400ºF for five or six minutes, and they'll crisp right back up.
#5 Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding
If you've never tried chocolate avocado pudding, you are seriously missing out. This simple recipe from Sweet as Honey is all the good stuff and none of the bad. Use your favorite keto-friendly sweetener and top with shavings of your favorite dark chocolate, and you'll never want the stuff from the box again.
#6 Cauliflower Pizza Bites
This little invention from The Little Pine is heaven in your mouth. Enjoy these fresh from the oven, or make a mega batch and freeze them for later. Either way, these tasty bites are ready to go when you're needing a veggie-filled late-night snack.
#7 Superfat Nut Butter
No matter which way you slice it, nut butters—especially macadamia nut—are perfect for quick and healthy keto snacking. Superfat has a variety of combinations to choose from, just make sure you save the caffeinated ones for during the day.
#8 Raspberry Cream Keto Fat Bombs
These tasty gelatin-based bites are the perfect treat to make ahead and keep in the fridge for that late-night craving. Use your favorite silicone molds to make fun shapes.
#9 High Key Keto Cheese Crunch
A baked, crispy cheesy snack that also contains egg whites for an added source of healthy protein, this snack takes the parmesan crisp up a notch. Enjoy the various flavors and snack away.
#10 Veggie Pop SuperSnacks
Veggie pops are a delicious, crunchy low-carb snack chock full of veggies and healthy fiber. Both flavors are delicious and surprisingly filling. Four or five pops should do the trick!
5 Quick and Easy Snacks
Sometimes a quick and easy snack is all you need. Sometimes the best keto snack recipe is the one with a single ingredient that you can pop into your mouth without any fuss and get back to your favorite show.
#11 Charcuterie Board
You can make a charcuterie board as simple or as fancy as you'd like. If it's an appetizer for your party, dress up a nice cutting board with olives, cornichon pickles, dips, cubed cheddar or fresh mozzarella, and some of your favorite cured meats. If you're on the couch by yourself, pick and choose.
Deli meat or cured meat like salami and pepperoni aren't recommended for every day eating on the keto diet, but it's perfectly fine every once in a while if you're needing a quick and easy keto-friendly snack idea.
#12 Pork Rinds
Another delicious keto snack that's probably not great for every single day, pork rinds are a simple, easy way to get some crunch without the carbs.
There are so many different varieties of jerky these days, and all sorts of meats are used for it too. The traditional beef jerky is great, but there's also turkey, pork, chicken, wild game, and even salmon. Whatever you choose, make sure you're paying attention to the serving size and also the ingredients. Sugars can add up with some of the fancy flavors, so read your labels.
#14 Zero Net Carb Bagels
A quick warning, this product is NOT gluten-free. It's made with wheat and wheat gluten, but it's a zero net carb option because of the fiber content. If you're using the keto diet as a way to remain grain-free, this isn't the snack for you. But if you're open to eating wheat, these will knock your socks off.
#15 Genius Gourmet Keto Chips
If you've been craving chips and pork rinds are no longer cutting it, look no further than these Spicy Nacho chips from Genius Gourmet. They're perfectly portioned to bring to the couch to enjoy without regret.
5 Decadent Keto Snacks
Decadence can be sweet or savory, and when it comes to keto, the more fat the better. Not every keto recipe on this list specifically for a "fat bomb," but each of these is certainly right in line with the macros you're looking for. Just try not to overdo these late at night to prevent heartburn or sleep disruptions.
#16 Keto Sugar-Free Cheesecake
Raise your hand if cheesecake or anything cream cheese-based is synonymous with decadent in your mind. We sure think so, and this delicious keto recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth in a surprisingly perfect way.
#17 Keto Chocolate Mug Cake
Mug desserts are all the rage—single serving cakes and pies? What more could you want out of life? And when you choose low-carb, keto-friendly almond flour, cacao, chocolate chips, and erythritol you can enjoy it guilt-free.
#18 Lemon Macadamia Fat Bombs
If you're a person who gets tired of eating chocolate for all of your sweet keto treats, this fat bomb recipe is for you. Filled with healthy fats and a tart lemon flavor, you'll be grabbing these at all hours of the day.
#19 Bacon & Guacamole Fat Bombs
Not all decadence has to be sweet. There's such thing as savory decadence too, and these amazing bites of goodness check all the keto boxes. These little bites are not only great for a late-night snack, but they work perfectly well on an appetizer tray for your party guests, whether they're on a low-carb diet, paleo, or simply wanting to try something delicious.
#20 Quick and Easy Keto Peanut Butter Brownies
Last but not least, a peanut butter marbled brownie. Nothing says homemade like this kind of warm, tasty recipe. A brownie you can sink your teeth into without worry is the best kind of brownie in our book.
A Word on Keto Snacking
Lots of keto dieters choose to pair up the keto meal plan with intermittent fasting (IF). IF is a way of eating that limits the number of hours every day that you're consuming food. There are a number of strategies around IF, but in many cases, the dieter would have an eating window of 8 or 10 hours, and the remaining hours of the day would be in fasting mode.
Snacking late at night will only work in this case if you can manage to hold off on your first meal of the day until the appropriate amount of time has passed. For example, if you have a 10-hour eating window, and you've eaten your last snack at 10pm, you'll need to hold off eating your next meal until at least noon the following day. This way, your fasting window stays at 14 hours.
Keto Snack Options
The world of keto snack options on your grocery store shelves is ever-growing. As more and more people learn about the health benefits of the keto diet, you'll see more stevia- or Swerve-sweetened keto treats, creative kale snacks, flax crackers, and more. Be sure to keep a close watch on food labels in order to make sure that the claims on the front of the package match the ingredients on the back, and you and your keto diet should be in good shape.