A key following the keto diet successfully is snacks.
Now, of course, making sure your meals are keto-friendly is very important. But when it comes to crunch time, your snacks can make or break your diet.
Having keto-friendly snacks ready, or a few easy recipes on hand for when the craving hits (or the unexpected visitors arrive), is vital. It is all so easy to grab something pre-made – and filled with carbs – when you are short on time. And let’s face it – very close to getting hangry!
For me – my favorite snacks involve cheese. Of any kind. If it has cheese – I’m keen. Meat and cheese roll ups, celery or cucumber sticks with cream cheese, even just blocks of cheddar on its own.
Before going keto, one of my favorite snacks was a bowl of salted crisps with blocks of cheddar on the side. (I am a simple creature.)
You can imagine my excitement when I came across keto cheese crisps! Best of both – cheesy and crispy – in one easy snack.
Keto cheese crisps work great not only as a quick snack at home or on the go, but also as low carb appetizers when you next have guests over. (Especially if they were unexpected and you don’t have much else in your fridge other than cheese!) They will definitely be impressed when you whip these up in just a few minutes.
You can take them to another level by additions such as bacon or jalapenos, or different spices. You can even crumble a couple over your low carb salad, soup or stew for a satisfying crunch. They make a perfect substitute for croutons – without the carbs!
Keto cheese crisps are a lot more filling than potato chips, due to their high fat content. So a little will go a long way. These will quickly become your new favorite keto chip replacement!
Benefits Of Making Your Own Keto Cheese Crisps
I may have won you over already with “cheese crisps” – but there are actually a few benefits to making these keto snacks.
They are so easy to make. It is more simple to make these than to drive to the shop to buy a snack.
They are budget-friendly. You only really need one ingredient – cheese – to make them. And simple additions are all you need to turn it into something a little fancier.
They contain negligible carbs, and are a great source of protein, sodium, fat, and calcium.
What Cheese Should You Use?
The short answer – any firm cheese you happen to have on hand.
The longer answer…
Not all cheese melt as well as others.
Harder, low moisture cheeses work well. The drier the cheese, the crispier the crisp!
Cheddar, mozzarella, jack, Parmesan and Asiago all work well for cheese crisps. Cream cheese and cottage cheese won’t work.
Parmesan on its own results in a lighter, crispier chip than the other cheeses. It is also saltier, so no extra salt is needed if you prefer a salty crisps.
Cheddar on its own well, but you will have to be more careful with the timing. If they don’t cook enough you will end up with a softer, more pliable chip. But cook too long and you will end up burning them.
So what is the perfect cheese to use? A combination! Cheddar and Parmesan is the best combination in terms of texture and fat content. You will have great flavors, but also get the perfect crispness.
And if you’re feeling adventurous – throw in a little blue cheese!
How To Make Keto Cheese Crisps
To start, prepare your cheese. You can use shredded cheese or cheese slices. If you are going to use shredded cheese, it is better to shred your own. Store-bought mixes can have corn starch added to them to make sure the cheese doesn’t get all stuck together.
Keep your shredded cheese piles fairly small, rather than thick piles. You want them to bake in a thin layer to get crispy.
Keep enough space between your piles, as the cheese will spread during baking.
If you are making Parmesan-cheddar crisps, you will know they are ready when the edges are slightly brown.
Making Keto Cheese Crisps in the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
- Cut the cheese slices into quarters or take a tablespoon of shredded cheese and lay out on a lined cookie tray.
- Ensure they have plenty of space as they will spread.
- Sprinkle the cheese slices with your choice of spice, or add your topping (optional)
- Bake in the oven for 6 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Lay on a paper towel for 2 minutes to cool and soak up excess oil.
Making Keto Cheese Crisps in the Microwave
- Take your microwave turntable out and place it on the counter. Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of your microwave turntable and place it on the turntable.
- Cut the cheese slices into quarters or take a tablespoon of shredded cheese and lay out on the parchment paper.
- Ensure they have plenty of space as they will spread.
- Microwave on full power for 1 minute. Then follow by two 30-second intervals, check them at each interval, until the cheese is crisp and a golden brown.
- Allow to cool, then place on a paper towel to soak up excess oil.
Seasonings and Toppings For Keto Cheese Crisps
There are quite a few spices and herbs that pair well with cheese. You can top the cheese crisps with a sprinkle of paprika, chives, chili powder, garlic or onion powder, Italian seasoning, or even some taco seasoning.
Have some fun with toppings also! Place a slice of salami or pepperoni beneath your cheese pile.
Or place a thinly sliced jalapeno on top – when the crisp bakes, the jalapeno flavor permeates the cheese. For a pizza-inspired keto cheese crisp you add a tiny pit of tomato paste with a little oregano.
You can also sprinkle some finely diced cooked bacon on top.
If you really want to impress, use these keto cheese crisps as a nacho replacement, and top with grilled chicken and black beans to serve alongside your guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.
What To Serve With Keto Cheese Crisps
These low carb cheese crisps can easily be eaten on their own, but I recommend pairing them with a fresh, simple dip. Great options to match the fatty cheese are guacamole, salsa, or a classic homemade ranch dip.
For a more elaborate dip, you can make a spinach artichoke or crap dip to serve with them.
How To Store Keto Cheese Crisps
These crisps are best eaten straight away while they are fresh and crunchy. If you do have some leftover, or you are preparing ahead of time for a get together, you can store them in an airtight container and place in the fridge.
Where To Buy Keto Cheese Crisps
It is so easy (and cheap) to make keto cheese crisps, but if you are already out and looking for a low carb, crunchy snack, buying a premade version is a good option.
On Amazon you will find quite a few varieties. Costco and Walmart also sell cheese crisps, and you might even find them at your local market.
But nothing beats homemade.