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This Keto Grits recipe takes less than 10 minutes and 5 common ingredients to make! It’s perfect if you’re wondering whether you can you eat grits on keto minus the carbs in grits. Make these almond flour low-carb grits for a mealy and grainy-tasting alternative to this classic Southern side dish.
Why Make This
- Low-carb substitute for grits: regular grits, while delicious, have 36g net carbs per cup. By substituting with almond flour (the main ingredient), this recipe cuts the carbs to about 6g per cup (or 3g net carbs per serving). That allows you to enjoy the flavors of a staple in southern comfort food without all the carbs.
- More fulfilling than regular grits: since almonds have more fat, I find that I’m satisfied with less.
- No cauliflower: if you’ve tried my keto shrimp and grits, but want a closer alternative besides cauliflower grits (which uses cauliflower rice), then this recipe is for you!
- For breakfast or dinner: Whether you’re looking for breakfast ideas, meal prep, or just a side dish to make delicious keto meal for your low carb lifestyle, this keto recipe is a great spin on a Southern classic.
This low-carb grits alternative needs just a few ingredients. Here’s what you need to gather:
- Almond Flour: I’m using superfine blanched almond flour.
- Cheese: I’ve tried this recipe with grated parmesan cheese as well as shredded sharp cheddar and mild cheddar cheese.
- Chicken Broth: You can enjoy this with bone broth, regular chicken broth, as well as broth paste mixed in water.
- Black Pepper: I believe that grits should be topped with some black pepper so I’ve added this, but it’s optional.
Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for the exact ingredient amounts and full instructions.
How to Make Keto Grits
- Add the almond flour and broth to a pan.
- Bring the mixture to a slow boil.
- Turn the heat to low and allow the mixture to cook until thickened.
- Top with seasonings and shredded cheese of choice.
Top Cooking Tips & FAQs
- Use less per serving than regular grits: When I first tried these, I put them on my plate as if they were traditional grits. This is when I learned that keto grits are super fulfilling. I tend to have 1/4 cup per serving.
- Turn the pan to low: after the slow boil, turn the pan to low. This will prevent the mixture from popping.
- If you want your grits creamier, you can add a little heavy cream and/or cream cheese to enhance the creamy taste.
- For even more flavor, you can top these cheesy grits with crispy bacon bits, slices of green onion, and even a fried egg.
- If you want, use a little cajun seasoning to give these grits an even more Southern taste.
How to Store Leftover Keto Grits
The best way to store any leftover keto grits is in an airtight container for the next time (up to 5 days).
Real grits have 36g net carbs per cup. Since most people following a strict, lazy, or even dirty keto way of eating have about 20g net carbs per day, grits won’t fit. Besides the carbs, grits are also a grain.
Deciding to eat grits while on keto is up to each individual. But, as mentioned, they are a grain and also high in carbs. So, it’s something most people on keto would skip.
Almond Flour and cauliflower make great substitutes for grits.
A general low-carb diet is more flexible than keto. For example, on a low-carb diet, there is no restriction on eating grains. Instead, the focus is on the total amount of carbs per day. This flexibility means that a person might enjoy grits if they have leftover carbs for the day.
Recipes to Enjoy This with
Pair these low-carb grits with one of these main proteins:
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Keto Grits Recipe
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- 1 cup Almond Flour, super fine. blanched
- 1 cup water, or use 1 cup chicken broth and no broth paste
- 1.5 tsp Chicken Better than Bouillon, skip if using chicken broth or bone broth
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, or more to taste
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded, see the blog post for others that work well besides cheddar
- Add the almond flour and broth to a a non-stick saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a slow (or rolling) boil. Turn the heat to low.
- Stir occasionally until the mixture reduces and thickens (5-6 minutes)
- Turn off the heat. Stir in the black pepper and cheese of choice
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!