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If you are looking for a complete list of low carb keto staples for your pantry, this is it! I’m sharing all my favorite products that I have personally tried and tested. This keto pantry list is comprehensive, but also reasonable, so you can get started right away!
For a more general idea of what to buy at the grocery store, check out the low carb keto shopping list, which is the best starting point for what to get on a single shopping trip. Or you can get a more complete low carb keto food list here, which has practically all the possibilities.
Low Carb & Keto Staples For Your Pantry
On this page, you’ll find all the best staples to keep stocked in your keto pantry. Just grab this low carb pantry list and you’ll have everything you need.
You can buy these low carb pantry staples by clicking the links below, or you can browse:
- Keto ingredients at Wholesome Yum Foods
- My Amazon Shop
- Special keto low carb discounts for Wholesome Yum readers
- The best low carb keto diet tools for your kitchen
Once you have a well stocked keto pantry, you’ll save money on weekly grocery trips. And, you’ll have everything on hand to make most keto recipes, including everything from the Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook!
I’ve broken down all the low carb staples into pantry categories below, to make things easy to locate.
Fats are essential on any low carb or keto diet – they are major keto staples! Choose minimally processed animal fats and oils. Avoid corn, soy, and canola oil.
TIP: You don’t have to buy every type of fat here, but a good mix is at least one liquid oil (olive or avocado oil) and at least one that’s solid at room temperature (coconut oil, butter, ghee, or lard). In recipes, liquid fats are often interchangeable other liquids, and solids with other solids.
Low Carb Flours
A low carb diet doesn’t mean you have to give up baked goods! Just replace wheat flour with low carb flours – and find recipes that use them.
Almond flour is the most common low carb flour (make sure you get blanched and finely ground!), but there are other alternatives as well. Be sure to browse my low carb almond flour recipes and low carb coconut flour recipes.
- Wholesome Yum Blanched Almond Flour – Blanched and super fine, for the best texture in baked goods
- Wholesome Yum Organic Coconut Flour
- Sunflower seed meal
- Golden flax seed meal – Used as a binder, and also to make flax eggs
- Psyllium husk powder
Low Carb Sweeteners
I recommend natural, sugar-free sweeteners for keto or low carb lifestyles. My favorites are monk fruit, allulose, and erythritol. In fact, I created my own line of Besti keto sweeteners because I wanted ones that taste like sugar and act like sugar!
If you are just starting to stock your pantry, buy one granulated or crystallized sweetener for most applications and one powdered sweetener to cover recipes that need a smooth texture, like sauces, dressings, frostings, and so on.
For more information on all the different low carb sweeteners, check the sweetener guide and conversion calculator.
Besti Sugar-Free Sweeteners
- Monk fruit sweetener (with allulose) – crystallized & powdered & brown – I recommend starting with these 3!
- Keto simple syrup – monk fruit allulose blend in liquid form, for replacing liquid sweeteners
- Allulose sweetener – crystallized & powdered
- Erythritol – granulated & powdered
- Monk fruit sweetener (with erythritol) – granulated & powdered
For a comparison, check this guide on the best keto sweeteners (there’s a comparison chart!).
Low Carb Baking Ingredients
You’ll want to have these low carb staples for baking on hand! Baking powder and xanthan gum will help with lift and texture, cocoa powder and chocolate will cover all your chocolate needs, and extracts add flavor.
- Wholesome Yum Keto Bread Mix
- Wholesome Yum Keto Pancake Mix
- Gluten-free baking powder
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Sugar-free dark chocolate
- Unsweetened baking chocolate
- Sugar-free chocolate chips
- Vanilla extract
- Xanthan gum
Low Carb Pantry Proteins
Chicken and beef broth are classic staples in soups, sauces, and more. But, often I prefer to use their bone broth equivalents for more flavor and collagen benefits. You can also buy gelatin or collagen directly in powder form, and the former makes a great natural thickener in baking, sauces, and more.
- Chicken broth
- Beef broth
- Chicken bone broth
- Beef bone broth
- Unflavored beef gelatin powder
- Collagen protein powder
Low Carb Dairy Alternatives
Even though low carb and keto diets allow dairy, many people prefer to avoid them. Even if you don’t, regular milk is high in carbs, so you need something else instead. These dairy-free alternatives will replace milk, and if you can’t tolerate it, heavy cream.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds make great keto snacks or additions to recipes for a little crunch. Watch the higher carb count nuts, like peanuts, pistachios, and especially cashews which are best avoided.
- Macadamia nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Sesame seeds
You don’t have to buy every single type of nut butter on this list! Just choose your favorite kinds to include in your keto staples. They are great for snacking, and also usually interchangeable in recipes. Check ingredient labels and avoid any with added sugar.
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Coconut butter
- Macadamia nut butter
- Sunflower seed butter
- Sugar-free chocolate hazelnut spread
Tea & Coffee
Tea and coffee are naturally low carb! These products also have clean ingredients and taste great.
- Keto coffee syrup – 100% natural, comes in vanilla and hazelnut
- Organic tea crystals
- Keto coffee
- Bulletproof cold brew
- Vanilla collagen creamer
Low Carb Condiments
Many condiments have hidden sugars lurking in them! This list only has keto friendly condiments, some to use on the side and others to include in keto recipes.
- Wholesome Yum Keto Maple Syrup
- Avocado oil mayonnaise
- Coconut aminos
- Fish sauce
- Buffalo sauce
- Dijon mustard
- Sugar-free ketchup
- Sugar free BBQ sauce
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Red curry paste
- Marinara sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar
- White wine vinegar
- Red wine vinegar
- Minced garlic in a jar
Herbs & Spices
There’s a reason they say variety is the spice of life! You can’t have a low carb pantry without herbs and spices. They are a cornerstone of the best cooking in general, and definitely crucial to have these keto friendly staples around. These are the most common ones you need to make most recipes.
- Italian seasoning
- Dried basil
- Dried dill
- Dried chives
- Dried oregano
- Chili powder
- Chipotle chile powder
- Ground cumin
- Cayenne pepper
- Ground ginger
- Ground cinnamon
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
There are plenty of low carb keto snack recipes you can make, but sometimes it’s nice to have something ready to grab. Here’s a collection of keto snacks to buy.
- Keto bars
- Collagen protein bars
- Grass-fed beef sticks
- Pork rinds
- Keto cereal
- Unsweetened coconut chips
- Parmesan crisps
- Flax seed crackers
- Kelp noodles
- Shirataki noodles
- Keto Krate snack boxes
Other Keto Staples For Your Pantry
There are a few other items that you’ll need for a well stocked low carb pantry, but they don’t fit into a particular category. Tomatoes do have some carbs, but are a very common staple in recipes, so several shelf-stable versions are included here.
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