One Keto Dough Recipe: Unlimited Recipe Options!

ketogenic diet chef rachel finn

My name is Rachel Finn, and I am a chef at a children’s hospital where I help create recipes for children following a medical ketogenic diet for the management of intractable epilepsy. Working with Nutricia North America, I created a new, versatile dough recipe, KetoCal® 2:1 Dough, and it has become the go-to keto dough for almost everything! It is made with the KetoCal® 3:1 Powder, which is unflavored and works nicely for a savory dough. I’ve used this dough as the base to create a variety of other keto-friendly recipes – check them out below! These recipes were shared at our most recent Keto University for professionals administering the ketogenic diet in the medical field, and they were a big hit!

Ketogenic Dough Basics

Carbohydrate-heavy foods like pasta and fries are undoubtedly the basic foods patients understandably miss the most when being on the classic, modified ketogenic or modified Atkins diet. My new KetoCal Dough recipe is at a 2:1 ratio. It can be used for various dishes from pocket sandwiches, to faux French fries, to even pizza rolls that resemble what the rest of the family might be eating.  If you’re a bit more adventurous, you can also use this dough recipe to create samosas with cilantro chutney, crab rangoons, or empanadas. Serve these recipes with high fat sauces or with a high fat drink on the side (such as KetoCal or heavy cream) to reach your needed ketogenic ratio. Ask your healthcare provider for help to modify these recipes to reach your specific requirements.

KetoCal 2:1 Dough is found as an ingredient in MyKetoPlanner. Using the dough as the base, you can individualize recipes to fit into specific ratios.  The following recipes each use 40 grams of dough that will provide a large enough portion to work with and make a filling meal or snack.

Once made, KetoCal 2:1 Dough can be stored for 24 hours wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator.  You can also freeze these recipes if you prefer to make your ketogenic meals ahead of time. However, for best results, making, baking, then eating immediately is recommended.

Ingredients are weighed in grams for consistent results. For each of these recipes, the dough is weighed (40 grams) prior to baking.

Tools You Will Need:

Parchment paper and a rolling pin are essential tools for rolling this dough.  For small helping hands, a 1-inch dowel rod cut into 12-inch section is easy to grasp and roll.  Send us pictures of your keto kids helping to create these recipes!

The Recipes:

To download a PDF of these recipes for print, click here.

KetoCal 2:1 Dough (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner)

ketocal dough recipe

Keto Pocket Sandwiches Recipe (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner)

ketocal pocket sandwich recipe

Keto Beef Samosas Recipe (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner) with Cilantro Chutney (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner)

KetoCal samosa recipe

Keto Empanada Recipe (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner) with Chimichurri Sauce (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner)

ketocal empanada recipe

Pizza Bites or Ravioli Recipe (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner)

Keto Crab Rangoon Recipe (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner)

Keto Faux Fries Recipe (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner)

Keto Butter Pasta Recipe (view recipe in MyKetoPlanner)

ketocal butter pasta recipe

This KetoCal 2:1 Dough is surprisingly easy to whip up! It is versatile and can be used for many different ketogenic recipes.  Be creative and let us know what dishes you come up with!

Please be sure to individualize recipes for your specific diet plan with the help of your healthcare provider.

                                                -Chef Rachel

I was paid by Nutricia North America for my time to create this blog post, however, my opinions are my own.

KetoCal® is medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether KetoCal is right for you.

*Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Kikkoman® is a registered trademark of Kikkoman Corporation. Philadelphia® is a registered trademark of Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Unilever, Kikkoman Corporation, and Kraft Foods Brands LLC are not affiliated with Nutricia North America and have not endorsed the proposed use of their products in this recipe. Specific brand names are referenced to ensure consistent nutritional composition necessary to maintain the medical ketogenic diet. KetoCal is a registered trademark of SHS International Ltd.

For more information on the medical ketogenic diet for the management of intractable epilepsy, visit www.ketogenicdietforepilepsy.com.

Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Chef Rachel Finn

She’s done it! – Chef Rachel, the amazing medical ketogenic diet chef, has come up with the perfect 4:1 cake recipe with the most delicious buttercream frosting! We recently debuted this cake recipe at the Glut1 Deficiency Foundation family meeting and it was a hit – lots of smiles, thumbs-ups, “yummy”s and requests for seconds from the kids (and some of the parents!). We hope you love it just as much!  

Note – You can also use this same recipe to make cake pops. This recipe is also available in a 3:1 ratio.

Makes approximately 6 servings (approximately 250 calories each). You can adjust serving size to yield desired calorie requirement. Ask your dietitian for help.

4:1 Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 44 g KetoCal® 4:1 Powder
  • 42 g Almond flour (whole ground blanched almonds)
  • 46 g Egg (raw, mixed well)
  • 2 g Vanilla extract – pure
  • 2 g Baking powder – Calumet®* (Kraft®*)
  • 50 g Mayonnaise, Hellmann’s®*/Best Foods®*    
  • 40 g Butter
  • 60 g Cream, 36%
  • 7 g Pudding powder Kraft®* FatFr/SugarFr, Inst.Vanilla   

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Weigh KetoCal® powder, almond flour, egg, mayonnaise, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Save cream, butter, and pudding powder for later.
  • Mix KetoCal powder, almond flour, egg, mayonnaise, baking powder, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spatula until well blended.
  • Pour batter into a greased very small baking dish – we used a 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.8 (3 cup) glass baking dish.
  • Spread batter evenly in baking dish.
  • Place baking dish into the oven.
  • Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until edges start to brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Keep a close eye on it as it bakes as oven baking times may vary.
  • While baking, prepare your frosting recipe.
  • Weigh heavy cream, butter, and sugar-free pudding powder.
  • Add heavy cream to a large bowl. Using a hand blender, whip cream until it starts to stiffen to whipped cream consistency.
  • Add pudding powder and butter to the same bowl with the cream, then blend until mixture is blended. Do not over blend or frosting will become too stiff. If this happens, add a small amount of water to thin out frosting.
frosting
  • Remove cake from oven and allow to cool.
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Cake without frosting
  • Once cake is completely cool, spread frosting as evenly as possible over the top.
cake with frosting
Cake with frosting
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator. Note – frosting will melt if exposed to heat or direct sunlight.

*Optional, add “keto sprinkles” (granulated stevia leaf extract sweetener mixed with a dash of food coloring) on top of the frosting. If you do this, be sure to add the stevia leaf extract sweetener as an ingredient to the recipe and account for any extra carbs – you may need to add a bit of extra butter to the frosting recipe to even out the ratio.

Cake decorated with “keto sprinkles”

Makes approximately 6 servings of cake (about 250 calories per serving). Can adjust serving size to reach needed calorie amount.

One serving of cake
One serving of cake (shown with “keto sprinkles”)

Nutritional Information:

For total recipe:

  • Calories: 1515

Per serving (6 servings per recipe):

  • Calories: 252

For full nutritional information for this 4:1 recipe – visit https://myketoplanner.com/4299-chef-rachel-s-4-1-vanilla-cake-buttercream-frosting-recipe-from-glut1-conference.aspx.

To view 3:1 recipe, visit https://myketoplanner.com/4301-chef-rachel-s-3-1-vanilla-cake-frosting-recipe-from-glut1-conference.aspx.

KetoCal® is medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether KetoCal is right for you.

*Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Calumet® and Kraft® are registered trademarks of Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Unilever and Kraft Foods Brands LLC are not affiliated with Nutricia North America and have not endorsed the proposed use of their products in this recipe. Specific brand names are referenced to ensure consistent nutritional composition necessary to maintain the medical ketogenic diet.

For more information on the medical ketogenic diet for the management of intractable epilepsy, visit www.ketogenicdietforepilepsy.com.


Keto-friendly Thanksgiving & Holiday Recipes

Thanksgiving and holiday meals tend to be food-focused. This can be stressful when you or a loved one is on the medical ketogenic diet for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy. However, with KetoCal® and a little extra planning (okay, maybe a lot), you can put together a delicious and keto-friendly holiday feast. Reach out to your ketogenic dietitian far in advance for help putting together a meal that meets your calorie and ratio requirements. Here are some delicious and keto-friendly recipe ideas to get you started.

For Hanukkah recipe Ideas, see our previous post here.

Main Course:

Every family has their own traditions when it comes to main courses for holiday dinners.  Whether ham, beef, poultry or fish is served, be mindful of rubs or glazes that may contain carbohydrates.  You can use  butter or a high-fat sauce to even out the ketogenic ratio. For example, you could create a creamy gravy using heavy cream or Liquigen® (emulsified MCT oil), mixed with chicken or beef bouillon granules.

Most families serve turkey on Thanksgiving. If possible, opt for dark meat since it has a higher fat content.  If you’re up for something a little different, consider these turkey dishes that are already in a 3:1 ketogenic ratio:

Side Dishes:

For many, side dishes are the best part of the meal! Here are some tasty and keto-friendly options:

Chef Rachel’s Stuffing (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe)

Chef Rachel’s Green Bean Casserole (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe)

Chef Rachel’s Mashed Fauxtatoes (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe)

Chef Rachel’s Sweet Fauxtatoes (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe)

Cauliflower & Cheese (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe)

Dessert & Treats:

Who could forget the sweetest part? Whether you’re looking for a keto-friendly dessert for your holiday feast or holiday cookies to decorate, we’ve got you covered.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie (3:1 recipe)

Chef Rachel’s Apple Crisp (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe)

Basic Cookies (great for decorating with food coloring or “keto sprinkles” (granulated stevia with food coloring)) – (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe)

Gingerbread Cookies (3:1 recipe)

Chef Rachel’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (3:1 ratio)

Crème Brulee (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe, MAD recipe)

Chocolate Ice-cream (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe, MAD recipe)

Vanilla Ice-cream (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe)

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting (3:1 recipe)

Vanilla Cake Pops (3:1 recipe)

Chocolate Cake Pops (3:1 recipe)

Strawberry Panna Cotta (3:1 recipe, 4:1 recipe, MAD recipe)

Chocolate Candy (2.87:1 recipe)

Chef Rachel’s Easy Chocolate Pudding (3:1 recipe)

For more tips on managing the holidays on the ketogenic diet, see our previous post here.

From all of us at KetoCal, we wish your family a very happy, healthy and tasty holiday season!

Mallory

KetoCal is a medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if KetoCal is right for you.

The medical ketogenic diet for epilepsy should be used under medical supervision.