Dessert ideas for Atkins Induction phase

Atkins Induction Dessert Recipes

Atkins Induction is the first stage of Atkins, designed to break addictions to sugary foods and reset your metabolism.

As is the case with any addiction, the only way to wean yourself off sugar is to stop taking it.

This is an essential phase of the diet, but also the toughest one. Carb cravings are common during Induction, especially if you are trying Atkins for the first time.
Sugar and starchy foods are definitely off-limits on Induction. But some artificial sweeteners are permitted. Combined with other permitted foods, you can create Induction-friendly desserts and beat those annoying sugar cravings.

But isn’t it better to avoid sweeteners anyway?

Some argue that you should stay off all sweet foods, regardless of whether they affect your blood glucose (as real sugar does) or not (as is the case with artificial sweeteners). Then you can get over the cravings faster.

I agree with this opinion to a point. If you have the willpower to stay off all sugar and sweet foods, then it is certainly best to do that.

But if you are unable to fight the cravings, Induction-friendly dessert is better than falling off the wagon or giving up the diet.

What ingredients can we use for making Atkins Induction desserts?

The following foods are permitted on Atkins Induction, and can be used to create desserts:

  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Cream cheese (limited to 3-4 oz a day)
  • Cream (limited to 2-3 tbsp a day)
  • Avocado (half a small one) – yes, there is a way to make it into a dessert!
  • Sweeteners – Sucralose is the one recommended by Dr Atkins. Stevia, saccharine and erythritol are also allowed as they have no effect on blood glucose. As always, watch out for fillers and bulking agents, as those can be high in carbs. Atkins Advantage bars and shakes suitable on Induction.
    In the UK, they are available on the High Street from Boots and Superdrug.

    Cookbooks with Atkins Induction Recipes

    Many (though not all) recipes labelled as Keto or LCHF would be suitable for Atkins Induction.
    Sweet “fat bombs” also make good Induction desserts.

    Atkins diet support websites

    Atkins UK
    Atkins Community recipes
    Atkins Bulletin Board forum


    Atkins Induction Desserts Guide, Plus Recipes

30 thoughts on “Dessert ideas for Atkins Induction phase”

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    1. Carbophobic (SITE AUTHOR)

      Hi Christine, all recipes listed are under 5g net carbs. The precise count and other nutritional info depend on which product brands you choose.

    1. Carbophobic (SITE AUTHOR)

      Yes! That sounds great and is ok for Induction. Ideally, find a sugar-free jello product sweetened with sucralose, Stevia or erythritol. Good luck!

        1. Carbophobic (SITE AUTHOR)

          Hi Letty, that depends on which sweetener they use, and also on the other ingredients because sugar is not the only source of carbs. Check the label carefully – both nutritional info panel and the full ingredients list. If all the ingredients are on Atkins Induction list, and carb count is under 5g, then it should be fine.

  2. Hi
    Are all the Atkins Advantage Bars ok on the induction phase? They do not specify on the packages. I’m assuming they are not because some of them have nuts. Thank you for the ideas 🙂

    1. Hi Chris
      According to Atkins Nutritionals, Atkins Advantage range is suitable for all phases, including Induction. However – as you rightly noted – there are many ingredients in them which were certainly not on Dr Atkins’ original list of permitted Induction foods.
      Technically, the bars are low in carbs. But we all react differently to sweeteners and heavily processed ingredients. Some people can eat low-carb sweets and bars with no adverse effects on their ketosis or weight loss. For others, they might interrupt ketosis or cause cravings for real sugar.
      So overall, it is certainly safer to stick to natural foods only during Induction – if you can. If you would really like a treat like one of these bars, be careful – try a small bit first and see whether you are ok with it. You don’t really know for sure until you try.
      Best of luck with your Atkins diet!

  3. Do you think its ok to eat a Atkins lift bar for desert? I only count net carbs on these bars. I count all carbs on my daily diet.and if I count net carbs on the bar. In only taking in between 10 and 15 a day.they kill my sweets cravings for only 4 carbs!

    1. Sounds good to me! If you don’t get any adverse effects from sweeteners (some people find they can interfere with ketosis), then why not. Best of luck with your diet!


  5. Thank you so much I was desperate last night for something sweet and your article helped me not cheat!!! I was so proud, I tried the “MOCK CREAM CHEESE DANSH”, yummy!!! I am on the Atkins with two other girls at work, and shared the info with them.
    thanks so much!!

    1. Thank you so much, Danielle – it’s great to get such a positive comment 🙂 Well done for not cheating, and best of luck with your Atkins Diet!

    1. Hi Zeina, I am afraid KitKat is full or sugar, even the dark chocolate version. And this would be the case with any other mass-market chocolate bar. So you do need to either find some low-carb sugar-free grocery items (plenty of options online if you don’t have specialist shops nearby), or learn how to cook. It’s not that hard, and it’s not really even cooking as such. Many recipes on this page just need you to mix up the ingredients together.

    1. Hi Bella, these are just some ideas and suggestions. You can eat any dessert if its ingredients are on the Induction food list.

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