The Complete Vegan Ketogenic Diet Food List

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A ketogenic was something that always interested me, but I ruled it out once I went vegan.

While I still have no plans of following a keto diet, I’ve seen that many do without any problem.

To create a vegan ketogenic diet food list, I collected data for about 120 vegan whole foods using the USDA food database.

The results are broken down on this page. There’s 80 foods in total here that I believe could be eaten on a ketogenic diet.

All the nutritional information that I extracted is based off of a typical serving.

Before we get into the lists, one special mention for dark chocolate. It didn’t come up in my research, but it’s a good ketogenic food if you stick to the darkest percentages.

The first 3 sections are simplified lists, the complete data for all the foods in this post is in the final section.

Vegan Foods That Have Less Than 5 Net Carbohydrates Per Serving

The foods here are the “ideal” ketogenic diet foods.

They have very few carbohydrates, although many don’t have a high amount of calories either (could be a good or bad thing).

FoodNet Carbs
Rapini0.11
Kale0.16
Watercress0.22
Radish0.31
Flaxseed0.35
Ginger0.36
Arugula0.43
Water spinach0.55
Olive0.67
Mustard greens0.82
Bok choy0.83
Garlic0.89
Celery0.9
Raspberry1.07
Asparagus1.27
Bamboo shoot1.36
Seaweed (dried)1.37
Hemp seeds1.4
Collard greens2
Pecans2.06
Lettuce (red leaf)2.09
Turnip greens2.12
Green bean2.33
Chia seeds2.34
Avocado2.55
Brazil nut2.81
Cabbage2.96
Cauliflower3.22
Macadamia nut3.46
Broccoli3.64
Lemon3.81
Okra4.08
Walnut4.12
Cucumber4.66
Hazelnut4.77
Green bell pepper4.81
Spinach4.84
Almonds4.84
Guava4.88
Tomato4.88
Carrot4.9

Not a huge list. It’s not easy to do keto on a vegan diet.

There are a few types of foods here that you should get really familiar with:

  • Vegetables (in particular leafy greens) – Rapini, kale, and watercress top the list. There are a few non-leafy vegetables like green beans, avocados, broccoli, and cucumber, among a few others down the list.
  • Nuts – Certain types of nuts have very few net carbohydrates. Pecans, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts are low in net carbohydrates and have a decent amount of calories. You can substitute almond flour for wheat flour in many recipes as well.
  • Seeds – Hemp seeds and chia seeds are both highly nutritious (great vegan sources of omega 3s), and make this top list.

Vegan Foods That Have Between 5 and 10 Net Carbohydrates Per Serving

These foods are still decent for keto diets, but you probably don’t want to go too crazy with them.

FoodNet Carbs
Lime5.16
Peanuts5.57
Onion5.7
Gourd5.74
Coconut meat6.22
Blackberry6.24
Pine nuts6.33
Red bell pepper6.49
Plum6.64
Zucchini6.85
Brussels sprouts6.98
Squash7.22
Lychee7.33
Cantaloupe7.42
Beets7.96
Artichoke8.33
Cranberry8.37
Sesame seeds8.38
Grapes8.47
Chicory root9.61
Pineapple9.82

A few more vegetables like onions, zucchini, brussel sprouts and squash, but also some fruits.

I know that fruit is generally avoided on keto, but these fruits are the best ones to have: plums, blackberries, cranberries, lychee, cantaloupe.

There’s also the first legume (peanuts), and a few more nuts (coconut and pine nuts).

Vegan Foods That Have Between 10 and 20 Net Carbohydrates Per Serving

These foods will depend on how you react to them. As far as I understand, if you’re very active and perhaps a larger person, you can tolerate a one or two of these per day.

FoodNet Carbs
Pistachio nuts10.21
Swiss chard10.25
Leek10.99
Peach12.11
Soybeans12.29
Peas12.65
Vital wheat gluten13.19
Nectarine13.76
Tangerine13.81
Orange13.83
Lotus root14.21
Apricot15.05
Strawberry15.34
Eggplant15.82
Parsnip17.43
Cherry19.19
Cashew20.29

Vital wheat gluten and products made from soybean are some of the best protein sources you’ll find on a keto diet.

There’s also a few more fruits that may be acceptable for you.

The Detailed List of Vegan Ketogenic Foods

If you’d like the complete list of foods, make a copy of this spreadsheet. It contains all the data from above and more.

Most importantly is the serving size column, so that you can see what I took to be a “typical serving size”, which may or may not hold for you.

A vegan ketogenic diet is impressive because it’s not easy to follow. Hopefully this food list will help you succeed.

Good luck.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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