Ok, here it is! I am trying the Keto lifestyle (at least for 6 weeks). Even after all my preaching against diet fads, this Keto Guido-ess is discovering what all the hype is about first hand. Hypocrite party of one! Let’s call it a diet in the name of research though, so I feel better about my decision, ok? I figure any “diet” where I can eat copious amounts of cream, cheese and meat is perhaps the diet for me? So let’s do this!
Mission (I chose to accept): 6 weeks, all in Keto lifestyle
It’s a bizarre practice changing the way you think about fat. Here, fat isn’t the enemy – so far, from what I can tell, the real enemy is SUGAR (and of course carbs). We all know sugar is bad and it’s in literally EVERYTHING. If something is low fat, bet ya a dollar it’s got hidden sugar. I say hidden because even though grams of sugar are listed on nutrition labels, the daily percent total is NEVER listed. Super shady and tricky move, right? So full fat items make sense.
So I’m 15 days deep and I find myself unable to eat enough fat. Keto pros seems to preach Fat BOMBS to solve this issue, so I got in deep and started devouring all the recipes I could find, but couldn’t quite find one I liked. After playing around a bit, this was what I came up with…also, perhaps we can call them ENERGY BOMBS instead????
- 12 oz shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2-1 T coconut oil
- 3/4 Cup almond flour
- 4 drops pure monk fruit sweetener (or other sugar-free sweetener), optional
- 3 T unsweetened cocao powder
- 2 T unsweetened peanut butter (try to use to oil separating peanut butter or it will make your balls oily).
- 3 T cocao nibs unsweetened
- Additional cocoa powder and/or coconut for rolling
- Add all coconut to food processor and turn on high and let ride for 5 minutes. You’ll notice the flakes begin to turn into “butter”
- Add a 1/2 to 1 T of coconut oil. Don’t over processes. Just pulse it.
- Once is comes together add almond flour, monk fruit sweetener, cocoa powder, peanut butter and process just enough for it to come together.
- add cocoa nibs and pulse a few times until combined
- Is the mixture a smidgen watery? Don’t panic, just stick in the refrigerator until it starts to firm up.
- Remove from fridge and use a 1 inch scoop (or something of similar size).
- Roll into small balls (23) and then in cocoa powder and place on parchment paper in an air tight container. Store in fridge until ready to eat.
I purchased everything at Whole Foods. Double check the label and make sure there are no hidden surprises.
No food egos were hurt during the making of these balls.
I’ve said balls and laughed 200 times in the making of these balls. I am 41-years-old.
They’re actually delicious if you don’t like super sweet desserts. I will eat these post Keto, they’re that satisfying.
Yield: 23 balls. Serving size: 1 ball. Nutritional facts (estimated) – 2g Carbs, 2g Protein 14g fat, 130 calories.
I also made these cheesecake bombs. I rolled them in cocao nibs and coconut. I used coconut oil instead of butter and a couple drops of monk fruit sweetener instead of erythritol. They were just ok, not quite as satisfying as my version, but very easy to make and I happened to have everything I needed.