Desserts – Why are they important
Living a Ketogenic lifestyle has always been easy for me. Right from the start there have been plenty of dishes that are both familiar, satisfying and Keto/Low carb friendly. Eggs, bacon, cheese, steak, chicken, sausage… I could go on, but you get the point and this is making me hungry. The key to staying consistent is to find replacements of other items that don’t fit your daily macros that DO support the low carb lifestyle. By far the hardest thing to replace (at least for me) are the sweets or desserts… these are typically teeming with sugars and high carbohydrate content that will drop-kick you right out of ketosis faster than you can say Jackie Chan! A Reeses Peanut Butter Cup packs 29g of carbs… if you’ve read this blog or looked into the Keto Diet before you already know that your goal is to stay under 20g – 25g of carbs for the entire day.
Enter the Fat Bomb
So what exactly is a fat bomb and why doesn’t that sound appetizing at all? Fat bombs keto-friendly treats if you’re looking to eat something sweet without going overboard on carbs. “Fat bombs,” “keto bombs,” or “fat fudge” as they are called are different from energy balls or protein balls, these tasty little morsels prioritize healthy fats over protein and are a keto favorite because of their tastiness and ability to keep you full… Now we’re talkin’!
Chocolate Cheesecake Fat bomb
Cheesecake fat bombs are pretty simple to make and a great option to have on hand. This recipe uses a base of cream cheese and coconut oil and has two layers. The bottom is a delicious cheesecake and a chocolate layer added to the top for more sweetness.
To get started, you’ll need a ice tray to mold the fat bombs in. You can use the ice trays that already have, but I recommend picking up ice trays that have a silicon bottom. these will save you time and frustration when your treats are done and you want to remove them from the tray to store them.
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 Stevia packets
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of cinnamon
Chocolate Topping Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 Teaspoon unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 Teaspoon Keto Feast (Optional)
- 2 Stevia Packets
- 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter (I prefer chunky!)
- 1 teaspoon of Chia Seed
- 1 teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt
Mix cream cheese, butter, coconut oil, stevia and vanilla and the cinnamon in a bowl. Beat well with a hand mixer or a mini food processor. Use a teaspoon to scoop into a silicone
cupcake or ice tray mold, the silicone bottom will make it easier to remove once it’s done. Press into the mold with the back of a spoon. Freeze for a few minutes while you prepare the chocolate top layer
Combine all chocolate topping ingredients in a small pot, heat on a low to medium setting until all the ingredients have combined into a chocolate syrup like consistency. Remove the tray from the freezer. The cheesecake portion should be semi hard by now. You can use a teaspoon to press down the cheesecake to fill the bottom of each cube. With your teaspoon fill each cube with the chocolate syrup, try to make sure that each cube is getting some peanuts from the chunky
peanut butter or feel free to add crumbled nuts of your choice…. macadamia nuts would be awesome here!. Sprinkle a teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt over the top of each cube and return to the freezer for 15 minutes or until firm. Pop out of the silicone mold and eat. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
These little puppies pack a caloric punch at 50 calories and a little over 5g of fat per per cube, but at less than 1/2g of carbohydrates they can fit nicely into your daily allowance. I was able to fill (2) 21-cube trays with the ingredients listed, so each batch is going to last you for quite some time. Store some in the refrigerator and keep some frozen… They are actually pretty filling so a batch like this will typically last a week or two.
Note: For those of you that count net carbs, the Chia seeds add some dietary fiber… each one of these cubes are 0.1g of net carbs
I like to think of these tasty little morsels as a tool… just another tool in the arsenal to help me manage my nutritional goals and not feel left out in the cold. I’ll whip up a batch of these near the holidays or family get togethers… Easter is right around the corner and family dinner usually involves a coffee and dessert after the main meal… my wife’s family is Italian, dinner with them comes in waves. While they are pounding down treats like pie, cake or traditional Easter chocolate treats, I can have a few of these with coffee and not feel left out or worse, simply not sit at the table with them as they have dessert… I said they’re Italian didn’t I? Not sitting at the table is seen as disrespectful and I could end up sleeping with the fishes
Give this a try… let me know in the comments what you think