These tasty little bites are easy to make and keto-friendly!
When we set out to make this keto protein fat bombs recipe, we had some important criteria. First, we needed to make an energy bite that is low carb. Second, we wanted to use ingredients that are recognizable and easily attained. Thirdly, the idea of making a plant based keto snack seemed like an epic challenge. Most importantly, we wanted to throw in some flavor to keep with the satiety. So, we went with raw pecans, flaxseed, coconut oil, dark chocolate, monk fruit sweetener, and almond milk. All of these ingredients are easily found, and we will go over acceptable substitutes.
Keto Protein Fat Bombs Need Binders
Obviously, the Keto diet relies upon fat. Because coconut oil is pure fat, it meets your fat needs without any added carbs. Almond milk is another great choice due to its low carb/low sugar profile. As far as alternative milks go, almond milk is probably the go-to for most keto dieters, but you may go with any plant based milk that doesn’t contain added sweetener. The choices seem endless, so go with whatever you usually have on hand or whatever speaks to you. Just stay away from cow milk because of the sugar and carb content.
Good Bites Of Energy Are Protein Based
As advocates of the plant-based diet, we decidedly chose pea protein. Interestingly, peas as a whole natural food aren’t allowed on the keto diet due to high sugar/carb content. Because peas contain more starch, spinach, broccoli, and zucchini are preferred. However, the process involved in manufacturing pea protein powder actually extracts whatever carbs once existed.
In terms of maximum protein delivery, pea protein powders are just as effective as whey in increasing muscles. To say nothing of the fact that pea protein is lactose free. Since pea protein is easily digested, contains complete proteins, as well as high nutritional density, it’s no wonder we went for it.
Other acceptable forms of protein powders besides pea and whey are: Casein Protein, Egg White Protein Powder, Collagen Protein, Soy Protein Isolate, and Rice Protein isolate. Most importantly, ensure your protein doesn’t have added flavors that up the sugar/carb load.
Fat Bombs Must Taste Good
Sugar is such a huge no-no in the land of keto, that we found ourselves scrambling for an alternative sweetener we actually enjoyed. Although stevia is a perfectly acceptable choice, we went for monkfruit sweetener. Monkfruit sweetener is derived from a fruit by that name and dehydrated. Additional amounts of erythritol are typically added. It’s taken some time to make an appearance on grocery store shelves, but monkfruit sweetener is becoming more mainstream. We love the fact that monkfruit has no aftertaste whatsoever and has zero net carbs or calories. Lakanto is relatively easy to find and is Keto Approved.
Unsweetened coconut flakes add a fair amount of texture and flavor to this keto protein fat bomb. However, if you don’t have any on hand or can’t find it in your regular shopping, just leave it out. The chocolate makes up for it nicely. If you can’t find a dark chocolate that’s 70 percent cocoa solids, you can easily switch to cocoa powder.
How To Make A Keto Protein Fat Bomb
First, blitz your raw pecans in the food processor. By the way, pecans and almonds contain the fewest net carbs within the nut family. Add in everything else, saving the almond milk for last. Add a tablespoon of almond milk at a time until the mixture binds together. Then, put the mixture in a bowl and mix chocolate in with a spoon. Scoop out about ten balls that measure an inch wide until you run out. It should yield ten servings. Refrigerate for half an hour or more and they’re ready.
A word of wisdom: because these high energy snacks are both high in fat and protein, they should be eaten as a quick pick me up when you are hungry. These aren’t something to grab when you are just a bit peckish. They are best eaten according to keto guidelines.
Keto Protein Fat Bombs
- 1/8 cup pecans
- 1/3 cup flax meal
- 1/3 cup coconut flakes unsweetened
- 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup pea protein powder
- 1 teaspoon monkfruit sweetener
- 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- Blitz pecans in food processor into fine powder.
- Add everything else except chocolate and almond milk and blend well. Once everything is mixed together, add almond milk slowly while blending until it’s in a nice ball and no powder is left. If necessary, add more almond milk, a tiny bit at a time until a homogenous mixture forms. Put mix in a small bowl and add chocolate chips in. Mix with a spoon.
- With a cookie scoop or a large spoon, grab about an inch by inch amount of mix and roll into a ball. You should easily get ten balls.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. These will keep in refrigerator for three weeks.
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