Snacks & Fat Bombs

Keto-friendly snacks and ‘fat bombs’ are an essential part of the keto lifestyle. Below are some great ideas to have at hand when you are feeling like a nibble..

Best Ever Crispy Keto Kale ‘Chips’

Keto Kale Chips

These are so yum! Crunchy chips which are high in fibre, low in carbs and packed with goodness – it will make you forget all about chip-and-dip while watching the game …

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Carbs 1.9g
(5%); Fat 13g (75.5%); Protein 7.3g (19.5%)
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Keto Nachos

Keto Nachos
Keto Nachos

Cheesy, crispy ‘nachos’ that can be used to scoop up a generous serving of Guacamole! Try this fool-proof version, then play around changing up the cheese or herbs I used…

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Carbs 2g
(2.3%); Fat 30g (78.2%); Protein 17g (19.5%)
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Quick Guacamole

Guacamole

A quick and easy guacamole dip that you can scoop up with my Keto Nachos! Macros have been calculated on the guacamole alone, so its handy for you if you choose to use it in other ways…

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Carbs 1.5g
(4.9%); Fat 13g (90.8%); Protein 1.3g (4.3%)
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Keto Onion Rings

Keto Onion Rings

Just because you have given up flour doesn’t mean you can’t crumb-and-fry food anymore! I simply combined blitzed lean pork crackling with nutritional yeast flakes (<-my new favourite ingredient) and fried as normal. Absolutely incredible flavours and perfect to have on the side of your bunless burger. Leaner crackling is preferred for this recipe, so I used Mr Porky’s Crispy Pork Strips – which I have seen available at Tesco and Sainsbury’s here in the UK.

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Carbs 5.5g
(6%); Fat 31g (76.6%); Protein 16g (17.5%)
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Double-Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Keto Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

I first tasted dark chocolate-and-macadamia nut cookies on honeymoon in Malaysia more than 10 years ago. This was LBK (life-before-keto) and Funnyman and I were literally eating our way through Kuala Lumpur and Penang (it’s a foodie heaven!) One afternoon, when strolling through one of the enormous department stores* in KL, we found a mainstream cookie kiosk called Famous Amos. Their dark chocolate and macadamia cookies were sublime – and here I am, still thinking of them 10 years later! My version is chewier than I remember theirs being, but just as fab. 

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Carbs 5.7g
(8.7%); Fat 21g (80.8%); Protein 6.1g (10.5%)
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Mini Meringue Bites

Keto Mini Meringues

I made a batch of these to use in a Keto Blueberry Mess I was playing around with one day. They are so delightful and the perfect sweet treat to pop in your mouth when you walk passed them. (They lasted about half a day in my house with Funnyman’s sweet tooth!)Add to whipped cream and blueberries and you have yourself a tasty mess.. 

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Carbs 0g
(0%); Fat 0g (0%); Protein 1.4g (100%)
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Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Keto Spicy Rosemary Nuts
Keto Spicy Rosemary Nuts

Nuts are an ideal keto snack as they are high in fat and fibre. However, the amount you snack on should be monitored. Peanuts are not permitted on keto, but there are plenty of other tasty options. These roasted nuts are moreish with a lovely hint of rosemary and heat from the cayenne pepper which you can adjust according to your preference. I mix in a very small pinch of sweetener as soon as it comes out of the oven, but this is entirely optional. Since you are roasting and seasoning the nuts yourself, purchase unroasted, unsalted whole nuts for this recipe.

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Carbs 4.1g
(3.7%); Fat 42g (87.5%); Protein 9.9g (8.8%)
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Best Ever Keto Brownies

Best Keto Chocolate Brownies
Best Keto Chocolate Brownies

Bribing Funnyman with my brownies is a nifty way to get him to do stuff around the house. I learnt this in wife-training school. He loves these keto brownies. They are the perfect size to hit the sweet spot and they make great fat bombs. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all, so making a batch of these along with a batch of Keto Blueberry Lollies for him once a week is my way of showing him how much I appreciate him going on this Keto journey with me. For this recipe, I did not use confectioners’ Erythritol like I do for all my other recipes, I used granulated. It’s a good idea to have a bag of each on hand. The brownies store well in the fridge (although they would disappear in a day if I did that), so I freeze them individually after cooling and slicing. We always have double cream in the house, so he often reheats them slightly after they have defrosted (2-3 hours in the fridge to defrost) and then he pours a little cream over them. Happy Husband = Happy Wifey…

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Carbs 1.1g
(2.4%); Fat 18g (87.7%); Protein 4.8g (9.9%)
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Homemade Keto Pork Scratchings

Homemade Pork Scratchings
Homemade Pork Scratchings

We just love our butcher here in Berkshire … He hooked me up with some pork skin, so I did the obvious thing … Be sure to use a very sharp knife and work carefully when you slide away the fat.

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Carbs 0g
(0.1%); Fat 9.2g (68.3%); Protein 9.6g (31.6%)
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Keto Charred, Blistered Padrón Peppers

Keto Padron Peppers
Keto Padron Peppers

The first time I ever tried padrón peppers was in Barafina in Soho, London about 2 years ago. Funnyman and I were out drowning our sorrows for some or other reason, I cannot recall exactly but I suspect it was something financial. The irony was that we sat in this restaurant for about 4 hours and ordered three-quarters of the tapas menu items throughout the evening, washed down with plenty of wine (this was LBK- life before keto). Whatever was bothering us that night was soon forgotten (along with our financial common sense) – but the padrón peppers were thankfully as memorable as they were delicious. Eaten whole, this is a risky little appetiser as some are hot and some are not – you just don’t know what you will get. They are simply the perfect appetiser for someone who likes to live on the edge and I was delighted when I saw they are now readily available at the supermarket. I have made this several times and never encountered a spicy one, so perhaps it’s not that risky after all. A lovely, simple tapas – you should give it a try! 

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Carbs 0.7g
(5.1%); Fat 4.6g (78.3%); Protein 2.2g (16.5%)
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South African Biltong.. the way to my heart

South African Biltong

In case it hasn’t been clear (with all my talk of braaing!), I am living in the UK now, but I was born and raised in sunny South Africa. Those that know me will note that this post is way overdue – BILTONG: The way to my heart since I first chewed on it while teething as a baby (how teething is dealt with in South Africa) and my favourite keto snack ever! There are numerous stores around the UK that sell excellent biltong, but nothing beats the satisfaction of making your own. 

You could probably fashion your own biltong maker (box, light, fan) but my trusty one has never let me down. It gets used a lot and has a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. Regarding the spices, go ahead and try several or make your own, but Freddy Hirsch has perfected it! Step-by-step pics below.

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