The basic ketogenic diet garners about 65-75% energy needs from fat sources. While a good Primal diet offers much in the way of healthy, varied fats, with keto it’s helpful to have extra strategies for incorporating additional good fats. That’s where the keto fat bomb comes in.
But that doesn’t mean shoring yourself up for anything tasteless or unappealing. Many fat bomb recipes—like this one—aren’t even savory. In fact, with just enough sweetness, the prevailing taste of this keto fat bomb is rich, cocoa goodness—deepened by an earthy nuance of chaga mushroom mix.
And here’s what makes these particular fat bombs so special. Not only do you gain all the major benefits of collagen and a healthy dose of nutrient-dense fat from coconut oil and almond butter, you’ll also get the nutritional magic of adaptogenic chaga. One of the true superfoods, chaga is a fungus long used in traditional medicine that is rich in both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phenols. It has the highest ORAC value of any natural food and is rich in major and trace minerals. So, you can be sure this keto fat bomb offers more than its share of both delicious flavor and essential nutrients.
Today’s guest recipe is served up by a good friend to Mark’s Daily Apple—Maria Emmerich, well-known author and health blogger.
I grew up overweight and unhealthy. I love food and I will always love food. I have just decided to make keto my lifestyle, not only for me but my whole family.
Planning ahead has helped me stick to this lifestyle and keep the weight off for over a decade. One downfall I suffered from in the past was dinner parties and family gatherings where I had nothing healthy to eat so I would fall off the wagon, which often derailed me from my lifestyle for too long. Too many times I have gone to a family gathering or dinner party to be dissapointed at the keto options served at the table. To keep me prepared, I always love to bring an appetizer and a dessert to share. As a hostess, I am always grateful when a guest offers to bring a dish to pass, and I find that every time I offer to bring something the host is more than happy that I help out.
Look up the definition of “gut bomb” and you just might see a photo of chili fries. But not these chili fries. Primal sweet potato chili fries are made from sweet potato fries baked in avocado oil and topped with your favorite chili, plus a light sprinkle of high-quality sharp cheddar cheese and a drizzle of chipotle cashew cream. The method used here for sweet potatoes fries–steam first, then bake–is a great method to use any time you bake cut sweet potatoes (or regular potatoes).
Berries are nature’s way of handing you the perfect dessert. Sweet and pleasurable to eat, berries also have some of the highest antioxidant ratings of all fruits.
A bowl of fresh, ripe berries is splendid, for sure, but this parfait made from layers of roasted berries and whipped cream is over-the-top deliciousness.
Roasting berries bring out their sweetness, a handy trick when berries aren’t quite as ripe as you’d like. The flavor of roasted berries is richer, tasting more like pie filling than fresh berries. Layered with whipped cream (made from either coconut milk or whipping cream), the roasted berries turn into a gorgeous, healthy and decadent-tasting dessert.
Looking for a new homemade dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth? One that’s fancy enough to serve at a dinner party, but can also be thrown into a backpack on your next hike?
These dark chocolate coconut and Brazil nut bars are pretty to look at, easy to make, stay fresh for weeks and are filled with healthy fats, flavanols, and selenium. What more could you possibly want from dessert?
The idea to use a silicone ice cube tray for shaping chocolate comes from this recipe for dark chocolate snack bites. Pouring warm chocolate into a small ice cube tray yields nicely shaped, nicely sized chocolate squares.
Sardine Butter. Does the combination of these two words have you salivating or grimacing? Canned sardines are a delicious, nutritious fish, but they aren’t everyone’s favorite. The flavor can be a little, well, fishy. But there are a lot of omega-3s and other nutrients packed into those small, oily little fish, so finding a way to love ‘em is a worthwhile endeavor.
Butter, on the other hand…who doesn’t love butter? Mashing butter and canned sardines together with lemon and cayenne makes a simple but stunning spread. Sardine butter has a more assertive, less delicate flavor than anchovy butter. But sardine butter is much less “fishy” than sardines straight out of the can (if that’s a plus for your taste buds).
In recipes like this, with so few ingredients, quality matters. Use your favorite salted butter, hopefully one that’s pastured or cultured. Grab a few cans of sardines from the grocery store, taste-testing to find you favorite. Boneless sardines give the butter a smoother texture, but if you don’t mind a little crunchiness (and want the calcium) then go ahead and use bone-in. Whether they’re smoked or un-smoked, packed in water or olive oil, is your choice.