Chocolatey Treat without Sugar or Trans Fat

This 4 ingredient ‘fat bomb’ is delicious, quick and easy to make, and nutritious!

One of the strategies we’ve been using throughout our keto diet is to eat ‘fat bombs’ as snacks to get some extra fuel into our bodies. If you search for fat bomb recipes online you will come up with millions of results – they are a very popular and trendy dietary strategy at the moment. We are finding them to be tasty treats, a great source of fuel and that they can be pretty healthy too!

We’re loving these chocolate fat bombs and actually prefer them to typical chocolate bars which almost always comes with a significant dose of trans fat. They are giving us the satisfaction of enjoying a decadent chocolatey treat without the sugar (and sugar crash to follow) and trans fat.

Ingredient choices

This recipe is one of our favorites and is packed full of nutrition!

Almond butter

Almond butter is a good source of healthy fat and protein.  It’s also high in potassium, calcium, manganese and magnesium, and is relatively low in carbohydrates.

Cacao powder

Raw cacao powder is an excellent source of antioxidants. It’s also a good source of protein, potassium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. We use fair trade, organic cacao powder made by Giddy Yo . You can also use cocoa powder in this recipe. Cacao powder is made from raw cacao beans whereas cocoa powder is made from roasted cacao beans and is also more processed. Cacao powder preserves more of the wonderful nutrients available from the cacao bean!

Coconut oil

This recipe also has coconut oil which nowadays is touted as one of the healthiest oils to consume.  Evidence shows that the fatty acids in coconut oil can encourage your body to burn fat, and they provide quick energy to your body and brain. They also raise HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Stevia

The final ingredient is stevia which is made from the sweet tasting plant itself. Stevia is a great option as a sugar substitute with almost no carbohydrates or calories. There has been extensive research done on stevia and its potential health benefits include its ability to aid in weight loss, lower blood pressure, control diabetes, prevent certain forms of cancer, protect oral health, build strong bones, and skincare. There are many other sugar substitutes on the market today (egs. xylitol, monk fruit and Splenda) but I’m finding that stevia gets the highest grade. It does have an aftertaste that a lot of people don’t like but I think it wins out over the competition based on my limited research. What we can be mindful of is that there have been no long term studies done on the use of stevia or other many other non-sugar sweeteners, so moderation is always a good idea.

Recipe

Serves: 14

Total Time: 5 minutes preparation, 30 minutes to harden

Ingredients

  • One cup almond butter (substitute or mix any nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup cacao (or cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon stevia (to taste)

Directions

  1. In a 2 cup measuring cup, add 1 cup almond butter.
  2. Pour the 1/2 cup of coconut oil over the almond butter.
  3. Add 1/2 cup cacao powder and stevia.
  4. Mix well until smooth.
  5. Pour into ice cube trays or onto a baking sheet with parchment paper and place in refrigerator to harden.  Recipe will fill a large ice cube tray.  Halve the recipe if you have a smaller tray.
  6. Once cool, the cubes can be popped out with a knife or if you use parchment paper you can break your product up into pieces.
  7. Store it in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

Calories 217 calories | Total Fat 21 grams | Net Carbohydrates 2.5 grams | Fiber 3 grams | Protein 5 grams

* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.