Keto. Ketones. Keto diet. Ketogenic lifestyle.
These are some of the most searched terms on the Internet today.
Ketones are produced in smaller amounts naturally by everybody. People who are adapted to fat as their primary fuel instead of carbohydrates will naturally produce and use them in higher amounts.
The goal of the ketogenic lifestyle is to adapt the body to utilize FAT as its primary fuel source instead of SUGAR. Fat can be a healthier and more sustainable source of energy
Ketones help you burn fat for energy, powerfully reduce inflammation and show promise in preventing and eradicating diabetes, cancer, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
It was early 2016 when I first made the switch into a low-carb/high-fat way of eating. It was a long time coming; a decision I made only after doing a lot of research and reading. The one book that inspired me to finally take the plunge was Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore.
I really wish I had had access to a conference or online summit at the time to guide me through my transition into keto. Since those early days I have discovered work from other experts like David Perlmutter, Thomas Seyfried, Brian Mowll, and David Jockers, and the research these doctors have done in the value of a ketogenic diet.
The Keto Edge Summit is exactly the kind of all-inclusive package I wish I had when I was starting out. I’m glad it is now available to help other people who want to try keto. And many of the doctors doing cutting edge research in keto are featured in the summit!
One thing I needed was a source for recipes that were keto-friendly. I was glad to find at the end of Keto Clarity a small recipes to get you started.
I really liked the recipe called “Camille’s Keto Energy Bars“. I liked the convenience of having a portable snack or quick breakfast. One to keep me satisfied with plenty of healthy fats. Most energy bars you can buy are way too high in carbs to work for people in ketosis. So this homemade version filled that need.
The original recipe was made with a lot of almond butter, raw nuts and cacao nibs. But I still don’t do well with too many nuts, and although chocolate tastes great it really messes with my sleep no matter when I eat it. 🙁
So I came up with my own version of this grab-and-go bar that includes some extra protein from collagen, and swaps the nut butters and nuts for ingredients that are more digestible and make me feel so much better!
Crispy nuts are something I discovered years ago when I joined the Weston A Price Foundation. The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook has several recipes for making high enzyme, digestible and delicious crispy nuts of all kinds. You can also find a recipe here. I like to keep a big jar of crispy nuts in my pantry for quick snacks.
I like the addition of high protein hemp hearts and omega-3 rich chia seeds for a nutritional boost.
If you aren’t familiar with the term “fat bomb” – it is used a lot in the Keto world to describe a small snack that is made primarily from healthy fats like coconut oil or butter. They are used to curb cravings and help tide you over between meals.
Low Carb [Keto] Protein Bars [Fat Bombs]
1 cup coconut oil, very soft
1 cup coconut butter, softened
1 10g packet Vital Proteins collagen powder
1/2 cup crispy pecans or walnuts (see note above for how to do this)
1/2 cup crispy or raw pumpkin seeds (make crispy pumpkin seeds just like crispy nuts)
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
In a mixing bowl combine the coconut oil, coconut butter, collagen powder and protein powder until smooth. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is thick like frosting. Of course the nuts and dried fruit will make it lumpy, but be sure to get it very well mixed.
Line a 8 1/2″ x 11″ pan with waxed paper. Make sure it gets all the way into the corners and up the sides. This can get really messy otherwise!
Pour the coconut mixture into the prepared pan, spreading the mixture evenly. You may need to tap the pan on the counter to settle the mixture into an even thickness. Place the pan into the freezer keeping it level. Freeze for at least an hour.
Remove the pan from the freezer and lift the entire wax paper slab out and place onto a large cutting board. Score the top of the slab into 16 equal bars, then carefully cut each individual bar from the slab.
Store the finished bars in a sealed container in the freezer. You can keep these in the refrigerator if you want them to be a little softer, but don’t leave them out on the counter or you will have pudding instead of a bar.
The macros for one bar (using blueberries) is approximately 21g fat, 4.5g protein, 2.3g net carbs.
- 1 cup coconut oil, very soft
- 1 cup coconut butter, softened
- ½ cup grassfed whey vanilla protein powder
- 1 10g packet Vital Proteins collagen powder
- ½ cup dried cranberries or dried blueberries
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- ½ cup crispy pecans or walnuts
- ½ cup crispy or raw pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- In a mixing bowl combine the coconut oil, coconut butter, protein powder and collagen powder.
- Mix on low speed until smooth and well combined.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is very well combined.
- Line a 8½" x 11" pan with waxed paper pushing it into the corners and letting it go all the way up the sides.
- Pour the bar mixture into the prepared pan smoothing it out and tapping the pan as needed to make a smooth, even layer.
- Place the pan into the freezer keeping it level.
- Freeze at least one hour.
- Remove from freezer and place the entire slab with the waxed paper onto a cutting board.
- Score the top of the slab into 16 equal rectangles.
- Carefully cut through the slab into individual bars.
- Store in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer or refrigerator.
You can purchase the entire Keto Edge Summit for your own reference library. The summit includes more recipes and lots more tips for going keto.
Have you tried keto or low carb? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!