Cheese and Bacon Keto Crackers

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I recently posted a recipe for making snack crackers from slices of cheese.  Since the original posting, I have experimented with various varieties of cheese and added herbs.  One of the best combos to come out of this has been Cheese and Bacon with (or without) a light sprinkling of herbs.   Gouda is an excellent cheese for this as it crisps well and is very low carb.

Ingredients:

  • Gouda Cheese Slices 5
  • Bacon 1 rasher
  • Ground Black Pepper sprinkle
  • Ground Basil sprinkle

Method:

Place a sheet of grease proof paper onto a baking sheet. Preheat an oven to 150 C/ 300 F. Cut each cheese slice into 4 pieces and arrange on the baking sheet with a clear gap between pieces. Sprinkle each piece with a pinch of the herbs.  In a frying pan or grill crisp the piece of bacon.  Allow bacon to cool slightly then crumble or finely dice.   Add a tiny portion of the bacon to each cheese piece.  Bake in oven for twenty minutes, then remove.  Allow to cool slightly then slide a spatula under each piece and flip it to a clean section of the baking paper. [If not satisfied with crispness] return to the oven for an additional ten minutes (or until crisping brown in the corners).  Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

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Keto Cheese “Crackers”

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This recipe is based on a suggestion my wife found on a keto and cancer forum. It is very simple, but does take a little time. It uses individual cheese slices, to make a cracker-like snack that is low carb and very “cheesy.”

Ingredients:

  • Mature Cheddar  2 to 3 slices (or similar cheese) [I wouldn’t recommend American or other “processed” cheese slices].

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Method:

Place a sheet of grease proof paper onto a baking sheet. Preheat an oven to 150 C/ 300 F. Cut each cheese slice into 4 pieces and arrange on the baking sheet with a clear gap between pieces. Bake in oven for twenty minutes, then remove. Allow to cool slightly then slide a spatula under each piece and flip it to a clean section of the baking paper. Return to the oven for an additional ten minutes (or until crisping brown in the corners).  Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

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Fat Bomb Number 2

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As I have continued in the process of increasing my wife’s keto profile the desire for a “treat” is ever present when carbs are at a minimum.  She asked if I could experiment with some “fat bombs” to help with the desire for “sweet.” The result was a not totally satisfactory Fat Bomb 1, which can still be considered in a pinch; but there was some success with Fat Bomb 2.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil 2 Tbs
  • Peanut Butter (no sugar added type) 2 Tbs
  • Slivered Almonds 1 Tbs
  • Pure Cocoa Powder 1 tsp
  • Stevia 1 rounded tsp

Method:

Place the peanut butter and almonds in a flat bottomed bowl. Warm the coconut oil slightly to be sure it is liquid, or nearly so. Pour the oil over the nut butter, and add the cocoa and sweetener. Mix very well until the peanut butter, and oil are smooth with the almonds suspended in them. Place in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  Use a melon baller or similar to scoop out small balls and place in a separate dish as “bombs.” Use a spoon to scrape any unused mixture into a single mass, and make additional balls. Place the bowl of “bombs” back into the fridge until needed.

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Date and Nut Bar

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Here is a healthy (or at least healthy-ish) snack idea.  It is made with fruit without any additional sweetening, and is a great alternative to chocolate, or other sugar based treats.

Healthy version:

Ingredients:

  • Pitted Dates 2 cups
  • Nuts (Walnuts, Cashews, and/or Pecans, etc) 1/2 cup
  • Nut Butter 3 Tbs
  • Coconut Milk splash*

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Fruity version:

  • Pitted Dates 2 cups
  • Nuts (Almonds or Pistachios) 1/2 Cup
  • Figs about 6
  • Coconut Milk splash*

Decadent  version:

  • Pitted Dates 2 cups
  • Shredded Coconut 1/4 cup
  • Chocolate Chips 3 Tbs
  • Coconut Milk splash*

Method:

Place ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth**. Roll mixture into a ball and place onto a small baking tray.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes and cut into bars or wedges. That’s all there is to it.

* The milk is optional, but I found that the date mixture could be a bit crumbly after blitzing.  A splash or so of the milk made for a smoother, stickier mixture.

** If using slivered nuts reserve about half to add into the blended mixture when spreading it to tray.

*** The pictured batch is dates with slivered almonds and nut butter.

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