Are you looking for the perfect keto-friendly snack? If so, you should consider something called cheesecake fat bombs. Fun Fact: It’s believed athletes at the first Olympics in 776 BC ate cheesecake. This tasty dessert is famous for being high in everything including calories, carbs, sugar, and fat. These mini cheesecakes are candy for people on the keto diet. They help satisfy you when you have a snack attack but aren’t loaded with carbs and sugar like typical baked goods. Yes, you can have your just desserts and don’t have to worry about “bad” fat from white sugar. Remember: sugar turns to fat!
So, what are these fat bombs all about? Think of them as traditional cheesecake minus the high carbs. For example, gone is the graham cracker crust that’s loaded in sugar. The fruit in heavy-syrup is also swapped out for the same reason. So, what’s left? You get cream cheese, which is loaded with a healthy fat like another full-fat dairy. You also get stuff like chocolate chips and peanut butter. Aren’t those ingredients high-carb? They can be but if you pick sugar-free options they’re less so. Keep in mind cocoa beans and peanuts that are chock-full of nutrients including protein and antioxidants.
Cheesecake vs. Cheesecake Fat Bombs
The history of cheesecake is probably older than most of us would imagine. Cheese-making itself dates back to the times of Ancient Greece. Historians believe cheesecake was given to Olympic athletes during the 770s BC.
However, the first “modern” cheesecake dates back to about 200 BC. It was mentioned in a work by the Roman senator/historian Marcos Porcius Cato. The tasty dish then spread throughout Europe.
Cheesecake then made its way to Europe when European immigrants traveled to the Americas. Today the most popular US cream cheese is Philadelphia Brand. It was launched after James L. Kraft made the first-ever pasteurized cheese over a century ago in 1912.
So, that brings us to the “fat bomb” versions of the original cheesecake. That’s it all about? They’re bitesize cheesecakes without the carbs/sugar you usually find in the desserts. They meet the low-carb/high-fat standard of keto-friendly foods whether they’re entrées, sides, or desserts.
One of the big benefits of the fat bombs is they’re super-duper easy to make. You won’t have to spend hours preparing them like old-school cheesecakes.
Even if you’re a newbie to keto baking you won’t have any issues whipping up these snacks/desserts in just minutes.
Another plus is they’re not only nutritious but also delicious. How can you go wrong with cream cheese, chocolate chips, and peanut butter?
Another big plus is like traditional cheesecakes these snacks/desserts are available in different versions. So, you can make different ones and pick one to be your go-to choice when you want a tasty snack.
Besides the main ingredients, you’ll also get more good fat from sources like coconut oil. Different recipes include tweaks for this ingredient and others.
The bottom line is this keto-friendly food is easy to make, tasty, and ketone-building. It will help you stay in ketosis so your body munches on fat instead of carbs.
Making Cheesecake Fat Bombs
OK, let’s get to making these tasty morsels. You’ll need to round up these ingredients to make these basic keto snacks:
- Cream cheese (8 oz., softened)
- Peanut butter (1/2 cup, sugar-free)
- Dark chocolate chips (1/2 cup, sugar-free)
- Coconut oil (1/4 cup)
- Kosher salt (1/4 teaspoon)
Here are the directions for making the fat bombs:
Place parchment paper on a small baking sheet. Add cream cheese, (sugar-free) peanut butter, and coconut oil in a medium bowl
Use a hand mixer to beat the mixture until it’s combined fully. This will take about 2 minutes. Put the bowl in the freezer so it slightly firms up. This should be 10-15 minutes.
After the peanut butter mixture becomes hardened make tablespoon-size balls using a spoon or cookie scoop. Put them in the fridge to harden in about 5 minutes.
Prepare chocolate drizzle. Add chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook for 30 seconds at a time until it’s melted fully.
Drizzle chocolate over the peanut butter balls. Then put back in the fridge to harden for 5 minutes.
Keep the cheesecake balls in the fridge to store.
As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life. Here are some variations you could try out:
- Blueberry Cheesecake
- Brownie Bombs
- Chocolate Cheesecake
- Cinnamon Roll
- Hazelnut Mocha
- Lemon Cheesecake
- Lemon Coconut Balls
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Bites
- Vanilla Cheesecake
You can even make savory options. These recipes include ingredients like olives, jalapenos, and crabs. So, if you want to enjoy fat bombs for lunch or dinner there are some good options.
When making cream cheese fat bombs the main takeaway is, you’ll have lots of options. You can go with classic cheesecakes like blueberry, strawberry, or cheesecake. If you want to be adventurous you can go with gingerbread, cinnamon rolls, or hazelnut.
Health Benefits of Cream Cheese
Many of us don’t consider cream cheese to be “healthy.” However, it’s a dairy product that’s chock-full of healthy fat. Here are some of the health benefits:
Like other dairy products, the calories in cream cheese aren’t “low.” However, there are a few caveats to consider. One is the nutrients you’re getting. That includes all essential amino acids that you can only get from food.
Another issue to consider is whether you get flavored cream cheese. These not only boost calories but also sugar. A better option is to add fresh fruit since they’re generally low-calorie/carb. Keep in mind that more sugar means more carbs, and that’s not keto-friendly.
Most of the fat in cream cheese is in the form of saturated fat. One serving includes 5g of total fat and it’s nearly all saturated fat. There are some other types but the amount is quite small.
Carbs are quite low in cream cheese, which is another reason to consider using the ingredient to make fat bombs. One serving has about ½ gram of carbs, which is mostly sugar.
It is another area where you’ll want to avoid flavored cream cheese. The extra sugar also boosts the carbs. Another factor is sugar turns to (bad) fat. It’s yet another reason to go with unflavored cream cheese, then add your fruit, chocolate, and so on.
There’s a little less than 1g of protein in one serving of cream cheese. In other words, you can still keep your fat bombs keto-friendly by adding extra protein with ingredients like peanut butter.
You get some vitamins & minerals in cream cheese. That includes some Vitamin A, K, and others. How about minerals? There’s calcium, magnesium, potassium, and others included in a cheesecake fat bomb.