Spicy Coconut Chips

 

What are coconut chips? Those crunchy nutty bits of coconut meat toasted and flavored with salt and some kind of sugar plus some other seasoning. Until recently, I never knew you could make such a tasty snack out of coconut.

Growing up in Thailand, coconut is a major part of our diet. Thais use coconut, mostly in the form of coconut milk, in both sweet and savory dishes. I can write a whole post based on the use of coconut in Thai cooking but the one thing that doesn’t exist is coconut chips.

The idea is quite a novelty but lately I have seen a few brands of coconut chips being produced and gaining popularity. Dang coconut chips deserves an honorable mention. I have never tried it myself because I don’t live in the US but I’m proud that the products were created by Thai people and have become very successful.

On ketogenic diet we will always have to find a good source of fat to meet our daily quota. We are lucky here that we can have coconut in many different form for cheap, be it fresh, dried, milk or cream. However, the coconut chips I’ve seen on the supermarket shelf ain’t cheap, even though they were made locally.

This gives me the idea to make my own coconut chips with my own keto spin. If you’re game, you can try make it from scratch which mean cracking your own coconut and shell it.

coconut meat
Shelled coconut

Then slice it thinly with a mandolin. Believe me I have done it and it’s not as hard as you think.

sliced fresh coconut
Fresh sliced coconut

Today I’m going to make spicy chips. We used sliced dried coconut and toasted it in a pan. I know some people would rather toast it in the oven but it took me less than 5 minutes to get it done on stove top. Then we tossed the chips with our secret weapon, spicy mix. If you don’t like spicy, you can make it sweet or savory according to your taste.

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Salted cashew nuts with herbs

crispy herb nuts
Fried cashes nuts mixed with crispy herbs

Want to spice up your salted cashew nuts? Here is a quick and easy recipe for you to try. In Thailand where we live there is an abundance of local herbs that we love so much like lemongrass, kafir lime and ginger. We have this grown in our garden so all I have to do is go pick them or dig them up.

herbs and chills
Sliced lemongrass, torn kaffir lime leaves and dried chilis.

All you have to do is slice up the lemongrass, and ginger, tear up kaffir lime leaves and deep fry them. Throw in a few dried chilis for extra heat, if you can handle it of course 😉

deep fried herbs
Crispy fried mixed herbs

These herbs are probably not easy to come by where you are. But if you are able to get a hold of some at your local Asian grocery store, please give this recipe a try and you will not look at salted nuts the same way again

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The Best Chocolate Orange Keto Mug Cake


Mug cake is the most simple cake that takes incredibly little time to make. This chocolate mug cake recipe is adapted from ruled.me’s chocolate cake in a mug. We added protein powder and make a few adjustments.

The texture of the cake is amazing with fine crumbs that melt in your mouth. We are not kidding when we said this is the best chocolate mug cake we have made so far.

Let’s see what you think about this mug cake. Please let us know. We would really appreciate your feedback. Feel free to share this as well if you like it.

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is a very nutritious and delicious dessert or breakfast. The variety is limitless. Before I started on keto diet, I would regard it with caution. I saw them in the fridge section of supermarkets and thought who would want to pay for such simple snack. It’s just chia seeds in some kind of liquid, a no-brainer really.

Out of curiosity I made my first chia puddings with coconut cream and mango, strawberry and cream and mocha and thought why haven’t I made them sooner. It’s crucial on keto diet to have enough fat and not too much carb. Chia pudding comes in handy because you can load it up with cream and keep the carb low by using low carb ingredients.

 

Today we would like to share our pumpkin spice chia pudding although it’s already past thanksgiving and pumpkin spice latte has become yesterday.

We don’t use canned pumpkin puree but opted for cooked pumpkin. The local variety here is not orange in color but rather greenish yellow and less sweet but it still gives smooth texture to the pudding. We use both heavy cream and coconut cream to give more interesting flavor.  All you have to do is to combine all ingredients and stir till well-blend and chill.

Fluffy Low carb Cheese Biscuits

 

This feather-light and fluffy biscuit has become our favorite overnight. I came across the recipe on Reddit and would like to credit the author but I couldn’t find it again. We fell in love with it the first time I made it. The texture was very moist and a tad dense due to almond flour.

I made a few tweaks, substituting par to f almond flour with coconut flour and add dried herbs. The mixture is wet like drop biscuit.

Here I used a silicon muffin tray for convenience’s sake. You can spoon it onto the baking tray for a rustic look.

I couldn’t be any happier with the result. It tastes better than traditional biscuits, if I do say so myself. See it for yourself and give this one a try and you won’t regret it.