After a generation or two of avoiding fat, we are introducing it back into our diet with beautiful results. When we consume natural, whole-food fats our whole body benefits. Those who are eating a high-fat, low-carb diet, paleo, or whole foods diet may even struggle to consume enough calories- that’s where fat bombs come in. These little pockets of delicious fat are packed with energy, essential fatty acids, and are the ideal way to consume fat-soluble vitamins.
Benefits of fat found in fat bombs
Our skin loves the fatty acids, which help reduce aging lines and give us a youthful glow (source), and omega 3 fatty acids may play a role in the prevention of skin cancer (source). We feel full longer after eating, and have a long-lasting energy source to draw from for prolonged energy (source). Those on a ketogenic diet are kept in a state of ketosis by carefully including more fat than protein, and very few carbohydrates (more info found here).
The state of ketosis suppresses appetite for easier fat loss and calorie restriction (source), reduces or eliminates seizures in many with seizure disorders* (source), balances hormones in some with hormone imbalances including PCOS (source), and has many other benefits (read more).
*Note about seizure disorders: Use of the ketogenic diet to control epilepsy requires more strict measuring and balancing of macronutrients than other forms of keto. Medical supervision is recommended.
I personally have seen children go from many seizures a day even on medication to being seizure-free on the ketogenic diet. There is lots of documented research about ketogenic diets in children and adults and seizures, but still many families and even adults with epilepsy do not realize this is an effective option because it is not often talked about other than a last resort by the mainstream medical community.
Essential fatty acids are essential for all your body systems, especially your brain.
Why would you want to eat extra fat?
Forget the notion that fat makes you fat- there is even evidence that you can ‘spot reduce’ stubborn abdominal fat by following a low-carb/high-fat diet calorie-restricted diet (source).
Fat, Keto, Macros, and Weight Loss
When doing keto for weight loss, you want to stay in a calorie deficit. On keto carbs are a hard limit (usually 20-30 net carbs a day). Protein is a goal (try to meet your protein macro- usually .75 g per pound of goal body weight). And fat fills in the rest of your calories.
Keto is a high fat, moderate protein, and very low carb diet. High fat does not mean unlimited fat! But still, if you’re going to have a treat, you will probably have more room to add calories in your ‘fat’ budget than in your ‘carb’ budget. That’s where fat bombs come in. They are sweet creamy treats, that are still low in carbs.
There will be times on keto where you burn out staying under your calorie goals. For women this is often the PMS week. The advantage of using fat bombs over carby treats is that even if you over-eat your calories in the ‘fat’ category, you will still be in ketosis. If you stay in ketosis, you will have a much easier time getting back into weight-loss mode since keto is a natural appetite suppressant and naturally lowers insulin, carb cravings, and boosts your energy.
Easy Way to Get Extra Calories on GAPS or Keto
It’s not uncommon for people who are trying the GAPS diet for digestive issues to have concerns about losing more weight, especially if they are underweight to start with. In that case, making fat bombs from GAPS-legal ingredients can be a flavorful and satisfying way to pack in extra calories, along with the healing benefits of healthy fats.
Nutbutter Cup Fat Bombs
These are my children’s favorite recipe for fat bombs. They taste like the inside of a peanutbutter cup and can be made with peanutbutter or any kind of nut butter- even sunbutter.
You’ll notice that I included stevia in these, which is not strictly GAPS legal but in our experience some people tolerate stevia well on the GAPS diet. Stevia is especially useful for those reacting to carbohydrates and is a more natural alternative to other sugar-free sweeteners. Honey can be used in its place, though that will increase the carbohydrate count for those watching carbs.
These taste best when kept in the freezer as a frozen treat.
Nutbutter Cup Fat Bombs
- 1/2 cup [4 ounces] thick nutbutter I used this kind
- 1/2 cup [4 ounces] butter or coconut oil softened
- 2 packets stevia or 2 tablespoons honey (I use this stevia)
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt I use this salt
If your nutbutter has separated, make sure to mix the oil in well or the fat bombs will be too soft.
Combine nutbutter, softened butter or coconut oil, stevia or honey, and sea salt in a small bowl with a fork, or in the food processor with the circular blade.
If using a silicone candy mold (pictures show this candy mold and the recipe fits perfectly), place mold on a tray or large plate to easily transfer it to the freezer after filling.
Once combined, pour into silicone candy mold or into a parchment-lined loaf pan or small casserole dish.
Freeze for 1 hour or until firm but not completely solid, and then cut into 12 pieces if you didn't use a candy mold.
Store in the freezer, covered and enjoy as desired!
Using a food scale to measure weight rather than volume of nutbutter and coconut oil can save time and dirty dishes, and makes it easy to calculate exact nutrition data if needed. This is the food scale that I use.
Nutrition data used butter and stevia.
More Fat Bomb Recipes:
- Silky Smooth Coconut Lime Fat Bombs (dairy free)
- Savory Keto Jalapeno, Cheese & Bacon Bite Fat Bombs (Low carb, GAPS)
- Decedent Lemon Cheesecake Fat Bombs
- Classic PB&J Fat Bombs
- Indulgent Blueberry Cheesecake Probiotic Fat Bombs
- Strawberry Cheesecake Probiotic Fat Bombs
- Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Fat Bombs (Keto)
- Rich and Delicious Buckeye Fat Bombs (Keto, GAPS, Low Carb High Fat)
Hi Cara. How is your LDL cholesterol count? My doctor wants me to reduce my fat intake since my LDL is high enough for medication. Now I’m debating what to do. Thoughts? Geri
I haven’t had it checked since I did life insurance 5 years ago, but I had been eating high fat for the 4 years before that and my range was great- I got the lowest premium for life insurance.
High LDL can be a symptom of inflammation/food allergies.
Hi! Just another example. I’m 70 and on the GAPS diet for two years. I eat a very high fat diet and no sugar or sweetners of any kind, no carbs, with a daily intake of beef, chicken ar fish, lots of vegetables and some fruit. My cholesterol is great. At 5’4” I weigh 126 pounds and feel comfortable. It’s the carbs that are the problem not the fat. Most people think they can’t live without them. I ate practically nothing else my entire life until my health forced me off them. It’s a real lifestyle change, but I didn’t crave the carbs or the sugar once I got past eating them. Thanks to ones who are coming up with delicious alternatives people can still enjoy life, but be healthy.
Your doctor may not know what he/she is talking about. High fat diet low carb raises both HDL and LDL the important thing to note is this:
LDL is not just one component. There are what are called ‘fractions’ of LDL. Simply put there is a nasty ‘fraction’ of small dense particles (this is what kills you) then there is a ‘fraction’ that is large light particles that have ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with heart disease for laying plaque down in your arteries. In spite of this well known fact many ill informed doctors just see the elevated LDL and want to put you on the brain killing statins. Please read about this at such resources as the NIH website.
I made these today and they were very good with a mild sweetness. It’s so hard to believe they are GAPS legal. How often can we eat them as they can almost satisfy a hunger (yet be borderline addictive)? ;-) Thanks, Cara!
I’d use them in addition to meals, not as a meal replacement. They are good, aren’t they?! They’re not legal on Intro (no coconut, stevia, honey, or butter) but on full GAPS go ahead as needed to fit your calorie needs!
Thank you for sharing the delicious Nutbutter Cup Fat Bombs!
I’ll be making theses fat bombs on Christmas eve for my kids and nieces!
Could I use crispy nut butter? Which nuts or seeds would make the thickest butter after making it the GAPS way? Thanks
Thank you for this recipe! I always have a hard time Pinning your recipes. Nothing from your web site will save. I’ve tried my phone and desktop computer. I wonder if I’m the only one? Sometimes Pinterest will just say it can’t save and other times it says it’s a dangerous site. I’ve just been saving images of the recipes so I can use them again. Thanks again!
Is this 127 calories per gram this weighs?