If you follow me on Instagram, you will already know that this month I am doing the Keto diet. I’ve never followed a diet before, I’m generally mindful of what I’m eating but I have never done an actual diet where I have eliminated certain foods 100%. I have always, and still do, believe that you’re best to have everything in moderation. When you try to cut something out and call it a diet, you immediately want to over indulge in said item… which is me right now.
I’m no nutritionist or dietitian, but long story short the Keto diet is basically eliminating all carbs and sugar from your diet. Sounds easy right? And in parts it is, I haven’t really missed rice, pasta or bread (apart from pizza), I don’t eat much of it anyway and certainly don’t need it daily. It has been the carbs that you don’t think about that I have found really tough, like bananas, hummus and kidney beans (I made what I thought was a Keto friendly meal last week and then realised I couldn’t have any of it because of the kidney beans I had mindlessly put in!). And sugar wise I have found it weird cutting oranges out of my diet. I bought a pack of nuts and dried fruit to snack on…. and then realised I couldn’t eat the dried fruit!
There are no cheat days with Keto, the whole point of the diet is to rid your body of carbs and sugar which your body uses for energy, and to put your body into a state of Ketosis, so that you start to use your fat supply as your source of energy. How clever is the body?! So, if you were to have a cheat day you would basically be starting from square one again as you would need to get rid of your carb supply before your body could start to use the fat supply for energy again… I hope that makes sense and is correct!
I will add a little pyramid below that my friend sent me from Google which explains what you can and can’t eat!
While I have found the Keto diet fairly easy (so far, I started on Oct 31st and aiming to stick with it until 1st Dec), the one thing I have struggled with a lot is my sweet tooth… I didn’t really think I had much of a sweet tooth, and when I knew I could still have cured meats and cheese on this diet I thought it would be a BREEEEEZE! It turns out, I bloody love crisps and cakes and looooord have I missed them! So much so, that I decided to try and make some Keto friendly blondies. It look me ageesssss to find a recipe that had ingredients I could easily buy, and even so I had to go to a specialist organic food store to get a few pieces. It isn’t a recipe you could generally open your cupboard and make, but it certainly has curbed my cravings! I have JUST made a full batch and I’ve had one little square and don’t feel the need for any more!
I used dark chocolate (which has to be above 80% cocoa, I used 85%) and walnuts in my blondies, but next time I think I might add some frozen raspberries in their too!
- 128g unsalted butter (softened)
- 130g smooth natural peanut butter
- 85g xylitol (sugar free, natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low-glycemic sweetener… I bought mind from an organic food store but you can get it from Holland and Barrett linked here. Xylitol is super super toxic to animals so please make sure you keep your fury friends away!)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract
- 28g coconut flour (I used the brand Suma which bought from an organic food store, but you can also buy if from Amazon linked here for the same price!)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 handfuls of walnuts, broken up/crumbled
- 100g dark chocolate (at least 80%. I used chunks but I would definitely recommend using chips or breaking the chunks up in half, the chocolate is so bitter that when you get a big piece it can be a bit yucky)
The coconut flour is made from the flesh of the coconut dried down which is why its 100% Keto friendly, and lord only knows that Xylitol is made from but its supposedly organic and free from pretty much everything… sooooo, i’ll leave that one with you if you want to look into it!
- Preheat oven to 180c and line a deep baking tray with baking paper
- Start by beating together the butter and peanut butter until smooth
- Add the Xylitol and beat with the peanut butter and butter mixture until it is a more fluffy texture and paler in colour. I found that my mixture didn’t look very fluffy but felt lighter than it was originally when I was beating the ingredients together.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and beat the mixture together until its all combined, if your arm aching now? Wait until the next part!
- Add in your coconut flour and baking powder and beat together for 5 whole minuets. At this point you will be feeling really smug if you have an electric mixer. I don’t. So me and jack did 30 seconds on and off each hahaha! I would usually just mix until it looked about right and then thats it but because I was using ingredients which were unfamiliar to me, I did the whole 5 mins of beating, and I can really see why you need it! The consistency of the mixture completely changed and expanded while we were beating. Apparently coconut flour can hold a crazy amount of liquid to it’s weight so I feel like this might have had something to do with it…
- Mix in your extras, I used dark chocolate and walnuts as in the ingredients above, but you could also add in frozen berries which would also be Keto friendly!
- Pour your mixture into your making tray and spread evenly
- Pop it in the oven and set a 25 min timer
- When checking your blondies, stick a knife into the middle of the tray, your knife should come out a little wet but not completely soaked with mixture, and should not come out clean. I found that my blondies browned on top super quickly so make sure to keep an eye on them and turn the heat down if it looks like the top is baking too fast, or cover with top of your mixture with tin foil half way through.
- Take the blondies out and leave to cool, and then cut into even squares.
I must admit, I was very pleasantly surprised with how these turned out! I didn’t expect them to taste as nice as regular blondies (or any baked goods), but considering these are completely Keto friendly I am so happy with the outcome and they have completely satisfied my cravings! I wont say they are as tasty, and they didn’t rise as nicely as normal blondies, but they did the job and thats exactly what they are meant to do.
I found the original recipe here and slightly altered it.
Love, Chelsea xxxxxxxx
Let me know if you give this recipe a try! Have you tried the Keto diet before? What did you think of it and what did you snack on to curb the cravings?