The Keto diet. It seems everyone these days is trying, even if only to try and jump start a weight loss plan. I am trying to lose a few (cough cough) pounds to squeeze into a dress by Goat I am coveting for my daughter’s upcoming wedding next July. I have found that with a mix of clean eating and working out using interval training, I am able to jump start my metabolism and the pounds come off a little faster than usual. Giving up alcohol helps as well. Insert tears emoji.
While looking for a simple way to stay on my Keto diet throughout the day, I found this recipe for Keto coconut lemon balls on the internet last year. I have tweaked the recipe to add more zing to the taste and changed the sweetener to Splenda Naturals with Stevia. You may prefer straight up Splenda that dissolves, but I like the texture of the crunchy bits of sweetener. I also prefer full fat Greek yogurt to sour cream- some recipes call for sour cream but I pretty much always substitute Greek Yogurt for sour cream these days. The brighter flavor and health benefits make Greek yogurt an easy swap. A bite of these at work in the afternoon satisfies your sweet tooth without blowing your Keto diet . Let me know how you like this recipe in my comment section.
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1 TBS full fat Greek yogurt
3 tsp fresh lemon juice
zest of one lemon
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp vanilla or almond extract
2 tsp of Splenda Naturals- Stevia- or more to taste
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tbs Stevia
- In a bowl combine cream cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, zest, almond flour, vanilla, sea salt and Stevia- test a sample bite for sweetness- Adjust sweetness if desired. A thick dough should form.
- Freeze dough for 5 minutes.
- While dough is firming, mix coconut flakes and extra Stevia on a plate for coating for bites.
- Once dough is chilled, roll into small balls. Then roll balls in coconut mixture to coat.
- Freeze for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour . You can enjoy immediately . Store lemon bites in an airtight container in the fridge.