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Easy Lemon Fat Bombs

Fat bombs are becoming more and more popular within the low-carb community and not just during the fat fast. These lemon treats are just one of the many fat bombs I have on my blog. I often use coconut oil which is high in MCTs and one of the healthiest foods on the planet. As always, fat bombs are not meant to be overeaten or substitute a full meal but they are great as snacks.

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Nutritional values (per serving):

0.8 grams 2.1 grams 0.76 grams 11.9 grams 10.3 grams 112 calories
Total Carbs2.9grams
Fiber2.1grams
Net Carbs0.8grams
Protein0.76grams
Fat11.9grams
of which Saturated10.3grams
Energy (calories)112kcal
Magnesium5mg (1% RDA)
Potassium46mg (2% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from net carbs (2.8%), protein (2.7%), fat (94.5%)

Ingredients (makes 16 servings):

Note: Based on some feedback, 2-4 tbsp powdered Erythritol works better than stevia - the amount depends on your preference. Coconut butter is also sold as "creamed coconut" - this is not the same as coconut milk "creamed" in the fridge. You can also use shredded coconut to make home-made coconut butter in a blender. Here are some healthy sweeteners I recommend (my Amazon store).

Instructions:

  1. Zest the lemons and make sure the coconut butter and coconut oil are softened (room temperature). It's better if you use a very fine grater to avoid having large pieces of lemon peel in the fat bombs.
    Make sure you use organic, unwaxed lemons in this recipe.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make sure the lemon zest and stevia are distributed evenly. You can use clear, lemon or coconut stevia drops.
    If you prefer a sweeter and less bitter taste (may be caused by too much stevia), use 2-4 tablespoons or powdered Erythritol instead.
  3. Fill each mini muffin paper cup, or silicone candy mold with ~ 1 tbsp of the coconut mixture and place on a tray that will fit in the fridge.
  4. Place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes or until solid.
  5. When done, keep refrigerated. Coconut oil and coconut butter get soft at room temperature. Enjoy!

Tip for leftovers: You can use the remaining lemon to make home-made lemonade. Simply mix water with preferred amount of lemon juice and stevia and add some ice. Or you can add some lemon juice to my Summer Iced Berry "Lemonade" :-)

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Comments (66)

I loved these, although I did add the juice of 1/2 lemon...and they needed to stay in the freezer because of that!  Smile  Ill do it the same way next time, too.  I am wanting to do a simple chocolate fat bomb, and I keep coming back to this recipe.  Have you ever modified it to add cocoa powder instead of the lemon peel?  If so, how much did you add?  

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I haven't tried modifying this one but how about these? Smile ketodietapp.com/.../dark-chocolate-and-nut-fat-bombs

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We don't get coconut butter here, what's the substitute.

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You can use any nut or seed butter, or make your own nut, seed and even coconut butter: ketodietapp.com/.../tagNutButter&title=Nut%2C%20seed%20%26%20coconut%20butter

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My husband and I are doing pretty well with Me to, but my problem, with a lot of recipes, is that I'm allergic to coconut. I usually substitute butter for coconut oil or coconut butter. Will that work with this recipe as well? Thank you!

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I think it may work better with blanched almond butter + regular butter. Pure butter may be too much because it would be too oily.

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Thanks for this recipe- super yummy!,, I used organic Santa Cruz lemon plus erythritol as I don't like the flavour of stevia- thx!,

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Thank you Rhonda!

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Hello !  
I will try them !
how long can you keep them in the fridge ?
Can you freeze them ?
thanks !  Smile

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Yes, you can freeze them for up to 3-4 months or keep them in the fridge for 1-2 weeks Smile

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I'm ultimately failing at Paleo because I  want chocolate & cakes, pies, cookies, bread as either snacks, desserts, or the "finish" to the meal.
My baking experiments with Paleo friendly flours have been dismal so far.
I'm hoping the fat bombs will work for satisfying carb cravings as I try to switch from eating the higher carb items.
I love fruit & probably eat more than than the average person (I know, high glycemic- but fiber), eat veggies of all on kinds, but avoid white potatoes, eat no beef (it doesn't like my gut), enjoy seafood, love salmon, will eat chicken & pork.
Having hit my 60's, I am having trouble losing weight & am 12-15 pounds over my happy or acceptable range, but those pounds won't come off!
The weight is mainly in the midriff & abdomen, which is touted as being the most dangerous, visceral fat, cardiac-wise- & this worries me.
I need to change & I  know it, but fooling or retraining the brain into thinking the different foods are better is harder than one can imagine.
Jan m.

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Hi Jan, have you tried this bread? ketodietapp.com/.../Ultimate-Keto-Buns
Here are more fat bombs: ketodietapp.com/.../tagFatBombs&title=Fat%20Bombs
Although in my experience, it's better if you avoid all bread and cake substitutes for a few weeks when you start following a keto diet just to get your body used to it. Sweeteners and too many nuts may make cravings worse. It's better if you stick with simple foods - meat, salads, eggs, some cheese, etc and avoid snacking and having low-carb treats during the first 3-4 weeks. Here is a food list that may help: ketodietapp.com/.../Keto-Diet-Food-List-What-to-Eat-and-Avoid  Hope this helps!

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Martina this website and your recipes are simply amazing! I bought some adorable silicon molds for the fat bombs from Amazon. These healthy medium-chain fats are so great for the GI and satiety to combat sugar cravings, whether you are keto, low carb, or not!
For the Americanas: I used unsweetened coconut flakes from Trader Joe's, in a Ninja bullet, with the 1/4 cup coconut oil from the recipe (coconut oil sold at Costco) + some of the juice of the zested lemons! Oh, and Organic Stevia drops (Trader Joe's sells $6.99) if the stevia is too bitter then use less, it is 200x stronger than sugar.

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Thanks for all the tips Ali, I'm glad you liked them! Smile

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Just came across these and thought it sounded like an excellent use for the jar of coconut manna that I decided was disgusting on it's own. My lemon did not yield enough zest to make it taste like anything, so after tearing through my cupboards I ended up using a single serve packet of 4c diet lemonade. Added a splash of clear vanilla extract, and they are fantastic!  The single serve packet was exactly enough to make it sweet/tart. I feel a touch guilty because I haven't had ANY sweeteners (even my favorite erythritol) in four weeks, but oh well. Sometimes I need a source of fat besides my go-to dairy, and/or something sweet. These are perfect!

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Glad it worked and that you liked them! I know how you feel, I avoid sweeteners as much as I can (just occasional treats) Smile

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I just made theses with cream cheese and they are the bomb!! I used cocnut manna (butter), cream cheese, cocnut oil, and vanilla flavored stevia, and of course the lemon zest and also small amount of lemon juice from the lemons. Wonderful!! Thank You.

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Thank you!! Glad you liked them - I'll have to add some cream cheese next time Smile

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Have you ever considered adding cream cheese to these?

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I haven't tried cream cheese but I tried creamed coconut milk and it worked perfectly (made half and half with coconut butter).

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Hmmm I don't have any mini muffin paper thingies, and I don't have any candy molds... would anything else work? I have a mini muffin tin but am not sure whether I'd be able to get these out of it once hardened. Maybe if I placed it briefly in a tray of warm water?

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I think this might work but it may be better if you just pour the mixture in a plate lined with parchment paper, refrigerate and then break/ cut into smaller pieces. It won't be as accurate (macros per serving) but should do the job Smile

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I think you should have a running marquee in front of your eyes that reads "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! . . . "
Swapped regular butter for coconut butter (allergic) and realized I could 'play' with the extracts . . . Frontier sells *a Multitude* of organic flavors . . . cherry, peppermint, lemon, raspberry, butterscotch, vanilla, orange, maple, mint, coffee, banana, strawberry."
I've been keto'ing on/off for a few years . .  learning how *Important* it is to plan and/or have an emergency stash available until food can be prepped. Just mixed 1 tsp each of raspberry and lemon flavors.  Can't wait! Now to talk my husband into buying me an iPad so I can download your app!!!!!!! Smile)

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Thank you Monica, I really appreciate that! Smile I love the cherry extract from Frontier - I think it's the best one I've tried. Hope you like the app - big features coming this year Wink

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am I able to substitute the coconut butter for coconut oil instead?

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Hi Carla, yes you can do that Smile

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Hi there...I was very interested in this recipe since I am trying to ingest more coconut oil on a daily basis and I find it too much like just putting slightly better tasting shortening in my mouth....well this is a bit like putting bitter butter in my mouth..so I played with your recipe..I dislike the taste of stevia and am well over spending money on the latest sugar substitute. Also...the zest of a lemon is the most bitter part of a lemon...so the first thing I did was lower it to the zest of one lemon, added a bit of lemon juice...which I used to dissolve two tablespoons of coconut sugar..they came out pretty well and I will now eat one daily to get my desired dose of coconut oil...Thank you for this recipe..never heard of a fat bomb before but look forward to learning more.

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Thank you for your feedback Kathleen! Yes, I think that this amount of lemon zest may be too much for some people and I think it's great that you added some lemon juice! When I make these I actually skip the sweetener altogether. Thanks for the tips! Smile

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hi, I use xylitol for making my raw chocolate and it's from beech sap so natural and doesn't have that bitter after taste like stevia

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Hi Hannah, yes, xylitol is another healthy low-carb alternative. However, it may cause digestive issues and affect you blood glucose (not in small amounts) - erythritol may be a better option because it tastes like xylitol without the side effects Smile

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these look great as I love coconut  oil, butter, and a lemon taste. Can I leave out the sweetener entirely or would that be gross? I eat coconut butter by the spoonful and LOVE it. I'm a little concerned the sweet taste might kick up cravings for sweets/carbs, so I've avoided using substitute sweeteners so far.

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Hi Laura, yes you definitely can. I prefer using small amount of sweeteners in general and sometimes don't use any at all - it really depends on your palate Smile You can always add some sweetener after it's mixed.

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This sounds really tasty.  I don't digest coconut butter, flakes or flour well, so I will try this using 1 mashed banana instead.  It will also take care of the sweetening, as stevia just doesn't taste sweet to me - it has a very odd flavor in my mouth.  I figure it's all an experiment.  And my failures still make outstanding dog biscuits!  

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Thank you Kate! I think you may also want to try macadamia butter instead - not sure how much you want to avoid carbs because banana is quite high in carbs. The way to like / tolerate stevia is to never use too much of it or mix it with other sweeteners - I like Erythritol Smile

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Hi, thanks for your recipes.
One question: why you don´t use lemom juice on this recipe? It wouldn´t be taste better?

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Hi Leticia, I haven't tried if with lemon juice but I think it may be more difficult to solidify if you add more liquid. Also, lemon juice won't be strong enough, you may still need to use a bit of lemon peel or extract. I guess you can try juice from 1/2-1 lemon and see if it works.

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Wow, finally something that tastes AMAZING!  I have tried so many desserts and was starting to feel defeated. Until now.  These are delicious!  I used two tbsp of Swerve.

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Thank you Deanna, I'm glad you liked them! Smile

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Fabulous, informative site with super recipes! Just starting low carb for arthritis so the info on sweeteners is a must for me.
For the people struggling with finding ingredients an American website called herb ( http://www.iherb.com) is an excellent source for everything. Living in South Korea it is the main online shopping for international foods for us expats. They deliver all over the world with usually a $4 shipping rate. Fast, reliable & great products that can be quiet difficult to find otherwise. Can't wait to explore all your other recipes!

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Thank you Marie! Yes I've heard of herb but have never ordered anything from there. I've been using Amazon and a few other online suppliers to find everything I need Smile

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Do these taste at all like Coconut? I don't like the taste of coconut in desserts unless it's a coconut dessert.
Thanks

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The texture is the same as coconut butter but the taste that is really coming through is lemon. It also depends on how much lemon you use.

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I followed the recipe but did not get 16 - 2 tbsp servings. I didn't think I would get that many so I started with 1 tbsp and was able to fill only 10 mini tarts. What did I do wrong?

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Hi Rhonda, thanks for your feedback! Yes, I'm sorry, it was meant to be 1 tbsp per serving, not 2 tbsp - I'll correct it now. It should be 16 servings if you are using small candy molds (~ 15 g / 0.5 oz per serving).

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Sadly, these didn't taste nearly as good as they looked. It took a good bit more sweetener, and lemon extract along with the lemon zest, to make them better... but not good. I ended up throwing the whole batch out after everyone in the family tried one and came to the same conclusion. Oh well... We can't ALL like the same things, can we?

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Absolutely not and I'm glad for your feedback. I got a similar comment from someone on Reddit and I guess they are not for everyone - may it be the lemon zest or the stevia? I updated the description in case it helps to use Erythritol instead of stevia - it did in his case.

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How do I get over the bitterness of Stevia. Is an one brand better than another or am I just one that won't be able to use it? I even tried liquid stevia with Monk fruit advertised as bitter free???? I use liquid Splenda btw. Thanks! Deb

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Hi Deb, in my experience, all stevia products have a slight aftertaste. I use just a few drops of SweetLeaf which is the best I've tried and sometimes mix it with Erythritol if I need more sweetness. If you really don't like stevia, Erythritol or Swerve are the best alternatives. I don't use Splenda but that's a personal choice Smile

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I find fat bombs most useful for dealing with hormonally driven carb cravings. I'll have to add these to the arsenal

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Thanks Karen! I agree - I think they are the best LC treats Smile

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damn, I will also try this...however, coconut butter seems harder to find in regular stores...might as well try it with normal butter...thanks!

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I think almond butter may be a better option for this recipe (from blanched and not roasted almonds) Smile

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thanks for these, they look and sound delish!!! I cannot seem to find coconut butter here in the Netherlands though... what is it? Maybe it's called something else here. Greetings from soggy Amsterdam Smile

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Hi Nikki, thank you! Some brands call it "creamed coconut", some call it "coconut paste" but it's basically shredded coconut meat blended into "butter". You may need to use a strong blender for this. I once used a cheap immersion blender and it got just hot and didn't work after that. I got immersion blender from Phillips and it works great (no need for Vitamix or Blendtech). If you get unsweetened coconut (shredded or flaked) and blend it until smooth, you get "coconut butter". In my experience, toasted coconut blends easier but may not work in this recipe with lemon, at least I haven't tried it.

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yep, coconut cream is more easily available...but you might as well stick to normal butter! Smile

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If you have Amazon prime you could get this www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1

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Hi. I know you posted your comment almost a year ago, but maybe it'll still be useful... AH has it, GoTan brand. It's called coconut cream.
Greetings from Zaanstad Smile

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I found this product under the name of Coconut Manna. It worked great.

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Do you think I could use regular butter instead of coconut butter? Not sure where to find that. All the shredded coconut I have found is sweetened =/ Also, I bought Stevia in the Raw and IMO its gross and has an awful bitter aftertaste. So I bought Splenda (store brand), which I know isn't the best for you. What sweetener has the least aftertaste in your opinion?
TIA!!

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Hi Christina, have you tried Amazon? Stevia in the Raw also contains Maltodextrin and Dextrose which is not ideal and yes, the taste is bitter. I personally don't use Splenda (artificial sweetener) but I know some people do. The truth is that Sucralose is not as bad as Aspartame but I'd still avoid it. The trouble with Splenda is that it contains Maltodextrin which has a high glycemic index and I'm not sure how much of Splenda is made from Maltodextrin. You can use butter but it will not be the same. I'd suggest almond butter instead of coconut butter. The taste and texture will be closer to these fat bombs.

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Hi. I know you posted your comment almost a year ago, but maybe it'll still be useful... AH has it, GoTan brand. It's called coconut cream.
Greetings from Zaanstad Smile

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Oops, wrong reply button, sorry Smile

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This looks delicious. Can't wait to try. Why do you never post calories?

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Hi Heather, thank you! I post them too, they are just not highlighted as the net carbs. It's in the table as "energy".

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Ha. Totally missed that. Thank you. And good idea Smile

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Thanks! Smile

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