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Bacon & Guacamole Fat Bombs

Do you need fat bombs on the ketogenic diet? No, you don't. I'd like to clarify something about these high-fat snacks: they are not suitable for everyone and you shouldn't be upping your fat intake if you don't need to. Here is when you can include fat bombs:

  • They are great for those who need to add healthy fats into their diet to meet their personal macronutrient targets
  • If you're on the FAT FAST
  • They can be used as pre or post workout snacks
  • Finally, they're great party snacks

Some of the most popular recipes on my blog are fat bombs - most of them are sweet but this one is savory.

Unlike regular guacamole, this one doesn't include tomatoes because they would make the mixture too runny. Using butter has the desired effect and the fat bombs are firm. Avocados, which are used to make them, tend to brown and create an unwanted effect. To minimise browning, make them in small batches so you don't have to store them for a long time. Also, make sure you use lime juice and keep them in an airtight container.

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Nutritional values (per serving / 1 piece):

1.4 grams 1.3 grams 3.4 grams 15.2 grams 6.9 grams 156 calories
Total Carbs2.7grams
Fiber1.3grams
Net Carbs1.4grams
Protein3.4grams
Fat15.2grams
of which Saturated6.9grams
Energy (calories)156kcal
Magnesium10mg (3% RDA)
Potassium161mg (8% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (3.6%), protein (8.6%), fat (87.8%).

Ingredients (makes 6 servings / fat bombs):

  • ½ large avocado (100 g / 3.5 oz)
  • ¼ cup butter or ghee, softened at room temperature - you can make your own ghee (55 g / 2 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small chili pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ small white onion, diced (35 g / 1.2 oz)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (~ ¼ lime)
  • freshly ground black or cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt or more to taste (I like pink Himalayan)
  • 1-2 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
  • 4 large slices bacon (120 g / 4.2 oz)

When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / 375 F. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Lay the bacon strips out flat on the baking paper, leaving space so they don't overlap. Place the tray in the oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown. The time depends on the thickness of the bacon slices. When done, remove from the oven and set aside to cool down.
    I made a double batch of Bacon & Guacamole Fat Bombs and used them as party snacks!
  2. Halve, deseed and peel the avocado. Place the avocado, butter, chili pepper, crushed garlic, cilantro and lime juice into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Mash using a potato masher or a fork until well combined. Add the diced onion and mix well.
  4. Pour in the bacon grease from the tray where you baked the bacon and mix well. Cover with a foil and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
    If you are wondering why I used another bowl, it's simple because I couldn't fit the glass bowl in the fridge :-)
  5. Crumble the bacon into small pieces and prepare for "breading." Remove the guacamole mixture from the fridge and start creating 6 balls. You can use a spoon or an ice-cream scooper. Roll each ball in the bacon crumbles and place on a tray that will fit in the fridge.
    Enjoy by itself or with my Ultimate Keto Buns! Eat immediately or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Hi, Will these turn brown after a few hours?  I know when I make guacamole, it only lasts a few hours and then turns horribly brown and the taste changes.  Does the fat in the butter or cream cheese change the chemistry to prevent this?    Just wondering.

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Hi Anita, yes, they do turn brown. Adding lime juice and keeping them in an airtight container in the fridge will slow down this process but they will eventually turn brown.

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I made this recipe exactly Except, I baked it. I ate it as a hot side dish while hubby had his mashed potatoes and gravy!

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I haven't thought of that Smile I would expect the butter to melt - or was it ok?

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I have just started following the Keto diet and downloaded your iPad app, love it! I am a little confused though and would love some clarification please. You commented above that extra fat from these bombs for example are good for meeting your macro targets. I've done my macros, and just need to know whether or not I should be striving to achieve the full grams of fat per day, even if it means eating more (without going over my calories) - or is it the percentages that are more important? Because sometimes my percentages seem correct however I am way under on my fat grams (they are equal to my protein grams). I hope this question makes sense.
(By the way I cannot wait for the full phone app as I like to add my meals, calculate and look up recipes on the go - any chance of a time estimate?😊)
Thanks!

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Hi Rachael, what matters is the overall macros in grams. Although percentages will give you a good idea of what a keto diet looks like, they are not good enough because they are only relative (they never reflect overall energy/ calories).
The way it works is that if you don't feel hungry, you shouldn't eat, even if this means that you don't eat the amount of fat you get when yo use our keto calculator: http://ketodietapp.com/Blog/page/KetoDiet-Buddy (always eat to satiety).
We have been working on the universal app but also a few unexpected projects (new cookbook and KetoDiet Challenges) so we are a bit behind our original plan (summer 2016). I can't give you an estimate yet but we are doing our best to finish it asap Smile

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Winter has just started in South Africa n cold weather makes me hungry..i think fat bombs n especially savory ones will curb my 'hunger'.

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Out of curiosity as I really want to make these. What is in the bowl at the 12:00 position in the picture of everything ready to mix? The green shredded looking item ? Cilantro? Lime zest? scallion?

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Thank you for noticing! It's now listed - it was cilantro Smile

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I have to try these fat bombs they look so good!

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They are really good, but too buttery....I would replace the butter for cream cheese next time, good suggestion.

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Hi Dee, yes, you can try cream cheese or more mashed avocado instead Smile

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Prepared them for a xmas party, loved them! I will make it again for myself Smile

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Awesome! Glad you liked them Smile

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Why do you need the butter?  Thanks!  They sound super good!  Can you leave out the butter?

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It keeps better together but you can use more avocado instead and use it as topping on some crisped up bacon slices Smile

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these bombs are delicious!  Thanks for the recipe.  I was in need of something new and tasty, these are perfect!!

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Thank you Tina!

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If I'm making these not as part of any special diet but as simply a quick lunch as I only have 14 minutes on a break, & I Hate butter (or milk or cheese), can I substitute cream cheese? I do love bacon & guac and the protein boost would be great mid-day. Or even as breakfast on the way to work...

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Yes, I think cream cheese will work too but it may be too soft. I guess you can have it as dip and eat with some crispy bacon slices Smile

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What is the serving size for each ball and should each ball be rolled up in I strip of bacon and what is the calorie count.  Thank you

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Hi Alisha, this recipe makes 6 and one serving is one bomb. All the nutrition values are per fat bomb (piece / ball) and are listed in the table in this post. It depends on the bacon - go with the weight (in parenthesis where the ingredients are) just to be sure you have enough for all Smile

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Hi you say it makes 4 but it says it makes 6 servings.  Confused

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Sorry, I meant 6 - thanks for spotting this!

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I can't wait to try! I love your recipes!  From all keto, paleo, lchf websites available, yours is the best! Not only because of the recipes but also because of the information you provide. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Thank you so much Manuela, I really appreciate that!

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Just finished making these. They are delicious and easy to make!!

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Awesome! Glad you liked them Smile

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I have a really ripe avocado, bacon and coconut oil at home. I'm going to sub the coocnut for the butter, as I'm dairyfree, and make it TONITE! NO, I don't need fat bombs, but these are not to be missed I'm betting lol
My kids will gobble them down too! Even the one who tries to hate avocados...

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Hope you like them Hélène! Smile

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OMG so yummy!

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Thank you!

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O.M.G.  I have to make these tomorrow.

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Thank you, let me know when you do Smile

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Yum!

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They were Smile

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Definitely making these for my hubby's birthday party! Thanks a lot Smile

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Thank you Stephanie, hope he likes it! Smile

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