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Cheesy Pesto Dip

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This 5-minute high-fat dip is perfect for keto snacking and I made a new video for you! You can use it as dip with fresh cucumber slices - or roll it into balls and cover in grated Parmesan or crisped up bacon pieces. If you can't eat dairy, try my Avocado & Egg Fat Bombs instead.

You can find more fat bombs in my Sweet & Savory Fat Bombs cookbook. If you like my book, please, don't forget to leave a review on Amazon - thank you for your support!

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Serving size 2 heaping tbsp/ 1 1/2 oz/ 40 g

Allergy information for Cheesy Pesto Dip

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 2 heaping tbsp/ 1 1/2 oz/ 40 g)

Net carbs1.3 grams
Protein4.3 grams
Fat12.9 grams
Calories124 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 12%, fat 84%
Total carbs1.6 gramsFiber0.3 gramsSugars1.1 gramsSaturated fat6.7 gramsSodium256 mg(11% RDA)Magnesium7 mg(2% RDA)Potassium50 mg(2% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 1 1/3 cups, 8 servings)

  • 1 cup full-fat cream cheese (240 g/ 8.5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto (30 g/ 1.1 oz) - you can make your own pesto
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or other Italian hard cheese (45 g/ 1.6 oz)
  • 10 olives, sliced (28 g/ 1 oz)
  • Optional: salt and pepper to taste
Eat with:
  • freshly cut cucumber slices, bell peppers or crispy lettuce leaves
  • or refrigerate for 30 minutes, create balls and roll in grated or flaked Parmesan cheese like I did in this my Mediterranean Fat Bombs or crumbled bacon pieces like I did in my Bacon & Egg Fat Bombs.


  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl: cream cheese, parmesan, pesto and olives. Mix using a spatula until well combined. Cheesy Pesto Dip
  2. Slice the cucumber or other fresh vegetables you plan to serve it with. Cheesy Pesto Dip
  3. Place the remaining dip in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week. If you can't eat it within a week, halve the recipe. Cheesy Pesto Dip

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 heaping tbsp/ 1 1/2 oz/ 40 g)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
1 g2.1 g8.4 g74 kcal
Basil & Macadamia Pesto (KetoDiet blog)
0.1 g0.1 g2.5 g23 kcal
Parmesan cheese
0.2 g2 g1.5 g22 kcal
Black olives
0 g0 g0.3 g3 kcal
Green olives
0 g0 g0.3 g2 kcal
Total per serving, 2 heaping tbsp/ 1 1/2 oz/ 40 g
1.3 g4.3 g12.9 g124 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (14)

This is absolutely amazing!!! My new favourite thing to make and eat.  This is my 3rd time making in the past week. Everyone I share it with is in love.  Many Thanks for sharing!!! And I've been making the coconut bacon to roll the balls in...simply divine!

Thank you so much Cheryl!

I made this and refrigerated it over night: it was awful! Dry and hard and tasteless. Will never make again.

I'm sorry to hear that, Marcella, but to be honest I'm a little surprised after your first comment below. Are you sure you meant to comment here?

YAY! Finally a Ft bomb that doesn't make me gag!Thank you tremendously.

How do you keep from eating the whole thing, this is so delicious

I absolutely love this fat bomb! My only question is how do keep from eating more than two tablespoons at a time?!
Thank you for all your hard work.

Thank you so much!! It doesn't freeze well so I guess making just half of the recipe may help 😊

Im a first timer to keto....What is the portion amount for this snack?

I listed 2 heaping tbsp/ 1 ½ oz/ 40 g + vegetables to eat it with but it's up to you, even double the amount would be fine.

Looks good, have to try it. I lost 11 pounds, now I'm on hold, why?do I have to tweak something?  Janet thank

Hi Janet, this post may help: How To Low Carb: 15+ Common Weight Loss Mistakes

i would also instruct ppl to put their portion on a plate as the moisture from the veggies will get in the dip. keeps the dip undiluted and thick for next time.

Thank you Hélène, yes, I agree!