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Low-Carb Red Eye Bacon Jam

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Bacon. Coffee. Two of my favourite things.

I was thinking about this low-carb bacon jam recipe and pondering how I could make it different to all of the other bacon jam recipes out there. I just happened to have a cooking show on tv in the background and they were making red eye gravy.

I played around with the coffee to bacon ratio for a while and can now proudly state that this is the best bacon jam that I’ve ever eaten. And it's 100% keto friendly. The coffee adds an incredible depth to the flavour. Enjoy with crusty toasted keto bread or mature cheese — it's also great for cheese boards!

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Nutritional values (per serving, 2 level tbsp)

Net carbs1.2 grams
Protein4.4 grams
Fat7.9 grams
Calories94 kcal

Calories from carbs 5%, protein 19%, fat 76%

Total carbs1.3 gramsFiber0.1 gramsSugars0.9 gramsSaturated fat2.6 gramsSodium264 mg(11% RDA)Magnesium5 mg(1% RDA)Potassium85 mg(4% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 16 servings/ about 2 cups)

  • 500 g bacon slices (1.1 lb)
  • 1 large red onion (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 1/2 cup Sukrin Gold or Swerve (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup strong black coffee (120 ml/ 4 fl oz)
  • 1/4 cup water (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (30 ml) - avoid extra sweet thick balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (15 ml)


  1. Cut the bacon into small strips. Peel and slice the onion. Prepare the coffee and set aside. Low-Carb Red Eye Bacon Jam
  2. Cook the sliced bacon in a skillet until cooked but not crispy.
    Low-Carb Red Eye Bacon Jam
  3. Remove bacon from pan and place in a bowl to set aside. To the same pan where you cooked the bacon add sliced red onion and mix until covered in the rendered bacon grease. Cook until onion is softened, approx. 5 minutes.
    Low-Carb Red Eye Bacon Jam
  4. Add the Sukrin Gold, stir through and then cook on low heat for 15 minutes until the onions are caramelised.
    Low-Carb Red Eye Bacon Jam
  5. Return the bacon to the skillet and add the coffee and water. Cook on medium-high for 30 minutes, stirring regularly.
  6. Stir the balsamic vinegar and coconut aminos through and cook for a further couple of minutes.
    Low-Carb Red Eye Bacon Jam
  7. Allow to cool slightly and then spoon into jars. Serve with keto bread and sliced cheese such as brie, manchego or hard goat cheese. Low-Carb Red Eye Bacon Jam
  8. Store sealed in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
    Low-Carb Red Eye Bacon Jam

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 level tbsp)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Bacon, streaky (high fat content), organic
0 g4.3 g7.8 g88 kcal
Onion, red, fresh
0.6 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
Sukrin Gold, brown sugar substitute
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Coffee (prepared), liquid
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Balsamic vinegar
0.3 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 2 level tbsp
1.2 g4.4 g7.9 g94 kcal
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An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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