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Super Simple Keto Cheetos

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Who doesn’t love crunchy cheese snacks? These keto “Cheetos” are an awesome low-carb snack that’s sure to satisfy your cheese tooth.

This recipe is pretty simply with just eggs, cream of tartar, cream cheese, and dehydrated cheddar cheese. For the dehydrated cheddar we used Moon Cheese snacks but any brand will work as long as the only ingredient is cheddar cheese (or any cheese you like).

These low-carb cheetos are nut-free and perfect to pack in your lunchbox or as a quick and almost zero-carb party snack.

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Nutritional values (per serving, 4 cheetos)

Net carbs1.1 grams
Protein6.4 grams
Fat8.6 grams
Calories102 kcal

Calories from carbs 4%, protein 24%, fat 72%

Total carbs1.1 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars0.5 gramsSaturated fat4.7 gramsSodium140 mg(6% RDA)Magnesium4 mg(1% RDA)Potassium54 mg(3% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 3 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tsp cream cheese (3 oz/ 85 g)
  • 4 tbsp dehydrated cheddar cheese such as Moon Cheese, crushed into a powder (32 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • Optional: sea salt, to taste

Note: If you can't find dehydrated cheddar cheese, just use finely grated hard cheese of choice. You may need to dehydrate the low-carb "cheetos" for longer depending on the cheese you use.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 °C/ 300 °F (conventional), or 130 °C/ 270 °F (fan assisted) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on high with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
  3. In another bowl combine the yolks, cream cheese, and cheddar powder until smooth.
    Super Simple Keto Cheetos
  4. Fold the yolk mixture into the egg whites then transfer the batter to a piping bag. Pipe 5 cm (2 inch) strips (about 24) onto the baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
    Super Simple Keto Cheetos
  5. Turn the temperature down to 120 °C/ 250 °F and slightly crack the oven door. Continue to bake for 1 hour until crispy. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Super Simple Keto Cheetos

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 4 cheetos)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Eggs, free-range or organic
0.2 g3.1 g2.4 g36 kcal
Cream of tartar, raising agent
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
0.5 g1 g4 g35 kcal
Cheddar Cheese (Moon Cheese)
0.4 g2.2 g2.2 g31 kcal
Total per serving, 4 cheetos
1.1 g6.4 g8.6 g102 kcal
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Comments (4)

I found a nacho cheese powder for popcorn. Do you think that would work as a seasoning on these? Not in place of the "moon cheese" but in addition to? I think that is one thing I miss the most is nacho cheese flavored chips!!

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If it's just cheese and spices then yes! I'm just not sure if there are other ingredients in it. Enjoy! 😊

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I would say this is the best use of Moon Cheese.  By themselves they are not very good. Thank you for making something that makes them better!

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Thank you Lori, I was thinking the same! I got a few packs of Moon cheese when I was in the US and didn't think it was worth repurchasing but it does taste much better when used as an ingredient in this recipe.

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