3 Ways Collagen Can Benefit Your Health
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Collagen is a “hot” ingredient on the supplement market, you may have heard about it from popular health gurus or seen it at your local vitamin shop. This powerhouse superfood is quite impressive when it comes to its anti-aging health benefits.

It’s a protein source that can be derived from the bones and skin of cows, chicken, or even fish.

It’s also found in our own bodies. It’s the most abundant structural protein in the human body and is found in skin, bones, muscles, blood vessels, digestive system, and tendons. Although, our modern diets are some underlying reasons for depleting our collagen production which leads to sagging skin, aging, joint pain, and weakened cartilage.

Now, is the time to start making collagen a priority in your life to get back your health to its youthful state. In this article, you will learn 3 ways collagen can help benefit your health.

1. Improves Health of Skin and Joints

As you start to age, your skin starts to lose its elasticity and wrinkles begin to form. This is due to a decrease in collagen production which can be solved by upping primarily the intake of the amino acids glycine and proline. These two amino acids play a major role in collagen production.

There is a total of 18 amino acids found in collagen. 8 of these amino acids are considered essential amino acids.

Ingesting hydrolyzed collagen has been shown to help counteract the changes brought on by aging.

A study conducted on 217 subjects that presently had fine lines or wrinkles resulted in 109 of these subjects had significant improvement in their facial lines after 60 days of treatment with collagen.

Collagen surprisingly also has some powerful benefits when it comes to joint health. A 24 week study conducted on athletes with joint pain showed significant changes by supplementing with 10g of collagen daily. The findings show promising for patients suffering from osteoarthritis.

2. Helps To Maintain Healthy Cardiac Function

Collagen is an essential compound that is considered vital to maintaining the health of cardiac tissue according to the Journal of American Collage of Cardiology.

Collagen is rich in the amino acid proline which is great for cardiac health by reducing fat buildup in the bloodstream. It also has arginine which is an amino acid that helps with nitric oxide production and relaxes the blood vessels for better circulation.

There is also some interesting studies looking into how collagen supplementation can help with atherosclerosis. 32 healthy volunteers supplemented with collagen by adding it to a liquid of their choice (water, miso soup, green tea, or similar beverage). The changes after the 6 month study show a significant reduction in the cholesterol ratio along with the recovery of blood vessel elasticity.

3. Supports Healthy Hair and Nails

Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your own hair starting to recede when you look in the mirror. With collagen you can strengthen your hair follicles and have your hair growing vibrantly and fully like it was in its youth. Although, the findings are not yet clear, collagen shows potential when it comes to hair follicle regeneration.

Another broken nail? Say goodbye to broken nails. You are not alone, brittle nail syndrome is a common problem among women. Collagen supplementation has reported a 12% nail growth rate increase and a 42% decrease in broken nail frequency according to this PubMed study.

Adding collagen to your diet helps to keep your nails strong.

So, now you are probably quite AMAZED by these benefits and can’t wait to get your hands on this superfood!

Make Collagen A Priority For Your Health

You probably have a clear understanding why collagen should be an important component to your health goals. But, the challenge due to our fast-paced modern lifestyle makes it difficult to consume this amazing superfood on a daily basis.

We have made this easy for you by adding a sufficient dose of collagen in our BochaBars, our new line of protein bars. Whether you are constantly on the commute, facing long hours at work, or an active fitness enthusiast looking for a convenient way to get in more collagen. These bars are for you. You can also grab a 10 oz bag of our Grass Fed Collagen Peptides which can be easily mixed into smoothies, coffee, and soups for an extra protein boost. We are confident that you will notice new changes to your health.

3 Amazing Benefits of Eating Almonds
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Almonds are packed with protein and contain beneficial nutrients such as magnesium.  Almonds also contain powerful antioxidant, vitamin E, which helps to combat oxidative stress that contributes to aging. This superfood tree nut is a beneficial choice for diabetics for supporting healthy blood sugar levels. Since high levels of LDL cholesterol is a well-known risk factor for heart disease, the daily consumption of almonds is highly recommended by nutritional experts because almonds have impressive benefits to lowering the LDL and maintaining the “good” HDL cholesterol.

Almonds Have Life Extension Benefits

Almonds have an interesting history. They have been consumed as far back as B.C. They were served to Egypt’s pharaoh’s as a prized ingredient. During the silk road era explorers would consume almonds while traveling. 

Ancient Indian Ayurvdeic practicioners even touted almonds for their life enhancing capabilities.

Today you can find almonds widely available as a raw snack, nut butter, almond milk, or even in flour form.

Nutritional Information (1/4 cup serving size)

Almonds are rich in essential nutrients 

  • Vitamin E (16mg)
  • Riboflavin (0.4mg)
  • Manganese (0.8mg)
  • Magnesium (97mg)
  • Phosphorus (172mg)
  • Calcium (96mg)
  • Iron (33mg)

Vitamin E found in almonds helps to nourish the skin and reduce signs of aging.

Almonds are consumed in the raw nut form or as almond butter which is another good option. Sounds like a pretty tasty path to longevity, if you ask me!

Almonds Help to Support Health Blood Sugar Levels

With more than 50% of American adults currently with prediabetes and an alarming 30 million that already have diabetes according to JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

It makes sense to start eating a food source that can help to support healthy blood sugar levels. It’s as easy as consuming some almonds! Or, simply grab one of our delicious BochaBars that come in two flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter and Vanilla Almond Crunch.

The rich amount of Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s) found in almonds has a slow rate of glucose being released into the blood stream.

A pubmed study was conducted on 65 adults with prediabetes that had a modification to their diet over a 16 week period… where 20% of their energy was derived from almonds.

The results were astonishing with the almond group exhibiting a greater reduction in insulin compared to the nut-free control group.

To conclude, consuming a diet that had 20% of it coming from almonds over a 16 week period improved markers for insulin sensitivity.

Almonds Can Help Support Healthy Cholesterol Levels

I’m sure you are probably aware by now that having high LDL cholesterol is a significant risk factor for heart disease. For optimal health, you want to have a higher amount of HDL “good cholesterol” while keeping LDL substantially lower. Almonds have  benefits for healthy cholesterol levels.

A PubMed study was conducted as a randomized crossover study on 27 hyperlipidemic men and women for 1 month. The results showed that the almond consumption group produced the greatest reduction in levels of blood lipids along with a significant reduction in LDL cholesterol.

Make Almonds Part of Your Healthy Diet

So, there you have it. Now you can see why we utilize almonds as one of our main ingredients in our line of great tasting gluten-free protein BochaBars.

Go ahead. Enjoy a BochaBar. Be proactive and make almonds part of your healthy diet and receive these 3 amazing health benefits.

Coconut Powered Pancakes
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Coconut flour is a popular choice for people following a ket diet but often it’s very difficult to get the right texture or taste. These coconut powered pancakes have a delicious, moist texture that will make your taste buds explode. Especially, when served with our keto-friendly DIY BochaSweet™ maple syrup.

A distinct variation to many typical recipes you will find is the addition of coconut yogurt to add a clean, dairy-free source of probiotics. Plus, these pancakes are packed with collagen protein and MCTs for sustained energy and gut health. Make sure to use an eco-friendly non-stick pan to easily flip these pancakes after a few minutes on each side.

Coconut Powered Collagen Pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cacao butter
  • 3 teaspoons BochaSweet
  • 1 tbsp MCT powder
  • 2-3 tbsp grass-fed collagen peptides
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • Optional: a little water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk together melted cacao butter, coconut yogurt, BochaSweet, salt, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl combine coconut flour and baking powder. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Allow the batter to sit to thicken. If too thick, you can add an additional egg or a little extra water to thin it out.
  3. Lightly oil the skillet with some coconut oil over medium heat. Scoop out heaping tablespoons of batter onto skillet to make pancakes a few inches in diameter.

Serves: 6

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 180
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Sugars: <1g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 200mg

 

Vegan MCT-Powered Latte Feature
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Perhaps, you are not all too crazy about coffee or want to change up your “go-to” morning beverage. This is why we went ahead and put together a delicious, creamy vegan yerba mate latte that packs a clean caffeine kick. This drink also contains energizing MCT powder, adaptogenic mushrooms, plant protein, and raw cacao to fuel your brain.

The addition of MCT (medium chain triglycerides) powder is a superfood that fuels the brain and breaks down into C8, C10, and C12 medium fatty acids. These fatty acids are further added to be metabolized in the liver and turned into energy. Further it breaks down into ketones and is used by the brain as fuel. This is a stable source of energy which is great for those that follow a keto diet. In this latte, you will also find a blend of adaptogenic mushrooms – reishi being one of our favorites – which contains properties that help to combat stress, enhance vitality, and potentially act as a detoxifying liver cleanse.

Vegan MCT-Powered Latte (Blog)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan MCT-Powered Tea Latte

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup brewed yerba mate tea
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter
  • 1 scoop MCT powder
  • 3 capsules Mushroom Boost
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons plant protein of your choice (we used sunflower and pumpkin protein)
  • BochaSweet to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Start by brewing the Yerba mate and then add all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend together for 30 seconds or until frothy and creamy.
  3. Pour into a coffee mug. Enjoy.
Perfect Keto Cheesecake
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Keto Cheesecake recipe provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

We should all give great thanks to my bestest friend Karen for starting me down this path! Way back in the day (we won’t even talk about how many years ago), I taught Karen how to make amazing cheesecakes.

She’s continued to make cheesecakes and has gotten very creative with flavor combinations. We stopped to see her on our way home from a family trip and she presented me with a Keto Cheesecake. You’re thinking “Wow, what an amazing friend!”.

Yep. She’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Then she wrote out the recipe for me and said “Make it PERFECT!” And so…..I did!

The Perfect Keto CheesecakePerfect Keto Cheesecake

Cuisine: Keto
Servings: 10 slices

According to my taste testers, this keto cheesecake tastes just like the real thing. Learn how to make a keto cheesecake that will amaze your taste buds and impress not only yourself but your friends and family too!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 packages cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 ¼ cup BochaSweet
  • 4 eggs
  •  cup heavy whipping cream
  •  cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

To Make the Filling:
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Make sure all of your ingredients are warmed!
  2. Prepare your springform pan for a water bath. See the video and instructions on the blog post.
  3. Combine cream cheese and BochaSweet and mix on low until smooth. If your mixture is lumpy, this means your cream cheese isn’t warm enough. Warm it now before proceeding further. Also, make sure your other ingredients are warm. See the blog post for tips.
  4. Add eggs, heavy cream, sour cream, vanilla, salt and almond extract to the cream cheese mixture. Mix on low until smooth.
  5. Pour filling onto cooled crust.
  6. Bake in a water bath for 60 minutes at 300 degrees. The water bath creates creamy, amazing results and is well worth the extra effort.
  7. Turn off the oven and allow to set for 4 hours or overnight
  8. Remove your baked cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool completely before placing it in the refrigerator
  9. Get my recipe for creamy keto caramel sauce and use as a topping!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Calories: 380
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Fat: 37g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Potassium: 165mg
  • Cholesterol: 179mg

 

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MUSHROOM BLOG POST

Do you see “mushrooms” popping up everywhere? From mushroom coffee to lattes, these health promoting herbs are making their way into the mainstream.

At BochaSweet, we love to drink plenty of blended coffee, teas and lattes. What better way to supercharge our day than with a variety of potent mushroom extracts!

There are lots of different mushrooms out there, but there are 4 special adaptogenic mushrooms that stand out the most.

We went ahead and combined these mushrooms that you will soon learn about so that you can feel more vitality, less stress, mental clarity, natural energy, and more.

So, let’s get into it.

1. Cordyceps

These mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms out there.

Cordyceps first gained their claim to fame when the Chinese women’s track and field team broke multiple records in 1993.

Cordyceps are harvested in the high mountain regions of the Himalayas and used for centuries as food and medicine, dating back to the 15th century. The polysaccharides in cordyceps help to support immune function and energy production – ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – which combats stress.

From its ancient beginnings in traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has long been used as a highly treasured herb known for life-enhancing vitality by adapting to stress and for easy respiration as a “lung tonic”.

2. Shiitake

You can find these mushrooms easily at grocery store and make a great addition to any meal.

These mushrooms are rich in nutrition: high in B Vitamins, Vitamin D, potassium, zinc, and magnesium.

Shiitake mushrooms are a treasure from Asia that have been used for a long time as an adaptogen that can help the body deal with stress, and at the same time provide a boost to the immune system. It stimulates the body’s T-lymphocystes, these are specialized white blood cells that play a key role in the body’s defense against invading pathogens.

What is also unique about shiitake is that they contain all 8 essential amino acids as well as special fatty acid called linoleic acid.

3. Maitake

Maitake is a polypore mushroom known as the “hen of woods” that grows in clusters at the base of trees and also considered the “king of mushrooms” in Japan. It has been used in both Japan and China as both a food and tonic herb for thousands of years to help enhance immunity.

The beta-D-glucans found in maitake mushrooms help to boost the immune system.

4. Reishi

Reishi is another popular adaptogenic mushroom and are also known as ling zhi in Chinese. They are tied to longevity, better immune function, and mental clarity. They can be consumed as a tincture, tea, powder form, or in soup.

Reishi grows on hardwood trees and is considered one of nature’s most powerful immune-modulating herbs, and has been utilized for over 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Used for millennia in Asia, Reishi has been respectfully called the “mushroom of immortality”. Surprisingly, reishi mushrooms also have the potential to act as a detoxifying liver cleanse.

It is also underrated for its nootropic properties (enhance memory or other cognitive functions) which help boost mental performance and overall brain health.

“Yoga In A Bottle”

You may not be able to actually feel the positive effects of mushrooms to your health, but you can rest assured that they are doing their job.

So, it makes sense to include BochaSweet Mushroom Boost in your day-to-day life. Experience feeling more relaxed, more at ease, and less stress, almost like “yoga in a bottle”.

Keto Vanilla Cupcakes Feature
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Keto Vanilla Cupcakes recipes provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

Have your cake & eat it too!

Living a keto lifestyle is sustainable even during the holidays with these delicious vanilla cupcakes.

I have paired them with a tangy lemon-lime frosting. These also taste great with my strawberry keto frosting, coconut keto frosting or vanilla peppermint keto frosting!

Low Carb Vanilla Cupcakes (Keto & Grain Free)

Keto Vanilla Cupcake

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 eggs separated
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 cup BochaSweet
  • 1/2 cup (30g) superfine coconut flour  
  • 1 cup (112g) almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons acacia fiber powder
For the Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup BochaSweet
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 7 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
  • 7 drops Young Living Lime Vitality Essential Oil
  • Pinch salt

Nutrition facts per serving:

  • Calories: 309
  • Total Fat: 31g
  • Sodium: 320mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Total Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 5g

 

BOCHA-BEETS Smoothie
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Can’t beet this.

This smoothie features our beetroot nitric oxide booster BOCHA-BEETS. It is a delicious pre-workout smoothie that contains collagen protein and healthy fats.

Many smoothies are packed with high-glycemic fruits and contain way too much sugar. The combination of wild blueberries and BOCHA-BEETS helps to keep this smoothie low glycemic and keto-friendly. Amazing superfoods like cacao, collagen protein, wild blueberries, beetroot, and sunflower seed butter makes this drink so satisfying. Plus, the sweetness of BochaSweet makes this smoothie quench your sweet tooth.

Next time you head to the gym, make yourself a keto beet berry smoothie!

Keto Beet Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup wild blueberries
  • 1-2 tbsp sunflower seed butter
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tsp BochaSweet
  • 1-2 scoops BOCHA-BEETS
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup ice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a high speed blender and blitz until evenly combined, smooth and creamy.
  2. Depending on how thick you like your smoothie you can add in extra almond milk or water and re-blend until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

 

BOCHA-BEETS Smoothie

Tara's Choc Chip Cookie Pic 2
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Recipe and content provided by Tara Wright

The perfect keto chocolate chip cookie should have a cakey texture and just the right rippled appearance on top. To make this happen, I used a combination of almond flour and coconut flour. Then, I used two secret weapons. Now I’m going to spoil the secret.

Secret Weapon #1: BochaSweet

BochaSweet is a super-food zero calorie sweetener made from a Japanese pumpkin called the kabocha pumpkin. If you haven’t already, you’ve got to try this stuff!

Secret Weapon #2: Nut Butter

Nut butter added the perfect texture to these cookies and really rounded out the macros perfectly. In this recipe, I’ve used macadamia nut butter. You can use any nut butter you wish to. Just keep an eye on the carb content of the nut butter and make sure there are no added sugars.

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Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies have the perfect cakey cookie texture. We like to bake them and store them in the freezer for when a sweet craving strikes. They are great to make and take along with you to potlucks and family functions, no one will know they are grain free, gluten free, sugar-free and keto-approved!

Servings: 40 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/3 cup super-fine almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 cup BochaSweet
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nut butter
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 2 large eggs or 3 medium eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp butter flavor (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if you are using a convection oven).
  2. Prepare your baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or lightly greasing them.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine avocado oil and BochaSweet and cream together on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla extract, butter extract and macadamia nut butter and cream together on medium speed for 1 minute
  5. Add almond flour, coconut flour, salt, baking soda and xanthan gum and mix together for 2-3 minutes. Mixing this long helps the coconut flour absorb the liquid. Coconut flour is very absorbent!
  6. Mix in chocolate chunks.
  7. Drop cookies onto your cookie sheet in 1 tablespoon portions. I like to use a cookie scoop for this for easy measuring. You could also use a tablespoon measuring spoon and a small spatula.
  8. Using a fork dipped in water (or oil), gently press down on each cookie dough scoop to make a crosshatch pattern.
  9. Bake each sheet of cookies for approximately 12 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges and just barely set in the center. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. These will set up as they cool.
  10. Once cooled, store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 days. These cookies dry out (get crunchier) the longer they are out. We like to make these and store them in the freezer. They will last in the freezer for a few months. (If you don’t eat them all!)

Tara's Choc Cookie Pic 1

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 73
  • Fat: 86%
  • Net Carb: 5.5%
  • Protein: 6.5%
Low Carb Caramel Sauce
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Keto Caramel Sauce

Recipe and content provided by Tara Wright

This Keto Caramel Sauce is just the thing for creating indulgent drinks such as a Low-Carb Caramel Macchiato. It’s amazing drizzled over some keto ice cream or my infamous ‘quick’ Keto Cheesecake dessert. This sauce is quick and easy to make and stores in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for a few weeks.

The best thing about this sauce is that it only thickens slightly in the refrigerator, making it perfect for whipping up drinks and drizzling over desserts. It’s a great topping for treats such as keto ice cream on top of a fudgy keto brownie with a drizzle of low carb caramel sauce. Mmmmmmmm.

If you’re looking for a thick and creamy low carb caramel sauce that hardens in the refrigerator–check out my recipe here. This version of keto caramel thickens in the fridge and would even be great for making old fashioned rolled caramels for the holidays.

If you watch the video, you’ll notice I was experimenting with using a candy thermometer. I found that this step isn’t necessary. So, I’ve omitted it in the instructions.

Check out the video and discover how simple making a homemade keto caramel sauce can be.

BochaSweet Keto Caramel Sauce

12 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup water (2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup BochaSweet
  • 2 tbsp BochaSweet
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Watkins Caramel Extract

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a 3 quart saucepan, combine water, BochaSweet, and salt and put over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Simmer without stirring for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low and add cream.
  5. Bring to a boil and boil for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla & caramel extracts.

Low Carb Caramel Sauce
Recipe Notes: Store cooled mixture in the fridge in a tightly sealed container. Keto Caramel sauce keeps up to 1 week in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 34
  • Fat: 96%
  • Net Carb: 3%
  • Protein: 3%

 

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