Toasted Coconut Chips – How to Make Coconut Chips!
Healthy snacks don’t need to be complicated—or expensive. And, these tasty toasted coconut chips are all the proof you’ll need! With just one ingredient and an oven, you can whip up a naturally-sweet, crunchy, fuel-filled snack in minutes.
At the grocery store, there are plenty of ‘healthy’ snack options available. But, many are still hiding sneaky food additives or inflammatory vegetable oils. Or, even when I find a truly clean snack, it always costs so much money!
And, recently, low carb lifestyles and high fat diets—like the keto diet—have become more and more popular. But, the trend is still relatively new, so it can be hard to find keto snacks and low carb desserts. Most ‘health-conscious’ foods and restaurant meals are geared towards low fat diets!
But, there are SO many options for easy keto snacks that we can make at home with real, whole foods. These toasted coconut chips are a fun topping for smoothies or desserts, but they’re deliciously munch-able all on their own!
Rethinking Keto Snacks and Low Carb Desserts
The truly healthy snacks are the ones that DON’T come in a package, like whole fruits and veggies! But, if you’re trying to eat low carb, fruits aren’t your best option because of their natural sugar content. There are lower sugar fruit options out there, but there’s one high-fat superfruit that’s a must-have on a keto diet: coconut!
Not only is coconut rich in dietary fats, but it’s also lower in sugar and rich in fiber. But, it still has a delicious natural sweetness, which really shines through in these toasted coconut chips! The dense texture of coconut makes them even crunchier than other veggie chips, with a hint of sweet, tropical flavor.
I love to snack on toasted coconut chips, because their rich fat content helps to actually fill me up when I get hungry between meals. And, with their naturally-sweet and indulgent flavor, it’s like chowing down on a low carb dessert—totally sugar-free and guilt-free!
You can use coconut in SO many ways, and in so many different forms—coconut shreds, flakes, oil, water, and more! And, no matter how you slice it (HA), you’re getting a generous dose of satiating fats.
In one serving of these toasted coconut chips, you get 19 grams of ketosis-fueling fats, 5 grams of fiber, and only 2 grams of net carbs! And, the fats in coconut have some pretty powerful benefits:
Rich in saturated fats.
The majority of the fat content in coconut comes from saturated fats. And, although we used to think that eating saturated fats caused heart disease, current research shows that natural saturated fats can actually improve heart health.
With coconut in particular, studies show that its saturated fats can help increase good cholesterol levels, which lowers heart disease risk! And, out of the 19 grams of total fat in these toasted coconut chips, you’re getting 17 grams of heart-healthy saturated fats.
Quality source of MCTs.
You may have heard of “MCT oil” as one of the latest superfoods, and MCTs actually occur naturally in coconut. Known as medium-chain triglycerides, MCTs are a unique kind of fatty acid that’s shorter than most.
Because of this, the body can absorb and use MCTs more quickly than other fats. So, the fats in these toasted coconut chips are less likely to be stored on your body as fat, and more likely to be used as energy!
If you’ve ever seen bags of coconut chips (that cost around $5+!) among the healthy snacks at the grocery store, these toasted coconut chips are the same thing. Except, in my opinion, way crispier and more flavorful! And, of course, so much cheaper.
They’re so easy to make, so delicious, and bursting with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits! So, preheat the oven, grab some coconut flakes, and toast up an easy keto snack that is actually healthy and will actually keep you full. And, won’t break the bank!