Keto Vegan Flourless Ham and Cheese Bites

This is a nummy recipe that will soon disappear off your kitchen counter. I would tell you that you can put it in the fridge, and that it tastes great cold, but rarely have I seen it last long enough. Especially if you are making this for your family or friends, it is irresistible and will get gobbled down swiftly. 

The recipe as it sits is Keto-friendly and gluten free. For our Vegan friends out there who want to stay away from cheese, meat, and dairy, you can certainly sub some of these ingredients, which we have mentioned below. 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (gluten free!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (use something like Daiya brand cheese substitute if you are avoiding dairy)
  • 3 eggs, whisked (you can sub in Chia Seed Paste if you are going eggless)
  • 5 ounces cream cheese, softened (or a dairy-free substitute)
  • 2 1/4 cups of ham, chopped up into pieces (there are several vegan ham alternatives)

**Aim for organic whenever possible**

Instructions

Step 1

Crank up that oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Step 2

Mix up that delicious cream cheese (or your chosen non-dairy substitute) and ham until you've got a thoroughly even consistency.

Step 3

Add everything else into that already handsome looking mix of delectable goodness!

Step 4

Let the whole thing just sit there and chill for 15 minutes. Just chill. Now breathe. Maybe go do a meditation session while you wait?

**I know it's boring, but don't skip the chilling part! Otherwise your dough is going to turn out flat and shapeless looking like it got run over by a dump truck.

Step 5

Use oven-safe parchment paper to cover your baking sheet. (I personally stay the heck away from Teflon and don't let that junk touch my food. Go watch the movie Dark Waters for a disgustingly thorough tale about Teflon and the lawsuits and cancer claims surrounding it. Umm gross.)

Step 6

Plop that dough down into pretty little partitions, as if you were making cookies. You can use a spoon if you want. 

Step 7

Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until they have that nicely brown--but not burnt-- look to them. If your oven has a light, try turning that on so you don't let the heat out. Believe me, it seems common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people open the oven door and let the heat out. Baking is "a science" and cooking is "an art", as the old saying goes. We want to be precise when baking, and that means our tools, like the oven, need to accurately follow the recipe.

Depending on how big you make these, you should get 10-20. I get about 15 if I go for standard cookie size. 

To your health and happiness, Doctor Danielle

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