Coconut Cream as a possible substitute for heavy cream in Keto Chow

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Coconut Cream as a possible substitute for heavy cream in Keto Chow

A comment on another post asked about the feasibility of using coconut cream for Keto Chow.

It just might work.

I looked into “Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream”:


I calculated for 250ml of this Coconut Cream for a target kCal/day of 1300 (same as 50ml of heavy cream. It ups the NET carbs from 12g to 20g/day which isn’t optimal but should work fine. It is significantly more expensive though, the 250ml costs around $3.50 a day, compared to $0.75 for the same amount of calories from heavy cream. I also don’t have figures for the Omega 3 and 6 content so those end up red on the recipe editor.

Still, I’m going to grab some and give it a try, see how it goes. For those that can’t handle heavy cream, this might be a viable option. Update: here are the results.

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About the Author:

Chris Bair is a technology and computer geek. He became involved in the nutritionally complete "future foods" movement in January 2014, originally with a conventional recipe and later switching to a high fat, low carb "ketogenic" variant on October 2014. In January 2015 he created the recipe for Keto Chow and released it without restriction for anyone to use, at the same time he began mixing the recipe up for people that wanted a finished product and has seen steady growth in the business every month since. Chris has lived in Utah for most of his life, except for a few years living in Chile where he learned Castillian. Chris and his wife have two sets of twins with a couple singltons thrown in for good measure.


  1. Mark Atkinson June 24, 2015 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Hey Chris,

    Me again. I compared the nutrient profile of the coconut cream to normal cream and it looks to me like normal cream may be a slightly healthier it has a better fat breakdown:

    But coconut cream is still an option for vegans.

    Also, I tried the hemp protein. Don’t do it, it is not worth the flavour or the texture. It was what I imagine sandy lawn clippings would taste like. I may have used a very unrefined version, but it seems that hemp protein is also short in amino acids that you get from whey.

    Interested to see how to coconut cream works out.


    • chris June 24, 2015 at 6:17 am - Reply

      Mmmm… Sandy lawn clippings sounds GOOD! =)

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