Meet Louisa Bakker from Keto Cacao – The only Honest, Fatty, Nutritious Bar from The Netherlands
A couple of months ago I met Louisa Bakker from Keto Cacao, and she shared her inspiring story with me. This power lady is on a mission to shake up the chocolate market! How? Together with an award-winning chocolatier, she created the first Keto-friendly chocolate bar in The Netherlands, and from last February on they have been sharing their Keto bars & keto love with others. Keto Cacao is a chocolate bar without the unnecessary sugars, fillers, and preservatives, but with extra healthy MCT fats!
My personal experience with the bars from Keto Cacao
What I personally love about Keto Cacao, is that these bars are made with pure ingredients that give you a lot of energy. Namely: cacao powder, MCT powder from coconut oil, and erythritol which does not raise insulin or blood sugar levels. The feeling of being able to eat a chocolate bar with lots of healthy fats, while at the same time consuming only 1 grams of net carbs, is just heavenly! Especially MCT oil is a perfect ingredient to provide quick energy, and this is exactly what I need as a runner before my long runs. The bars come in 3 different flavours: dark chocolate, hazelnut, and coconut of which hazelnut is definitely my favourite.
So what is Louisas story, and how has her Keto Cacao journey been so far? I had a chat with her, and got to find out!
Hi Louisa! Could you tell me a bit more about your background, and how you came into contact with the keto way of eating?
For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about health, sports, and nutrition. Growing up, my parents owned a health store in Amsterdam and they were the distributor of different mineral waters from around the world. In our family, talking about health and nutrition is something we constantly do (which can sometimes annoy friends or new lovers in our family).
After I graduated in 2017, I went traveling in South-America where I visited many cacao farms. I was intrigued by the beauty of cacao and its health benefits. I have always loved eating dark chocolate but never knew about the tremendous cacao varieties. During this trip, I spent a lot of time reading articles from Dr. Mercola and as I had been eating low-carb for a longer time, learning about a ketolifestyle was such an eyeopener. Before eating keto, I was already consuming mostly sugar-free products, but still lots of carbs from fruits and starchy vegetables. I never understood why I was constantly having cravings, feeling bloated, experiencing sugar crashes and unstable energy levels. Looking back, I was afraid of eating too much fat, as they are calorie-dense and back then I believed this would make me gain weight. Now I know way better!
I have been eating keto-based for over a year now. I focus on consuming wholesome foods high in healthy fats, contain moderate amounts of protein, without sugar and low in carbs.
Saying yes to the healthy fats! So, which products do you eat a lot to make sure your diet is well-formulated?
I never run out of MCT oil / powder at home for my smoothies or morning coffees. Other favourite foods are avocados, pecan nuts, macadamias, coconut oil / avocado oil, fatty fish, leafy greens and eggs. It is so easy to make a quick breakfast or lunch with these main ingredients and it keeps me satisfied and energized for a long time. Besides that, since I have started my own chocolate brand I of course regularly have a Keto Cacao bar. It is exactly the snack I need after my workout or a long day at the office. For dinner, I always make something quick, normally a salad bowl with lots of olive oil or my favourite vegetable brussels sprouts with some bacon or fish.
We want to know more about Keto Cacao! Can you share your Keto Cacao journey from the moment you got the awesome idea up till now?
During my trip to South-America, I knew I wanted to work with good quality cacao and create a product out of it. First I did a lot of market research on what is out there in terms of low-carb chocolate. Surprisingly, I found many bars using additives like soy lecithin and artificial flavours. Either to make the bars more attractive or for a smoother texture. I was fed up with eating products containing ingredients that I cannot even pronounce or have never heard of before. To maintain the nutritional benefits of cacao it should not be mixed with a high amount of dairy products and different types of sugars. Yes, also a lot of ‘natural sweeteners’ such as honey, maple syrup, and agave syrup contain sugar.
As a result, I teamed up with an award-winning chocolatier here in Europe and after a lot of testing, we launched the first trials of Keto Cacao in February this year. After the launch, we received a lot of feedback so we took this into account and worked again on finetuning the flavour. As a result and after a lot of work, we launched our improved flavour in November 2018. We are happy with the positive feedback we are currently getting, but we are also working on a new branding and new flavours! It is an on-going journey and perhaps one of the benefits of being a small company is that we are flexible and open to innovations.
Our newest Keto Cacao chocolate bars are made with 100% single origin Tumaco cacao mixed with the natural sweetener Erythritol and MCT oil powder (100% derived from coconuts).
Working hard on creating a product that really fits the needs of your customers, I admire that! So if you have to describe Keto Cacao in 3 words, what would they be?
Honest, Fatty, Nutritious.
Always interesting to know: what makes the bars from Keto Cacao different from other keto bars?
We make chocolate bars with healthy fats and high-quality ingredients to help you feel and perform at your best. No sugar, no soy, no fillers, no crap. We don’t use sweeteners that spikes insulin, we focus on the quality and benefits of cacao by choosing only a few ingredients and we add extra MCT’s for more energy and satiation. It’s all about getting long-lasting energy from fat instead of a quick fix from sugar.
So after you launched the newest flavour, what was the coolest reaction you got from a customer after trying it?
Over the summer, as we had been working a lot on improving the product, we received such positive feedback which is absolutely amazing. One I will never forget is from one of our loyal customers who has followed us from the start: ”I love the improvements that were made over the summer. It’s a really rich taste with little to no Erythritol and MCT aftertaste. I really love that a new flavour was added (hazelnut) and I’m really hopeful for the future that more flavours will be introduced! I love the simple packaging and the size is perfect”.
Wow, that is awesome. Which other awesome things are you planning for the future, where do you see Keto Cacao in 5 years?
We are working hard on developing a platform with more products focused on good nutrition from healthy fats and informative content to guide and support people on their low carb, high-fat journey.
Looking forward to everything that is coming! Last but not last, finish this sentence: Keto is here to stay, because …
Overall health is way more important than a quick fix to just lose weight and feel like shit!