Cultured Vegan Mole Sauce. (Not authentic, but keto hacked, paleo and tasty)

I was rummaging through my pantry a couple weeks back and found an unfinished but open bag of cacao nibs. Sadly they had over-fermented and had the distinct aftertaste of sourdough starter. I do not like to throw things out unless they are actually “off” so I left them on the counter to remind me to think on it. And so I did… and eventually came to the idea of a marriage between mole sauce and my favorites: tahini and kefir. So I chucked the remaining nibs (about a cup) into a cup of slightly watered down coconut kefir I had made and let it sit out for a couple days to further culture. I blended it with an array of chilis and chili powder and left it again.

Fermenting sauces that contain added and natural sugars is a way of keto “hacking”. The sugars are consumed by the natural bacteria after a few days. It is a condiment though so I would not recommend eating it with a spoon if you want to stay under your carb count.

Authentic mole contains bread, tortilla chips (both which I cannot currently eat) as well as chicken broth, which I decided to avoid for this recipe and go the way of the French: “let the vegetables speak for themselves.” I hope you enjoy it. It’s a surprisingly versatile sauce. It goes well with eggs, cheese, in wraps and will perform as well as standard mole in the classic chicken enchiladas or even cauliflower and tempeh enchiladas for a vegetarian or vegan option. Give it a shot and tell me what you think!

Mole & kefir guacamole on a keto flax wrap. Nom nom.


  • 1 cup cacao nibs or 100g bar of 100% baking chocolate, chopped (1/2 cup cacao powder will work here as well but you may need to add liquid)
  • 1 cup coconut kefir
  • 1 jalapeno, roasted
  • 2 roma tomatoes, roasted
  • 1 head garlic, roasted
  • 1 ample cup fermented onions with brine + 1/4 cup additional brine
  • 1 Large slice of Cultured Sourdough Keto Bread, toasted
  • 1/2 cup stirred tahini
  • 2 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • handful unsulphered raisins


You can do this one of two ways. Put all the ingredients in a jar and let them ferment for a few days and then blend, or blend together in a high powered blender and then put in a jar to ferment. I recommend the latter.

  1. Sanitize a couple of wide mouth pint jars or a 1 liter glass mason in the oven at 180 degrees for a few minutes.
  2. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Transfer to your sanitized glass jar and leave for 1-5 days for it to ferment. You will see little bubbles when it is fermenting. It is ready to eat or you can leave it until the bubbles stop.
  4. Refrigerate after the ferment is finished.

Cultured Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing (keto, paleo, vegan)

Happy Cinco De Mayo Folks! This is a wicked addictive dressing (or dip, if you make it thicker) and perfectly quick and tasty to whip up today for your celebrations. Give it a go… you won’t regret it.



Combine all ingredients for the dressing in high powered blender and pulse until smooth or mix with an immersion blender. I like to use these Oxo Chef Squeeze Bottles for all my homemade condiments. But in all reality you might stand there with a spatula scraping every last drop out of the blender and it may never make it into the bottle. So enjoy. I did.

Fermented Roasted Tomato Salsa (vegan, paleo, keto)

I love fresh salsa… and all the more when it is both smoky and fermented. This is achieved by first blackening the tomatoes with the onions, jalapenos and garlic and then blending it together with the rest of the ingredients. It’s relatively quick to make and disappears just as fast. Enjoy!


  • 14-15 Roma tomatoes halved
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 2-4 jalapeños
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 large handful cilantro
  • Juice of 1-2 limes according to taste (I used 6 key limes)
  • 1/4 cup fermented onion juice from a previous batch (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes or chipotle flakes
  • 2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • avocado oil for the top
  • 68oz mason or big pickle jar


  • Wash all vegetables and sanitize jar, fermenting weight and lid in the oven at 175 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Wash hands and prepare vegetables.
  • Lay tomatoes cut side up in cast iron pan along with onions, garlic and jalapeños
  • ROAST @ 350 for 45m – 1 hr or BROIL on High for 30 minutes until tops are blackened
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to roughly “chop”
  • Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking and then pour into sanitized jar
  • Cover with avocado oil to keep the bacteria out.
  • Leave to ferment for 2-3 days.

Get this prepared a few days ahead and refrigerate for Cinco de Mayo!

Pickled Spicy Carrots for Cinco De Mayo (Vegan, Paleo, Keto)

Cinco De Mayo is nearly upon us and what better to prepare than to ferment a batch of cultured spicy carrots! These are a great side to any Mexican meal… or any meal in my opinion! I’ll be quick with this one as it really only takes a few minutes to prepare anyway!

Fermenting carrots & jalapeños is crazy easy and crazy quick. They are commonly known as pickled spicy carrots and are common in authentic Mexican cuisine.

For this recipe I used a sanitized 68 oz pickle jar and a fermenting weight but you can use quart masons as well. I tend to do very large batches because I’m a busy mom and well… they keep really well so why not?


  • Enough carrots to fill a 2 liter sanitized jar or whatever jar you are using. I used about half of a 5 lb bag. Scrubbed and sliced to thickness.
  • 1/2 – 1 white onion, sliced
  • 2-5 jalapeños, sliced
  • 3-6 garlic cloves according to taste
  • peppercorns (optional)
  • 3 1/2 – 4 Tbsp course kosher saltsea salt or pink salt (about 2 Tablespoons per quart/liter)
  • Glass jar, sanitized
  • Fermenting weight or small jar, sanitized
  • non-chlorinated water
  • avocado oil for sealing out bacteria (optional)


  1. Place jar of choice, fermenting weight & lid on a  cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat in the oven at 175 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 – 5 minutes to sanitize them.
  2. Slice jalapeños to desired thickness.  (Some people use gloves.  I don’t.  I just don’t touch my eyes)
  3. Fill sanitized jar with prepared vegetables, leaving 2″ room at the top
  4. Put the salt directly on top of the veg and then fill with the water.
  5. Pour a little avocado oil over the top to seal out bacteria. This is totally optional, but I will do it when I am in a hurry to cover any mistakes I might have made.
  6. Set your sanitized fermenting weight on top and press down until the liquid almost reaches the top of the weight.  Place the lid and set aside for 4 – 14 days. 
  7. Refrigerate after it is finished to slow fermentation.

I’ll be doing a couple more posts this week in preparation for the 5th of May but as this one takes at least a few days I thought I should get it out there! Enjoy!