O’FALLON- Sweet Katie Bee’s is no stranger to organic and gluten- free treats, but the cafe’s owner Beth Hendrix said that she had “no idea” the newly added Keto desserts would be so popular in the community.
“I had no idea that this was such a big community,” Hendrix said. “We would have done this a long time ago if we had any idea there were so many people dying for dessert.”
“Keto” or a the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate way of eating. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, the cafe announced in a Facebook post that it had “Keto cakes” on the menu.
The cupcake’s ingredients consisted of almond flour, Swerve [natural] sweetener, flax seed, cocoa, local eggs, cream cheese and organic butter.
“It blew up,” Hendrix said. “People were sharing [the post] in St. Louis and a person in California asked where our cafe was. People have been calling and asking if we will ship to them.”
Hendrix said that she has experience modifying food items because her child has dealt with food allergies.
“I had to learn the hard way,” she said. “Way back when gluten free options weren’t available. It was a full time job.”
Hendrix said that something she would like to do in the future after the cafe relocates to a bigger space – is bring in parents from around the community and have a cooking class “to show them how to make certain options.”
Hendrix said that the Keto desserts, along with gluten free and organic options “gives people an option.” She said that it also allows for “more community involvement.”
Since last week, Sweet Katie Bee’s has offered Keto cupcakes and also cheesecakes. Hendrix said that there are other menu items compatible with the diet – like the BLT salad and the chicken tortilla soup.