Keto truffles are wonderfully chocolaty and decadent. Made with just four ingredients, they are surprisingly easy to make at home.
These decadent truffles are one of my favorite keto desserts. They are amazingly rich and chocolatey, low in carbs, and high in fat.
Truffles are by far my favorite indulgence. So when my husband and I started eating a low-carb diet, I was on the lookout for a good reliable keto alternative. These are perfect! They are so rich and delicious. You won't miss the sugar!
The ingredients you'll need
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty treat. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
Dark chocolate: The darker you can go and still enjoy it, the better. I use 85% cacao chocolate.
Unsalted butter: If you can get a European brand such as Kerrygold that's perfect. But any butter will work.
Heavy cream: I tried making this recipe with half-and-half and it was a fail. So definitely go with heavy cream.
For coating the truffles: Unsweetened cocoa powder.
You can also add a bit of a sweetener, though that's purely optional. I sometimes add a teaspoon of stevia. It depends on how sweet you want the truffles to be.
How to make keto truffles
It's not difficult to make them. Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
You simply melt a few ingredients (chocolate, butter, and heavy cream) then stir them into a smooth ganache. You freeze the ganache briefly, then shape it into truffles.
Basically, you're making a rich chocolate ganache, then chilling it so that you can shape it into truffles.
The only somewhat challenging part when making these truffles is shaping them. This is very messy, so I highly recommend that you wear disposable gloves when performing this task.
It's not that it's difficult to wash your hands and get rid of the chocolate, but it does tend to get under your nails.
How to coat them
There are several tasty options for coating these keto truffles. I usually go with unsweetened cocoa powder, making sure to use Dutch-processed cocoa powder, which is milder and less acidic.
Other options include unsweetened shredded coconut, PB2 (powdered peanut butter), and chopped nuts. You can also coat these truffles in almond flour - basically the same as chopped nuts, but a finer grind, so it's easier to work with.
How to store keto truffles
They should last for three days on the counter, in an airtight container. For longer storage, and up to a week, it's best to refrigerate them.
Variations and substitutions
These truffles are amazing just the way they are. But if you'd like to vary the basic recipe, here are a few ideas:
- Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mixture.
- Add a tablespoon of brandy or bourbon.
- A pinch of cinnamon is nice if you like the combination of chocolate and cinnamon.
- You can use even darker chocolate - such as Lindt 90%. It's really a matter of personal preference.
- Add half a teaspoon of coconut extract and coat the truffles in shredded coconut.
More chocolate recipes that you might enjoy
And these peanut butter truffles are my favorite low carb truffles. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is amazing!
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- Coarsely chop the chocolate with a sharp chef’s knife. Or use chocolate chips. Place the chocolate and butter in a shallow bowl. Microwave in two 30-second sessions, stirring after each session, until the chocolate is almost melted.
- Stir in the heavy cream. Microwave for 20 more seconds, then stir the mixture with a rubber spatula until it turns into a smooth ganache, as shown in the video below. You can stir in a bit of stevia at this point if you'd like.
- Cover the mixture with a plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Now comes the fun (and messy!) part, so you might want to use disposable gloves: Scoop out small portions of the mixture, measuring about 1 tablespoon per truffle. Shape the truffles with your hands into balls. They won’t be perfectly round.
- Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder to coat. They're ready! Enjoy.