How to Make Easy Keto Diet Chocolate Truffles
My sister asked me recently how I felt about all of the Keto Diet dessert recipes floating around the internet. I told her I was pretty militant in the "no dessert is healthy" camp. Eating something sweet (even if it's low carb) typically triggers sugar cravings for me. Plus, your brain is still in the mentality of needing something sweet as a crutch throughout the day. So I try to stay away from treats while on Keto.
But I do love chocolate. And sometimes (usually while I'm baking cookies with the kids) I'll get a hankering for it.
And instead of completely going off the rails and mainlining 12 chocolate chip cookies (oh, like you've never done that before), I decided to look into some 'every once in a while' low-carb treats.
And who doesn't love a chocolate truffle?
Keto Chocolate Truffle | Dairy-Free | Sugar-Free
I searched around the Internet and found a bunch of different recipes, but in the end, I adapted a simple chocolate truffle recipe that I used to make years ago with heavy whipping cream and made a dairy-free, sugar-free chocolate truffle version suitable for eating on the Keto Diet.
I also attempted a Chocolate Avocado Truffle that I adapted from Detoxinista that I'll share at the end of this post. It was really good! Avocado for the win...AVOCADOS RULE!
Chocolate Truffle How-To
My Keto chocolate truffle is dairy-free and sugar-free and it only has three ingredients! It's a breeze to make.
Yields 16 truffles
1 truffle: Fat 9 grams | Carbs 4 grams | Protein 1 gram
Ingredient Notes for the Chocolate Truffles
I used both the Bakers Chocolate and the Ghirardellie Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar and I prefer the Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate. It has a less strong/bitter flavor to me, but you may have to do some testing to find what works best for you.
Trader Joe's has unsweetened coconut milk, but I grabbed this coconut milk from Target and then I found cans of pure coconut cream at my local grocer.
If you use a can of coconut milk, you just skim the cream off the top--it usually yields about 1/2 cup.
But I liked the can of coconut cream because there was less waste and I used the entire can to make several batches of truffles!
And if you don't like coconut milk or you can't tolerate it, you can also use heavy whipping cream in your chocolate truffles (same amount as the coconut cream) and they'll turn out pretty much the same.
I stored the leftover coconut cream from my last batch in a mason jar to use in my tea or for more truffles!
Stevia is something new to me. I'm still unsure of how I feel about it. I don't LOVE the flavor and while it has a zero carb count, I don't know that we know enough about it yet to be putting it in everything we eat.
Sure, it comes from a leaf grown in the ground, but it has to go through a lot of processing before we get the sweet powder or extract. This is a great article from Prevention on whether or not Stevia is safe.
That said, used in small quantities, I'm willing to throw caution to the wind and use it in some low-carb treat recipes to keep me from temptation and in ketosis!
Chocolate truffles are basically a ganache that gets hardened and rolled into a ball that you can then coat in cocoa, coconut, nuts, or chocolate. You are literally melting the ingredients together, cooling them off so that they harden, and then rolling them into balls. That's it. That's how to easily make chocolate truffles.
As for the "toppings" you'll have to find your favorite.
I'm not crazy about cocoa powder (sweetened, or not) and you can enjoy these truffles with no toppings, like I prefer them. Sure, they're not really easy on the eyes, but they're delicious. Maybe that's why most people use a topping--to cover those imperfections!
Truffle Flavorings to Consider
I added a heaping teaspoon of Espresso powder to the coconut cream for one of my batches of truffles, but the coffee flavor wasn't strong enough. The cream smelled amazing...but the truffle didn't hold the flavor.
If you want a strong coffee flavored truffle, I'd say start with 2 teaspoons of espresso powder in your coconut cream.
I was hoping the coffee flavor would drown out the Stevia, but I don't think I used enough. I'll be giving this recipe a go again in a few weeks (I've had more truffles this week than I care to count while tweaking this recipe and they are super rich, so I'm a little truffled-out!)
I didn't experiment with any liquors for my truffles, but it should be easy to do--just add the liquor into the cream as you heat it up and it will infuse your truffle. Start with a teaspoon and see how they turn out!
For these truffles, I did research on "fat bombs" to find a Keto chocolate truffle fat bomb. Have you heard of fat bombs? They are high fat, low carb finger foods that are easy to snack on when you need a boost in the afternoon or need to reach your macros goals for the day.
Keto dieters sometimes have a hard time eating enough fat to meet their 'macros' and keep them in ketosis. So having these prepared fat bombs on hand can really make a big difference.
I don't have a huge need for fat bombs in a nutritional sense, but I'm curious to find some that would provide me some variety. I eat a lot of healthy fats and therefore I eat less protein and carbs on the whole because I'm not as hungry. It just works out.
Because I've been eating Paleo for 7-8 years, the transition to Keto was pretty easy. And using the Keto Strips that I mentioned in my Keto Diet Must Haves post made it easy to find my Keto Diet groove when I first transitioned.
There may be some days where I'm not meeting the mark, but I'm too lazy to track it all. And the evidence is truly in how I feel which should be the benchmark for each of us! That's why I eat Keto---to feel better!
The more I live this way and see how much better I feel, I want others to have the same experience. And if that means they need to have low-carb desserts and creations that mimic their past life with comfort foods? I say go for it!
Avocado Chocolate Truffles
As I mentioned earlier, I also found a simple Keto truffle recipe that uses avocado instead of milk or coconut cream as the base. They actually turned out really great! Joe and Kate loved them, too ;) Joe didn't know they had avocado and he didn't bat an eye!
They still taste fresh three days later. If you can't tolerate coconut milk, I would definitely use avocado as your base of your chocolate truffle.
It definitely feels weird mixing avocado and chocolate together, but trust me, you'll never know the difference.
You may consider using an immersion blender to mash the avocado so you don't have chunks like I did. Although, I don't know how or why, but I didn't notice any chunks of avocado once they were rolled and chilled! Magic ;)
See? No green chunks to be seen...these avocado chocolate truffles were a surprise hit in this house. Anything to get good food into the kids' bodies!!
I adapted this recipe from Detoxinista!
I hope you enjoyed this easy chocolate truffle how-to post for the Keto Diet. Give them a try and let me know how they turn out!