Updated: Apr 13, 2019
Want a low carb dessert? How about a keto dessert low on carbs and high in fat? It can be done!
Desserts are inherently full of carbs. It's difficult to make something that satisfies your sweet-tooth craving that is not full of carbohydrates and sugar. These low carb rum balls are only 1 net carb per ball and are a great thing to bring to parties. Even my non-low carb friends enjoy this easy to make dessert.
Before you go any further, it's important to note, there is a sugar substitute in this recipe. There are low carb and keto people who do not use sugar substitutes. If you want a darker chocolate less sweet taste, you could omit the sweetener altogether.
The great thing about this dessert is if you store in an airtight container in the fridge, then you could enjoy one or two of these keto rum balls a night for between one to two weeks.
How to make low carb rum balls in 4 easy steps
Another blast from the past, I first made this recipe back in 2014 shortly after I moved to Boston. You can watch the 2014 recipe video below or scroll a little further for the ingredients and instructions written out.
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweet)
2/3 cup Splenda
8 tbsp butter
1 to 2 shots of Rum of your choice
1 1/2 tbsp powdered sugar (optional)
Combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, and Splenda in a large clean bowl. Mix until all clumps are broken up and you get a dry dirt consistency.
Melt the rum and butter in a pot on your stove, occasionally stirring.
Once melted pour the liquid into the bowl with your dry ingredients and mix together.
Now roll your mixture into 20 balls.
You can eat right away or store in the fridge before serving. Storing in the fridge will give them a sturdier texture.
This is when you would sprinkle the powder sugar on top if you decide to include that ingredient.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (Without Powdered Sugar)
The above recipe makes roughly 20 rum balls and the information is per ball. **NOTE** I got these numbers after putting all the ingredients we used into MyFitnessPal. Be sure to add this recipe to what you use to track your macros with the brand of ingredients you use for the most accurate count.
Fat: 7.6 grams
Net Carbs: 1 gram
Carbs: 2.4 grams
Fiber: 1.4 grams
Protein: 1.6 grams
The optional powdered sugar adds about 0.5-0.6 carbs per ball.
When you add sugar substitutes like Splenda to tracking apps like MFP it comes back adding zero carbs. However, a teaspoon serving has "less than 1 carb." That means, that adding 2/3 cup (32 teaspoons) of Splenda should add some amount of carbs. If you are strictly tracking and want to be safe, you could add an additional 0.8 carbs per ball. That would assume that "less than 1 carb" means half a carb per serving.
We hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, we'd love to see it. Tag us on Instagram using @KaitandKeto!