Low-carb chocolate truffles


Lowcarb chocolate trufflesChocolate truffles are a classical French confectionery recipe.

Rich intense taste of chocolate is offset by a smooth creamy texture. They make a wonderful sophisticated treat for any chocoholic.

The great news is that we can easily make low-carb chocolate truffles.

We just need to use sweetener instead of sugar in the basic recipe.

These truffles are so chocolatey and rich, you are likely to be satisfied with just a few. I normally need only one or two to satiate the sweet craving.

Truffles are made from chocolate ganache – a smooth dairy-based paste. They contain only two key ingredients: dark chocolate and double cream.

For a low-carb version, we need to use unsweetened chocolate, and add a sugar-free sweetener to the mix.

The secret to great truffles is getting the highest possible quality products – the purest, darkest chocolate, and the freshest cream you can find.

Best sugar-free chocolate brands

The best chocolate for this recipe would be premium, unsweetened dark chocolate – ideally just 100% cocoa solids and nothing else.

I found the following brands that produce top quality sugar-free chocolate:

Ghirardelli (the US division of Swiss chocolatiers Lindt & Sprüngli) produce solid unsweetened chocolate blocks

Willie’s Cacao produce a range of organic 100% cacao sugar-free chocolate

Cavalier is a traditional Belgian chocolatier, you can use their Stevia dark chocolate for this recipe (and skip the sweetener).

Ganache proportions for truffles

Proportions for the truffles ganache are one part double cream to two parts chocolate – measured by weight rather than by volume.

For example, today I used 3.5oz cream (100ml) to 7oz chocolate (200g).  This makes about 20 truffles.

Low-carb, sugar-free chocolate truffles

sugar-free chocolate truffles
Low-carb chocolate truffles – smooth, rich and intensely chocolatey

Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 45 min

Yield: 20 truffles

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Grate the chocolate, or chop it up very finely
  • Gently heat the cream in a small saucepan, so that it’s just below boiling point – do not boil
  • Pour the hot cream over chopped chocolate and leave to sit for 5 minutes, to allow the chocolate to melt
  • Add your sweetener, whisk mixture together until smooth
  • Optional – Taste your mixture and adjust the amount of sweetener if too sweet or too bitter
  • Cool and stick in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to solidify a bit
  • Form small balls and dust in cocoa powder
  • Store in the fridge

Nutritional information

Serving size: 1 truffle (1/20 of the whole recipe)

Per serving: 75 calories, 1g net carbs, 7.5g fat, 1g protein

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Truffle variations

You can introduce some additional flavours to jazz up this basic recipe.

For example:

  • Add some nice alcohol – about 1 tbsp per 3oz of cream. You can use rum, brandy, whiskey, champagne or whatever else you can think of – as long as it’s not high in sugar.
  • Add spices – cinnamon, cloves, chillies, vanilla or mint could all work well. Also try vanilla extract or a bit of grated orange peel.
  • Use different coatings – for example, desiccated coconut or toasted ground nuts.
  • Melt more chocolate and dip them in for a nice hard shell

The possibilities are endless!

More low-carb chocolate desserts

Read more about how to enjoy chocolate on a low-carb diet and how to make low-carb desserts.

Do you need more low-carb chocolate dessert recipes? Here they are:

 

 


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2 comments on “Low-carb chocolate truffles

  1. Fabulous. I’ve replaced cream with plain Philadelphia cheese (280gram tub in UK), 100grms 85% green & blacks chocolate, sweetener to taste, combine add flavours. Today I crushed some toasted almonds and some honey to get Toberlone chocolate affect, wow, the ganache is amazing!

    1. Thanks for sharing your version Barbara! It sounds great 🙂 I shall have to try toasted nuts with it. Honey is probably off limits for those of us who are on keto, but I like the idea of additional flavours. Maybe some sugar-free syrups could work instead of honey. Thank you!

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