Want to enjoy your favorite treats on a keto diet and lose weight too? This great recipe makes sticking to a keto lifestyle a breeze.
Keto chocolate pecan balls are the perfect sweet treat for a low carb diet. They’re filled with the healthy fats you need to thrive on a keto diet. Plus, this easy recipe skips low carb sweeteners all together. This helps you skip cravings associated with some of your favorite desserts. More on that in a minute.
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Keto Chocolate Pecan Balls – Simple Ingredients for a Healthy Snack
The healthy fats used in this recipe include almond butter, coconut oil and butter. This recipe works best when all of the fats are softened. If you live in an area where coconut oil gets very hard, you may need to heat it up a little prior to making this recipe.
Since the entire point of a keto diet is to bring down inflammation, do your best to find high quality ingredients like grass-fed butter and organic coconut oil. These contain more nutrients than conventional versions. I typically work with Justin’s almond butter for the flavor and quality.
The dry ingredients include almond flour, baking powder, collagen, dark chocolate, and pecans. The collagen and baking powder both help these pecan balls rise. If you only have one or the other, you can typically swap these out.
For the pecans, make sure you’re using plain pecans that haven’t been roasted in vegetable oils. Avoid anything labeled as sugar-free pecans or candied keto pecans.
It’s also important to note that most baking powders do contain corn starch, which isn’t a preferable ingredient for a keto diet. Since you’re only using a small amount over 20 cookie balls, you can probably get away with it.
If this is something you prefer to remove from the ingredients list, then just add more collagen. Keep in mind, you may get slightly different results with the shape of the balls, but the flavor will still be the same.
A Word About Sugar-Free Sweeteners
While you may believe loading your favorite low carb recipes up with a keto sweetener is a good option, after following keto for several years I began to notice adverse reactions to using too many sweeteners.
Even though sweeteners, like monk fruit sweetener and Sukrin Gold, or sugar alcohols, like Brown Sugar Swerve or Confectioners Swerve, are meant to halt sweet cravings in their tracks – I personally found using too many of these in keto sweet treats led to more cravings. I also began regaining the weight I worked so hard to lose when I only paid attention to the net carb count.
These days I skip keto-friendly products like sugar-free chocolate chips in favor of the real thing. I find using a high quality dark chocolate that has smaller amounts of sugar is the best option for this chocolate lover. Instead of focusing solely on the grams of net carbs, I focus more on the quality of the ingredients used. This includes leaving out low carb sweetener whenever possible.
If you mix this cookie batter up and still want extra sweetness, you can add your favorite sweetener before baking. Check out this free sweetener guide to learn the best keto sweeteners to use in keto cookies, fat bombs, and other keto desserts.
You can always use less sweetener each time you make a new keto recipe. This is one of the tricks we teach our Keto Decoded members to help them finally lose weight with keto after no other diets have worked. Some members lose up to 80 pounds in less than a year … so there’s definitely a method to our madness.
How to Make Low Carb Chocolate Pecan Balls
First, let’s prep for this recipe.
Pull out the butter so it has time to soften before making this recipe. Heat the coconut oil to soften it if you live in a cool area. Then, chop the pecan halves and dark chocolate into small pieces and set aside.
While a knife or even the back of your measuring cup can work well to chop the nuts, a nut chopper makes prep work so much easier. Since I typically have dark chocolate bars on hand, I previously used a large knife and cutting board to chop it into chunks. These days my handy nut chopper works for dark chocolate too!
Let’s Get Cooking!
Once the ingredients are combined well, add the egg. Use the hand mixer to blend the egg into the dough.
After the egg is mixed in, pour the almond flour, baking powder, and collagen into the dough. Use the hand mixer one more time to mix in the almond flour. You saved the dry ingredients for last so you don’t over mix the flour into the dough. Over-mixing the flour can cause the dough to dry out.
FYI – this next part gets messy, so you may want to keep a paper towel nearby.
Pour the chopped nuts and chocolate chunks into the cookie ball dough. Use your hands to mix the nuts and chocolate into the dough. Once it’s mixed well, form the dough into balls and place in a single layer on the cookie sheet. You can either use your hands to form balls or try a cookie scoop. I find the best way is to keep it messy and roll the dough with my hands.
In order for the cookie balls to keep their shape, allow the dough to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes prior to baking. If you skip this step, the balls may flatten.
Once the dough has had a chance to cool, bake in the oven until the bottoms are golden and the centers are fully cooked. This should take approximately 20 – 25 minutes.
Store chocolate pecan cookie balls in an airtight container at room temperature if you’ll eat these within a few days. Otherwise, store in the fridge for up to a week.
Keto Chocolate Pecan Balls Wrap Up
Whether you’re looking for a keto-friendly sweet treat for the holiday season, or you want a sugar-free cookie recipe the whole family can snack on year round, these chocolate pecan balls are the perfect low-carb dessert to add to your keto recipe rotation.
The best thing about these cookies is you can eat them as a treat, or even serve them alongside a cup of collagen laced coffee for a quick keto meal that’s delicious enough to help you stick to your keto plan.
If you love a good keto friendly pecan recipe, check out these delicious keto pecan pie bars. They’re perfect for special occasions, or even for when you’re craving a keto pecan pie recipe as dessert.
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Keto Pecan Recipe – Chocolate Pecan Balls
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Pecan Chocolate Cookie Balls
Fluffy keto-friendly cookie balls with pecans and dark chocolate.
- Prep Time: 10-15 mins
- Cook Time: 20 - 25 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 20 cookie balls 1x
- Category: Keto Dessert Recipes
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Keto / Low Carb
- Diet: Diabetic
- 8 tbsp butter, softened
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 & 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp collagen
- 1 large egg
- 2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- With hand mixer, combine softened butter, coconut oil, almond butter, and vanilla extract.
- Once combined, add egg and mix again.
- Add almond flour, baking powder, and collagen. Mix until combined. Do not over mix flour, as this may cause recipe to dry out.
- Add in chopped chocolate and pecans. Mix with hands.
- Form into balls and place onto greased cookie sheet or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Allow the dough to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Bake for approximately 20 – 25 minutes, or until bottoms are golden and center is thoroughly cooked.
- Serving Size: Recipe Serves 18
- Calories: 209.8
- Sugar: 1.1
- Sodium: 92.2
- Fat: 20.8
- Saturated Fat: 9.1
- Carbohydrates: 4.2
- Fiber: 2.1
- Protein: 4.1
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