If you’re looking for an easy, festive, and slightly-boozy holiday treat, then these Keto rum balls are for you! Just mix together vanilla cookie crumbs, some tasty mix-ins, and of course, a hearty splash of rum, then let the festivities begin!
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Keto Rum Balls
There are so many traditional holiday treats out there, I’m starting to wonder whether they’re truly for celebrating the season, or if they were actually invented to help us cope with the inevitable stress of the holidays…
But then again, why not both?
So whether you’re feeling the holiday cheer or you need a little something to get you in the spirit, these Keto rum balls have you covered! And with only 1 net carb each, you can kick back and indulge guilt-free.
If you’re unfamiliar with rum balls, they’re tasty truffles that are traditionally made from a base of crumbled vanilla cookie crumbs or cake. In fact, there are tons of homemade rum ball recipes made with vanilla wafers as an easy shortcut.
But we’re not afraid to do a little baking to keep the carbs low, right? Right! So instead, we’ll whip up a batch of super simple vanilla cookies for our base.
Then, we’ll mix in some tasty goodies like low-carb sweetener, unsweetened cocoa powder, and sugar-free honey. Oh, and don’t forget the rum!
Do Rum Balls Contain Alcohol?
Why yes, yes they do. What gave them away?
Okay, joking aside, what you’re probably wondering is whether or not we’ll be burning off the alcohol during the cooking process. And if not, just how much holiday cheer can we get from these rum balls?
So here’s the fun part: we actually won’t be cooking the rum at all! We don’t add the alcohol to the truffle mixture until AFTER we’ve baked and cooled the vanilla cookies. That means nothing will burn off in the cooking process.
However, we should keep in mind that this recipe is for 30 rum balls, and we only use ⅓ of a cup of rum. That’s about 2.67 ounces in the whole thing.
If a shot is 1.5 ounces, then there’s a little less than 2 shots in the entire recipe. So if you eat all 30 rum balls, you might feel a little something… most likely a stomach-ache.
If you really want to put the “spirits” in “holiday spirit,” try this winter Keto martini. It would pair perfectly with a rum ball or three.
What Kind Of Rum Should You Use For Rum Balls?
Now we’re asking the important questions.
The good news is that white rums and dark rums both have zero carbs. However, you’ll want to make sure the brand of rum you’re purchasing doesn’t have any added syrups or sugar, which can derail your good intentions!
When it comes to this recipe, I would recommend unsweetened dark rum. It adds a deep, rich flavor that is just perfect.
And if you have any leftover, use it to whip up decadent Keto rum cake next!
Ways To Decorate Your Rum Balls
Want to get a little festive with your slightly-boozy treats? Let’s have some fun!
For the final step of this recipe, I suggest sprinkling them with some low-carb powdered sweetener. If you’re looking for something super easy, stick with that.
But you could also roll them in finely-chopped coconut, roll them in chopped nuts, sprinkle them with unsweetened cocoa powder, add sugar-free sprinkles, drizzle them in melted sugar-free chocolate… the options are endless!
How Do You Store Keto Rum Balls?
Once the rum balls have set in the freezer, you can transfer them to an airtight container or plastic gallon bags for easier storage.
I recommend storing them in the freezer to keep their texture. They can last for up to 2 months!
How To Make Keto Rum Balls
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place all of the ingredients for the cookies into a mixing bowl.
Beat on high until well combined. Form the dough into small balls and flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand.
Place the cookies onto a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until browned around the edges and cooked through. Set the cookies aside to let them cool.
Crumble the cookies into a mixing bowl.
Add in the ingredients for the rum balls to the mixing bowl.
Blend together until the ingredients are smooth, then form the dough into 30 evenly sized balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for an hour to set.
Sprinkle the rum balls with confectioner’s sugar substitute if desired before serving.
Other Dessert Options From The Keto Option That You Might Like
- 2 cups almond flour
- ½ cup low carb powdered sweetener (I use Lakanto)
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup oil
- ¼ cup butter unsalted and melted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place all of the ingredients for the cookies into a mixing bowl and beat on high until well combined.
- Form the dough into small balls and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
- Place the cookies onto a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until browned around the edges and cooked through.
- Let the cookies cool.
- Crumble the cookies into a mixing bowl.
- Add the ingredients for the rum balls to the mixing bowl and blend together until a dough has formed.
- Form the dough into 30 evenly sized balls.
- Place the balls onto a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for an hour to set.
- Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar substitute if desired before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!