Low Carb Pecan Pie Truffles are the indulgent treat you need in your life this holiday season. They are decadent, rich, and made with sugar-free chocolate chips, pecans, cream cheese, and a dash of molasses. These Pecan Pie Balls are also gluten-free, low carb, keto, and grain-free.
Pecan pie fans, it’s time to rejoice! Now you can enjoy all the traditional flavors of pecan pie, but in a bite-sized sugar free pecan truffle. These are easily transportable to parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other event you can think of!. They are so simple to make, as well, compared to having to make a low carb pie crust recipe, and then a sugar free keto pecan pie filling. These are ready to enjoy in about 30 minutes including chilling time!
You can almost always bet on use serving some form of pecan pie during family gatherings. As you already know, classic pecan pie isn’t low carb AT ALL. So, with these low carb pecan pie truffles, you get the best of both worlds. A keto-friendly treat and the incredible flavors you crave.
What You’ll Need
- Chopped Pecans - Some will need to be finely chopped, and the rest will be chopped regular sized. Using toasted pecans can really increase the flavor of the nuts.
- Almond Flour - You just need a little bit to make them a soft and delicious texture. This replaces the graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs that you see in more pecan pie balls.
- Butter - I use regular salted butter in these truffles. If you have unsalted add a tiny pinch of salt.
- Cream Cheese - Make sure it is softened for the truffles to mix more easily.
- Sweetener - I use my combination of erythritol, xylitol, and stevia in my recipes.
- Maple Extract - It provides the perfect sugar free maple syrup flavor!
- Vanilla - Combined with the maple and molasses this helps bring out the pecan pie flavor we all love.
- Molasses - You only need 1 teaspoon to give you the best flavor. I use molasses for flavor (the way you use an extract) not as a sweetener. When a little bit is divided by many servings it is ok in low carb keto recipes.
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips - These chocolate pecan truffles are great with white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate!
- Coconut Oil - Just a little helps thin the chocolate for easier coating.
How To Make Low Carb Pecan Pie Truffles
These beauties are sure to melt in your mouth and leave you begging for more. Don’t worry; I won’t tell anyone if you eat a second one. 🙂 I can’t resist them either.
Step One: Combine the pecans, almond flour, cream cheese, sweetener, butter, vanilla, maple extract, and molasses together.
Form the filling for the low carb pecan pie truffles into 15 evenly shaped pecan pie balls using your hands. Put them in the fridge or the freezer for a few minutes, so they are easier to coat.
Step Two: Melt the sugar-free chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and heat for an additional 15 seconds if it’s not melted yet. Stir after each interval of heating. When they are around 75% melted, stir well until it has finished melting.
Step Three: Cover each truffle with melted chocolate and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top. Let the chocolate set up and serve.
Is It Okay To Have Molasses On A Keto Diet?
While I don’t recommend eating molasses every day when eating low carb, a little bit is okay. You only need one teaspoon for the entire recipe. So you end up with 15 truffles that that one teaspoon is divided between. You can leave it out if you would rather, or sub in a brown sugar sweetener (such as Swerve Brown or Lakanto Golden), but it gives the low carb pecan pie truffles recipe the ultimate flavor.
Remember that traditional pecan pie is full of light corn syrup. So making these pecan pie cake balls with a sugar free sweetener and a few drops of molasses really is a great choice.
Are Pecans Good For You?
While you should limit sweets, you will be happy to know that pecans actually have some valuable nutrients. They have protein, which helps keep you full. Plus, pecans have fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and vitamin B1 to give you a variety of nutrients. So, when you aren’t adding pecans to these keto truffles, you can snack on them on their own.
How Long Do Low Carb Pecan Pie Truffles Last?
If everyone doesn’t devour them right away and you have leftovers, they will last 5-7 days in the fridge. Naturally, you will need to keep them in a container that is airtight, but they make an incredible treat that is ready whenever you want one. Due to the fact that they aren’t made with a bunch of processed ingredients, and there are no preservatives, they aren’t going to last as long as something pre-packaged.
Additionally, you can freeze them for up to three months. You can easily make them in advance and store them in the freezer for an upcoming party or event. It’s best to let them thaw out in the fridge the night before or set them on the counter for a few minutes so they can defrost.
Do Truffles Make A Good Gift?
Yep! Don’t let the idea of giving gifts to people stress you out. You can whip up a batch of these truffles, my Cake Batter Truffles, Brownie Balls, or homemade Almond Joy Candies very easily. They all make wonderful gift ideas for that hard to shop for person. Place them in a container with a lid and add some lovely ribbon, and you have a gorgeous and heartfelt gift idea.
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- ¾ cup very finely chopped pecans (pecan flour)
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 4 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1-2 cups sugar-free chocolate chips melted
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Mix together the pecans, almond flour, butter, cream cheese, sweetener, extracts, and molasses. Form into 15 balls with your hands. Place in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to make it easier to coat.
- Microwave the sugar-free chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds. Stir. If they aren't completely melted microwave at 15 seconds intervals, stirring after each. When they are about 75% melted just stir until they are completely melted.
- Cover each truffle with chocolate. Sprinkle on a few chopped pecans. Place in the refrigerator to harden.
I’m looking (without success thus far) for a chocolate “dip” that isn’t made from chocolate chips. I want to make it from baking chocolate with my own added sweetener. Do you have suggestions? I’d love to try your recipe, but don’t want to spend the big bucks on Lily’s chocolate chips (although they ARE the bomb!)
You can use this recipe to start with and just add more powdered sweetener to taste: https://joyfilledeats.com/dark-chocolate-raspberry-truffles/
And then just thin it with coconut cream or heavy cream until it the consistency of a dip. Just warm the cream first before adding it if you decide to add extra.
G A says
Can vegan butter and cream cheese be used in this recipe with success?
I haven't tested that but I think it would work for truffles.
Make sure that they set in the freezer before taking the chocolate dip.
Can I use 1/3 less fat cream cheese? It’s what I have on hand and I can’t wait to make these! Yum!
Sure. Let me know what you think! 🙂