Keto fudge is the perfect treat for anyone practicing a keto lifestyle. It is packed with healthy fats, low in carbohydrates and can be made with simple ingredients. The addition of walnuts adds additional healthy fat and the flaky sea salt gives it a delicious salty-sweet flavor. Enjoy this easy keto fudge as an occasional treat or snack!
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You won’t believe how delicious this low carb keto chocolate fudge recipe is – and it’s healthy too! Garnished with walnuts and flaky sea salt, this fudge is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without ruining your low-carb diet. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to make.
What Is Keto Fudge?
Keto fudge is a low carb, indulgent dessert that has all of the taste of a traditional fudge recipe without the carbs. Our recipe uses a monk fruit blend as the sweetener, as well as unsweetened cocoa powder and low carb dark chocolate chips. The cream cheese and butter create a rich and creamy texture that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Why We Love This Recipe
- It’s yummy! This keto fudge recipe is rich, decadent and has a deep chocolate flavor with the perfect amount of sweetness. Whether you’re doing low carb or not, you’ll love this fudge!
- It’s low carb and sugar free. Each piece of this fudge is 0 net carbs and contains 74 calories per serving. A perfect treat for a keto diet.
- Easy to make with just a few ingredients.
What is Monk Fruit?
Monk fruit is a type of fruit that is about 150 times sweeter than sugar. It has a very intense sweetness and no aftertaste. For our fudge we used Lakanto’s Monk Fruit Sweetener.
Ingredients Needed to Make Keto Fudge
See recipe card for exact measurements.
- cream cheese – Softened at room temperature
- unsalted butter
- vanilla extract – The real stuff!
- low carb sweetener – Monk fruit, stevia, swerve, etc. in powdered/confectioner form. Powdered sweetener will work much better than the granulated sweetener in this recipe. We didn’t have powdered on hand, so we blended the monk fruit granules in a mixer until it was a fine powder.
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- low carb chocolate chips – We used the dark chocolate chips by Lily’s which are sweetened with stevia but you can opt for unsweetened chocolate since we’re adding additional sweetness with the Monk Fruit blend.
- kosher salt
- walnuts – Optional topping.
- flaky sea salt – Optional garnish. We use Maldon’s Flaky Sea Salt. Coarse sea salt is a great alternative.
How to Make Keto Fudge
In a double boiler over medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and butter. You can alternatively melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring at each interval.
Using a hand mixer, blend your sweetener of choice, softened cream cheese, kosher salt and vanilla extract until creamy and well combined.
Pour in melted butter and chocolate and mix until combined, preferably with a silicone or rubber spatula.
Stir in unsweetened cocoa powder. Give the mix a taste and adjust sweetness if desired.
Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan spreading in an even layer. Optional: top with your nuts of choice and the flaky sea salt.
Refrigerate for at least an hour or freeze to set faster before slicing and serving.
Remove from the fridge and cut fudge into even squares.
How to Store Keto Fudge
Store the fudge in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.
Alternative Low Carb Sweeteners
As mentioned earlier, we used Monk Fruit to sweeten our fudge. While our mission at Gimme From Scratch is to do away with processed foods we sometimes make exceptions. While these sweeteners are all processed or even man-made we are okay with using them on occasion when we want to decrease our sugar intake but enjoy a delicious treat.
Erythritol is a type of sugar alcohol that is about 70% as sweet as sugar. It is found naturally in some fruits and vegetables, but it can also be produced synthetically. Swerve is our favorite brand of erythritol. The powdered version is perfect for this recipe.
Xylitol is another type of sugar alcohol that is about as sweet as sugar. It is found naturally in some fruits and vegetables, but it can also be produced synthetically.
Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but this is generally not noticeable when stevia is used in small quantities. Stevia would be our least favorite option to use in this fudge recipe due to the strong aftertaste.
Keto Fudge Topping and Garnish Ideas
We always suggest you get creative when making your culinary creations. This fudge recipe is no exception. Here are a few ways to elevate your keto fudge treats!
Nuts are a great low carb topping or garnish for fudge. They add a crunchy texture and a bit of healthy fat to the treat. Popular nuts to use include almonds, pecans, and walnuts.
Seeds are another great keto option for topping or garnishing fudge. They offer a similar crunchy texture as nuts, but with a bit less fat. Popular seeds to use include pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
3. Coconut flakes
Add some tropical flavor to your fudge with coconut flakes. They also offer a bit of sweetness and a chewy texture.
If you’re looking for a keto-friendly dessert that is unbelievably delicious, this easy fudge recipe is the answer. It offers a creamy, indulgent chocolate flavor that will be sure to please your taste buds. The sweetness of the chocolate compliments the extra richness of the cream cheese, making it an irresistible confection. Due to the low carb ingredients and easy preparation, it’s a great way to satisfy your sugar cravings without compromising any flavor. In the comments, let us know your favorite keto desserts!
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- 8 oz cream cheese, softened at room temperature
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup low carb sweetener, monk fruit, stevia, etc.
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup low carb dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp salt
- walnuts or pecans, optional topping
- flaky sea salt, optional garnish
- In a double boiler over medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and butter. You can alternatively melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring at each interval.
- Using a hand mixer, blend your sweetener of choice, softened cream cheese, kosher salt and vanilla extract until creamy and well combined.
- Pour in melted butter and chocolate and mix until combined, preferably with a silicone or rubber spatula.
- Stir in unsweetened cocoa powder. Give the mix a taste and adjust sweetness if desired.
- Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan spreading in an even layer. Optional: top with your nuts of choice and the flaky sea salt.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour or freeze to set faster before slicing and serving.
- Remove from the fridge and cut fudge into even squares.