These rum balls are delicious, nostalgic treats, now made keto-friendly and gluten-free! They are reminiscent of cherished childhood memories and perfect for gifting and sharing.
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We’ve reinvented the classic rum ball into a gluten-free, keto-friendly treat suited well to the holiday season. Our keto rum balls are the perfect loving gift, or they can be enjoyed in front of a festive movie on a frosty evening. Combining dark rum, chocolate, and rich butter creates a decadent concoction that melts in the mouth and unveils a warm hit from the spiced rum.
With zero cooking necessary, these rum balls take just 10 minutes to whip up and can be left in the refrigerator for an hour or until you’re ready to serve them after dinner. Simple ingredients can make magic in the kitchen; this recipe is no exception. Almond flour, Erythritol, vanilla extract, and salt help form a dough that’s then easy to make neat bitesize delicious balls.
These keto rum balls can be enjoyed as they are or for a festive flurry of decorations and flavor. They can be rolled in cocoa powder or shredded coconut. Delicious, guilt-free, and with only 2.4g of carbohydrates per serving, this recipe will likely become a favorite you’ll turn to time and time again when a sweet treat is needed!
- Chocolate: Chocolate is always a comforting ingredient to use, and melted, unsweetened chocolate is what’s needed to help form the rum balls. Opting for unsweetened chocolate helps keep the overall carb content low and ensures the true, intense chocolate flavor comes through and isn’t shrouded by sugar or sweeteners.
- Butter: Melting the chocolate and butter together creates a thick, lusciously dark liquid that forms the base of the rum balls. Butter adds to the richness of the recipe, bringing creaminess and subtle sweetness.
- Powdered Sweetener: Unsweetened chocolate can be bitter, especially when choosing a bar with a high cocoa content. Powdered Erythritol is the ingredient for the job to combat any bitterness and ensure the keto rum balls are sweet and delicious. Erythritol doesn’t have a chemical aftertaste; instead, it tastes similar to sugar, so all that’s recognizable is the light sweetness in each bite.
- Dark Rum: Aromatic dark rum is the punch of warmth found in our rum balls. With notes of spices and caramelized sugar, dark rum is the perfect addition to elevate these rum balls into an indulgent, keto-friendly treat for adults.
- Almond Flour: Melted chocolate, butter, and dark rum all create a liquid consistency that needs to be thickened in order to roll out the balls. Almond flour, with its gentle nuttiness, is the ideal dry ingredient to combine the mixture together and develop it into a dough-like consistency.
- Shredded Coconut (Optional): Adding shredded coconut to the dough mixture is optional, but it does add texture, sweetness, and a slight fruity edge. The flecks of white against the deep earthy brown of the balls are an inviting addition and somehow make for an even more welcoming sweet treat.
- Vanilla Extract: Bringing even more sweetness is vanilla extract, an ingredient that dances with the dark rum and chocolate as though all were destined to be used together. Using high-quality vanilla extract ensures a pure flavor that’s noticeable even up against bold tones from unsweetened chocolate and dark rum.
- Salt: Balance and harmony are what a sprinkling of salt brings to our recipe, enhancing key flavors and adding a light contrast to the mainly sweet ingredients. Only a small amount is needed to achieve a balanced flavor, and it truly makes such a difference in the final taste of the rum balls.
- Cocoa Powder, Sweetener, Shredded Coconut (Optional Garnish): The keto rum balls are perfect to be enjoyed as they are, but a garnish of cocoa powder, powdered Erythritol, or shredded coconut adds another layer of flavor and an attractive aesthetic, ideal for a mouthwatering sweet treat after dinner.
Taking a mere 10 minutes to make, using simple kitchen equipment, and storecupboard-friendly ingredients, our keto rum balls are a surefire hit this winter season. It’s easy to play around with the ingredients for the rum balls, adding different extracts fruit zests, and even omitting the rum for kids and those who’d prefer an alcohol-free version.
Step one: Melt the unsweetened chocolate and butter together using a bain marie, double boiler, or microwave until both have a smooth liquid consistency and are combined well.
Step two: Into the bowl with the chocolate and butter mixture, add the powdered Erythritol, dark rum, almond flour, shredded coconut (if using), vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix everything thoroughly until a firm dough forms.
Step three: Roll the dough into small bite-sized balls and place them on a baking paper-lined tray.
Step four: In separate small bowls, prepare the garnishes of cocoa powder, powdered Erythritol, and shredded coconut so it’s easy to roll the balls in each and achieve an even coating.
Step five: Roll each ball in the desired garnish until fully coated, and then place the rum ball-loaded tray into the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours or until firm.
Step six: Serve and enjoy these delightful keto-friendly rum balls!
Alcohol-Free Keto Rum Balls: Not everyone is a lover of recipes infused with alcohol, so for kids or adults who would rather have an alcohol-free dessert, it’s easy to omit the dark rum from the recipe. In place of the rum, add a few drops of almond extract to bring a light nutty edge, or simply add a little more vanilla extract into the mixture.
Orange Keto Rum Balls: The scent and color of fresh orange are hard to beat, and a few flecks of orange zest in the rum balls create a whole new flavor combination. Along with the vibrant color and a zingy scent that fills the kitchen, orange zest matches well with dark rum and chocolate, bringing a slightly fruity edge to the balls.
Festive Spiced Keto Rum Balls: When adding the dry ingredients into the bowl with the melted chocolate and butter, a sprinkling of ground cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg creates a wondrous festive spice combination. Only a small amount of each spice is needed to create a warm spiced hit that’s perfect for the holiday season.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Thicken Rum Balls?
Rum balls can be thickened by gradually adding more dry ingredients until the correct dough consistency is reached. Slowly adding more almond flour can help thicken rum balls that are too runny or haven’t quite reached the desired dough texture.
Why Are My Rum Balls Runny?
Adding too much liquid to the rum balls can make for a runny dough that’s impossible to roll out. Try to avoid adding too much rum or melting too much butter and chocolate, as these are likely culprits for a runny rum ball mixture.
How Long Can You Store Homemade Rum Balls?
Homemade rum balls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or two, though they will likely be eaten far quicker than this! Our keto rum ball recipe makes 20 balls, so depending on the number of guests, you can serve half the amount and save the other balls as a sweet snack or treat to fall back on.
Keto Rum Balls Recipe
Optional Ingredients to Garnish
- Cocoa Powder unsweetened
- Powdered Sweetener (e.g. Erythritol)
- Shredded Coconut
- In a double boiler or microwave, melt the unsweetened chocolate and butter together. Stir until smooth and well combined.
- Add the powdered Erythritol, dark rum, almond flour, shredded coconut (if using), vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix thoroughly until a firm dough forms.
- Form the dough into small bite-sized balls and place them on a baking paper-lined tray.
- In separate small bowls, prepare the garnishes - cocoa powder, powdered sweetener, and shredded coconut.
- Roll each ball in the desired garnish until fully coated.
- Refrigerate the rum balls for at least 1-2 hours or until firm.
- Serve and enjoy these delightful keto-friendly rum balls!
Nutritional information for the recipe is calculated based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe we provide. Erythritol and other sugar-free sweetener carbs are not included in the carb counts. Net carbohydrates are the total carbohydrates minus dietary fiber.
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