February 5 is World Nutella Day and I couldn’t let that pass without recognition! Nutella is so good! Chocolate and hazelnut in spreadable form, what could be better?
But I've really been trying to curb my sugar intake! So, before I give up my seat on the Keto Bandwagon I thought perhaps a keto version of Nutella fat bombs is in order.
Just as sweet and delicious as a big spoonful of Nutella, without all the guilt!
Is Nutella keto friendly?
Now, if you read the nutrition label for Nutella the first ingredient is…sugar. Hmm... To state the obvious, if you’re on ANY kind of diet, this will be a problem. Lucky for us, there are now sugar-free alternatives.
I found the original recipe for “Keto Nutella Bars” at forget sugar friday, but it used Lakanto brand chocolate-hazelnut spread, which doesn’t appear to be available anywhere. Not even directly from the company! So I set out to find an alternative. Enter Amazon, my shopping answer for almost everything 😀.
I found this sugar-free cocoa-hazelnut spread, which is sweetened with Stevia and Maltitol. Perfect! (FYI, it tastes pretty great straight out of the jar).
Another product which I use and like is the Keto Dave brand, which is more like a dark chocolate version. Both are excellent, but there is a big difference in carb content. Keto Dave brand is significantly lower in carbs, so if you are truly trying for a keto diet, that brand might be a better choice. It does come with a higher price tag, so that is something to consider as well.
Due to all the differences in the cocoa-hazelnut spreads, the calorie and nutrition calculations below do not include anything from that ingredient, so keep that in mind if you are counting macros.
How to make Keto Nutella Fat Bombs
These treats can be made different ways and I have tried them all: as bars or in bombs using silicone molds, or with or without chopped hazelnuts. For a smooth and fudgy treat, I use the molds and go without the extra nuts, but sometimes I really want the nuts. If you feel the same . . . by all means, go nuts!
To start, melt a half stick of butter in a saucepan. Once this is melted, add the powdered sweetener (erythritol or a monkfruit blend) and cocoa powder.
Mix to combine fully, then add cream cheese and the cocoa-hazelnut spread.
Heat the mixture slowly on low and stir every 30 seconds until everything is melted and combined. If the cream cheese won’t cooperate, as in it looks lumpy, remove the mixture from the heat and use a hand mixer or immersion blender to fully incorporate.
I also sometimes have trouble getting the butter to mix in. Using the blender helps with that, too. So I always use an immersion blender to fully mix all the warm ingredients before transferring to a pan or molds.
If you opt for additional nuts, you can do this 2 ways. One way is to stir in to the mix before transferring to the mold or pan. Or, just sprinkle them over the top. Or, both. 😀
Then, cover and freeze for at least 2 hours before cutting or unmolding.
The result? A sweet, creamy and delicious keto-friendly snack to satisfy those chocolate cravings.
These Nutella Fat Bombs are wonderfully creamy and fudgy straight out of the freezer!
More recipes for the chocolate lovers
And I might have to try that sugar free spread in a Nutella Martini, to make a more keto version of that!
Keto “Nutella” Fat Bombs
- ¼ cup butter ½ stick
- 6 TB confectioner’s erythritol or monkfruit
- 1 TB cocoa powder Dutch processed
- 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- ½ cup cocoa-hazelnut spread sugar-free
- ½ cup hazelnuts roasted and chopped
- If making bars, line a small pan (8x8” works well) with parchment paper.
- Melt butter in small or medium saucepan over low heat.
- When butter is melted, add sweetener and cocoa and mix until combined.
- Add cream cheese and cocoa-hazelnut spread. Stir every 30 seconds or so until melted and combined.
- Remove saucepan from heat blend it using an immersion blender or hand mixer. (Transfer to a bowl if needed)
- Pour mixture into dish or molds, as preferred.
- Optionally, add chopped hazelnuts to the top or to the mixture in the pan.
- Cover and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
- Remove mold or pan and cut into pieces as needed.
- Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.