Low-Carb Desserts | Chocolate Bourbon or Rum Balls

sugar-free chocolate rum balls
Sugar-Free Low-Carb Easy Chocolate Rum Balls. Armstrong Studios/Photolibrary/Getty Images
  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    5 min
  • Yield
    17 balls, serving size 3-4

Chocolate Bourbon or Rum Balls are a great addition to dinner with friends and/or family. They are portion-controlled, quick to make and most importantly low carb. You can whip these treats up in 5 minutes, and they make a great a gift for the low-carb dieter in your life. Vary the amount and kind of liquor to taste -- if you cut down, just replace the rest with water, or sugar-free flavored syrup.

Food Prep Details for Low Carb Chocolate Bourbon Balls

This is one of those recipes that is better off left alone. By alone I mean it'll take a few days before the flavors have meshed well. One of the most important facts about this particular dish is that it tastes better after the day it is prepared. That said, be sure to make this ahead of time for the kids and the adults and not get caught up on the day of trying to make it work.


  • 1 cup almond flour (best without the skins, in this case)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered erythritol, xylitol, or other sugar alcohol*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons rum, brandy, whiskey, etc -- vary according to taste
  • Artificial sweetener to taste - equal to about 1/2 cup of sugar


1. Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl.

2. Add vanilla and liquor. If the artificial sweetener is liquid and concentrated, add it to the liquor. Since there are different liquid sweeteners of different concentrations, you may have to play with the total amount of liquid, and cut down on the liquor, or add water. Usually the total liquid you want is about 2.5 to 3 Tablespoons. Add the liquid slowly and mix until it all comes together.

3. Roll into balls.

The flavors will mellow over the next few days. Store in covered container in refrigerator or cool place.

Carbs depend on serving size. 17 balls will get you exactly 1 gram of effective carbohydrate per ball, plus a tad over a gram of alcohol and 1.5 grams of fiber.

Nutritional Information: For 4 servings of 3-4 balls each, you'll get 2 grams protein, 300 mg of Potassium and 97 calories.

*Note on erythritol: I realize that the erythritol is a special ingredient. Some stores are starting to carry powdered sugar alcohols, or you can order online. I haven't figured out how to make really delicious chocolate treats without it at this point. Erythritol is the sugar alcohol with the least blood sugar impact, but you can use others. If the erythritol you use isn't powdered, it won't dissolve much in this recipe. I recommend running it through a blender first, but I'm happy that the most recent erythritol I got came powdered, which is great.

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