This recipe is a little different today, as I’ve been dabbling with ketogenic recipes. A recipe that calls for a brick of butter?? Go on….
A pecan pie fudge recipe… that’s also low carb? How can that be? Enter, the ketogenic diet.
What is a ketogenic diet?
Basically, the ketogenic diet is super-ultra low carb and super high-fat. Like, no fruit no starchy veggies low carb, and all things bacon and butter. Macros on a ketogenic diet look something like this: 70% fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbohydrate.
People report all sorts of benefits of the ketogenic diet- including weight loss, blood sugar regulation, increased mental focus, and is even used to control childhood epilepsy.
There is no sugar on a keto diet (not even honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar!). But, there is a product called Swerve out there that claims to be just as good as sugar… with no carbs and no calories.
The secret to our zero-calorie sweetness is a combination of erythritol, oligosaccharides and natural flavors that provide just the right amount of sweetness with excellent baking and cooking functionality. Swerve can even brown and caramelize. There are many
The carbohydrates in Swerve come from the erythritol and oligosaccharides. Erythritol is somewhat of an anomaly in the carbohydrate world, since it’s non-caloric. Erythritol is absorbed in the small intestine and then eliminated by the body, so it’s never metabolized and can’t contribute calories. Erythritol is rapidly absorbed, with very little making its way to the large intestine. For this reason, it’s less likely—compared to other sugar alcohols like xylitol and maltitol—to cause gastrointestinal distress. (Not the nicest topic, we know, but we’re glad to be on the right side of it.)
I actually prefer to use other no calorie sweeteners like monk fruit extract and stevia, but they aren’t ideal for baking. Other than no calories, the appeal of Swerve is that it looks, cooks and measures out just like real sugar.
I’m sure larger health food markets carry Swerve… but our local store does not. 🙂 So, I fired up the old Amazon app, and bought a pack to try!
Between the 2 pound bag of pecans I scooped up on my last trip to Costco and the quickly approaching holidays, a craving for pecan pie hit me, and thus a recipe for keto friendly pecan pie fudge was necessary!
Keto Pecan Pie FudgePrint
Keto Pecan Pie Fudge
- Unbleached Parchment Paper
- 9×9 Baking Pan
- 8 oz (1 Brick) Full Fat Cream Cheese- I use Philadelphia. Don’t use the whipped or lite, your fudge will not set up correctly!
- 8 oz (1 Brick) Kerrygold Butter
- 3 + 1 tbsp Swerve (or granulated sweetener of choice)
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 pinch Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.
- 4 tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil
- Dash or two of Cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup Pecans– crushed
- Soften the butter and cream cheese. Mix together thoroughly until there are no lumps and it is silky smooth!
- Add vanilla, swerve, and salt
- In a saucepan, heat the coconut oil until melted.
- Add 1 tbsp Swerve, Cinnamon and Pecans to sauce pan. Simmer on medium-low until the pecans begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
- While the pecans are cooking, spread the cream cheese and butter mixture in a 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper.
- Pour pecan mixture evenly over the top.
- Let the fudge set up in the freezer for about half an hour. After that, keep refrigerated! I prefer it chilled in the fridge to frozen. Enjoy!
A note about counting carbs and swerve- I did not include the carb count of swerve, which is about 3 grams of carbohydrate per square. In my research, I found:
“It is true that Swerve contains carbs, but these carbs are coming from the sugar alcohol Erythritol, which is not absorbed by the body (similar to how fiber is not absorbed). Therefore, you would not “count” these carbs towards your total carb intake for the day.”
There is A LOT more to say about the ketogenic diet, and if it is something that interests you, check out these resources:
By my favorite Primal guy, Mark Sisson: The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever
And as the winter months are on us: Keto Comfort Foods
This recipe for keto fudge is so so easy, and I’m pretty impressed with how good Swerve is! We are so conditioned to the taste of sugar that alternative sweeteners can taste … off. I was really pleased that this is not the case with this recipe!
While this pecan pie fudge was really, really, REALLY good- it is still a sweet treat. My instinct is to use Swerve sparingly, for special occasions and holidays, and not for everyday consumption. To me, Swerve is a good compromise between eating clean, natural ingredients, and navigating a more mainstream society.
Need more inspiration? Check out my recipe for primal peach cobbler in the Instant Pot- make it as is, or use swerve for a keto friendly peach cobbler.
Armed with this pecan keto pie recipe, you can enjoy the holidays- pecan pie (fudge) and all!