This delicious keto Cannoli filling recipe is packed with protein. It’s healthy enough to eat as a satisfying snack. It’s delicious enough to serve to a crowd!
I’m part Italian and cannoli were always one of my favorite desserts.
Since switching to a sugar-free lifestyle I hadn’t had cannoli for a while and was missing that sweet treat.
One day my sweet tooth was rearing its head so I decided to try making some THM-friendly, keto cannoli filling as a snack!
And oh my gosh.
It was so good!
I went with a very traditional flavor profile: cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate chips.
But you could definitely have some fun with this recipe.
Add in few drops of orange extract and some chopped pistachios for a really delicious (but still traditional) change.
The best part of this easy low carb dessert?
It’s so fast to make!
Go from a craving to yum in less than five minutes.
Ingredients for Keto Cannoli Cream
- cottage cheese
- THM gentle sweet (or any other low carb sweetener)*
- vanilla extract
- heavy whipping cream
- Lily’s chocolate chips (or other sugar-free chocolate chips)
Now, before you say anything, I know that cannoli filling is made with ricotta cheese.
In fact, my Italian grandmother would possibly disown me for using anything other than ricotta!
But cottage cheese has fewer carbs, fewer calories, and is lower in fat.
Plus, cottage cheese is packed with protein.
While I don’t count calories or fat grams on Trim Healthy Mama, I do pay attention to the carb count when I’m preparing an S meal/snack (these are typical keto-friendly snacks or meals).
I almost always have cottage cheese on hand so it’s easy to whip up this low carb cannoli cream recipe any time the craving hits!
If you’re salt-sensitive, you may want to opt for either making your own cottage cheese or use part-skim ricotta when you make your keto cannoli cream.
Just be sure to watch your serving size and don’t eat this with berries to keep your carb count under 10 grams.
Be sure to choose a low carb sweetener that’s in a powdered form when you make this recipe to avoid any grittiness. I love THM Gentle Sweet, but it’s also very good with Swerve.
I wrote this recipe using THM’s Gentle Sweet.
If you have a different low carb sweetener and you’re not sure how much to use, you’ll love these low carb sweetener conversion tables! There’s virtually no math required to use them.
How to Make Low carb Cannoli Cream
Scoop the cottage cheese and sweetener into a mini food processor or a blender.
I use my Nutri-Ninja food processor when I make a large batch.
Blend on high speed about 30 seconds until completely smooth.
NOTE: Some brands of cottage cheese are wetter than others. If you notice any liquid or whey, be sure to drain that before you blend it.
You may want to consider straining it through a piece of cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer for a thicker dip.
I’ve never felt the need to do this with Daisy 2% cottage cheese.
Add the cinnamon, vanilla extract, and whipping cream and blend for 5-10 more seconds.
I’ve made it without the whipping cream and it still tastes good but the texture is a little less creamy.
I love playing around with the flavors and add some orange zest sometimes.
After all: variety is always a good thing!
If you want the dip to be thicker, you can add a few Tablespoons of super-fine almond flour without it affecting the taste.
Stir in your chocolate chips by hand or just sprinkle them over the top.
Another option is to add chopped pistachios instead of chocolate chips.
Or take a walk on the wild side and add 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips AND 1 Tablespoon of chopped pistachios!
That’s it! This low carb cannoli dip can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes.
Sometimes I dip berries into my cannoli cream and I’ve also made these Low Carb Cinnamon Dippers from Gwen’s Nest which make this snack much more like eating an actual cannoli.
I’ve even used my filling to make this treat from Briana Thomas without adding the berries.
Let me know what you think when you make this delicious keto Cannoli Cream dip for yourself!
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