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!

A bowl of cannoli cream topped with mini chocolate chips surrounded by low carb cinnamon crisps

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.

Here is What You’ll Need:

Photo of ingredients: low fat cottage cheese, canister of Gentle Sweet, cinnamon, vanilla extract, heavy whipping cream, Lily's chocolate chips

  • cottage cheese
  • gentle sweet (or any other low carb sweetener)
  • cinnamon
  • 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. 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. I generally have cottage cheese on hand so it’s easy to whip up this low carb cannoli cream recipe any time the craving hits!

A strawberry dipped in keto cannoli cream and chocolate chips with bowl of dip in background

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.

How to make your keto 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 to serve a crowd. 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 cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer for a thicker dip. I’ve never felt the need to do this with the Daisy cottage cheese.

Mini food processor with top off filled with blended cottage cheese and sweetener.

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’ve also played around with the flavors and added a little (maybe 1 teaspoon?) orange zest. After all: variety is always a good thing!

If you want the dip to be thicker, you can add a few Tablespoons of almond flour without it affecting the taste.

Mini food processor with top taken off showing blended cottage cheese with cinnamon and vanilla mixed in.

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! 🤩

Dessert glass filled with cannoli cream topped with mini chocolate chips with a cinnamon stick garnish

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.

A bowl of cannoli cream topped with mini chocolate chips surrounded by low carb cinnamon crisps

Let me know what you think when you make this delicious keto Cannoli Cream dip for yourself!

* A note on sweeteners

You can find all kinds of information about low carb sweeteners. Here is a great overview of the different types that are available. And here are conversion tables if you have a different sweetener than the one a recipe calls for. I generally use Pyure (which is a blend of erythritol and stevia that I can find easily locally), or Gentle Sweet (a blend of erythritol, xylitol, and stevia). I like Gentle Sweet in this recipe because it’s in powdered form so it blends well without any grittiness.

Be sure to give the recipe a rating and a review after you make it!

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Low Carb Cannoli Cream | THM-S

A low carb, sugar-free treat that tastes like the inside of a cannoli. Perfect to eat by the spoonful or as a dip for berries or other low-carb dippers.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Keyword: low carb, sugar free, THM, Trim Healthy Mama
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 209kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons gentle sweet can substitute any low carb sweetener to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Lily's chocolate chips can substitute any sugar-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Combine cottage cheese and sweetener in a small blender cup or food processor and blend on high speed until smooth. Add cinnamon, vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream and blend on high for 5-10 seconds.
  • Stir in chocolate chips by hand and serve.

Notes

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 cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer for a thicker dip. I've never felt the need to do this with the Daisy cottage cheese.
If you want a thicker dip, you can add several Tablespoons of finely ground almond flour to the cream mixture without it affecting the flavor.
You can add 1 teaspoon of orange zest or 1-2 Tablespoons of chopped pistachios for variation.
Nutritional Disclosure

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 6% | Calcium: 8% | Iron: 9%

2 Comments on Keto Cannoli Cream Dip | THM-S

  1. I made this, doubling the recipe. It is quite thin, more like a thick liquid than a cream. Is this normal? The taste is great, and I will enjoy it nonetheless. Just wondering about the consistency.

    • Hi Debbie, I’m so sorry to hear that your cannoli cream turned out thin. I know that some cottage cheeses can be a little more watery than others. In the future, if you notice that the cottage cheese seems to be a little watery, try straining it before blending. Another trick that can help to thicken it up without compromising the taste is to add some almond flour. I’ll be sure to add these tips to the recipe so others can easily find them. <3

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