Homemade keto marzipan with only 4 ingredients! This recipe for sugar free marzipan is not only super easy, but absolutely delicious. The perfect low carb treat - enjoy as is, or dip in chocolate or roll in cocoa powder.
Germans are crazy about marzipan, and I am no exception. About an hour from where I grew up in Hamburg is the medieval town of Lübeck, world famous for its "Niederegger Marzipan". We always bought it on special occasions like Easter or Christmas, because it's not cheap - but delicious.
I've had a soft spot for marzipan ever since. So when a reader emailed me this morning about how to create a keto marzipan recipe, I decided I just had to post it on the blog. Friends, it's so easy, healthy and addictive in all the best ways!
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Ingredients for sugar free marzipan
Ground almonds: The main ingredient for low carb marzipan is, of course almond flour. I'm using what we here in the UK call ground almonds, which is the same as regular almond flour in the US. And of course - totally gluten free!
You could use extra fine almond flour, but you may find you need to add a little water to keep the marzipan nice and moist. Don't use deoiled almond flour in this recipe, it's too dry.
You could even opt to make your own finely ground almond flour from blanched almonds. Only attempt this if you own a powerful food processor to ensure the paste becomes fine and smooth.
Powdered Sweetener: Instead of sugar we're using powdered sweetener for our keto marzipan. I used a powdered erythritol and monk fruit blend, but powdered Swerve or allulose would work just as well. It's important that your sweetener is powdered so you're not getting any grittiness.
Water or egg: There's 2 ways to get moisture into marzipan. You can either use 1 beaten egg or just water (or rose water, which is a very traditional way of making marzipan).
I made one version with a beaten egg and one with water as I don't use rose water enough to warrant buying a whole bottle.
Both variations tasted great - the difference is that the egg version was a little sturdier and richer in taste than the water version. The benefit of the water version is that your sugar free marzipan will last longer.
In terms of net carbs or nutrition, there's very little difference between the egg and the water version. Both came out at 0.9g net carbs for a portion of 15 grams (which is a generous mouthful or 1 praline-sized piece).
Note - For everyone who is worried about using raw egg in a recipe, just replace the whole egg with pasteurised egg whites instead. Personally, I'm not worried abut eating raw egg at all. In the UK the vast majority of eggs comply with the Lion Standard, which certifies that raw eggs are salmonella free and safe to eat.
Almond extract or vanilla extract - Now it's time for a bit of almond flavor! I used 2 tsp almond extract and 1 tsp vanilla extract in my first batch and 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp orange extract in my second batch. Both were delicious, so just use what you have at home and according to your personal preference!
How to make keto marzipan
Seriously, there's only one main step: Put the lot in a food processor and blend until the marzipan forms a ball. Alternatively, knead with your hands until smooth!
Then comes the fun part: Turning your sugar free marzipan into pretty goodies!
How to use homemade marzipan
One possibility is to simply roll the paste into a log and cut into slices as I've done in the image above.
Another easy thing to do is roll little balls in your hands and dust them in unsweetened cocoa powder. This is actually a really popular way to eat marzipan in Germany, called "Marzipankartoffeln" (marzipan potatoes).
And here is a third thing I tried - I pressed the paste into my silicone ice cube tray and froze it for about 15 minutes so it would harden. Then, I melted 50 grams / 1.7oz 90% dark chocolate (I used Lindt).
Once the marzipan had firmed up, I released them from the mould and dipped them in the chocolate.
You can do this with any mold - think Easter eggs, little hearts etc. You could even roll out the marzipan like cookie dough and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes!
Marzipan vs almond paste
Here in Europe marzipan is called just that - marzipan. In the US, it is often also referred to as almond paste. So, is there a difference between marzipan and almond paste?
As a rule of thumb, almond paste is softer than marzipan and is used as filling in almond croissants, for example, or in cakes or cookies. Marzipan, on the other hand, is a little firmer and exclusively used in pralines anf candies.
Storing low carb marzipan
If you make marzipan with egg, store it in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Marzipan that's not coated in chocolate is best stored as a log which you have snugly wrapped in cling film. This way it does not dry out.
Marzipan made with water will last longer and can be stored at room temperature as well (especially if it's coated in chocolate).
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- Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a dough ball forms. Alternatively, knead with your hands until smooth.
- Taste and increase sweetener if required.
- Roll into 15 g balls and roll in cocoa powder or coat in melted sugar free chocolate or shape into a log and cut into slices.
- Store in the fridge.
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