Low Carb Rum Balls

Low Carb Rum Balls

Low Carb Rum Balls

Christmas is the time of year where there is risk of being tempted by many of the sugar laden foods that are often very high in carbs and overly processed, and the only way not to be tempted is to make sure you have options on hand to eat, such as these delicious quick and easy Low Carb Rum Balls. The secret to these balls being so delicious, is the addition of blueberries. These act a little like dates or prunes would to bind the balls together and to give them a bit more of a fudgy texture, and they work brilliantly. You can’t taste the blueberries at all in these, and are simply added to this receipe for this reason, so don’t leave them out,
Dipping Low Carb Rum Balls into Dark Chocolate
This really simple recipe for rum balls takes very little time to make, and you can be as creative as you like with decorating them, or you can just drizzle a little dark chocolate on top of them for something simple. All you need to make these is some dark chocolate, almond meal, desiccated coconut, blueberries, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, dark rum (or rum essence), a pinch of salt, and some additional toppings if you wish to decorate them. I used low carb toppings such as dried raspberries, some chopped hazelnuts and shaved chocolate to sprinkle on top of mine but you can use anything you wish to, including cacao nibs or coconut. Another delicious option is to dip the balls into dark chocolate. Delish!!

Low Carb Rum Balls would be perfect for gifting or to take along to the work Christmas party. Keep a stash of these in the fridge for over the festive period, so you have a reasonably healthy treat to snack on should ever you feel tempted.

If you are after some other recipes that would be ideal for gifting for Christmas, check out these recipes. There are also lots of other recipes, such as bliss balls and chocolate slices etc that would be ideal, so have a browse through the recipes on this blog.

Some Christmas Gifting Recipe Ideas from KETohh

Low Carb Dukkah
From scratch spice mixes- BBQ, Mexican and Moroccan
Sugar Free Harissa Paste
Low Carb Macadamia Vanilla Cookies
Low Carb Ginger Spice Cookies
Low Carb Rocky Road Christmas Tree
Low Carb Rocky Road
Sesame Chia Parmesan CrackersHealthy Almond Crackers or Almond Seed Crackers
Low Carb Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chia Balls
Low Carb Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Balls
Low Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Balls aka Ferrero Rocher Balls
Wasabi Almonds
Tamari Almonds

There are so many options here that anyone trying to cut back on their carbs and sugar would love to receive but don’t limit them to your low carb friends, as they would be ideal for anyone as a gift.
Happy baking!


Low Carb Rum Balls

Low Carb Rum Balls

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Baking, Cakes, Muffins and Sweets
Cuisine: Diabetic Recipe, Gluten Free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb
Keywords: bliss-balls, christmas-food, christmas-recipe, rum-balls
Servings: 18 balls


  • 100 gms /3.5 oz Dark Chocolate- I use 85% couverture
  • 200 gms /7 oz almond meal/almond flour
  • 75 gms /1.75 oz desiccated coconut
  • 2/3 cup frozen/fresh blueberries roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon Stevia and Erythritol blend or sweetener of choice- optional
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder/cacao powder or dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons quality dark rum dependent on taste

Topping Ingredients

  • 20 gms .7 oz dark chocolate for decorating
  • Topping options such as dried raspberries, chopped nuts, coconut, cacao nibs or chopped/shaved chocolate



  • Heat the berries, 1 tablespoon of water and sweetener if using, in a small pan on medium heat on the stove top until soft, for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool and blitz in a food processor with the rum until smooth.
  • Melt the dark chocolate with coconut oil. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on short bursts, for 10-15 seconds, stirring in between and checking that it doesn't burn. The 20 gms of chocolate will take seconds to melt so take care.
  • Stir in the rum berry mix and vanilla extract.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients to the chocolate mix and stir until well combined.
  • Shape small teaspoonful amounts into balls and create a smooth finish. If the mix is sticking, wet your hands slightly.
  • Place the balls in the fridge to firm up.
  • Decorate balls by drizzling with the additional melted dark chocolate if desired. Decorate the balls with topping of choice such as nuts, dried berries, coconut etc, and store in the fridge.
  • f you want to dip the balls in chocolate, melt an additional 50 gms/1.75 oz of dark chocolate in a small bowl and allow to cool slightly so it thickens. Remove the balls from the fridge so they are cold and firm, and place a toothpick into each ball. Dip each ball into the chocolate and allow excess to drip off. Stick each toothpick into a piece of foam so the chocolate can set.


  • Add additional rum if desired for a stronger flavor.  You can also use another tye of spirit such as Brandy.
  • Switch the coconut oil for butter or fresh heavy cream or cream cheese. If made with heavy cream or cream cheese, these will only last for about 5 days in the fridge.
  •  Add a dash of orange extract to make orange flavored Cointreau Balls.

Recipe Notes

Store rum balls in the fridge for best results.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1ball | Calories: 100kcal
Note that we calculate our own nutritional values so they may not be precise. Calculate your own if desired. Carb values exclude sugar alcohols such as Erythritol, as they generally have no impact on blood sugar levels. 50% of the carbs from Xylitol is added to nutritional values. This is consistent with industry practice.
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2 thoughts on “Low Carb Rum Balls”

  1. 5 stars
    Easy to make and perfect for Christmas. Will become a tradition as taste like a traditional version. I added orange extract for cointreau balls and decorated them with some orange peel. They looked beautiful.

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