keto blondies

Warning: The blondies you could fall in love with

Get that cacao butter ready!

Seriously. If I didn’t care about the carbs that white chocolate (even the sugar-free version) is full of, I’d make white chocolate brownies. Instead, my keto alternative is cacao butter keto blondies. Without the cocoa, I’ve never enjoyed any version of blondies. In fact, I have made a dozen versions of this recipe just to find the perfect combination of ingredients. And I do warn you; this recipe might be something for you to fall in love with. Because every version I’ve prepared turned out beyond delicious. I tell you, the cacao butter is the ingredient to blame.

keto blondies

Before finding the right ratio between wet and dry ingredients, the test bunny living with me (which happens to be my partner) had to try them all! Poor guy. He was so pleased with the flavors, I had to hide the batches as if I lived with a few little sweet-tooths. Admittedly, I had to hide them from myself as well. I’d bake this dish again and again if only the cacao butter were as affordable as dairy butter. If there ever comes the time when having too much money is an issue, instead of buying a yacht, I’ll get myself a ton of cacao butter.

The perfect mix

Besides the ratio between dry and wet ingredients, I think it is important to find just the right doneness. Since every oven tends to function a bit differently, no matter what the numbers say, I recommend baking for 30 minutes the first time. Later, if you like the flavor of these blondies as much as we do, and want to make another batch, decide whether you want fudgier or dryer outcome the next time. Shorten or lengthen the baking time accordingly. Moreover, an additional tablespoon of coconut cream should make the whole batch more fudgy if you prefer so.

keto blondies

In the picture above you can see different types of blondies. The dense ones use more coconut cream and a bit more almond flour than the recipe below. Some of them are made with chia seeds, some with walnuts. In my opinion, dark chocolate chunks are a must! So the recipe below includes the chocolate but not any other optional ingredient which you can still add if you wish. Macros below only include the chocolate I used, though.

Enough now. Just looking at all these pics makes me drool and calculate if I’ve got all the ingredients to bake a batch immediately.

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Cacao butter keto blondies
Without the optional nuts or chia seeds added, one blondie comes out to be approximately 83 Calories,

Fat: 7.8 g (of which Saturated: 4.9 g, MUFA's: 2.2 g),
Total Carbs: 1.4 g,
Fiber: 0.8 g,
Net Carbs: 0.6 g,
Protein: 1.7 g

Cacao butter keto blondies
Votes: 57
Rating: 4.11
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cacao butter keto blondies
Votes: 57
Rating: 4.11
Rate this recipe!
  1. Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C) and line an 8" square baking pan with some parchment paper. Next, measure out all of the ingredients.
    Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C) and line an 8" square <a href="" target="_blank">baking pan</a> with some <a href="" target="_blank">parchment paper</a>. Next, measure out all of the ingredients.
  2. Put cacao butter and butter into a microwave-safe bowl. Let the two melt in a microwave for a minute and a half. Stir the butter until there are no lumps left. If needed, microwave for another minute or so. Set aside to cool.
    Put <a href="" target="_blank">cacao butter</a> and butter into <a href="" target="_blank">a microwave-safe bowl</a>. Let the two melt in <a href="" target="_blank">a microwave</a> for a minute and a half. Stir the butter until there are no lumps left. If needed, microwave for another minute or so. Set aside to cool.
  3. Using a hand electric mixer, mix the eggs, erythritol, and vanilla extract. Add the coconut cream and mix again.
    Using <a href="" target="_blank">a hand electric mixer</a>, mix the eggs, <a href="" target="_blank">erythritol</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">vanilla extract</a>. Add the <a href="" target="_blank">coconut cream</a> and mix again.
  4. Pour in the cooled butter and mix until the mixture gets denser and creamy.
    Pour in the cooled butter and mix until the mixture gets denser and creamy.
  5. Sieve and mix the two flours, baking soda, and salt. Add this flour mixture to the cream and combine well with a rubber spatula. Add the chopped chocolate and stir well again.
    Sieve and mix the <a href="" target="_blank">two flours</a>, baking soda, and salt. Add this flour mixture to the cream and combine well with a <a href="" target="_blank">rubber spatula</a>. Add the chopped <a href="" target="_blank">chocolate</a> and stir well again.
  6. Optional: You can add 2 tablespoons of ground walnuts (or any type of nuts) or chia seeds (suggestion: add a tsp. of lemon zest as well). Either add them to the chopped chocolate or use solo. Combine using a spatula.
    Optional: You can add 2 tablespoons of ground <a href="" target="_blank">walnuts</a> (or any type of nuts) or <a href="" target="_blank">chia seeds</a> (suggestion: add a tsp. of lemon zest as well). Either add them to the chopped <a href="" target="_blank">chocolate</a> or use solo. Combine using a <a href="" target="_blank">spatula</a>.
  7. Put the mixture into the prepared baking pan and spread it out evenly, using a spatula.
    Put the mixture into the prepared <a href="" target="_blank">baking pan</a> and spread it out evenly, using a <a href="" target="_blank">spatula</a>.
  8. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. When a toothpick is inserted in the center, it isn't necessary that it comes out completely clean. You want the blondies to remain somewhat fudgy in the middle. Don’t over-bake.
  9. When done baking, take the whole batch out of the pan, together with the parchment paper, and let it cool down. When cooled, cut into 20 more or less equal size blondies.
    When done baking, take the whole batch out of the pan, together with the parchment paper, and let it cool down. When cooled, cut into 20 more or less equal size blondies.

keto blondies

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  1. These look amazing. Any idea how i can make thrm without coconut flour?

  2. I’m not sure why you use the Cacao butter if fat is good on the Keto diet. Why not use butter? I’ll admit I have never used Cacao butter, so maybe it isn’t used as a “butter” at all. I’m not familiar with it.

    • My Sweet Keto

      Cacao butter is the whole point of the blondies recipe. Its flavor and texture remind of chocolate as it is the main ingredient of dark chocolate. But we are making blondies not brownies here. Hence … the cacao butter.

  3. Hi, I made these today and loved the texture but they were much too sweet for our liking. Are all erythritols the same, I used one that I bought at bulk barn but I just noticed that you used Swerve granular, could this make a difference? I am afraid that lowering the quantity of erythritol will change the texture. In any case, I will try this recipe again, it’s well worth trying to perfect to our taste!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Louise. Thank you for your comment. I used pure erythritol which is 75% as sweet as sugar. If you use something that contains other ingredients (maybe stevia extract or monk fruit), it might be as sweet as sugar.

      On the other hand, lots of us perceive the same level of sweetness differently sometimes. Hope you try again. 🙂

  4. Dark chocolate… are you talking about baker’s chocolate, or something else?

  5. I am interested in trying these but I don’t know where or if I can find coconut cream. Is there something else I can substitute for that? Thanks!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Dawn,

      If you buy a can of full-fat coconut milk (at least 20% fat) and store it in the fridge overnight, the cream and the liquid should separate and make it easy for you to just spoon out the cream.
      Also, the cream is not a huge part of the ingredients, so the blondies should turn out just fine with practically any alternative (cream cheese or whipped cream).

  6. OMG! These are amazing. Made a batch yesterday and it turned out perfectly! This recipe will definitely be made again and again! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Is the 6T of cocoa butter, before or after melting? It is difficult to measure it before melting. Do you have an estimate of the weight of the cocoa butter? Thanks, I’m getting ready to make these, but I’m not sure about the cocoa butter amount.

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hey, Lynda. The best thing to do is to use a scale. 6T of the butter is approximately 3 oz. Hope this helps.

  8. Hi these sound amazing but I am new to Keto and have a son with anaphylaxis to peanuts and tree nuts – all recipes tend to ask for almond flour which we cannot have Can coconut be substituted? If so what are the ratios for that? Thank you!!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Barb,

      Coconut flour will act quite differently and you might not be happy with the result. You could still try using it instead of almond flour but maybe use a Tbsp less. Let us know how it goes if you decide to go for it!

  9. Did you ever weigh out the ingredienses? I cannot find a decend converter to Europe measurements and the whole thing just Camre out really funky…. (Or maybe next time you make the recepi you could maybe use a set of scales? 🙂 )

    • Americans don’t usually have kitchen scales unless they are professional chefs. All our regular cookbooks are written with measurements in volume. If it helps any, my bag of cacao butter says 14 g. = 1 tablespoon.

  10. These sound amazing. I see you use defatted almond flour. I don’t have that but I do have defatted peanut flour which I assume I could sub 1:1 (obviously with a more peanutty taste) but could I sub regular heavy whipping cream for the coconut cream? I don’t know that I would enjoy the taste of coconut with peanut-taste.

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Sarah. This sound like something worth experimenting with. Honestly, I haven’t used peanut flour before so I wouldn’ know if it does actually taste like peanuts. I don’t find almond flour tasting much as almonds, at least not mixed with so many other ingredients. The amount of heavy whipping cream might need to be a bit adjusted (and I would beat it forehand) but I would give it a go.

  11. Delicious!!! I had to laugh at your comment about not buying a yatch but buying a Ton of Cocoa Butter if you were rich… Do you know what I would do if I had the money? I would hire a live in cook to make every single delicious Keto recipe whenever I desired… ( every day) Now Wouldn’t that make life easy LOL 🙂

  12. Hi I don’t have the cocoa butter or coconut butter. Do you have any ideas of a substitution I can use?

  13. Hi! I made these blondies a couple days ago and there are none left to post pics of..:). They are awesome! I only had coconut manna/butter to use and hoped for the best. They were still delicious! The texture came out maybe a little cakier but was still very good! I’m going to try it again using only almond flour because I like a denser texture and wonder if maybe the combo of coconut butter and coconut flour (which I know absorbs more liquid!) may have made them a tad drier..? It gives me a good excuse to make more anyways!! Best low carb sugar free recipe I have tried so far. Thank you!!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hey, Tammy, it makes me very happy that you like the recipe so much! You are thinking in the right direction: coconut flour tends to make them drier … I think it’s always fun to play around with different flour – fat combinations to see what works best. Even when the resulting texture isn’t the best, the baked good still tastes delicious. 🙂

  14. Hi! These look amazing. Can I leave them to cool overnight or do they need to be covered over night?
    Thank you!

  15. Oh my word!!!! I too have some oil sitting at the bottom of mine as they cool but tried the edge anyways. These could definitely be problematic. Absolutely delish!!!

  16. My fiancé and I started the Keto diet 2+ months ago, as well as my parents with much success. this is my fifth time making these blondies, absolutely wonderful! Also very quick to whip up! Perfect for those cravings. Thank you much.

  17. Sandra Glass

    Would this work with almond meal or does it need to be blanched almond flour? These look amazing and I have always loved Blondies, but haven’t had in years….

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Sandra. Almond flour would work better with this recipe because it’s defatted. If you decide to use almond meal, it would not absorb as much cocoa butter as the flour would. So, I’d say you could try using almond meal but with less amount of cocoa butter. Unfortunately, I can’t say how much less before trying it out. Maybe adding a couple of T additional coconut flour would help with the batter not ending up too greasy.

  18. I used coconut butter instead of cocoa butter and heavy cream in place of coconut cream and chopped walnuts in place of chocolate chips. They came out AMAZING!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  19. My daughter is on a strict Candida diet and we are currently only using Stevia to sweeten her food. Do you think i can sub a bit of stevia for the sweetness or does the large amount of Erythitol powder help bind the recipe?

    • My Sweet Keto

      I think erythritol does help the binding to a certain degree. In your case, I’d still try with only stevia if you don’t mind the possibility of failing the texture but still getting a nice flavor.

  20. I am searching for cocoa butter and everything that I am finding is for hair and skin- I am not a baker by trade or even for hobby, except that I am just a trying to find new recipes for my Keto diet. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated- maybe a brand or website I can order from?

  21. Ditto Rebecca. Holy cats. “Let cool down.” Hahahaha! Yeah right. Settling into a keto coma right now ….

  22. For the coconut cream, is that just the thick part after separating, or are the thick and the watery parts blended together?

  23. I made these yesterday. They are gone. Even my 4 year old was crazy about them. I’m angry that they exist and that I’m going to basically give up all other food and just subsist on these from now on. They are amazing. I can’t wait to explore more of your blog!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Thank you, Rebbeca! Means a lot to me that you like the blondies. But do not give up other food, though. 😉

  24. I am allergic to almonds. Can you offer a substitution? I NEED these in my life!!!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Jessica!
      It is great to see you’re showing interest in these recipes and constructively looking for solutions.

      Sometimes I run out of almond flour which is not a quick buy. What I usually do in such a case is use coconut flour, pumpkin seed flour, or hemp seed flour. These all behave a bit differently, absorb liquid differently, and taste and look a bit “off”, especially the pumpkin and hemp seed.

      With the blondies, you could try a couple of tbsp of additional coconut flour in place of almond flour. It might take a try or two to find the perfect balance of ingredients when replacing them, but I encourage you to try and share the solution with us! 🙂

  25. I made this and the texture is nothing like what yours was. Very liquidy. Is this because I hadn whisked it? So disappointed they look amazing I wanted them so bad!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Brooke!

      I am very sorry the blondies didn’t turn out well for you. It is hard to say why without much additional information.

      Did you use full-fat coconut cream? At what point did you skip the whisking? As seen from the procedure pictures, the batter should be quite dense when put into the oven. When done baking, the blondies are buttery and very fragile, but when well cooled down, they can be cut and held because all the fat becomes solid again.

  26. Question! Is cacao butter and cocoa butter the same thing? Can I use cacao butter for this recipe?

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Sierra!
      In a way, yes. The butter is usually called “cocoa” butter and the powder “cacao powder” but the two “kinds” of butter, even if called differently, should still be the same thing. Enjoy the recipe! 🙂

  27. Bailey Tomlinson

    These came out delicious, but mine came out super buttery. Is that the same with yours?

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Bailey,
      It could be that there are slight differences in dry ingredients’ absorption or butter consistency since we buy stuff at different parts of the world and from different brands. Using the same ingredients, try adding less butter or more of the dry ingredients the next time. Am glad you still loved the taste, though!

  28. OMG!! I just made these. DELICIOUS!! Thank you so much. I can see why you put the warning on them!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Michelle!

      Comments like yours lighten up my days, make me happy, smiley, and inspired to create new delicious recipes.

      Thank you very much for your feedback! Wish you all the best and keep following. 🙂

  29. hi..i am thinking to make this recipe as i have untouched cacao butter waiting to explore..
    I arrive to read this baking soda ingredient, and just want to make sure that it really is baking soda instead of baking powder and why?
    I’ve been told that baking soda in baking need something acid to be working.
    By the way, i have fallen in love with your orange ricotta cheesecake..make a combine with your fudgy brownies as a base..its simply heaven…i keep experimenting now with other ingredient with those 2 recipes as basic…looooooveee it…

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hello, YenYen!

      Thanks for your constructive comment/question. I am happy you have found to enjoy a couple of recipes on this site! I love to see people experiment and be creative in the kitchen.

      I tend to experiment myself to come up with the recipes on the site. In this process, I keep learning about ingredients and their combinations. My current knowledge (as I am not a chemist or a professional baker, obviously) has led me to choose baking soda instead of baking powder in this recipe. That is because cocoa is supposedly quite acidic, and the baking soda as the base helps the dough kind of rise during baking which results in soft (less dense) blondies. I’ve tried baking powder in this recipe but had better results with baking soda. I cannot remember, though, if I tried combining baking soda with baking powder, which might work just fine, as well (I shall try!). FYI, one always has to be careful with baking soda as you can easily add too much and end up with kind of a metallic/soapy aftertaste. So, here’s my reason. Who knows, in one year time, I might give you a better answer as I strive to gain more knowledge and experience in the chemistry behind baking. 😉

      By the way, while you’re in love with the recipe you mentioned, if you ever wish to guest post the recipe you’ve been experimenting with (orange ricotta cheesecake with the brownie base sounds awesome!), give me a shout (click on the “contact” in the top menu). 🙂

  30. Hi! Don’t have cocoa butter, but do have coconut butter. Any idea if that would be an okay replacement? Thanks!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Nova.
      I guess it could be a replacement, but I figure the coconut butter will act a little bit differently, moister probably. Try using a less overall amount of butter in the recipe. On the other hand, I do not guarantee the as tasty results (but you never know) since the whole point of these blondies, at least to me, is the cocoa butter. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

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