Brigadeiro is a decadent bite-sized Brazilian chocolate confection that’s similar to a chocolate truffle, but with a fudgier texture. This version is keto, and every bit as rich and delicious!
If you’re not familiar with Brigadeiro, it’s an indulgent-tasting bite-sized Brazilian treat. Traditionally made of sweetened condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder, this confection looks like chocolate truffles.
Brigadeiro flavor is similar to chocolate truffles too. However, Brigadeiro has a fudgier texture than regular chocolate truffles, and they’re usually coated in chocolate sprinkles instead of being dipped in chocolate.
I wanted to make a keto version of Brigadeiros with all the flavor and decadence, minus the carbs. Instead of using sweetened condensed milk, I went with heavy whipping cream and keto sweeteners. It worked like a charm!
If you like chocolate fudge you’re going to love Brigadeiro. And this recipe is even better because you can feel like you’re indulging, but without the sugar crash later!
The Best Brigadeiro Recipe
Here’s what you’re going to love about these keto Brazilian chocolate truffles:
- They’re keto. All the flavor and decadence, minus the carbs and sugar crash! Of course if you prefer, you can use granulated white sugar instead of the keto sweeteners.
- Rich chocolate flavor. These have a deep, rich chocolate flavor without being overly sweet. A touch of vanilla extract, salt, and espresso powder pull out the various notes in the chocolate!
- Perfect texture. If you like soft truffles, you’re going to love these! They stay soft (but hold their shape perfectly) even in the fridge, so you can pull them out to satisfy a chocolate craving anytime.
- Heavy whipping cream
- Unsalted butter
- Powdered monk fruit/allulose sweetener
- Liquid stevia
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
- Instant espresso powder
How to Make This Brigadeiro Recipe
- Make the chocolate truffle mixture. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat down slightly so it doesn’t boil over, and cook until the mixture is thick like hot fudge. Once the mixture comes to a boil, it needs to be whisked constantly, and it should take about 5 to 7 minutes from that point (depending on the temperature and humidity).
- Let it cool. Pour the thick chocolate mixture into a bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the chocolate. Let it cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until chilled, about 1 ½ hours.
- Roll the balls. Once chilled, use a 1-tablespoon-scoop to measure out the chocolate. Roll each into a ball, and then roll it in your coating of choice.
How Long Do Brigadeiros Last in the Fridge?
You can store Brigadeiros in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Variations on This Recipe
- Add an extract. Go with up to ½ teaspoon of any flavoring you like paired with chocolate, such as peppermint, hazelnut, strawberry, etc. I recommend starting with less and adding more to taste.
- Roll them in whatever you like. You can roll these chocolate truffles in any of the coating suggestions in the recipe below. Or you can dip them in melted chocolate and let it harden before serving.
- Switch out the sprinkles to match whatever occasion you’re celebrating. There are sprinkles to celebrate anything; birthdays, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, and more!
Tips for Making Chocolate Truffles
- Let the chocolate chill completely before rolling it out. Otherwise your balls will be too gooey to handle.
- Use a 1-tablespoon scoop to measure the chocolate. This will help make sure they’re all the same size.
What Flavor is Brigadeiro?
The traditional Brigadeiro flavor is chocolate. These bite-sized confections are sweet and rich with a deep chocolate flavor. And they are typically coated in chocolate sprinkles.
What is Brigadeiro Made Of?
Traditionally, Brigadeiros were made of sweetened condensed milk, butter, eggs, and cocoa powder. Nowadays, they’re usually made without eggs. Chocolate sprinkles on the outside are classic.
This recipe for keto chocolate truffles omits the sweetened condensed milk and instead uses heavy whipping cream and keto sweeteners. The resulting keto treat is every bit as decadent as the original!
Does Brigadeiro Need to be Refrigerated?
You can store Brigadeiro in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. After that, move this candy to the fridge for up to 10 days more.
More Keto Chocolate Treats to Make
Brigadeiro Recipe (Fudgy Brazilian Chocolate Truffles)
- Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat down slightly so it doesn’t boil over, and cook until the mixture is thick like hot fudge. Once the mixture comes to a boil, it needs to be whisked constantly, and it should take about 5 to 7 minutes from that point (depending on the temperature and humidity).
- Pour the thick chocolate mixture into a bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the chocolate. Let it cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until chilled, about 1 ½ hours.
- Once chilled, use a 1-tablespoon-scoop to measure out the chocolate. Roll each into a ball, and then roll it in your coating of choice.
- Net Carbs: 0g per serving
- Nutritional Information: Information given for this recipe is for the truffles without any of the optional coating ideas.
- Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.