These low carb and Keto Beignets have all the goodness of the original but with less than 1g net carb each.
Hello my fun loving friends.
Today you are in for a treat. I’m going to show you how to make real Keto Beignets, the pride of New Orleans.
In case you haven’t tried them, beignets (pronounced ben-YAYS) are the New Orleans version of donuts.
They are squares of yeast bread dough that have been fried in oil and sprinkled with powdered sugar. A couple beignets and a cup of coffee and you are in Mardi Gras heaven. They are incredibly good.
And the Keto Beignets we are going to make are no different.
They just use the Carbquik Baking Mix instead of regular white flour. The folks at Carbquik do some sort of voo doo on wheat that makes it low carb. I really do not understand it. But that means that these low carb beignets have less than 1g net carb each, so I’ll take it.
Now this recipe does take a good chunk of time to make, since you are making a real yeast bread that needs time to rise.
But it's the perfect weekend brunch project.
Your friends and family will shower you with gratitude and Mardi Gras beads.Print
These low carb beignet's have all the goodness of the original but with less than 1g net net carb each.
- Prep Time: 1:20
- Cook Time: 25
- Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Yield: 15 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Southern
¾ cup warm water (as warm as bath water)
1 teaspoon sugar*
1 envelope dry yeast
1 egg, beaten
½ cup Swerve or equivalent granulated sweetener
½ cup heavy whipping cream
4 - 4 ½ cups Carbquik Baking Mix
2 tablespoons Spectrum or equivalent shortening
vegetable or coconut oil**
½ cup Confectioner's Swerve or equivalent powdered sweetener
1. Mix together water, sugar and yeast in a large bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes until frothy.
2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together egg, granulated sweetener and heavy cream.
3. Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and stir to combine.
4. Add in 2 cups of Carbquik and stir to combine. Add shortening and mix well.
5. Mix in another 2 cups of Carbquik until a dough forms. You should be able to knead the dough. Add more Carbquik until it is kneadable.
6. Sprinkle some Carbquik onto the counter and knead the dough until smooth, about 1 minute.
7. Grease a large bowl. Add the dough to the bowl, then flip the dough so that both sides are coated. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 1 hour. It will only rise a small amount.
8. Fill a large skillet or dutch oven with 2-3 inches of vegetable or coconut oil. Heat to 350 degrees F.
9. Roll out the dough until it’s somewhere between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick. Cut into 2 inch x 2 inch squares.
10. Add the squares of dough, 4 at a time, to the skillet and cook until golden. If the beignets don't immediately float, then the oil is not hot enough. Open one to make sure that they are cooked all the way through. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
11. Sprinkle with powdered sweetener and serve warm.
*The sugar will be converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide in the fermentation process so the carbohydrates are cancelled out. The sugar has been left out of the nutritional info.
**I estimated the amount of oil used as 2 tablespoons in the nutritional info.
- Serving Size: 1 beignet
- Calories: 136
- Fat: 11
- Carbohydrates: 13
- Fiber: 11
- Protein: 5
Keywords: Low Carb Beignets, Sugar Free Beignets, Carbquik Beignets
Sylvia Stoltz says
OMG! I just made these today and they were fabulous. I'm diabetic and have to watch my carbs and have been wanting some good old fashioned sweets that taste like the real thing. Thank goodness I ordered 3 boxes of Carb Quick. Thank You so much for your recipe!!! Trapped at home during the pandemic isnt so bad now. 😊👍
Ha, what a great message to get at such an awful time! I'm a diabetic too, so I know how hard sticking to the diet is at stressful times. Glad you are a fan of Carbquik too. I've actually got a ton more Carbquik recipes on the site here: https://www.resolutioneats.com/?s=carbquik
Ok, stay safe!
Any recommendations for a replacement for Carbquick - Struggling to get it here in the uk
No, I'm sorry, but the Carbquik can't be replaced in this recipe. It's the only Bisquigk-line baking blend that I've ever seen. But if you are looking for a good fried low carb donut you can't go wrong with this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food:
Just take the coconut flakes she uses on the outside of the donut and replace them with a low carb powdered sweeter.
Lisa M Gagliano says
Spectrum shortening... can i substitute?
Sure, any kind of shortening will do.
Lisa M Gagliano says
Lisa M Gagliano says
Can i let dough rest longer than an hour or put infridge for another day?
I haven't tried this, but according to the internet, you can let bread dough rise in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking it.
I made these and they were dense. They were not airy like a real beignet from cafe du monde. I guess i was just use to those.. or did i do something wrong?
These are definitely more dense than a classic beignet. The ingredients you have to work with on a low carb diet are very different than regular flours, sugars, etc. so you can’t expect them to behave in the exact same way unfortunately.
One way to "lighten" them is to use club soda instead of water. If you're using instant yeast, you don't need to proof it, as long as you know it's fresh, and you don't need to warm the club soda, as long as it's room temperature. I've made beer batter with carbquick, and it's the same principle with club soda. 🙂
These were AMAZING! My boyfriend is from New Orleans and he loved them too.
Sweet. Glad you guys liked them.