dessert, donuts

Fair’s fare

So, for those of us practicing the low carb high fat/keto lifestyle, fairs and carnivals can be their own set of tortures. The smells….but, if you give in, things are so sweet, that you are immediately sorry you gave in to the tantalizing aromas.

Yes, I have fallen prey to them, only to be disappointed, and then appalled at the number carbs the few bites I took equated to! But, the good news, is that as I was working to come up with a more traditional pasta type noodle (I will post that recipe on another day), my daughter looked in as I was piping them into the boiling water and said…oooooooo! keto funnel cakes! But, then she saw they didn’t expand and said, very disappointed…oh a noodle (insert sad face). This of course got me to thinking…would it work to add some sweetener and baking powder?

Well, it wasn’t exactly that easy, but, with a bit of trial and error I found a hit! You can use this batter for funnel cakes or a fried donut. They came out best deep fried in tallow, but the one’s I fried in lard turned out almost as good. I also did some in coconut oil, which were good, though I definitely preferred the tallow or lard fried best.

The other thing I did, as there are those of you out there that are looking for alternative protein powders. So, I made a batch using egg white protein (these were my favorites), a batch with collagen peptides (my daughter’s favorites), and whey protein powder, everyone liked these, but they didn’t make the “my favorite” list. The whey protein powder were very like a cake donut, so not sure I would go to the extra work to make the fried donut, when I already have a really good cake donut recipe. But, if you use whey protein powder for recipes you may well, decide it’s worth it.

Also, I made the funnel cakes only using vanilla and a bit of cinnamon and mace. The second batch I used some rum extract with the cinnamon and mace, and third batch I used apple extract with the cinnamon and mace. So, don’t be afraid to add your own favorite spice or extract combos. The next time I make them I am going for a chocolate donut (I will likely melt an ounce or two of 78% or above chocolate and add it to the batter).

For toppings you could use a thin layer of glaze or ganache (look in the menu for these recipes), or just dust with powdered sweetener or add some spices to the sweetener. The simpler the topping the lower the net carbs will stay, but these are low enough carb that you could add even one of the keto frostings and still not be too bad on the net carb count (if you don’t eat more than you should-which could be an issue, these are that good!).

Keto Fried Donuts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Keto
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 42 kcal
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup keto friendly sweetener (I used Allulose)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (you can substitute other flavorings like apple or rum)
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon optional
  • 1/2 tsp mace optional
  • 1/4 cup Konjac root powder (glucomannon) you may substitute with psyllium husk powder
  • 1/4 cup oat fiber (not oat bran or flour)
  • 1/2 cup egg white protein powder may substitute collagen peptides or whey protein isolate
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 scoop MCT powder optional
Fat for frying
  • Beef Tallow, Lard works best may use coconut oil
  1. In mixer bowl add eggs, nut milk, sweetener, vanilla and any spices you will be using and mix until frothy

  2. Add in dry ingredients, adding in the konjac root powder last

  3. Mix on high speed until well blended, may need to scrape sides with a spatula. Batter will be semi-thick and sticky

  4. Melt Tallow (lard or oil) in a small pan (you can use a deep-fat fryer also)

  5. Add batter to a donut dispenser

  6. or simply add to a ziplock with a corner cut (you will want to be careful not to blow out the side, as the batter is pretty thick)

  7. Drop batter into oil once it has heated over 300° F.

  8. Flip donuts once they float to the top (about 2-3 mins)

  9. Remove from oil, dust with powdered sweetener or other sweetener and spice combinations

  10. If making funnel cakes pipe from ziplock bag into oil and proceed as you would with the donuts

  11. Dust with powdered sweetener

Recipe Notes

Macros are per donut or funnel cake based on a total of 20, adjust accordingly for bigger donuts or funnel cakes

Total fat 1.5 g

Net carbs 0.5 g

Protein 4.4 g


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