Pralines are the single most iconic New Orleans dessert to grace this earth. I mean, if you ask me at least. I was never really a “sweets” person until my first pregnancy, and I still insisted that pralines be the wedding favor for guests to our wedding years before. My love affair with these sweet treats began long ago. Something about pralines just satisfies a sweet tooth I didn’t even know I had.
Pralines are traditionally painstakingly made over the stovetop while the perfect temperature is achieved and monitored by a candy thermometer. One false move, your batch is burned and it’s game over. Definitely not something I’m interested in. Popping some ingredients in the microwave and stirring, however? Yeah, sign me up for that! Biting into these for the first time after getting this concoction just right made me feel like a kitchen queen. The realization that I made these in the microwave brought me back down to earth pretty quickly!
8 oz. brown Swerve sweetener
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/8 cup (1/4 stick) of salted butter cut into small pieces
1 cup pecans
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
1. Prepare parchment paper for spoonfuls of pralines and set aside.
2. Combine brown Swerve and heavy whipping cream in a large, microwave safe bowl. Stir together well.
3. Microwave for 3.5 minutes.
4. Remove microwaved mixture and stir again until bubbles dissolve.
5. Toss in butter pieces and stir to melt.
6. Once butter is melted, return to microwave again. Microwave for 2.5 minutes.
7. Remove microwaved mixture from the microwave and stir in vanilla extract and salt. Stir until bubbles dissolve again. Add pecans, and stir well to incorporate evenly.
8. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto parchment paper and allow to harden.
This recipe totals 12 grams net carbs and makes 8 pralines, so each praline rings in at only 1.5 grams of net carbs apiece!
Net carbs: 1.5g
I honestly can’t wait for the holidays or some get together that requires a dessert so I can knock everyone’s socks of with these bad boys. They’re oh so sweet but don’t have that weird aftertaste that screams, “Heyyyy, I’m definitely not made with real sugar!” And the texture is just right. These are just everything. I foresee a keto ice cream in my future to crumble these into… Hello pralines and cream ice cream! I’ll update as soon as I try it myself!