The idea for this keto recipe came from my husband on a sunny Sunday morning. We were sitting together at our kitchen table, enjoying a keto breakfast of piping hot espresso and a pile of keto waffles lightly drizzled with Lakanto Maple Syrup (which is quite delicious and our go-to when we don't have this on hand).
My husband looked at me and said "You used to make homemade syrup...it made the house smell so amazing...could you make the same type of thing in a Keto version?"
Well, why not? There's nothing like a bit of inspiration on a Sunday morning ?
Your New Favorite KETO Maple Syrup
It took me quite a bit of trial and error to get this keto maple syrup just right. Early versions refused to come together into a syrup -- resulting in a weirdly layered sauce. Other attempts turned out gummy and then firmed up too much in the fridge.
The final version of my maple syrup has ZERO carbs, doubles as a "fat bomb", won't harden in the refrigerator and has the perfect maple flavor to pair with keto waffles, pancakes and is even great brushed on salmon.
If it's too runny, add just a pinch of additional xanthan gum to thicken it up. If the xanthan gum clumps, use an immersion blender or kitchen blender to emulsify it through the liquid. Just a little bit of xanthan gum goes a long way, so literally use just a pinch ??
More Than A Keto Pancake Syrup!
This Keto Maple Syrup is so much more than a pancake syrup.
Try it on salmon to make a Keto Maple Glazed Salmon.
It's also great on pork chops, chicken breasts and kabobs!
We've even recently been experimenting with making keto maple glazed bacon! Oh yeah!
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Ingredients for Homemade Keto Maple Syrup
Here's a few things you'll need to make this keto maple syrup...
- Sugar Substitute such as BochaSweet, Lakanto Monk Fruit Blend, Erytheritol or Allulose (see notes below recipe if using allulose)
- Maple Extract
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Xanthan Gum
- Glass Syrup Container or something else to store your finished syrup in
- Butter, Ghee, or Coconut Oil
- Heavy whipping cream (should have only cream on the label)
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Homemade Keto Maple Syrup
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine ½ cup water and ¾ cup BochaSweet.
- Stir until BochaSweet is completely dissolved and the mixture looks clear. Gently bring mixture to a boil.
- Add ½ cup heavy whipping cream.
- Bring mixture back to a boil and simmer for one minute.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of real butter. Bring back to a boil and simmer for 1 minute.
- Whisk in ⅛ teaspoon xanthan gum (this will thicken the syrup and prevent separation.
- Remove from heat and add maple and vanilla extracts.
- Allow to cool and store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!
This recipe works with a variety of keto-friendly sweetener substitutions. If you choose to use allulose, you'll want to modify the instructions and not boil the mixture. Allulose will quickly brown and burn if you aren't careful. Treat it like you would cook with real sugar and stir constantly.
By comparison, BochaSweet will not burn or brown so we use the boiling action in the instructions above to thicken up the mixture.
All other sugar substitutes should work according to the instructions above.
You can make this dairy-free by using coconut cream instead of heavy whipping cream. On a can of real coconut milk, skim off the top "creamy" part and use this in place of the heavy whipping cream in the recipe.
You can substitute coconut oil or ghee for the butter called for in the recipe.
With these adjustments, you may need to increase the amount of xanthan gum you've used to get just the right thickness. It will thicken up a bit when you store it in the fridge.
How Long Will It Keep?
The syrup will keep in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to one week. Check the expiration date on your ingredients as well. If you're using ingredients closer to the sell-by date, it may not last as long. Or, it may last longer!
Keto Recipes To Use With Your Maple Syrup:
Now, how about a few delicious keto recipes to drizzle your homemade zero carb maple syrup over? Here are a few of our tried and true favorites:
More Keto Sauce Recipes
Now that you've been inspired to create keto-friendly sauces, the sky is the limit! We've created a number of different sauces in Tara's Keto Kitchen that we think you might want to try out next: