Nothing beats the taste and texture of these Homemade Keto Ladyfingers. You’ll love having this recipe on hand whether you’re making them for a Keto Tiramisu or just for a delicious gluten free cookie to dunk in a hot cup of coffee.
FREE EASY KETO DINNERS EBOOK
❤️ Why You’ll Love this Keto Ladyfingers Recipe
- Crisp and slightly spongy texture similar to the store-bought version
- Perfect to use in homemade tiramisu
- Enjoy with an afternoon tea or cup of coffee
- Great for cookie swaps and parties
If you've ever wondered if it's possible to make gluten-free ladyfingers just like the ones you find in Italian dessert recipes, the answer is yes! With just a few simple, low carb ingredients, you can have tender, delicate and crispy ladyfingers that rival any store-bought versions.
Coming from an Italian family, I will be the first to admit that I was hesitant in trying to recreate a sugar-free and gluten-free version of classic ladyfingers. Afterall, they are one of the key components in a traditional Italian tiramisu recipe.
But this recipe could not have turned out any better and they're much easier to make than you would think. These cookies are light and airy, with a slightly spongy center and the most perfect crispy edges! They're everything you could ask for in ladyfinger without all the sugar!
But don't keep them all for yourself! These sweet little confections make an awesome gift, especially for your friends and family that follow a sugar-free or Keto diet.
You could add some to a cookie tray during the holidays with these cute little Snowball Cookies and these scrumptious Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies for a really special sugar free holiday treat that everyone can enjoy.
🛒 What’s in Ladyfingers
- Super fine almond flour
- Monk fruit/Erythritol, powdered
- Oat fiber
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
🥣 Recommended Tools
- Baking sheet
- Hand mixer
- Mixing bowl
- Parchment paper
- Fine mesh sieve
- Piping bag or food storage bag
How to Make Keto Ladyfingers
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Add the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and whip using a hand mixer until frothy. Slowly add in half the sweetener, with the mixer running.
Tip: Make sure your bowl is completely clean and dry or the egg whites won't whip up properly.
Continue whipping until you have stiff peaks, then set aside.
In a separate bowl, add in the egg yolks and the rest of the sweetener. Whisk using a hand mixer for 2 minutes or until lighter in color and slightly thickened. Mix in the vanilla extract, then set aside.
In 3 additions, carefully fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture.
In another bowl, sift the almond flour, oat fiber, baking powder and salt.
Sift a second time, in 3 additions, over the egg mixture. Carefully fold in the dry mixture, making sure not to deflate the egg whites.
Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and pipe into 24 finger length lines, about 3 inches long on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Be sure to space them apart, as they will spread slightly.
Tip: If you don't have a piping bag, you can use a food storage bag and cut off the tip.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly golden.
Tip: If you prefer a more spongy texture, remove them from the oven a little sooner.
Transfer to a wire rack and leave at room temperature to cool completely. Dust with powdered sweetener and serve.
Are Lady Fingers Keto Friendly?
Traditional ladyfingers that use regular flour and sugar are anything but. This recipe gets a low carb, Keto makeover by using almond flour and a monk fruit blend sugar substitute that make these perfect guilt-free and Keto friendly cookies.
What Does a Lady Finger Taste Like?
These cookies have a mild vanilla flavor. However, you can dress them up easily with other ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger. You could also dust them with a little unsweetened cocoa powder for a nice twist.
Really change up the flavor using different extracts. Orange extract, almond and coffee extract would all be great choices.
Are Ladyfingers Soft or Crunchy?
Both. A really good ladyfinger recipe will produce cookies that are tender and soft on the inside with a little bit of crisp or crunch on the outside.
Are Lady Fingers and Biscotti the Same?
They are not the same, though they are somewhat similar and are often used interchangeably in recipes. Biscotti, also known as Italian biscuits, are a type of Italian cookie made with flour, eggs, sugar, almond flavoring and butter and then they are usually baked twice until crunchy on the inside and outside.
Though used in classic Italian Tiramisu recipes, ladyfingers have origins all over the world. From France to England, even Czech Republic and Romania, there are many different versions. Common traits that you'll find in most all versions is they have a softer center than biscotti, are not overly sweet and are flavored with almond or vanilla extract.
What Can I Substitute Ladyfingers With?
That is a hard question because most recipes that call for ladyfingers are expecting them to be spongy with a little bit of crispiness, which is really hard to duplicate. That's especially true when you're wanting a Keto friendly alternative as well.
My best suggestion would be to take slices of this Keto Pound Cake and place them in the oven until they are ever so slightly toasted. They will still crumble easier than ladyfingers, but they'll come closer in taste than most anything else you could use.
Can I Freeze Sugar Free Ladyfingers?
One of the things about homemade ladyfingers verses the store-bought kind that are chucked full of preservatives, is they do not have a very long shelf life. If you are not planning on eating or using them within a few days, it's recommended that you freeze them.
For best results when freezing ladyfingers, place them on a sheet pan in a single layer. Stick them in the freezer for about an hour. Once they are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag and put them back in the freezer for up to several months.
More Keto Desserts
- Almond Joy Fudge
- Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
- Blackberry Cheesecake Bars
- Mixed Berry Crumble
- Lemon Mascarpone Tart
FREE 20 EASY KETO RECIPES EBOOK
Homemade Keto Ladyfingers
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 egg white
- ⅔ cup super fine almond flour
- ½ cup monk fruit/erythritol, powdered
- ¼ cup oat fiber
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Add the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and whip using a hand mixer until frothy. Slowly add in half the sweetener, with the mixer running.
- Continue whipping until you have stiff peaks, then set aside.
- In a separate bowl, add in the egg yolks and the rest of the sweetener. Whisk using a hand mixer for 2 minutes or until lighter in color and slightly thickened. Mix in the vanilla extract, then set aside.
- In 3 additions, carefully fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture.
- In another bowl, using a fine mesh sieve, sift the almond flour, oat fiber, baking powder and salt.
- Sift a second time, in 3 additions, over the egg mixture. Carefully fold in the dry mixture, making sure not to deflate the egg whites.
- Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and pipe into 24 finger length lines, about 3 inches long on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Be sure to space them apart, as they will spread slightly.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly golden. If you prefer a more spongy texture, remove them from the oven a little sooner.
- Transfer to a wire rack and leave at room temperature to cool completely. Dust with powdered sweetener and serve.
*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol: Swerve, Erythritol, Monk Fruit or Allulose.
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