Espresso Fudge Protein Butter (vegan, paleo, low carb + keto)

Keto Espresso Fudge Protein Butter #lowcarb #keto #paleo #veganHomemade keto nut butter whipped with smooth and silky keto-friendly chocolate hemp protein powder for a boost of protein in every spoonful.

Have you thought of adding keto plant-based protein powder to your next batch of homemade or store bought keto nut butter? It’s delicious, practical and takes just moments to create.

But! You need SMOOTH protein powder. None of that bulky stuff.

Espresso Fudge Protein Butter #lowcarb #keto #paleo #vegan

I used Manitoba Harvest Chocolate Hemp Pro 70 Protein Powder for this recipe. Why? Because it’s the silkiest, dairy-free, plant-based protein powder that I’ve ever had.

Not to be confused with their high-fiber varieties, Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Pro 70 line is easy to mix – silky smooth with barely any fiber, making it the perfect edition to any keto nut butter creation you’re scheming. And, it’s sweetened with organic coconut sugar. What other protein powder out there is sweetened with JUST coconut sugar?

I’ve used Manitoba Harvest Hemp in so, so, so many things over the years. From keto cakes, to keto ice cream, keto porridge and everything in between. Check out some of my keto hemp recipes. And, if you want to giggle at something, here’s one of the first posts I ever published on the blog… with hemp! The photo is atrocious (as was my attempt at spelling atrocious while writing this for you) and also, holy sugar, batman!

Espresso Fudge Protein Butter #lowcarb #keto #paleo #vegan

For today’s low carb, keto recipe…

Don’t like coffee? No need to add it in! I used Bulletproof Upgraded DECAF coffee. It’s the only coffee that doesn’t give me the jitters or major energy crash.

Allergic to nuts? No problem. You could use sunflower seeds in this recipe with great results, too.

For our high-fat living tribe, pour this keto espresso fudge protein almond butter in silicon molds, place in the freezer to harden and you have a delicious keto-friendly fat bomb treat at our fingertips, day or night.


Espresso Fudge Protein Butter #lowcarb #keto #paleo #vegan

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Keto Espresso Fudge Protein Butter
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free, Low Carb, Keto
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Serves: 1½ cup
Silky smooth keto espresso fudge nut butter boosted with chocolate hemp protein.
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and place almonds on a clean baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven for 20 minutes, just until fragrant.
  2. Add all ingredients to the jug of your food processor and process until drippy, about 8 minutes. You may have to take the top off a couple of times to remove the bulk of nuts running up the side (heh).
  3. Pour into mason jars, cover and store in the fridge (it will harden like fudge) for up to 1 month.
  4. Makes approximately 1 ½ cup of nut butter, 18 servings of approx. 1 tablespoon per serving.
Coffee Beans: I used Swiss water press coffee beans, but you could do anything here. Heck, leave it out if you don’t like coffee.

Roasting Nuts: I like lightly roasting my nuts and seeds before homemade nut butter action. It helps make the nut butter more drippy. Sure, roasting them isn’t the healthiest thing, but I’m doing it on low-heat, and only until fragrant. I’d like to think that there are far worse things.... like conventionally roasted nuts/seeds, perhaps?

Nut Allergy: replace almonds with an equal amount of raw sunflower seeds.

Coconut Oil vs. Cacao Butter/Oil: if coconut oil is used, add cacao powder for extra chocolate flavor. If cacao butter/oil is used, it may be chocolatey enough for you.

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Espresso Fudge Protein Butter #lowcarb #keto #paleo #vegan

As I mentioned in the notes of this keto recipe, I like lightly roasting my nuts and seeds before homemade nut butter action. It helps make the nut butter more drippy. Sure, roasting them isn’t the healthiest thing, but I’m doing it on low-heat, and only until fragrant. Totally up to you what you do with this information!

While the nuts are roasting, add the ingredients to your food processor. Just look at how smooth that protein powder is!

Espresso Fudge Protein Butter #lowcarb #keto #paleo #vegan

When nuts are done, add them in and process until the keto nut butter is drippy, like this…

Espresso Fudge Protein Butter #lowcarb #keto #paleo #vegan

Pour in silicon molds for keto espresso fudge fat bombs, store in a mason jar in the fridge (it’ll get fudge-like when cold if you’ve used cacao butter), spread on keto muffins, eat from the jar, enjoy!

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    • I think coconut milk will make the nut butter too liquidy. You could easily omit the protein powder or add a bit more cacao powder if you’d like.

  1. Hi Leanne,
    I cannot wait to try this! I love your blog, and follow your FB page, too, and I just love your ideas!

    I have been dealing with my thyroid for almost nine months now, but I am doing well with the changes I’ve made…you are definitely a go-to resource for me.


  2. Hi Leanne

    I’m actually in the process of buying a food processor ? you have the one from the link ?…did you do this recipe in a 12 cup or 4 cup container ?


    • Hi Annie! You bet, I have that one! I’ve had it for about 4 years, since I started the blog. I always use the biggest container so I don’t have to clean as much ;)

  3. Thanks for the answer. But I guess my question is really why use protein powder at all. I would just use ground hemp. Protein powders always confuse me and maybe you can clear it up for me. How are protein powders clean when there are so many ingredients in them – including sugar? I know many clean recipes use protein powder so it is widely accepted in the clean eating world. I am just trying to understand it. Thank you for any feedback you can offer on the topic. Love the recipe and hope to try it soon.

    • Hi Donna! I see protein powder as a tool, not a necessity. I use them a lot when I’m traveling, but not as an every day thing. Some people who are healing from injury need more protein than others, so this may be a good option for them. If you’re not going to use the protein powder, no worries! I would sub with extra cacao.

  4. This looks like a recipe that Marty will love! (Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll love it, too!)

  5. I want to try this but why not use just hemp- it won’t have the added sugar?

    • Hi Donna, you most certainly can, if you have the smooth version of their hemp protein powder. Or, you could omit and just use cacao powder! Just trying to come up with fun ways to use protein powder that goes beyond the classic shake.

  6. This looks yummy and so glad it is low sugar/keto! Do you soak your nuts prior to roasting? I understand that soaking is beneficial if you eat a lot of nuts and/or seeds.

    • Hi Cindy! Sometimes I do, but I didn’t for this recipe. But you definitely can!

  7. have you ever tried DandyBlend? it’s made from dandelion. a GREAT coffee substitute. thanks for this recipe!!!

    • It’s linked in the post under the recipe, labelled “View Nutrition Information”