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Keto Beaver Tails (Fried Dough)

Crispy, yet soft and sugary keto friendly fried dough. This is the perfect "fair food" you can make easily at home.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: keto beaver tails, keto elephant ears, keto fried dough
Servings: 6 pieces
Calories: 239kcal



  • 1 cup almond flour 112g (see tips about starting with 3/4 cup and why)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp powdered monkfruit/erythritol sweetener 30g
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum optional, gives a chewier texture to the donuts
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda optional, just helps with texture
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg optional
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella 5oz or 140g (see my tips on mozzarella!)
  • 1 egg whisked well
  • ~2-3 cups of oil for frying

Cinnamon "Sugar" Topping

  • 5-6 tbsp truvia sweetener or another granular sweetener, 50-60g
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon 12g


  • Add your oil to a Wok or another deep frying pan and turn your burner on to medium heat to begin heating your oil.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the almond flour, powdered monkfruit/erythritol sweetener, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, set aside.
  • In another larger microwavable bowl, add the shredded mozzarella and microwave in 30s increments, stirring in between until melted (mine usually takes ~1min total).
  • Using a spoon, mix the melted mozzarella with your whisked egg. You can also add your dry ingredients at this time.
  • Mix everything until a dough starts to form. Do your best to knead it together with the spoon. Once it's not overly sticky, knead it well with your hands to help the mozzarella blend in with the other ingredients. (If you are having issues with this part, please see the tips section of this post!)
  • You'll want to knead the dough until it no longer sticks all over your hands and it can form a nice ball shape.
  • Place the dough ball between two sheets of greased parchment paper and roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick. Slice into pieces and roughly shape into ovals (remember they don't need to be perfect!)
  • Take the temperature of your oil and make sure it's in the range of 340-370*F. (I found right around 350*F was the sweet spot!) If you don't have a thermometer, take a little piece of dough and use it to test the oil. It should start to bubble and sizzle almost immediately and should be golden brown on one side after ~1 min.
  • Next start dropping the dough one piece at a time!
  • Fry the dough for about 1-2min per side or until a golden brown colour, flip and repeat for the other side (this dough is quite forgiving so if you are worried it will be under-cooked, fry it for 30s longer).
  • Place the finished dough on paper towel to take off some of the excess oil, then mix together your cinnamon and sweetener in a bowl and immediately place the piece of dough into the bowl and turn to coat it in the mixture. Set the coated dough on a plate to cool. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Serve warm and enjoy your Keto Beaver Tails! Feel free to add whipped cream, low carb ice cream, strawberries, melted chocolate or whichever other toppings you'd like!



Ingredients In Keto Beaver Tails 


Tips For Making The Best Keto Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

  • If you can't get your dough to come together and find the mozzarella is separating, microwave the dough for 10-15s, knead it well with your hand, add another tablespoon of almond flour if it's still not coming together. Repeat this process until it does come together. (Do not microwave for more than 10-15s at a time or you may end up cooking your dough. 
  • When choosing your mozzarella for this recipe, pay attention to the moisture content. A higher moisture content means you'll need more almond flour, a lower moisture content means you'll need to add less almond flour to get your dough to form correctly. This isn't a big deal, it just means starting with less almond flour and adding a tablespoon or two more, as needed to get your dough to come together. 
  • DO NOT use pre-shredded or the traditional fresh mozzarella you can buy. Only use block mozzarella for this recipe or it will not work.
  • The mozzarella I used for this recipe had a higher moisture content than others I typically use so 1 cup of almond flour is on the higher side already. Be sure to start with 3oz or 85g (~3/4 cup) and work your way up. 
  • When frying your dough, it's best to use a thermometer to make sure the oil is between 340-370*F, this range results in the best texture and fully cooked dough after cooking for about 1min 30s per side. 
  • I made 4 large pieces of dough for this recipe but you can definitely make the pieces smaller as we found these a bit too much.
  • If you don’t have xanthan gum it’s TOTALLY okay, you can still make these! I just add it because I feel it improves the texture of the dough just slightly.

How To Store Low Carb Beaver Tails (Fried Dough)

  • Store this fried keto dough in an airtight container between layers of parchment or wax paper on the counter for up to 2 days.
  • OR freeze in a container or ziplock bag and re-heat for 20s in the microwave when you're craving something sweet!


Serving: 1piece (1/6th) | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20.5g | Fiber: 2g