These low carb meringues have a delicious chocolaty swirl that runs through them!
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OK so I’m going to start with an apology. Of all the regular, traditional, carb-laden food that I have endeavored to find lower carb alternatives for, meringues seem to be one of the trickiest (with the exception, perhaps, of my marshmallow fluff recipe)! I think it is because you need the sugar in two ways – one to obviously add the sweetness, but another to react with the egg whites. So this is my best attempt but I will point out that two small meringues are 6.1g net carbs. I’d be lying if I called that a serving size – because I’d want to eat way more than that. If I ever work out how to bring that carb count down I will let you know!
Also, I made way too many of these for just me to eat – neither my husband nor son were interested because of the sweetener. I actually decided to try to make meringues after I had four spare egg whites from making this amazing Raspberry and Mascarpone Ice Cream. I think next time I will halve the recipe and not have so many of these little temptations sitting around the house! Although I should mention that these meringues go REALLY well with the ice cream I just mentioned – just crush them up and sprinkle them over!
In a stand mixer, beat together the egg whites, powdered sweetener (I used Confectioner’s Style Swerve) and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Spoon out about a third of the mixture (doesn’t have to be exact!) into a bowl and set aside. To the remaining egg whites, add some vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Set that aside in a bowl.
Return the original bowl of egg whites to the stand mixer, and add cocoa powder. Beat until stiff peaks form.
Very gently combine the two mixtures, folding just once or twice.
Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle. Pipe small swirls of the meringue mixture onto a baking tray lined with a silicone mat. This recipe makes about 40 meringues of about 1.5″ diameter – so I needed two baking trays.
Bake in a preheated oven (set to 200F) for one hour, then turn the oven off but leave the meringues in the oven for another three hours. At the end of that time they should be crisp and ready to eat!
Store in an airtight container. They keep for weeks! And if you have some left over that you want to use up? Try them in my low carb twist on an English classic dessert: Eton Mess!Low carb meringues with a cocoa swirl #lowcarb Click To Tweet