After the successful results of my first attempt at low-carb homemade Amaretto — I was keen to experiment a bit more with other variations. I’ve always loved Frangelico, so a low-carb hazelnut liqueur was the perfect option for me to attempt next. And so glad I did, as it turned out amazingly!
While you could use hazelnut extract for this (or even add hazelnut extract for more flavour), I really wanted to infuse the alcohol with real hazelnuts, and while the flavour definitely pays off doing this, you do end up with a slightly cloudy liqueur at the end.
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You have a few options here though. The liqueur will be cloudier if you roast the hazelnuts; if you leave them raw you’ll still get a slight cloudiness but not as extreme as when you use roasted. You could use half roasted and half raw nuts to lessen the effect here. The flavour is great either way — when using roasted nuts you get a richer, toasted hazelnut flavour, whereas using raw will give you a more pure and subtle flavour.
Either way, I found that straining the nuts and vanilla bean out, and then straining again through a coffee filter helps to remove the smaller bits of sediment.
Sweeteners To Use in Homemade Liqueur
And a note on sweeteners — I used xylitol here as erythritol can crystallise when chilled, and this is best stored in the fridge. On the other hand we are only using quarter a cup so it's unlikely to develop any noticeable crystals. In either case, always shake before serving. You could also use allulose though it's hard to come by here.
Serving size 1 shot/ 30 ml
Allergy information for Homemade Low-Carb Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
✔ Gluten free
✔ Dairy free
✔ Egg free
✔ Nightshade free
✔ Pork free
✔ Avocado free
✔ Coconut free
✔ Fish free
✔ Shellfish free
Nutritional values (per serving, 1 shot/ 30 ml)
Net carbs0.2 grams
Calories from carbs 100%, protein 0%, fat 0%
Total carbs0.2 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars0.2 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium1 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium0 mg(0% RDA)Potassium1 mg(0% EMR)
Ingredients (makes about 450 ml/ 15 fl oz)
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