Keto Beaver Tails (AKA Elephant Ears)
Keto Beaver Tails (AKA Elephant Ears)

By: u/sammysamgirl


How-To Video:


These turned out perfect.

Delicious pieces of crispy, yet soft fried dough with your choice of toppings! Personally, I’ve always loved cinnamon sugar so that’s what I stuck with but these would be amazing with some low-carb ice cream, strawberries, melted chocolate, whipped cream..etc.


Keto Beaver Tails

Serves: ~6 pieces


Dough: 1 cup almond flour 112g (see tips about starting with 3/4 cup and why)2 1/2 tbsp powdered monkfruit/erythritol sweetener 30g1 1/2 tsp baking powder3/4 tsp xanthan gum optional, gives a chewier texture to the donuts1/4 tsp baking soda optional, just helps with texture1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp nutmeg optional pinch of salt1 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, 50-60g1 tbsp cinnamon 12g



  1. Add your oil to a Wok or another deep frying pan and turn your burner on to medium heat to begin heating your oil.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the almond flour, powdered monkfruit/erythritol sweetener, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, set aside.

  3. In another larger microwavable bowl, add the shredded mozzarella and microwave in 30s increments, stirring in between until melted (mine usually takes ~1min total).

  4. Using a spoon, mix the melted mozzarella with your whisked egg. You can also add your dry ingredients at this time.

  5. 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!)

  6. You’ll want to knead the dough until it no longer sticks all over your hands and it can form a nice ball shape.

  7. 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!)

  8. 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.

  9. Next start dropping the dough one piece at a time!

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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