The Hobbit takes a crack at…Kootsie Rolls – keto Tootsie rolls

Kootsie Rolls - keto Tootsie rolls
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So you know I’ve been messing with Iron Giant this week, but I’m out of cooking oil :(. I know, most of you would be like ‘hey, just run to the store and get more!’ Not that simple around here. “Running” to the store is a multi-hour process and once I get there, there’s no guarantee the limited selection stores I go to will even have anything except Wesson or Crisco, with maybe a few over-priced bottles of psuedo olive oil. Sometimes I get lucky and find a small jar of coconut oil for $10-12.

Amazon here I come.

We get our coconut oil in gallon tubs :).

Unfortunately, it’s not here yet and I really wanted to create something tonight. As I’m going over my newsfeed, what does my Hobbit eye spy??

Tootsie Rolls.
Tootsie Rolls.

Hmmm. Can I hack that into something keto?
I guess you already know the answer to that one 🙂
As a note, these are HIGH PROTEIN treats. If you are on a protein-limited diet, probably not the best choice for you :(. Yes, you can make these completely dairy-free\vegan\vegetarian by using flavored veggie protein (or unflavored, just add 1/2 cup sweetener equivalent when you add the ‘extras’).

Kootsie Rolls - keto Tootsie rolls

Hobbit's Kootsie rolls

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup whey (or veggie!) flavored protein powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp flavored extract (optional)

Add 1/2 cup of protein powder. Mix well to combine. You will get a sticky dough. Let rest for 15 minutes at room temp. Trust me, it will look even stickier when you come back :).

Kootsie Rolls - keto Tootsie rolls

Add the coconut oil. Mix well.

Kootsie Rolls - keto Tootsie rolls

Add your extras now, such as cocoa powder for traditional ‘tootsie rolls’ or flavored extracts (1 tsp for a creamsicle taste, 2 tsp if you want that sharper, stronger taste like you get from the wonderful flavored ‘tootsies’). Mix until very well combined. Add the additional powder now, stirring and folding until you have a dusty mass.

Kootsie Rolls - keto Tootsie rolls

Remove from bowl and kneed by hand until you have a smooth, non-sticky ball. If still a little sticky, roll it around in the bowl with the leftover powder until covered, then repeat.

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Refrigerate for an hour to let the protein set up.

Remove from fridge. Kneed for a minute to soften, then form a log about 1/2″ square and 12″ long (or to make it easier on yourself, cut the ball in half and do two 1/2″ by 6″ logs).

Kootsie Rolls - keto Tootsie rolls

Slice into 1″ long blocks. Roll the blocks in your hand until they are about 3″-4″ long. Cut in half.

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Toss in a bag or bowl for eating!


I made one batch (1/2 batch actually each) of strawberry and one of chocolate 🙂
Nutritional information per 6 rolls (based off my ingredients, double-check!): Calories: 87, Fat: 3g, Protein: 18g, Carbs: 2g, Fiber: 0g, Net Carbs: 2g

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  1. The recipe instructions seem to be missing something. What do we add the protein powder to? Is it the melted coconut oil?

  2. You probably won’t get an answer o this from him, looks like this blog hasn’t been updated in months. I have his cookbooks, you add the powder to the water, then add the oil.

  3. […] protein bars or candies like “ketobursts” (I have to redo this one for you, soon) and “keto tootsie-not-tootsie” rolls, makes an excellent tempura batter, it also crisps up most lovely when you use it as a coating. […]

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