Bacon Cannoli

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 Bacon Cannoli

 Bacon Cannoli

When you think sweets, salt is probably the last word that comes to mind unless you once accidentally used salt in place of sugar! As contradictory as it may sound, salt truly changes a dessert from tasty to jaw dropping and can make your treats taste sweeter. It adds complexity to the entire dish.

Salt balances and elevates flavors and it conveys tones that you didn’t even know were in the dish. For example, salt makes spices more fragrant and citrus more vibrant.

The major offense would be to use iodized table salt. First off many times a form of sugar is added for a binding agent. Second you want the salt to compliment the components in the dessert instead of making it taste chemically which table salt can. I love using crystalline sea salt in desserts because it adds a slight crunchy profile. If you are making a creamy dessert and do not want any crunch to your delicatessen I suggest using a salt that dissolves well such as a flaked sea salt which is the fastest dissolving of the salt grains.

Many famous pastry chefs state that you should double the salt in any classic dessert recipe and cut back on the sugar. The take-away lesson here is that salt is a flavor enhancer, not a flavor replacer.

Even fast food restaurants understand this! A small milk shake has more sodium than a small french fry!

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Who could forget Elvis’ favorite sandwich… peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches? How about skipping the bread and make these tasty bites for your next dinner party?!


It is hard to find bacon without sugar and if you do, it is really expensive! That is why I order Pederson’s Farms bacon! Click HERE to get sugar-free bacon! 

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Maria’s Mind Body Health Bundle contains 10 of Pederson’s Natural Farms Whole30 Approved No Sugar Added products. Included with this bundle is:

  • 1 package No Sugar Added Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon
  • 1 package No Sugar Added Smoked Kielbasa
  • 1 package Uncured No Sugar Grass Fed Added Beef Hot Dogs
  • 1 package Fully Cooked No Sugar Added Mild Breakfast Sausage Links
  • 1 Uncured No Sugar Added Half Ham, Boneless and Spiral Sliced
  • 1 package No Sugar Added Italian Ground Sausage
  • 1 package No Sugar Added Chorizo
  • 1 package No Sugar Added Uncured Old World Kielbasa
  • 1 package No Sugar Added Uncured Hot Dogs (Made with Pork & Bacon)
  • 1 package 100% Grass Fed Organic Ground Beef

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Bacon Cannoli
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Serves: 6
  • 6 slices bacon
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese will work)
  • ¼ cup Swerve confectioners
  • ¼ cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon banana extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (to thin the filling mixture)
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with defined edges with unbleached parchment paper.
  3. Using cannoli tubes (click HERE to find cannoli tubes), wrap one slice of bacon around each. Wrap the bacon tightly, overlapping the edges so the bacon totally covers the tube.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Remove from oven and allow to totally cool.
  5. Meanwhile make the filling. Using a large bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, natural sweetener, peanut butter and extract using an electric mixer on high. Beat until the mixture thickens.
  6. Once thickened, add the unsweetened almond milk slowly while mixing on low speed until combined and smooth.
  7. Refrigerate the mixture in a sealed container a few hours before using. It will keep well refrigerated for up to a week.
  8. Use your hands to carefully wiggle the bacon to release it from the cannoli form while keeping its shape.
  9. ASSEMBLY: When you are ready to fill, use a pastry bag or cut the corner of a Ziploc bag. Fill each cannoli with some extra filling sticking out of each end. Sprinkle ends with chopped peanuts and enjoy!
Traditional Cannoli = 125 calories, 2.5g fat, 4g protein, 22g carbs, 0.5g fiber
"Healthified" Cannoli = 134 calories, 12.1g fat, 3.8g protein, 2.5g carbs, 0.7g fiber

81% fat, 11% protein, 8% carbs

Click HERE to find the more traditional cream filling.

Bacon Cannoli



Maria Emmerich

About Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Heather V. says:

    These sound like so much fun. Maple extract would probably be amazing with the bacon.

  • Holly R. says:

    These sound delicious and I can’t wait to make them! Cannoli is one of my son’s favorite foods. 🙂 Thanks for making recipes that me and my family are happy to eat.

  • Oh yummy, could I use something non dairy like coconut cre.instead, though?

  • Susan Pelter says:

    Maria, this is GENIUS! Can’t wait to try!

  • Donna Zenner says:

    Thanks again, Maria, for coming up with fun exciting recipes we look forward to, not feel that we are stuck with 🙂 A break through happened last night for me. I went through piles of diet information and books I had previously bought over the years but due to the expense of them, I had kept them even though I wasn’t using them. BUT last night…I have not thrown them all away!! This really told me that I have psychologically moved on and will eat the ME (Maria Emmerich) way for the rest of my life!! It has been 2 yrs already. Thank you.

  • Alane says:

    Really appreciate your site!

    Please provide the nutritional info. The recipe sounds scrumptious!

  • Koshie says:

    I am SO lucky! I happened to have bought mascarpone cheese yesterday! I’ll be making these tomorrow for sure! I’d make them today, but it’s 30 minutes to midnight…..

    Oh, and I wanted to thank you, Maria, for always giving us the nutritional information and the nutritional PERCENTAGES. It really helps me with my meal planning.


  • Wenchypoo says:

    When I read “Bacon Cannoli”, the first thing I thought of was breakfast. Then I thought I could stuff them with scrambled eggs instead of cream cheese…then I thought of salmon puree (or dip)…then I thought we could pretty much stuff these babies with whatever we wanted!

    Guacamole comes to mind for the superbowl. (Yes, small “s” because I hate football) I may have to look into a set of those cannoli tubes–I wonder if bread dough could be wrapped around them and baked. (Here I go dreaming up new ways to use the Amazing maria bread dough)

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Maria! I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award and nominated you!! You have been such an incredible inspiration on my keto journey! Thank you! Here’s the link if you would like to participate: https://morethantheskinnyfriend.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

  • susie says:

    Hi Maria,
    I have been looking at all sorts of keto websites and blogs and I am reading about incorporating a cyclical carb day? Wouldn’t that just defeat the purpose of keeping blood sugar levels steady? What are your thoughts?

  • Heidi says:

    Hi Maria,
    What kind of bacon do you use? I’ve seen a lot with sugar in the ingredients, but 0 carbs listed. Should I avoid this? If so, where can I find some that doesn’t have sugar in it?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Sugar is always listed because it is used in the curing process. There should be little to none left in final product. Just look for one with 0g listed. 🙂

  • Maria says:

    My husband’s grandma (from Italy) would use a wooden dowel or a new broom handle to make her cannoli shells LOL 🙂

  • Well Maria, you have certainly outdone yourself with this cannoli.
    Who would have dreamed of this but you. I have purchased your 3 in 1
    cookbooks and love them. Cannot wait to make these yummies.

  • Kelly Mac says:

    hooray!!! — the cannoli forms just arrived. walked in the house after picking ip the package, grabbed the bacon and oven is already preheating. Veey excited to try these. keep thinking of new options for filling. Thank you!!

  • KELLY says:


  • Kimberly says:

    I’ve got almond butter … not peanut butter. What would be the difference in the ratios using almond butter instead? Thanks!1

  • Sahra says:

    I tried making these but can’t get the bacon off the form. Thoughts?

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