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Low Carb Licorice Goo Drops Glucomannan powder (or flour) is a wonderful fiber which can be used to thicken low carb recipes.

It works great for either hot or cold foods in everything from savory dishes to puddings and other treats, like these Low Carb Licorice Goo Drops, which are similar to gum drops.

You can find the recipe for Low Carb Licorice Goo Drops and other delicious recipes using glucomannan powder in the links below.

Glucomannan powder is made from ground konjac root. It has 0 carbs, 0 calories, and 0 flavor, so it blends into recipes really well. It is also gluten-free.

Shirataki noodles are made from glucomannan powder. (See my Living Low Carb with Shirataki Noodles page for info, sources, and recipes for shirataki noodles.)

Glucomannan powder is a healthy soluble fiber, so it is sometimes sold as a supplement, but I would caution against taking it in capsule form. It swells when mixed with liquids and you don't want that happening in your throat; it would be a dangerous choking hazard. It is fine to mix the powder into a liquid and drink it, however.

Beyond the absence of carbs and calories, another advantage to using glucomannan powder is that it doesn't have to be heated to thicken liquids, unlike other thickeners, like cornstarch. It also has about 10x the thickening power of cornstarch, so a little goes a long way.

Glucomannan powder is very easy to use. All you have to do is gradually sprinkle the glucomannan powder into a liquid while whisking briskly to avoid lumps.

It only takes 1 teaspoon of powder to turn a cup of clear liquid into a gel and about 2 teaspoons of powder to get a thick liquid to set up into a pie filling, pudding, or mousse, like this Low Carb Super Simple Milk Chocolate Mousse.
Low Carb Super Simple Milk Chocolate Mousse

I like to use glucomannan powder to thicken puddings, mousses, fillings for crunches, pie fillings, candies, etc. Check out my recipes using it in the links below.

* Glucomannan Powder Recipes *

Low Carb Super Simple Milk Chocolate Mousse
Simple mousse pictured above

How to Make a Super Simple Low Carb Milk Chocolate Mousse
Step-by-step directions with pictures

Low Carb Chocolate Almond Pudding
An easy alternative made with unsweetened chocolate almond milk

Low Carb Chocolate Glucomannan Pudding
Made with cream and hot cocoa mix

Low Carb Chocolate Glucomannan Mousse
Made with white Hood Calorie Countdown and unsweetened cocoa powder

Low Carb Dark Chocolate Pudding
Made with my chocolate candy ingredients

Low Carb Not Sugary Chocolate Pudding
Made with "Sugar Not" sweetener

Low Carb Almond Pudding
Made with unsweetened almond milk

Low Carb Coconut Hood Pudding
Made with coconut and Hood Calorie Countdown Dairy Beverage

Low Carb Coconut Almond Milk Pudding
Made with coconut and unsweetened almond milk

Low Carb Vanilla Cream of Nice
Cold it's a pudding; warm it's a hot cereal

Low Carb Warm Rice Pudding
... Or cold; contains orzo shirataki noodles in place of rice

Low Carb Mocha Angel Pudding
Mocha flavor and angel hair shirataki noodles

Low Carb Mocha Almond Pudding
Made with unsweetened almond milk and hot cocoa mix

Low Carb Choose-A-Flavor Pudding
Basic pudding instructions to vary flavors

Low Carb Blackberry Cream Spread
Made with sour cream and sugar-free blackberry syrup

Low Carb Raspberry Jam
Made with chia seeds and sugar-free raspberry syrup

Low Carb Chia Berry Jam
Another berry-flavored jam

Low Carb Peachy Cobbler
Peach-flavored filling with cobbler topping

Low Carb Chia Berry Crumble
Crumble topping on berry-flavored filling

Low Carb Raspberry Coconut Crumble
Raspberry and coconut flavored filling with crumble topping

Low Carb "Apple" Crunch
Apple-flavored filling with crunchy topping

Low Carb Banana Crunch
Banana-flavored filling with crunchy topping

Low Carb Berry Yummy Crunch
Berry-flavored filling with crunchy topping

Low Carb Chia Cherry Crunch
Crunchy topping on cherry-flavored filling

Low Carb Chocolate Crunch
Chocolate filling with crunchy topping

Low Carb Choco-Cherry Crunch
Chocolate and cherry flavored filling with crunchy topping

Low Carb Mint Chocolate Crunch
Mint chocolate filling with crunchy topping

Low Carb Mini Raspberry Pie
Raspberry-flavored filling with coconut crust and whipped cream topping

Low Carb Mini Lemon Cream Pie
Lemony filling with coconut crust and whipped cream topping

Low Carb Mini Banana Cream Pie
Banana flavored filling with coconut crust and whipped cream topping

Low Carb Mini Chocolate Cream Pie
Creamy chocolate filling with coconut crust and whipped cream topping

Low Carb Coco-Cocoa Cream Pie
Coconut flour crust, filling made with unsweetened cocoa powder and cream

Low Carb Chocolate Mousse Pie
Made with Hood Chocolate Calorie Countdown Dairy Beverage

Low Carb Coconut Pie Crust
To go with pie fillings; doesn't contain glucomannan powder

Low Carb Candied Pecan Goo
My first experiment with this gooey candy-like concoction

Low Carb Gingered Walnut Goo
Gooey gingery concoction with walnuts

Low Carb Almond Peachy Goo
Gooey peach-flavored concoction with almonds

Low Carb Coco-Cocoa Goo
Gooey coconut and cocoa concoction

Low Carb Milk Chocolate Minty Goo
Gooey mint chocolate concoction

Low Carb Coffee Almond Goo
Gooey coffee-flavored concoction with almonds

Low Carb Nutty Mint Chocolate Goo
Gooey mint chocolate with nuts

Low Carb Minty Walnut Goo
Gooey mint concoction with walnuts

Low Carb Celery-Stuffed Goo
Gooey concoction with celery

Low Carb Licorice Goo Drops
Licorice-flavored goo similar to gumdrops pictured above

Low Carb Berry Filling
Berry-flavored filling for Low Carb Chia Dessert Crepes

No Carb Dessert Topping/Filling
Topping or filling for low carb desserts

* Glucomannan Powder Sources *

I have not seen glucomannan powder in person (other than in capsules), so I order it online.

Sometimes glucomannan powder is out of stock for awhile, so I buy 2 bags at a time to make sure I don't run out. These last for many months, even though I use the powder often.

Konjac Foods carries glucomannan powder.  They can fit 2 bags of powder into 1 envelope, so you only pay shipping once for both bags.

Konjac Glucomannan Powder
Konjac Foods Glucomannan Powder
From Netrition
Glucomannan
NOW Glucomannan Powder
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