Making your own homemade low carb chocolate is easy, quick and much cheaper than buying ready-made sugar free chocolate. A delicious Keto snack or dessert when your chocolate craving strikes!
Hands up who else loves chocolate? I ALWAYS have chocolate in my fridge. To me, it's one of the best desserts ever invented. It's instant pleasure!
Science has proven that chocolate has a whole host of proven health benefits. It's a powerful source of antioxidants, can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, to name a few. Read more about the positive effects the nutrients in chocolate can have here!
Of course, not all chocolate is good for you. Shop-bought milk chocolate generally contains over 50% sugar and is therefore not a healthy choice AT ALL. (My homemade Keto milk chocolate is a much better option!)
Is there carb free chocolate?
In my recipes, I use either unsweetened chocolate such as Montezuma (8g of carbs for an entire bar of 100g/3.5 oz) or dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 90% such as Lindt. A whole bar of this chocolate (100g) contains only 7 grams of sugar. To put this into perspective, 4 grams of sugar are equal to 1 teaspoon. The Lindt chocolate has 10 squares, which means it's 0.7 grams of sugar/1.4g carbs per portion.
Then there is the option to buy Keto chocolate. (By the way, stay away from chocolate sweetened with maltitol - this sugar alcohol raises blood sugar almost as much as regular sugar and is definitely not Keto (source). It's also a diuretic.)
I have tried several brands that make low carb chocolate bars. Nicks is a good choice in the UK, my personal favourite is the Kexbar. In the US, there is stevia-sweetened sugar free chocolate such as Lily’s, which I have also sampled. Lily’s sells chocolate bars as well as chocolate chips. The only issue is that low carb chocolate brands are EXPENSIVE!
I decided I needed to make my own sugar free chocolate to nurture my chocolate addiction whilst staying low carb and not go broke.
There are various recipes online that make Keto chocolate using coconut oil and/or butter. The problem with these ingredients is that neither stay firm at room temperature. If you use unsweetened chocolate you run the risk of the chocolate seizing once you add the erythritol.
To make proper low carb chocolate that has all the health benefits we want you need to use cocoa butter and combine it with cocoa powder and powdered erythritol.
How to make homemade low carb chocolate - step by step:
1.) Melt the caca0 butter in a pan.
2.) Take off the heat and add the cocoa powder and powdered erythritol.
Recipe Tip: If you only have granulated erythritol, blitz it in a food processor or in the attachment of your stick blender until it is powdered. It's important to use a powdered sweetener as erythritol does not melt like sugar does and tends to re-crystallise when it cools down. The granules will sink to the bottom and won't be evenly distributed in your chocolate.
3.) Stir until dissolved!
4.) Pour into silicone chocolate moulds and cool in the freezer or fridge until set.
Tip: Make sure you place your moulds on a firm surface such a tray so you're able to carry them once you've poured in the low carb chocolate mix.
5.) Aaaaand... chocolate time!!
There are many ways to customise your low carb chocolate.
- 1 tsp orange zest (which is absolutely delicious)
- cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom for a wintery vibe
- pinch of chilli for a fiery kick
- sprinkle of sea salt
- vanilla scraped from a vanilla pod (I tried vanilla extract, but did not like it - you can taste the alcohol)
- a handful of low carb granola or peanut butter granola or...
- any nuts and seeds you like!
It's also not necessary to own a chocolate bar mold to make homemade chocolate. I want to show you 2 easy ways how you can make sugar free chocolate without it.
4a.) Add any chopped nuts and seeds or ⅓ cup homemade granola to the molten low carb chocolate mix. I used my grain free peanut butter granola.
5a.) Spread the mix on a firm surface lined with parchment paper. Cool in the fridge or freezer until set....
6a.) ......and you've got yourself some chocolate bark.
If you're after something a bit more showy, you could also go for this option:
5b.) Using a spoon, drop little blobs of the low carb chocolate mix onto parchment paper, freeze or refrigerate until set...
6b.) ...and in just a few minutes you could be munching on one (or two) of these gorgeous low carb chocolate clusters!
Whichever recipe variation you decide to go for, homemade keto chocolate is a life-saver when the need for a sweet treat strikes.
It keeps forever in the fridge if you store it in an airtight container or simply have it on the kitchen countertop. Personally, I prefer to have my sweets slightly out of sight. They're just too tempting.
Have you seen my post about sugar free chocolate chips? I have an ingenious hack how to make them.
Love chocolate as much as I do? Try these sugar free chocolate dessert recipes:
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Low Carb Chocolate
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- Melt the cacao butter in a pan, stirring continuously.
- Add the cocoa powder and powdered erythritol and stir until combined.
- Add any optional extra (1 tsp orange zest/pinch cinnamon/pinch of sea salt/pinch of chili/1/3 cup (50g) low carb granola/handful of nuts and seeds and stir
- Fill into a silicone chocolate mould to make chocolate bars. Or pour onto parchment paper to make chocolate bark/clusters.
- Freeze 5 minutes until set.
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