Heads up, Keto fanatics: This low-carb, high-fat diet doesn't have to conflict with your love of chocolate.
As long as you choose unsweetened chocolate in the form of baker's chocolate or unsweetened cocoa powder, you can savor a wide variety of chocolatey recipes without compromising your meal plan.
Skeptical that it's possible to satisfy a sweet tooth with unsweetened chocolate? Let the following six recipes provide all the evidence your taste buds crave to embrace both Keto and chocoholism.
If you didn’t think it was possible to enjoy cookies while in ketosis, this recipe will make you a believer. The recipe's creator promises they’ll taste chewy, moist, and decadent. This becomes more believable when you consider the ingredients list, which includes almond butter, eggs, natural unsweetened cocoa powder, and unsweetened vanilla extract. Using a fork to create a criss-cross pattern gives the cookies' appearance a slightly elevated twist.
“Fat bombs” are all the rage in the Keto community, and this recipe delivers both healthy fats and a whole lot of creamy, chocolatey goodness. That’s thanks to wholesome ingredients such as cocoa butter, coconut oil, walnuts, and a decent amount of extra-dark chocolate (85-100% cacao). You can make these fat bombs in candy molds or ice cube trays for a bite-sized snack.
Don’t feel like firing up the oven but want to enjoy a Keto cookie? Then look to this no-bake recipe, which yields chocolatey, nutty cookies that are equal parts creamy, crunchy, and fudgy—all while clocking in at just 3.2 net carbs for two cookies. In addition to cocoa powder, this recipe calls for real butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, vanilla stevia, and a nut butter of your choice. Store these cookies in the refrigerator to cut down on stickiness.
It takes less than 15 minutes to whip up these chocolatey, peanut-buttery Keto treats, so what are you waiting for? The ingredients list is short (it includes coconut oil, peanut butter, unsweetened baking chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, and vanilla stevia drops), and the final products amount to barely 1 g of net carbs each. Plan to store these in an airtight container in the freezer so the coconut oil doesn’t melt.
If you’re dying for a chocolate bar but want to stay aligned with your Keto diet, then make your own Keto-friendly bar at home and save yourself the headache of trying to figure out whether a store-bought option qualifies as Keto. To make this chocolate bar recipe, you’ll need both cocoa butter and baking chocolate. By melting down these two ingredients and adding several more Keto-friendly ones (like nuts, fruit, or peanut butter), you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious chocolate bar without any dietary concerns.
This fudge recipe manages to leave out nearly everything people don’t want to consume while on restricted diets: It’s gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, sugar-free, and Keto. But it still packs plenty of flavor thanks to the use of butter, cream cheese, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, and walnuts. (You'll notice we didn't say it's fat-free!) At only 2.2 g of carbs per fudge square, these make for a sweet-tooth-satisfying snack that won’t mess with your Keto diet.