Chocolate and nuts, nuts and chocolate. What a perfect combo, don’t you think? That nutty warmth found in walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans and others is deliciously compatible with the chocolate’s creaminess.
The best part about this dynamic duo is that it’s versatile, too. You can do anything with nuts and chocolate, and it will always taste nice, from cookies to cake. And since we’re celebrating this lovely pair of ingredients, today I’m sharing with you a recipe for keto nutty chocolate bars. There’s definitely more than one way of turning nuts, chocolate and few other everyday ingredients into bars, but this one so far has been the best!
Is Chocolate Keto?
All chocolate is delicious, but not all of it is keto. Sadly, most commercial chocolates have tons of sugar, and that’s too bad because the noble cacao bean is a superfood in its own right; there’s no reason we should turn it into an unhealthy snack.
Keto chocolate does exist, though, and it’s glorious. Most of the time, producers will use a sugar alternative and high amounts of cacao to make dark chocolate, milk chocolate and other delights that are low in carbs.
Now, zero-sugar chocolate might be a hard find, but you’ll be happy to know all dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao is keto. It might have some sugar, but not enough to break your diet.
What You’ll Need
Now, for the starts of the show, the crunchiest and decadently chocolatey nut bars you’ll ever make, you need the following few ingredients. By the way, this is a no-bake recipe, and you only need five ingredients! They’re keto, paleo and vegan too. They sound good already, don’t they?
For this recipe, you’ll need chocolate, so get yourself a large batch of dark chocolate chips with at least 70% cacao. When possible, get sugar-free chocolate chips.
You’ll also need your favorite nut butter. I often use almond butter; you’ll find a wide variety of nut butters out there, though. Even the classic peanut butter will do! Make sure it’s 100% nuts with no added sugars or preservatives; go artisan for this one.
As for the sweetener, I recommend using a sticky sweetener, in this case, stevia syrup or monk fruit syrup. Powdered sweeteners will also work, but the bar’s texture is not quite the same. Besides, having a zero-cal syrup around is always a good idea.
Finally, you have the nuts, and go crazy with these! Choose your favorite nut, and you can choose more than one! Nuts will give flavor, and a nice crunch to the bars, so don’t be shy. Assorted nuts work great, but you might also want to match the type of nut butter used, for consistency.
Let’s Make Some Handy and Reliable Keto Nutty Chocolate Bars!
Now we’re ready to check out the recipe for these nutty keto bars. It comes without saying these are terrific snacks for any time of day and will give you an energy boost whenever you’re feeling down.
There’s nothing better than opening the fridge and find a batch of chocolate bars waiting for you. You might want to hide them, though, because everyone will want more than one!
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (if unsweetened, Add 1 cup heavy cream)
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup powdered sweetener
- 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 cups nuts
- Line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the chocolate chips, nut butter, monk fruit syrup and coconut oil. Mix and heat in the microwave in 10-second pulses stirring between each until smooth and glossy.
- Fold the nuts into the chocolate mixture and pour the mixture into the baking dish. Refrigerate for around 2 hours or until stiff.
- Cut into bars before serving and enjoy!