I decided to make homemade keto chocolate bars for Valentine’s Day to give to Mrs. CBB.
I’m the kind of guy who will go out of his way to make a homemade gift instead of buying one.
My gift of love included some not-so-crafty Valentine’s Day decorations that will bring her to laughter.
The best part was watching her open the gift-wrapped Homemade Keto Chocolate Bars.
She was IN HEAVEN. I was the best husband in the world that day. Ha!
Let me show you how I made homemade keto chocolate bars and how inexpensive they are.
You’ll probably be upset you were buying keto chocolate bars nearing $7 a bar and more.
How To Make Keto Chocolate Bars Without The High Costs
One popular question for anyone starting a ketogenic diet is often about chocolate.
- Can you eat chocolate on a low-carb diet?
- Can you eat chocolate on a Keto Diet?
The answer is yes, you can as long as it’s sugar-free and dark chocolate, preferably 80-95%, and it fits into your macros.
What I love the best is the cost of making homemade chocolate bars vs. store-bought.
Before starting this recipe for homemade sugar-free Keto chocolate bars, I have a few things to discuss with you.
If you don’t care for sugar-free chocolate, you can easily use regular chocolate chips to make this recipe for homemade chocolate bars. They won’t be keto, but you’ll still love them.
Once you understand the basics of melting chocolate, own the proper tools and have the ingredients on hand, then you’ll be set to go.
Homemade Chocolate Bars Made With A Double Mold
Making Homemade Keto Chocolate Bars means you should invest in a good chocolate bar mold.
We bought inexpensive chocolate bar molds on Amazon for a great price, and they are reusable.
Besides, they will last you a long time and more than pay for themselves when you stop buying pre-made keto chocolate bars.
Cleaning And Storing Chocolate Bar Molds
I always wash them in warm soapy water and let them air dry before storing them away in a Ziploc bag.
Take good care of your chocolate bar molds, and they will last you a lifetime.
Low-Carb Keto Treats- Coco Polo Chocolate Bars
There are so many keto chocolate bars on the market today, but they are so pricey.
One of the best is Coco Polo which we recommend if you want to make homemade keto chocolate bars.
Making sugar-free homemade chocolate bars sweetened with Stevia is so easy to make with only 3-ingredients.
When Mrs. CBB craves chocolate, it must be sugar-free chocolate and low-carb to match her keto lifestyle.
In the past, she would use her Bulk Barn coupon to buy Non-GMO, Gluten-Free Coco Polo Stevia sweetened chocolate bars, which come with a hefty $6.00 price tag.
Made in New Jersey, these chocolate bars are the go-to bar of choice for sugar-free lovers.
Mrs. CBB describes it as the type of chocolate bar you want to sniff, lick and savour for hours or days because it cost too damn much.
That’s not going to happen unless you have the best self-control in the world.
On a good note, the chocolate bar is delicious, so if you don’t care to make homemade keto chocolate bars, then certainly we recommend Coco Polo.
Types Of Keto Sweeteners
What Are Sugar Alcohols?
Sugar alcohols, a family of sweeteners also known as “polyols”, are used as food additives.
They occur naturally in small amounts in fruits and vegetables, including berries, apples, and plums, but for large-scale commercial use they are manufactured from common sugars.
While they are chemically very similar to sugars, they are less sweet than sugars and have fewer calories per gram.
Currently the following sugar alcohols are permitted for use as food additives in Canada: hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, maltitol syrup, mannitol, sorbitol, sorbitol syrup, xylitol and erythritol. Source- Sugar Alcohols (Polyols) Health Canada
Some people may find certain sugar-alcohols bother their stomach, with the big one being Malitol.
Be careful when you choose products sweetened with Malitol, or at least test it first to see how your body reacts to it.
Mrs. CBB won’t go near the stuff after a couple of bad experiences since it may cause diarrhea and upset tummy.
It’s essential to read product labels, including the ingredients and nutritional information for any purchase products.
What is Stevia?
The above is a photo of organic Stevia growing in our garden for the first time this summer.
We bought this particular Stevia plant from Canadian Tire for $3.99, and the leaves are so sweet.
The term stevia refers to the leaves of the plant Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni.
The leaves of the stevia plant, which can be used fresh, dried, or dried and powdered, contain sweetening compounds referred to as steviol glycosides.
The term stevia is also used to refer to water extracts of stevia leaf.
These crude extracts have not undergone purification steps to concentrate the steviol glycoside content.
Purified stevia extract, however, is prepared in a manner that results in a highly concentrated (minimum 95%) extract of steviol glycosides.
Purified stevia extract is also referred to as “steviol glycosides“.
If the extract has been purified in a manner that favours one of the nine known steviol glycosides, the extract may be referred to by the name of the isolated steviol glycoside (e.g., rebaudioside A). Source: Health Canada
Can Stevia Be Used In Canadian Food Products?
Purified stevia extract is regulated as a food additive in Canada.
It has undergone a full safety review and has been approved for use in various foods sold in Canada. The conditions of use for purified stevia extracts are found under “steviol glycosides” on the List of Permitted Sweeteners.
Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips By Krisda
Note: The packaging for Krisda Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips has changed to a white bag.
How To Make Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
You can make your sugar-free chocolate chips or squares if you have the time and the ingredients.
A popular recipe for sugar-free chocolate chips can be found at Low Carb Yum, although I’ve never personally attempted to make them.
Buy Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips In Canada
In Canada, we’ve been able to find two brands of sugar-free chocolate chips, one being Krisda (non-affiliate) which you can find at Loblaws stores and health food stores in Canada.
They come with an $8.99 price tag for a 285-gram bag but are worth it for those who want to stretch their chocolate dollars.
Krisda was created in 2004 by a small group of friends who felt strongly that it was time to make a real difference in the food industry.
Simply put, it was time to give the world great tasting, all-natural sugar-free ingredients that can be used to make food taste sweeter and better naturally.
One bag of Krisda Stevia sweetened chocolate chips will make approximately six large chocolate bars.
I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer to make 6 bars for the price of 1-1/2 Coco Polo bars at near $6 a bar.
You can make simple dark keto chocolate bars or add toasted nuts, natural peanut butter, dried fruits or even homemade jams to the center of the chocolate bar.
Krisda Chocolate Chips:
- No Sugar Added
- No Artificial Sweetener
- High Fibre
- No Preservatives
- No Malitol
- GMO free
The other brand of sugar-free chocolate chips that you can find in Canada is called Lily’s, which I know are available at The Low Carb Grocery (non-affiliate) in Markham, Ontario or their online website.
I found that Lily’s Chocolate Chips which are mini in size, taste like dark chocolate and not as sweet as Krisda. I bought my Lily’s Chocolate Chips from Amazon Canada.
You will find that you’ll pay more for Lily’s than you will for Krisda, but it’s up to your personal preference.
How To Make Keto Chocolate Bars With Stevia
How To Make Keto White Chocolate Bars
To make these Keto sugar-free homemade chocolate bars, you need only three ingredients;
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips (We use Krisda or ChocXO but you can order Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips. You can also make Keto White Chocolate Bars using Lily’s Sugar-Free White Chocolate Chips.
- Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- Himalayan Pink SaltYou’ll also need your chocolate bar mold and pastry brush along with a pot of water, a large bowl to use on top as a double-boiler to melt chocolate chips and a spatula. Oh, and you’ll need a freezer too!
- 1 bag of Krisda Chocolate Chips or 285g
- 1 tablespoon Organic coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
- Roasted Nuts
- Dried Berries
- Fresh fruits
- Sugar-free jam ( I used our homemade strawberry chia jam for Valentines)
- In a medium sized pot add water to the half-way mark and turn the stove on to medium heat.
- In a large bowl- we used metal add your chocolate chips, coconut oil and Himalayan Pink Salt.
- Once it starts to melt with-in minutes with your spatula stir until it’s smooth and silky
- With your chocolate bar mould in hand paint chocolate into the mould making sure all corners have a nice layer. Then freeze for about 10 minutes.
- Add sugar-free strawberry chia jam and then put back in the freezer for 10 minutes
- Remove and add a final layer of chocolate on top and smooth out with a knife until the entire chocolate bar is covered with chocolate.
- Put back in freezer for about 20 minutes and then pop out from the mould
- If you don’t want to add strawberry chia jam like I did simply add the chocolate mixture to the chocolate bar mould and fill it up then freeze for 20 minutes or until solid. Remove from the mould and enjoy.
- If you want to add nuts or dried fruits I do that right in the pot and then scoop it out into the mould making sure there is enough melted chocolate to cover the nuts or fruit. You want to keep the nut or fruit ratio less than the chocolate.
- Easy to do and delicious.
- Note: You can make more chocolate bars if you add nuts or fruit. If you stick to solid chocolate bars you will make less. With one bag of chocolate chips I can make 4 solid chocolate bars. When I add nuts and fruits I can make 6-8 chocolate bars.
Adding Ingredients To Your Keto Chocolate Bars
The savings are enormous when you make homemade chocolate bars yourself, whether they are solid chocolate bars or sugar-free chocolate bars.
The fun part is adding different keto-friendly ingredients each time you make them switch up the flavour.
Our son also likes to add frozen strawberries and peanut butter when he helps to make chocolate bars.
A simple homemade treat the kids can join in and have fun making and then eating.
You can store these in the freezer for months, but they won’t last, at least not in this house.
I wrapped these Strawberry Chia Jam sugar-free chocolate bars up for Mrs. CBB just in time for Valentine’s Day.
I’m sure I’ll be off the naughty list!
Let’s Talk About Keto Chocolate Bars
Discussion: What are your favourite sugar-free chocolate bars to make?
If you don’t make sugar-free, what types of chocolate bars are your favourite to make?
Leave me a comment below!
Nutritional Information : Keto Chocolate Bars
Approximately Per 1 Chocolate Bar (solid) depending on how thick or thin you make them: 6 tablespoons of melted chocolate approx 54 g carbs – Fibre 5g for each tablespoon 30g, Sugar Alcohols 2g x 6 12g = 12 (Net Carbs) for the entire bar.
Note: The size of your mould will change net carbs if you add ingredients such as nuts or dried fruits and how much you add to the mould. I did my best to give you the exact measurements I used.
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