Maintaining a low carb and high-fat diet, also known as the keto diet, has proven to be one of the most effective weight loss methods.
It also helps to reduce inflammation in the body and naturally makes your body burn more fat, allowing you to lose weight without counting calories.
However, it is a very restrictive diet and requires cutting out all sugar. What should you do if you have a candy craving? Try making a keto-friendly candy bar.
It’s not as difficult as it sounds, we promise. Keep reading below for all you need to know about making chocolate candy crunch bars that can fit into your keto diet.
How Candy Bars Can Be Keto-Friendly
Most candy bars that you’ll find are not keto-friendly because they are loaded with sugar and carbs. If you go to the grocery store looking for keto-friendly bars, you’ll be lucky if you find any options, and if you do, they are sure to be overpriced.
Yet, this doesn’t mean that being keto prevents you from eating delicious chocolate bars. Instead of buying them in the store, you can easily make them at home with just four ingredients.
They contain only two grams of net carbs, can be ready in five minutes, and are extremely easy to customize.
To get started with these keto recipes, you’ll first need to gather your ingredients.
You’ll need unsweetened chocolate, also known as baker’s chocolate. You can’t eat this on its own, but it is delicious when combined with other ingredients.
Next is refined coconut oil and nut butter. You can choose whatever nut butter you like best, such as almond butter, keto nut butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, or sun butter.
If you want to add crunch to your chocolate bar, you can add finely chopped nuts. Choose one or mix it up and add a few different variations, including cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.
Finally, it’s time to make some keto chocolate candy. With this easy recipe, no baking is required.
To start, you want to line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Add a few drops of water to the cookie sheet first to help the parchment paper stick better. Cut off any extra parchment paper that sticks out from the sides.
Set your cookie sheet aside and turn your attention to your selection of nuts. Put all of your nuts in a sandwich bag, close it, and use a rolling pin to crush them.
If you prefer, you can leave nuts whole or use a knife to chop them up.
Now it’s time to address the chocolate. Put your chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
Take it out and stir it, and then put it in for 10-second intervals, watching it carefully and stirring it in between each interval to ensure it doesn’t burn.
If you are using natural nut butter or your nut butter is hard, you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up.
Put your nuts, refined coconut oil, nut butter, and chocolate into a large bowl and stir until everything is combined. Make sure not to over stir it; stop as soon as the ingredients seem to come together and the mixture is smooth.
Pour your chocolate mixture into the cookie sheet you prepared, and ensure you smooth it out until the mix is even on all sides. Put it in the freezer for twenty minutes, or put it in the refrigerator until it is firm.
You have officially made a delicious keto dessert. If you’d like to browse through more dessert options, check out these keto edibles.
There are many flavor variations you can use to switch up this recipe so you can keep enjoying it over and over again.
If you are sick of the unsweetened chocolate, try keto milk chocolate instead. If it’s the holiday season and you want to get in the spirit, add pure peppermint extract to the mix to make peppermint chocolate.
During the hot months of summer, add some orange extract for a citrus chocolate bar. When you are missing toffee, add some keto candy pieces to create some for yourself.
Storage and Cutting Tips
Once the chocolate is firm, you can cut the bars immediately. If they become too firm to cut through, leave the bars out of the refrigerator for a few minutes to soften before cutting.
When baking with chocolate, you need to ensure you know how to store your creation properly, or it may melt before you can enjoy it.
Because you are baking with coconut oil, you should store your chocolate bars in the refrigerator whenever you aren’t eating them. If you take your chocolate bars somewhere that you cannot refrigerate them, consider freezing them first.
You can also make this recipe and leave out the coconut oil, which will keep the chocolate bars from immediately melting.
Try These Keto-Friendly Candy Bars
Following a keto diet can be challenging, but it can also be delicious. Try making these keto-friendly candy bars the next time you have a chocolate craving, and you won’t be disappointed.
Remember, you can switch up this recipe in any way that you want or works for you, so don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients or add something to it, such as sugar-free syrup.
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