Amazingly dark, rich and indulgent keto chocolate is made with coconut oil, cocoa powder, and chopped walnuts. A couple of these chocolates with espresso are my favorite way of finishing a good meal.
This extra-dark chocolate is so good! I usually reach for Lindt 90% which is excellent. But this version is even darker and has a wonderful subtle coconut flavor. And the chopped nuts enhance it even more.
Two of these chocolates with an espresso after a meal are a wonderful treat and just what I need to remind myself that there really is no reason to feel deprived on a low-carb diet.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty keto chocolate. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
Coconut oil: I use virgin coconut oil for that wonderful coconut flavor.
Unsweetened cocoa powder: It’s best to use Dutch-processed cocoa powder, which is less acidic than natural cocoa powder.
Vanilla extract. For the best flavor, use pure vanilla extract.
Sweetener: Either stevia or powdered erythritol, whatever you prefer. I use stevia glycerite.
Chopped walnuts or pecans: Make sure they are unsalted.
How to make keto chocolate
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
1. If the coconut oil is solid, your first step is to melt it in the microwave.
2. Now stir in the cocoa powder, then add the vanilla and the sweetener.
3. Next, stir in the chopped nuts. I do this with a rubber spatula.
4. Now pour the mixture into a silicone candy mild. I like to use a cordial mold such as this one.
5. Freeze to set. This should take about 20 minutes, although the chocolate truly sets the next day, after being refrigerated overnight.
This recipe makes about 4.5 ounces of chocolate, or 10 cordial pieces. I consider a serving as two pieces, which is about 1 ounce.
This chocolate is melty!
This is because I make it with coconut oil, which is very soft at room temperature. So keep it in the fridge, and enjoy it right out of the fridge.
I don’t mind the meltiness, and I love the flavor of virgin coconut oil. But if you suspect this would be an issue for you, try using food-grade cocoa butter instead of the coconut oil. You can find food-grade cocoa butter on Amazon or at Whole Foods.
The keto chocolate is significantly meltier on the day you make it. By the next day, after it has spent a night in the fridge, its texture improves and it’s not as melty. So consider making this recipe the day before you plan on enjoying it.
How much sweetener to use?
I find that 1/4 cup is a good amount of sweetness that produces bittersweet chocolate. I use a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of stevia glycerite. If you don’t like stevia, try using 1/4 cup of a powdered sweetener instead.
What cocoa powder to use?
I like to use Dutched cocoa powder, which is less acidic than natural cocoa powder and also darker – hence the dark color of this chocolate. But natural cocoa powder should work just as well.
How to store keto chocolate
Store it in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to a week. Since it’s quite melty, it’s best to enjoy it straight out of the fridge.
More dark chocolate recipes
I adore dark chocolate! I have several more amazing chocolatey keto desserts, including:
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- Place the coconut oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. If it's solid, microwave it to melt, 20-30 seconds.
- Use a hand whisk to whisk in the cocoa powder, vanilla, and stevia.
- If your nuts are coarsely chopped, place them in a resealable bag and go over them back and forth with a rolling pin to create a finer chop.
- Use a rubber spatula to mix the chopped nuts into the chocolate mixture.
- Freeze for 20 minutes, then release from the mold. Store in the fridge, in an airtight container lined with wax paper, for up to a week.
- Enjoy this chocolate straight out of the fridge – it's melty. It does set better the next day, so consider making it a day ahead.