Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips or Bars made Naturally Keto and Dairy Free


Keto is hot right now, which is why I have another book release to share with you. Brenda Bennett of Sugar-Free Mom is proud to announce Naturally Keto. This low-carb, sugar-free, gluten-free, and grain-free collection has over 130 recipes, including several nut-free, egg-free, or dairy-free options. And Brenda has kindly shared this sample recipe for keto sugar-free chocolate chips or chocolate bars, made dairy-free.

Naturally Keto - Chocolate Bars or Chips

Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips or Bars made Naturally Keto and Dairy Free

Naturally Keto - Chocolate Bars or ChipsTo be clear, Naturally Keto isn’t a strictly dairy-free cookbook. In fact, it’s rather cheesy in spots! But Brenda carefully labels the dairy-free recipes (over 50 of them) and provides dairy and other top allergen substitution tips in the beginning of the book.

In some of her recipes, the substitution suggestions won’t swap nicely. For example, I don’t recommend using 2 cups of coconut cream plus nutritional yeast to make Alfredo Sauce. The finish will definitely be off. But others like the Caramel Sauce, Baked French Toast, and Italian Seafood Salad should fare quite well.

Likewise, this recipe for sugar-free chocolate chips or chocolate bars transitions to dairy-free with one simple ingredient change!

Dairy-Free Keto Chocolate Recipe Notes

I substituted coconut cream for the heavy whipping cream in this recipe. Because it can cause the chocolate to seize, I’ve moved it to the first step in the instructions. Heating it with the chocolate tends to prevent this issue.

Naturally Keto - Chocolate Bars or ChipsMy favorite ingredient in this recipe is cacao butter, or food-grade cocoa butter. Don’t be afraid of it! Some natural food stores carry it in the baking aisle or with the “superfoods,” but it’s extremely shelf stable (lasts forever!) so you can order it online from anywhere. It might seem pricey, but it tends to last for a while, and is still cheaper than buying chocolate.

You should be able to find unsweetened baking chocolate in the baking aisle of almost any grocery store. It is typically free of dairy, and some brands are even kosher pareve. It’s basically pure chocolate, and shouldn’t have any additives. If you are a dairy-free keto chocoholic, then you might want to buy this stuff in bulk! You can melt it, add your favorite sugar-free sweetener are re-chill it in a pinch.

Brenda adds coffee extract to this recipe, and I assume it’s to add depth of flavor. If you aren’t a coffee fan, like me, then I’m sure you can just omit it. Or add another extract if you want to have fun with the flavor!

Naturally Keto - Chocolate Bars or Chips

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Keto Chocolate Chips or Bars

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, sugar-free, and keto-friendly.

Dairy-Free Keto Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Bars
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A truly natural sugar-free candy bar or chocolate chips! This keto chocolate won’t cause the digestive side effects that typical sugar-free chocolate made with maltitol would. This recipe yields 8 ounces of chocolate. If you make bars, use two 4-ounce silicone bar molds, yielding two bars. If you make chips, you will need 8 silicone chocolate chip molds, since one mold holds 1 ounce of chocolate.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 ounces (1 ounce per serving)
  1. Place the cacao butter, baking chocolate, and coconut cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until melted. Whisk in the confectioners’-style sweetener and cocoa powder. Turn off the heat and whisk in the remaining ingredients until smooth. Taste and add more confectioners’-style sweetener, if desired.
  2. Pour the chocolate into molds and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Storage instructions: Store this dairy-free keto chocolate in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Credit: This recipe is reprinted with permissions from Naturally Keto by Brenda Bennett.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 182 Net carbs: 2 g Fat: 20g Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 1g Protein: 1g

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I made this recipe, and after I pulled the bars out if the refrigerator, it looks like the coco butter or coconut cream solidified at the top because it is white.

    • That does sound like it separated. I would remelt, making sure not to overheat it, and whisk well to ensure it is emulsified and smooth. Then pour into molds, and place in the freezer to quickly set it and avoid separation.

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