Keto Chocolate (Crunch bars!)

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This keto chocolate is an easy candy bar recipe made with just 3 ingredients! Crispy, chewy, and ready in 5 minutes, each bar has just 2 grams net carbs!

keto candy bars

Like any good keto dessert, chocolate ones are always the best.

Cover anything in chocolate and I’ll instantly be a fan. While I love them in cookies or in blondies, nothing tastes as good as a classic chocolate candy bar.

Are you allowed chocolate on a keto diet? 

As you’d expect, standard grocery store chocolate and chocolate candy bars are not keto friendly. They are loaded with sugar. One small candy bar has more carbs than someone on a keto diet can have in a week.

While there are some keto friendly chocolate brands out there, they are extremely expensive. A standard keto candy bar is over $8…. NOT worth it.

Luckily, you can easily make your own in the comfort of your kitchen!

Why you’ll love this keto chocolate recipe will be a dessert staple-

  • 4 Ingredients. Technically, you don’t even need the almond butter, but I love how firm the bars are by using them. 
  • Ready in 5 minutes. No baking required. The hard part is waiting for them to firm up. 
  • Just 2 grams net carbs per serving
  • Easy to customize. Add flavor extracts, nuts, seeds, coconut, or even chopped up keto cookie pieces. 
  • Affordable. Make them yourself and you pay a fraction of the cost of buying the pre-made kind!

What I love about these candy bars is how much they taste like the real thing. Ever tried a crunch bar? I made a bunch of these for my friends and everyone claimed they tasted like a keto friendly crunch bar! 

How to make keto chocolate bars

The Ingredients.

  • Unsweetened chocolate– Also known as Bakers chocolate, these candy bars are 100% unsweetened and have very few carbs. On its own, they are not edible, but when mixed with sweet ingredients, adds the chocolate element necessary. 
  • Sugar free maple syrup– Skip the expensive store-bought kind and make your own keto maple syrup
  • Coconut oil– Choose the refined variety to avoid any coconut flavor. 
  • Almond butter– Smooth and drippy almond butter with no added sugar. Peanut butter and nut-free alternatives also work. 
  • Crushed nuts and seeds– Optional, but makes these taste like crunch bars

The Instructions. 

Start by adding the chocolate, syrup, coconut oil and almond butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave everything in 30-second spurts until the chocolate has mostly melted. Gently mix until smooth.

Next, fold through your crushed nuts and seeds until combined. Transfer into a square pan and refrigerate for thirty minutes, or until firm.

Once firm, slice them into chocolate bars.

keto chocolate bars

Expert tips for success

  • Microwave the mixture in 20-second spurts, or you risk the chocolate burning. 
  • Avoid using chocolate chips, as they don’t melt anywhere near as well as a chocolate bar. 
  • For a fun twist, let the chocolate set in candy molds. 

Flavor variations

The base recipe acts as a blank canvas, so try some variations for some delicious fun! 

  • Milk chocolate– Use keto milk chocolate chips instead of unsweetened chocolate. 
  • Peppermint chocolate– Add 1/2 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract to the mixture. 
  • White chocolate– Use sugar free white chocolate instead of unsweetened chocolate. 
  • Toffee chocolate– Fold though half a cup of crushed keto candy pieces. 
  • Orange chocolate– Add 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract to the mixture. 

Storing and freezing instructions

  • To store: This keto chocolate is stable at room temperature in a sealable container. It will keep well for up to four weeks. If you’d like it to keep longer, store it in the refrigerator. 
  • To freeze: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to six months. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Hershey’s dark chocolate keto friendly?

The only keto friendly Hershey’s products are their Dutch-processed cocoa power (2 grams net carbs per serving) and dark cocoa powder (1.5 net carbs per serving).

Which chocolate candy bar has the least amount of carbs?

The lowest carb candy bar is Ghirardelli unsweetened baking chocolate, which has just 3 grams net carbs per serving.

How many carbs are in keto crunch bars?

There are just 3 grams net carbs in these keto bars.

keto chocolate recipe

Keto Chocolate (Crunch candy bars!)

4.99 from 880 votes
This keto chocolate is an easy candy bar recipe made with just 3 ingredients! Crispy, chewy, and ready in 5 minutes, each bar has just 2 grams net carbs!
Servings: 20 bars
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 2 minutes

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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your chocolate, almond butter, sticky sweetener and optional coconut oil and melt until combined. 
  • Add your nuts/seeds of choice and mix until fully combined.
  • Pour the chocolate mix into the lined baking dish and spread out using a spatula. Refrigerate or freeze until firm. 
  • Slice into chocolate bars.

Notes

* Makes it easier to bite into the chocolate.
TO STORE: This keto chocolate is stable at room temperature in a sealable container. It will keep well for up to four weeks. If you’d like it to keep longer, store it in the refrigerator. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to six months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1BarCalories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 53mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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  1. 5 stars
    Would anybody be able to let me know the measurements in Gram? I used google to try and find the proper conversion of each ingredient from Cup to Gram but i essentially ended up with something that has way too much chocolate. Still delicious and if i would x4 the nuts/seeds it would probably look different but i have a feeling something went wrong with the conversions 😉

  2. 5 stars
    I just finished making my third batch..I love this recipe!! The bars turn out perfect!! They are so delicious, and I love that they are healthy too!! A great addition to our Keto snacks. Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Melted everything in a (homemade) double boiler. Don’t have to worry about it burning.
    Thanks so much, these are wonderful!

  4. 5 stars
    Hey Arman, great recipe, thanks so much!
    I tried it with a syrupy that doesn’t have water in it and it worked perfectly.
    When I replaced the syrupy with a water based syrup the chocolate seized, any idea what can I to avoid this?
    Thank you 🙏

    1. Hi Karim- the added water sort of dries out the other ingredients so just avoid any syrups with it in it.

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you so much, I have little chocolate monsters and this was a huge hit and a great peace of mind for me knowing that is healthy x

    1. 5 stars
      I am unsure of how to measure 1.5 cups of the chocolate as it comes in one large piece. Do you have the approximate ounces needed

  6. 5 stars
    This crispy bar is delicious, I have tried so many different types of not so sweet treats, and my husband is the tasting person, and finally I got something he just loves. “These are delicious “. I was shocked. The chocolate smells so good while melting. Thank you, The Vug mans workd

  7. Good morning Arman.
    I love this site, your recipes are so good. How do I search for a recipe, rather than scrolling through them all?
    Thank you.

  8. 5 stars
    Very good and easy to make. I will add salt next time because I think it will enhance the flavor. I eat one or two after dinner each day.

    1. I’m gonna try this next, with (1) cup of Pork Rinds and (1) cup of Roasted Coconut Shreds, and (1) cup “total” of Wallnuts/Sunflower seeds and Pumpkin seeds!😊

  9. These sound great. I haven’t found any drippy peanut or almond butter here. How much oil should I add to my non drippy nut butter or do i just increase the amount of coconut oil and if so how much? Can’t wait to try these.

  10. Used butterscotch chips( hiding in back freezer from Christmas) turned out great!
    Keep the recipes coming!

  11. 5 stars
    Looks so yummy! Now that Christmas is approaching, I will make these chocolate bars for my kids. Thanks for sharing

  12. Arman, your awesome thank you so much for the wonderful coconut recipes I do not use almond flour there isn’t much coconut recipes out there but you have quite a few and I am so happy. God bless you and may he give you lots more wisdom and knowledge. Stay safe.
    I love all your coconut recipes THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

  13. Hi!
    I’m typing from Croatia and i have to tell you -i love your recipes 🫶
    As a diabetic, i don’t use maple syrup but i was wondering if it’s able to allulose liquid sweetener?
    (Since it is not as dense as maple syrup)

  14. Are the pictures the ones you made or from the video? What is everyone using as nuts and seeds. Would like feed back on what variety has been tries that people like.

  15. 5 stars
    Made twice in the last 2 weeks at my husband’s request. I used different nuts both times and it’s all delicious. I just received your 2 cookbooks because I was printing out so many of your recipes I thought I might as well buy the books. Everything I’ve made is so good. Keep ‘em coming.

  16. How many grams of chocolate is in 1.5 cups? Also can I use 90% chocolate instead of Bakers Chocolate?

  17. Hi there! I am not keto, but off of refined sugar (so I use a lot of keto recipes for ease). These bars are delicious!!! I used seeds mixed with One Degree brand organic Brown rice Cacao Crisps (no refined sugar, gluten free). My friends were promising me the moon for more! Thanks.

  18. This looks great. I haven’t tried it so didn’t rate yet. I use carob powder in all that I make. Will this work with mixing carob powder with the oil?

  19. Hi Arman, Thank you so much for another recipe. THIS ONE literally made my mouth water looking at the pictures lol. I have a VERY active imagination. I would make these but I am on a diet that I am restricting my calories as well as my carbs to lose weight for a lower back surgery that I need. I will save this recipe for after to try. Again thank you for all the time and effort you put into giving us great advice and recipes. 🙂

  20. Hi Arman, it would help to know the weight of the chocolate. A cup of chocolate pieces can vary so much in weight.
    Thank you

  21. Hello.
    Can I simply omit the sweetener? I don’t need a substitute, I just find the chocolate to be plenty sweet on it’s own.

    Thank you!

    1. I’m going to make these this afternoon, I’m excited to try them after reading through the comments.
      I’m going to use sugar free Jiff peanut butter and try them in my silicone pampered chef bar pan . Thank you!

  22. Second recipe I’ve used from you and so far it’s 2 for 2. These are addictive! I used sugar free honey for the sweetener which worked fine. I also threw in some coconut because I had some on hand. Thank you and I look forward to trying more of your recipes!

  23. Arman, I made these, except used natural peanut butter instead of almond butter & they are delicious – It’s hard to believe they are Keto – Carole

  24. Just love these keto crunch bars and am addicted. Regarding freezing, I make them with store bought chocolate, how long should they keep for and will they need to defrost before eating?

  25. Can I use peanut butter instead of almond butter?
    Also what would be a good replacement for coconut oil? I don’t like the taste of coconut

  26. Silly question – but isn’t maple syrup and agave syrup basically just sugar? Doesn’t seem sugar-free to me. It actually could be very bad for diabetics. Am I missing something here?

  27. Yummmm I’ve just gone low carb and absolutely love this! My two daughters and other none LC family members absolutely love it too. Perfect recipe, may have made this 4 times in the past month 😳

  28. This has to be the BEST EVER. Keto crunch bar..I used real maple syrup that I just happened to have…Im in heaven
    Made it for my son who 100% keto…

  29. These bars are a favorite of my keto family! I add homemade marshmallows to them and do less nuts and they are the bomb. By far the best keto treat I know of. Make them weekly and I have used different nut butters for different taste.

  30. These are hard to stop eating. This is by far the best dessert I’ve made. I used chocolate Barney Butter almond butter, which makes it that much better!

  31. So tasty! I didn’t even know that it’s possible to cook such yummy on a keto diet. Your article inspired me to try! Thanks!

  32. When you say Monk Fruit for a sticky sweetener, is it in liquid form? I can only find it in granular form. Thank you.

  33. I’m kinda new to Keto , but I don’t understand how the syrup is okay since it is literally pure sugar. Natural or not I’m not sure how one can stay in Ketosis if sugar needs to be cut out all together (or almost all together)?
    If you can please explain that would be most helpful 🙂

  34. I used Coconut oil, Almond butter (order from Amazon), Keto chocolate Chips (Amazon) & Walden Farm Syrup. Added nuts, oats & sunflower kernels & it is smooth & fabulous. Satisfies any chocolate craving you would
    ever have.

  35. Hi….I have made these a few times…they are delicious…however I made them again today and the chocolate mixture didn’t liquify it looked more like cookie dough, just wondering why that may have happened? They are still good, but a little crumbly….I used all the same ingredients that I used the first two times!!

  36. Oh my gosh..yum! & So simple . I used honey for the sweetener , semi sweet baking chocolate and a vanilla almond butter.
    Thank you

  37. If I use baking chocolate, how many ounces? 9, as in the same number of ounces in 1 1/2 cups of chips? Trying to figure out why my chocolate mixture was so thick. Tastes good…

  38. I dont undertand.. if I make the chocolate myself, the recepie is still the same? I have to wait for the chocolate to firm to use it? Because now it is liquid so if I keep adding the ingredientes for the bars I believe its going to be more liquid..

  39. First time caller, lone time listener… ? Looove your recipes, have made many (and veganized them – sorry, I used the “V” word). Quick thought, hemp seeds….do you think I should decrease the volume using them since they are more ‘dense’ packed in a cup?
    Thanks!
    -VV

    1. Hi there! I would still keep it the same, but I’m not too familiar with hemp! The beauty of these bars is that you can decrease the crunchy add-ins and it will still be fine 😉

  40. This was delicious! I didn’t have sticky sweetener, so i added 2 Tablespoons chia seeds and used granule sweetener. Came out great! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  41. I made these 2 weeks ago and they’re my new obsession. I’m making another batch next week because I’m running low. So good!

  42. Is there anyway to make this stick together/hold without the sweetener? I have SIBO and have been told by my consultant to avoid all sweeteners, even natural ones ?

      1. Bummer! ? Could I perhaps improvise with sticking it together with some egg white and adding vanilla extract to sweeten?

  43. What are the measurements for the 3-ingrediant homemade chocolate as a substitute for chocolate chips?

  44. Hi, I may be overlooking it, but I see shredded coconut in the description but I can’t find it in the ingredients or instructions. How much do you use and does it matter what kind? Having a party with some fellow Keto friends and I can’t wait to show up with this! Thank you.

  45. What am I missing? I don’t see anywhere in the ingredients list to use Rice Krispies, but the video shows you using them. And how are those paleo or kept friendly?

      1. I am going to try this with dark cocoa and coconut oil to switch out with the baker’s chocolate.

  46. How many servings does this make per your nutrition for 1bar? Do you cut the 8×8 pan into 6 bars or 8?

    1. As many as you like- You can adjust the macros to fit as many bars as you slice them into! 🙂

  47. Wud it b fine if also add rice krispies? Cos looking at ur pix i m getting the impression that these r ferrero rocher bars! Yum!

  48. I am very into keto chocolate crunch bars but have NO idea where you can BUY ALMOND BUTTER OR WHAT BRAND OF COCONUT OIL to buy, bought coconut oil a while ago and it was terrible and when you say stevia sweetened keto friendly chocolate chips that is another whammy, where are you buying this stuff and here in Florida they just don’t have that in my area and I really do not what to go on the computer to order this with all the Facebook problems…All I’ve ever used is Nestles choc chips/Hersey’s coco FYI…Thanks

  49. I’m trying this today. Funny how I would stir in 1 or 2 cups of brown rice krispies. What do you think?

      1. Wasn’t sure how to comment other then hitting reply to another comment. When you melt the ingredients in the microwave is it supposed to be really runny? Mine is