When I began working on my Keto Chocolate Chip cookie recipe, my biggest challenge was the chocolate chips! As I write this post, there aren't very many keto chocolate chip options available.
And…the products that are available carry a hefty price tag. So, for those of us who are more frugal minded… I decided to figure out how to make my own keto chocolate chips.
Before we dive into that…here's a few keto chocolate chip options if you wish to purchase them:
The Perfect Base
My first experiment was using coconut oil as the base. These tasted delicious but did not hold up to baking. I'll elaborate on this later and show you some pictures.
I really didn't want to use a fiber base… so after quite a lot of research, I decided to try cacao butter. I ordered cacao butter off Amazon and waited impatiently for it to arrive so I could experiment. Sometimes two days is a long time to wait!
When the cacao butter was delivered, I tore into the package and inhaled the fresh scent of chocolate. I had a good feeling about using this ingredient! An ingredient that is a solid, healthy fat.
After some experimenting, I got the balance right and ended up with a delicious recipe for keto chocolate chips that hold up during baking. I skipped the molding process and just cut these up into good sized chunks.
Making Keto Chocolate Chips
Both methods work well.
If you'd like to use the microwave, heat the cacao butter on a low heat setting. Stir every 20 to 30 seconds and use the minimum amount of heat takes to melt the cocoa butter. Then, proceed with the rest of the recipe instructions.
Substitutions For Keto Chocolate Chips
Here, I'll outline a few substitutions you can make with this recipe. If you have further questions, please comment below.
If you are making these as a sweet chocolate fix and are not going to use them to bake with, you can substitute a high quality coconut oil for the Cacao Butter and get amazing results.
However, if you are going to bake with these, using coconut oil will result in a chip that spreads out like this.
Cacao Powder vs Cocoa Powder
Ingredients for Keto Chocolate Chips
Here's a ingredients you'll need to make your own keto chocolate chips:
- Cacao Butter
- Cacao Powder
- Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia Drops
- Madagascar Pure Bourbon Vanilla by Nielsen-Massey
Homemade Keto Chocolate Chips
Making your own low carb chocolate chips (chunks) is easy and incredibly rewarding. If you want the chocolate chip shape, simply find some molds. I find that to be a lot of work and stick with this method 🙂
Note that nutrition information is for a full batch.
- Prepare a cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper.
Melt the cacao butter in a double boiler or a mini crockpot. Remove from heat.
- Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. (Using a blender with whisk attachment or immersion blender works great for super smooth results but hand whisking works well too)
- Pour chocolate mixture onto parchment paper and smooth out with spatula, making it fairly thin.
- Place in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes or until firm.
- Remove from refrigerator and cut into chunks.