Chocolate coconut treats for a ketogenic diet! I avoid artificial sweeteners, but you can reduce the carbohydrates even more in this recipe by choosing chocolate chips sweetened with stevia or monk fruit extract. The nutrition information below is based on coconut sugar-sweetened chocolate.
Substitute the flaked coconut with chopped nuts or seeds, the sky is truly the limit!
- 1 bag (9 ounces) dark chocolate chips sweetened with coconut sugar, stevia, or monk fruit extract*
- 1½-2 cups chopped, flaked unsweetened coconut
- flake sea salt, for garnish
- Lay one or two pieces of parchment or wax paper on the counter or large baking pans.
- Bring an inch of water just to a simmer in a small pot over medium-low heat. Pour the chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl and place the bowl on top of the pot.
- When most of the chocolate is melted, take the bowl off of the heat and stir to incorporate the remaining formed chips. Be very careful not to let any water near the bowl, as it will cause the chocolate to seize (harden).
- Gently mix in the coconut flakes and a pinch of sea salt, if you like.
- Scoop the chocolate into small clusters onto the parchment paper using a small ice scoop with a release lever, or two small spoons.
- Sprinkle a few flakes of sea salt on the top of each cluster before they set.
- Store the chocolate clusters in a sealed container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. If you store the clusters chilled, bring them to room temperature before enjoying (unless you like cold chocolate).
For the coconut: Chopped, roasted nuts that are low-carb friendly are great additions or substitutions for the flaked coconut. Pecans, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts are popular for a ketogenic diet given their fat content. Flaxseed, chia seeds, or shelled pumpkin seeds are also crunchy, delicious nutrient-dense additions.
For the chocolate: If you don't want any natural sugar in your clusters, use a brand of chocolate chips sweetened with stevia or monk fruit extract. You can also begin with unsweetened chocolate, then after you melt it thoroughly mix in a tiny amount of powdered sweetener or drops before adding the coconut.
Be aware, that every brand brings a different level of sweetness. Again, it's best to follow the instructions on the package or the brand's website. And also be prepared for a bit of experimentation. Definitely start small and taste as you go.
On Nutrition Information
The nutrition information below is based on the recipe as written with the Guittard brand of chocolate chips.
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