Life feels very unpredictable these days. Nobody knows what next week or even tomorrow will bring. Therefore, we need some treats. Definitely. Things like healthy sweets – so what could be better than these yummy low carb chocolate nut bites? Made from easy-to-stock and nutritious items such us ultra-dark chocolate, nuts and coconut oil, plus a bit of keto sweetener, these things lift you up when you are down.
Ever since the outbreak of covid-19 here in China, we have been homeschooling our three boys. My older ones do their online learning pretty much themselves, my youngest one needs help. And all five of us need to eat. Healthy, satisfying food, freshly made of course. So I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but not as much as I would like to with developing recipes for you. I have a long pipeline, but that has to wait as other things are more important now. Agree? But playing around with little recipes or my HOW TO MAKE list still makes my day during these strange times.
One result of this playing around are these yummy chocolate bites. Recipes abound in the foodie blogosphere, and all of the nutty chocolates out there are a little different – as every blogger has a favourite nut combo, for example. Mine is walnuts and hazelnuts, as their strong and slightly bitter taste complement the chocolate so well. These little guys are also great alongside the pre-breakfast morning coffee, by the way!
How to make yummy chocolate nut bites
Making low carb chocolate nut bites is very easy. You just need five ingredients – chocolate, two kinds of chopped nuts, coconut oil and low carb sweetener. Melt the chocolate in a melt in a bain-marie/double boiler or for 90 seconds in a microwave. Once the chocolate has melted, stir it to make sure there are no solids.
Then, pour liquid chocolate into a flat-bottom container. The chocolate lever should be about half a centimeter thick, roughly the same as a piece of chocolate. Sprinkle your chocolate with nuts. And then carefully put the container into fridge to allow the chocolate to cool and solidify into yummy chocolate nut bites. Done.
One important thing is the right size of your container in order for the sauce to cover the bottom and be around 5 mm deep. So check out what you have, and if you feel none of your containers has the right size, increase or reduce the amount of chocolate. Maybe you can try out which one yields the best result. This little bite is delicious even when a little bit too thick.
For one serving, created from two bars of store-bought dark chocolate (usually 100g each), a bottom area of around 20 square centimeters or 3 square inches works fine. I have to small glass containers that together fit the size (see photo below).
I can say that this is one of the relatively few low carb treats even my kids love. Whenever I give them sweets, they go like “Is this keto again?”, rolling their eyes. But if it looks like chocolate, they will try – and this one was a hit. So if your loved ones are into them as well, make multiples of the recipe, sit on the sofa and watch a movie together – or nibble them during a game night. And most important: Take care, and stay at home and healthy in these crazy times!
Dark chocolate and nuts! The best combo, easily mixed in minutes into these delicious, low carb and guilt free bites. Vegan and only 5 ingredients!
For 15–20 pieces
200g dark chocolate (85% cocoa content or more)
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
2 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped
1 tbsp sukrin gold (or other brown low carb sweetener)
2 tbsp coconut oil
- Break chocolate into pieces. Put a pot with water on low to medium heat and immerse a smaller pot into the water. Put chocolate pieces and coconut oil into the small pot and slowly melt.
- Once warm and liquid, stir in the sukrin gold and pull out the smaller pot from the water.
- Pour the chocolate sauce into one or two containers with flat bottom (altogether sized around 20 square centimeters/3 square inches for 1 serving of this recipe). The liquid should be around 5 millimeters deep.
- Sprinkle the nut pieces over the chocolate and refrigerate for at least one hour. The chocolate needs to be completely solid.
- Once solid, carefully cut or break the chocolate bites into pieces and serve. For storing, leave them inside the fridge.
Nutrition facts are per chocolate bite, assuming you have 20 pieces.
- Category: sweets
- Method: chopping, melting, refrigerating
- Cuisine: European
- Serving Size: 20 pieces
- Calories: 70
- Fat: 6.5g
- Carbohydrates: 2.6g net carbs
- Protein: 1g