If you want to give up chocolate, you're in luck ... because I have compiled my Top 10 Sugar-Free Chocolate recipes for you.
There's even a sugar-free chocolate lava cake recipe!
How to give up chocolate
Whether you are on a low-carb diet, keto diet, or a high-protein low-carb diet, learning how to give up your chocolate addiction only takes a few simple steps.
It can be tough when you want to give up chocolate and start your sugar-free journey.
You may miss your daily chocolate fix on the way home from work, at the gas station, or in the evenings watching TV.
But these tough challenges are inevitable when transitioning over to a healthier lifestyle.
Sweet treats such as chocolate, ice cream, and cookies are probably the hardest to let go of, but there are so many delicious sugar-free chocolate recipes to curb your cravings.
Ingredients you need
When making a delicious sugar-free chocolate recipe, you'll need to make sure you have the right ingredients.
Sweeteners - choose your favorite sugar alternative that doesn't raise your blood sugar. The most popular sugar-free sweeteners are granulated sweetener (such as granulated erythritol) for chocolate bars, cakes, and cookies, a powdered sweetener (such as powdered erythritol) for smooth homemade chocolate, monk fruit sweetener, and liquid stevia.
There are other sweeteners such as certain sugar alcohols that can replace refined sugar, but these can have side effects of gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
Sugar-free chocolate chips - always read the nutrition label to ensure the sugar-free chocolate chips you buy do not contain maltitol because it will raise your blood sugar (and give bloating and gas).
Sugar-free chocolate chips are perfect for drizzling over desserts, ice cream, and cakes with melted chocolate. A cheaper alternative is to buy dark chocolate with the least amount of sugar you can find.
Vanilla extract - check the vanilla extract (vanilla essence) for any added sugars or sugar alcohols.
Cocoa powder - always buy unsweetened cocoa powder (cacao powder) for your low-carb recipes. Good chocolate recipes taste so much better with a good quality cocoa powder.
Cocoa butter - to make your own homemade chocolate you need cocoa butter (cacao butter) to make your chocolate melt in the mouth delicious.
Coconut oil - to make a sugar-free chocolate recipe dairy-free, you often need coconut oil instead of cream or butter.
How much sweetener to use?
How much sugar do you add to your tea or coffee? How much extra sugar do you add to cakes and cookies?
If you have a sweet tooth, you may need to add more sweetener than a recipe suggests. If you are really addicted to chocolate then you may require double the amount of sweetener compared to a person who has been on a low-carb diet or keto diet for months.
TOP TIP: As with ALL sugar-free recipes, ALWAYS taste your recipes BEFORE cooking to ensure you have added enough sweetener to suit YOUR tastebuds. Read the Ultimate Guide To Low-Carb Sweeteners.
10 Best sugar-free chocolate recipes
These are the top 5 sugar-free chocolate recipes. But before you begin, these are the 5 easiest ways to give up chocolate, even if you're a chocolate addict.
- Replace then remove - begin to make healthy sugar-free chocolate recipes to replace your high sugar candy, then begin to cut back on how often you eat them.
- Begin to start eating higher cacao chocolate - dark chocolate has less sugar than a milk chocolate version. The higher the cacao %, the lower the sugar and lower in carbs.
- Start to only eat chocolate at weekends - setting yourself a limit, will allow you to push through the week knowing you can enjoy some of your favorite chocolate candy on Friday and Saturday.
- Keep chocolate in the freezer - yes, keeping your chocolate in the freezer prevents you from stealing a piece every time you open your pantry (or secret chocolate drawer).
- Stop buying impulse chocolate - set yourself a goal of never ever buying chocolate at the supermarket checkout or at the gas station. This one little rule can save you sugar, carbs, and cash.
1: Keto peanut butter cups
Who doesn't love the balance of salty and sweet flavors? That's what makes these salted low-carb peanut butter cups so delicious.
No need to search the stores, make your own sugar-free healthy peanut butter cups, right at home.
2: Sugar-free chocolate bark (dairy free)
With less than 1g net carbs per piece, this sugar-free chocolate bark is keto AND Paleo as well.
This recipe is dairy-free and sprinkled with delicious nuts and seeds.
3: Sugar-free chocolate mocha truffles
Mocha ice bombs are incredibly sumptuous. They are super easy to make!
It'll take you less than 15 minutes to whip up a batch. They are an amazing blend of coffee and chocolate.
4: Keto chocolate mint truffles
Why not indulge after dinner with these low-carb sugar-free chocolate mint truffles.
If you love the combination of refreshing mint and chocolate, this is PERFECT!
5: Sugar-free chocolate lava cake (in the slow-cooker)
It's hard to believe that his slow cooker chocolate lava cake is not only sugar-free but low-carb as well.
Let the slow cooker do all the work. WIN-WIN!
6: Almond flour donuts with sugar-free chocolate glaze
If you love chocolate cakes and cookies, you'll love these easy one-bowl chocolate almond flour donuts.
7: Chocolate keto waffles
Not all chocolate recipes have to be desserts, right? How about a chocolate keto waffle for breakfast!
You can serve keto waffles with whipped cream, low-carb fruits, and homemade keto maple syrup.
8: Low-carb sugar-free walnut and brandy truffles
These creamy sugar-free walnut and brandy truffles are actually really filling and oh so decadent.
It's such a quick recipe and you save the rest of the batch in the freezer to enjoy later.
9: Sugar-free chocolate orange mousse dessert
Finding a healthy dessert that's low-carb and easy to make can be a bit of a struggle. You can check off all the boxes with this sugar-free chocolate orange mousse.
10: Sugar-free nutella (sugar-free chocolate spread)
With only 5 ingredients and 1 step, this may very well be the simplest sugar-free nutella recipe out there.
Best keto chocolate recipes
There are so many sugar-free chocolate cookies, cakes, and desserts to choose from. These are the most popular delicious sugar-free chocolate desserts the whole family will love.
All these delicious recipes are sugar-free, grain-free, and gluten-free, with no added sugar.
You can add a hint of almond to the chocolate flourless cake by adding half a cup of almond butter to the cake batter.
It's amazing what you can make with cream cheese, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. This creamy no-bake dessert is rich and luxurious.
Use your favorite dark chocolate (or sugar-free chocolate chips) to make this rich sugar-free truffle cake.
Sugar-free bounty bars (coconut bars) are covered in a mixture of melted coconut oil, powdered erythritol, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Alternatively, you can drizzle with melted chocolate (sugar-free of course).
Chocolate bars are perfect for school lunch boxes and a quick healthy snack.
Keto peanut butter bars can also be made with almond butter or another favorite nut butter.
Homemade chocolate cake can be cooked in only 1-minute to stop any chocolate cravings you are having. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle a few chocolate chips over the top.
Just adding cocoa powder to a smoothie, makes a delicious refreshing chocolate treat.
I have a concern about using sweeteners in recipe's, watched a video by an Holistic Doctor who say's it's possible for Sweeteners like Erythritol (which is my favorite) to potentially raise blood glucose in some people as they can "trick" the brain which thinks it is really sugar.
I guess the only way to test this is by taking a BG reading after ingesting the sweetener...have you any knowledge of this in your experience.
Hi Sandy, some claim that sweeteners "may" raise your blood sugar, but there is zero research that shows this to be true. However, there are some anecdotal reports in some of my T1 diabetic groups that some sweeteners do raise their blood sugars BUT they also mention that the sweetener was used in a recipe with multiple ingredients so it may not have been the fault of the sweetener itself. It could have been from the almond flour, cream cheese, vanilla extract, or even cocoa powder. Other ingredients such as psyllium husk may have had added sugars if you buy the medicinal brand, not the baking brand. So yes, you are right, the only way to tell is to invest in a blood glucose meter to see exactly how you react. A blood glucose meter is the best $30 you will ever spend.