Sugar Free Nut Clusters
When following a low carb/keto diet, it’s important to have some snacks available. The urges can be very strong! Stocking some sugar free versions of yummy treats is a smart move.
And these keto nut clusters fit the bill. You feel like you’re cheating by having some chocolate, but they are entirely sugar-free, which makes them low carb and keto friendly!
Why I love this recipe
Easy – you only need 2 ingredients! (Ok, maybe 3 if you want to sweeten the chocolate a little)
Flexible – you can use different nuts and different chocolate, according to your preference and what you can find.
Sweet but sugar free – by using sugar substitutes, my taste buds feel I have satisfied the sugar craving without actually having any sugar! Win-win!
Healthy fats – nuts provide a healthy source of “good” fats. In addition to keeping your macro counts in line (if you’re doing keto), they also increase the “satiety” of this snack. Your body feels more satisfied which will reduce your urges for snacking. Definitely a good thing!
You only need 2 ingredients, although if you have a sweet tooth you might need a third (powdered sweetener).
How to make these keto clusters
In addition to a short ingredient list, these snacks take so little time to make! Simply melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl (microwave 30-45 seconds), then mix in the nuts. If you want a sweeter chocolate taste, mix a little powdered sweetener into the melted chocolate before adding the nuts.
Then spoon the mixture onto a wax paper lined plate. I usually make heaping clusters with a teaspoon, and with that method end up with about 10 to 12 clusters. Obviously, the bigger the size, the fewer you will have.
Place the plate in the fridge and let the chocolate harden and cool. In about 45 -60 minutes, the clusters should be ready. These are stable at room temperature, but I like to keep them in a covered container in the fridge. I enjoy the cold chocolate taste, plus there is a little bit of “out of sight, out of mind” with this. I think if they were out in front of me, they’d be gone in a day. By keeping them in the fridge, they last a little longer. 😀
Expert Tips and Variations
Feel free to use whatever nuts you have or most enjoy. I have used almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans. Sometimes I mix 2 or more types of nuts together. I truly enjoy these keto nut clusters no matter what type of nuts I use.
There are also options regarding chocolate. I use the Lily’s dark chocolate baking bars. But I was visiting my daughter and wanted to make some, and couldn’t find Lily’s at her local grocery store. So I bought a bar of unsweetened chocolate and added powdered sweetener to that. Just realize, this option requires a lot more sweetener to be added. The Lily’s bar is already sweetened some with Stevia, whereas the unsweetened chocolate has…nothing.
For 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, I recommend about 2 Tablespoons of the powdered sweetener. And when you add that much powdered sweetener, it does tend to “thicken” that melted chocolate. So work quickly, and as soon as the sweetener is incorporated you must add in the nuts. The speed is necessary to ensure the chocolate will coat the nuts.
But the sweet result is well worth it. 😀
Sugar Free Nut Clusters
- 2 ounces sugar-free dark chocolate baking bar Lily’s
- 3/4 cup chopped nuts walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc
- Optional: 1-2 teaspoon powdered sweetener I use Swerve
- Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 45-60 seconds, until stir able and smooth. (If using optional sweetener, add it here.)
- Add the nuts and mix to coat.
- Drop by heaping teaspoons full onto a wax paper lined plate. Refrigerate 45-60 minutes, until set.
- Nutrition values are based upon using walnuts.
- If using an unsweetened baking bar, more sweetener may be needed.