In keto desserts and low carb cookies recipes, chocolate can be pretty easy to work with. Just use a dark chocolate that’s 75% cacao or more (preferably 100%!), sugar free dark chocolate chips, or cacao nibs. But, if you go looking sugar free WHITE chocolate chips? They’re pretty impossible to find.
That’s because, in traditional white chocolate, the first ingredient is sugar! And, most white chocolate doesn’t even contain ANY actual cacao or real ‘chocolate’… But, it’s delicious and it’s my favorite kind of chocolate!
So, if you’re a white chocolate lover on a low carb lifestyle (or you’re just wanting to cut down on sugar!), what to do? Well, whip up some homemade sugar free white chocolate chips, of course!
Putting the Cacao Back in Homemade Sugar Free White Chocolate Chips
Okay, so to understand how homemade sugar free white chocolate chips are possible, we’ve got to take a look at chocolate. To make chocolate, you need cacao beans. To make chocolate, the fatty cacao butter inside of the beans is separated from the skins, which are ground into cocoa powder.
That butter and powder are generally combined again with sugar (and often milk) to create what we know as CHOCOLATE. Luckily, that fatty cacao butter is the perfect luscious, fuel-filled base for low carb and keto chocolate chips! And, that cacao butter from inside the bean is white, while cocoa powder is brown.
So, we can melt down that cacao butter and use it as our base for homemade sugar free white chocolate chips! Cacao butter is a rich source of satiating, heart-healthy fats, much like coconut oil. Plus, it still contains some of the potent polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao beans, which can fight free-radical damage and chronic inflammation!
Best of all, using cacao butter to make our own sugar free white chocolate chips means we avoid the inflammatory vegetable oils (and sometimes hydrogenated oils) in the store-bought varieties.
Replacing the Sugar in Homemade White Chocolate Chips
Of course, if we want to use our sugar free white chocolate chips to make truly tasty keto and low carb cookies, we need to replace the sugar! In this recipe, I use a powdered erythritol (which I bought online) to keep the texture light and creamy, while also adding sweetness without the carbs.
Personally, I think a powdered sweetener makes a difference in these sugar free white chocolate chips, and I prefer to use erythritol or stevia because they’re natural low carb sweeteners. But, you can also just grab your blender and whip up some sugar free stevia powdered sugar or powdered erythritol at home!
Let the Low Carb Cookies Bonanza Begin!
This sugar free white chocolate chips recipe is SO simple to make—just melt your cacao butter and oil, make your base, and pour into chocolate chip molds to freeze! And, for any fellow white chocolate lovers on a keto diet or low carb lifestyle, you can make all kinds of low carb desserts and keto cookies.
*NOTE on Handling your Sugar Free White Chocolate Chips
Once you’ve popped your homemade sugar free white chocolate chips out of the mold, transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container and store in the freezer!
Then, when you want to use them in a low carb cookies recipe, it helps to refrigerate your dough for 10-15 minutes before stirring in your chips. That way, the cacao butter base in your sugar free white chocolate chips won’t melt before you get your keto cookies into the oven!