Here is a confession: I loveeeeee CHOCOLATE!
When I gave up refined sugar many years ago (highly recommended!?), the one thing I missed was my beloved chocolate…
I knew I felt so much better without the sugar, but I wasn’t quite willing to give up my love affair with chocolate!
So for a long time, I desperately searched for a chocolate recipe that would satisfy both my taste buds, and my body.
Gen’s tip when trying to quit sugar:
It’s usually easier to go 100% sugar-free — including natural sugars — for as long as it takes for the intense cravings to disappear (it will, trust me…). But once you feel in control around sugar, there is no reason you shouldn’t enjoy a treat here and there, especially if it’s made of 100% healthy ingredients.
Being healthy is about being happy. So if chocolate brings you joy…. I’m sharing with you my favourite way to indulge in this heavenly food!
P.S: Unfortunately, there are people who are intolerant to cacao for various reasons… if this is you, I’m really sorry!!!
Coconut oil: High in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which are metabolized differently than other fatty acids. They are easier to digest as they go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source of energy. Coconut oil also has anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Cacao and Carob: They have both been shown in studies to increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut. They are also high in magnesium and other “happiness” ingredients!
3/4 cup coconut oil ( I about 1/2 coconut oil and ¼ cup cocoa butter, this gives it an even better texture)
1/3 cup sweetener (honey, maple syrup and lakanto all work well…if you haven’t tried lakanto, look it up, it’s great and it doesn’t feed SIBO or candida),
1 cup cacao (I use ¾ cup cacao powder and ¼ cup carob powder, it seems to really improve to taste, and it improves nutrient value as well.)
1 tsp vanilla
Put everything in a blender (this is the secret for a super smooth finish), pour in a lined baking tray and cool in the fridge or freezer (if you are in a hurry… or like a firmer consistency). You can make it as thin or as thick as you like.
You can have a lot of fun with the flavour. My favourite is to sprinkle sea salt flakes on top, it’s to die for.
Ideas: Herbs, chillies, citrus, lavender, orange, cacao nibs, etc, this is your chance to be creative!