A simple, healthy and delicious homemade chocolate that is sugar-free, dairy-free and paleo friendly.
The powerful antioxidants in chocolate are great for our health. Studies indicate that people who eat high quality chocolate have lower markers of inflammation than those who eat regular chocolate, and people who consume the highest amounts of dark chocolate are at least 53% more likely to experience enhanced heart and cardiovascular function.
Unfortunately, most store-bought chocolate is sweetened with sugar and contains other unhealthy ingredients. Another problem is cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate, can be highly moldy, just like coffee. That’s why I decided to experiment and try making my own using Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder and Upgraded™ Cacao Butter, which have been carefully produced not to have the toxins that can make us crash and be jittery. Bulletproof™ makes chocolate bars but only sells them online during the winter as there’s a risk of melting when shipped in the summer.
I experimented with different sweeteners because I wanted this recipe to be low-carb. On my first attempt, I used an erythritol and monk fruit combination, but the chocolate tasted gritty. I’ve also made it with stevia, but I’m personally not a big fan of sugar substitutes, even the natural ones. I eventually ended up using 1/2 a cup of honey instead, which isn’t low carb but is more natural. This is a dark chocolate (darker than pictured here), which can taste bitter, so so you might want to taste test it and add more sweetener if it’s not sweet enough for you.
Chocolate isn’t normally something I want to have sitting around the house as I’m a “chocoholic”–it’s one thing I can’t just have a small bite of. However, there are times I like to use it in recipes or for the occasional sweet treat after dinner.