I am a self-proclaimed chocolate addict. My entire family was raised to idolize the cacao bean like it was a tiny, delicious-flavored god. I can probably count on one hand the number of days in my life I haven't had at least one thing chocolate, and like all true chocolate fiends, I despise white chocolate for being a big fat fake and judge those who love it (LOML is one of them, and I still give him the side eye for it). Now, I am off sugar, which poses a serious problem for me. "Well, this might be a great opportunity to wean yourself off chocolate", you say. "Fie!" I say! (Is that what fie means? I have no idea.) Seriously, life without chocolate for me is a miserable one, and unless this world is ravaged by zombies and I find myself preoccupied with other, not getting eaten concerns, I will find a way to eat it. Plus you know, it has health benefits. So I needed to find myself a solution.
Let the google begin! So much googling to be had! Anyways, I googled it. Did you know that dark chocolate, even SUPER dark (86%) chocolate has around 7 grams of sugar per serving? Still a ton better than the 24 grams in milk chocolate. Just for reference, according to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are around 37.5 grams for men and a measly 25 grams for women. That is the absolute maximum you should be having. I have...um...a friend, yes a friend, who has been known to eat 3 bars of milk chocolate in one day, so this news is a little disturbing. For that friend. Yes, so anyways, the dark chocolate is an improvement (not to mention there is more cocoa in it, which is chock full of fiber, antioxidants, and flavanols, and may even help with weight loss), but still not great for someone wanting to cut out added sugars completely.
Luckily, I found this simple looking 3 ingredient recipe on the blog Chocolate Covered Katie (which is an addictive blog in itself) that looked easy enough to do, and I already had the ingredients. Score! All you need is:
Coconut oil (4 tablespoons)
Cocoa powder (1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon)
Liquid stevia drops (to taste)
For the most part, I am trying to steer clear of most sugar substitutes, but everything I have read about stevia has shown it to be safe, so I don't mind using it in moderation. I decided to step it up a notch and use a really high quality, extra virgin coconut oil (click here for some of my recommendations) and raw cacao powder to make it totally raw and packed with more healthy nutrients. If you don't want to do any sugar or sugar substitutes at all, well, I don't know what to tell you. Just cocoa and coconut oil will taste awful. Just give up. But if you don't mind a tiny bit of sugar, I'm sure you could try this with coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, blended dates, a mixture of these, or another sweetener that floats your boat.
Basically, you just melt the coconut oil until it is just liquid but not too hot, then stir in the cacao powder and stevia (I used vanilla flavored) to taste, and anything else you might want to add. Pour it into a chocolate mold if you are fancy, or onto a parchment covered plate if you're the opposite of fancy like me, and stick it in the freezer. In 15-20 minutes, voila! You have sugar free raw chocolate. I added some pink himalayan salt to mine (OK, maybe I am a little fancy) before I froze and I totally recommend this.
How did it taste? OK, it wasn't the best chocolate I've ever had, but it was still pretty good. The texture was great - very smooth, but it did melt super quickly, which I expected. The stevia does have a slightly bitter aftertaste to it, so I really do recommend adding something to the chocolate to temper the flavor. I just straight up dip mine in nut butter, but you could also add fun things like mint or orange extract, cacao nibs, nuts, flavor extracts, like the ones from Raw Food World, or dried fruit. As for the coconut taste - yup, it tastes like coconut. If you hate coconut, well, hopefully you stopped reading when you read the ingredient coconut oil, or you could put a LOT of flavor extracts in it to cover it up. My next batch, I might try mixing in some raw cocoa butter to the coconut oil, which might take down the pina colada aspect a little bit. Either way, I am super happy that I found this, and the fact that you can whip this up in 5 minutes is amaze-balls. Even after this detox is over I plan on just keeping this in the house, and can save some $$ on pricey chocolate bars. Enjoy, and sleep easy knowing that even Dr. Oz says you can eat this. He's a doctor people, he knows his shiz.