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:Read More