Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sugar Free Chocolates

I'm on a mission to cut out a lot of the refined sugar in my life and try out some of the natural, no calorie options. The first thing I did was purchase a small bottle of stevia extract from Whole Foods. IT. WAS. NAUSEATING. I already know that stevia is practically a million times sweeter than sugar (there is a reason it comes with a dropper) so I know I didn't overdue the amount. It was definitely just the flavor. So SO bitter. The flavor just lingers in your mouth all day. Try washing your teeth. It doesn't help! You're stuck with an awful, awful taste in your mouth. When I did some research on this I noticed that there are many brands of stevia and Nunaturals came up over and over as the best kind. Back to the store I went to purchase some Nunaturals stevia and this time I opted for the powdered kind that comes in individual packets. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It is considerably less bitter, almost not bitter at all and definitely something I can get used too. My journey for sugar free baking begins here with these simple and tasty chocolates. You could pour this out into a thin mold for bars or bark or in molds like I did here. Crumble it up once it has hardened and you have your own homemade sugar free chocolate chips!

Dark cocoa powder, extra virgin coconut oil and a touch of mint extract make these mint chocolates perfect when a sweet craving hits. If you are trying to eat a low carb diet, these chocolates have less than 1 carb per piece!

Sugar Free Chocolate
yields 24 +/-
3/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup plus 2 tbl cocoa powder
2 packets Nunaturals stevia powder
1 drop flavor extract (such as coffee, mint, vanilla, almond etc.)

Whisk together all of the ingredients and pour into molds. Chill until solid and enjoy. Keep chilled to store.

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