Since my accidental sugar-detox in the beginning of June, I’ve consumed sugar exactly twice. The reason that I remember those instances so well is because the day after each time, I felt like I was hit by a bus, and then dragged for a block. I have no idea if it was coincidental or not, but I haven’t felt like testing the waters and trying again. Fortunately/shockingly/amazingly, as a result of my lack of sugar-consumption, I haven’t really craved it either.
But once in a while, I do love a nice piece of chocolate.
Rather than buying one of the ‘sugar-free’ chocolates made with sugar-alcohols, I decided to try to make some sugar-free chocolate at home with stevia. The good news: it couldn’t be easier. The great news: It tastes delicious!
- 100% chocolate or Baker’s Chocolate (no sugar or other ingredients)
- Stevia drops (or powder if you have a very very gentle hand. Stevia is approximately a zillion times sweeter than sugar)
- Coarse salt (optional, but extremely tasty)
- Melt chocolate- either on the stove in a double boiler or in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. (I used the microwave route and it took 1.5 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds)
- Add a few drops of stevia- to taste
- Spread on a non-stick surface of your choice (I used parchment paper)
- Put in fridge or freezer
Be aware that this WILL melt in your hot little hands and most definitely melts in your mouth. In fact, I find that it has a much thicker ‘mouthfeel’ than most chocolates (probably due to the higher fat percentage).
You can obviously eat this plain, or use as a topping by chopping it up or grating it on top of yogurt, smoothies or cereal.
Other thoughts to make this chocolate even more exciting:
- Add ground chile pepper to melted chocolate (So so so good if you haven’t yet tried this!)
- Add other ground herbs: perhaps cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom or allspice. Or a combination.
- Add peanut flour to melted chocolate
- Add ground coffee to melted chocolate
- Add chopped bacon bits to melted chocolate (don’t knock it til you try it!)
- Add extracts to chocolate: coconut, maple, almond, cherry etc
- Add chopped nuts or dried coconut on top
- Add chopped, dehydrated fruit (like the dried strawberries or blueberries sold at Trader Joe’s)
- Add crisped rice cereal
Let me know if you find any good combinations or have other recipes for simple treats.