Finding a source of dark chocolate treats with little to no sugar was a priority for both of us! We tried commercial sugar-free chocolates and found a couple that we liked OK (Weight Watchers' brand peanut butter cups and WW or Whitman's brand toffee squares are both pretty good), but they do contain some dairy, we shouldn't eat too much of the sugar substitutes they contain, and the chocolate they use isn't really top quality (we are connoisseurs, after all). We also both enjoy super-dark chocolate - if you look for 80% cocoa or higher, it contains less than 5g of sugar per serving. But, again, that's not a perfect solution.
So, I experimenting with making our own dark chocolate bark, starting with unsweetened chocolate (baking chocolate) and adding small amounts of Stevia and coconut sugar (which is OK for Paleo and for yeast). Here is the resulting recipe (and here is an earlier recipe I posted for Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups):
|Finished Chocolate Bark - Ready to Eat!|
- Chop up chocolate into small pieces and put in a glass bowl or 4-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave in short intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is mostly melted (the exact time will depend on your microwave; I usually start with 1 minute, stir, then another 45 seconds).
- Stir chocolate (some of the chunks will still appear solid but will incorporate into the melted portion as you stir). Add Stevia and coconut sugar, to taste, and stir well. The amounts listed above will give you the equivalent of very dark chocolate. Add more if you like yours sweeter. Microwave for another 30-40 seconds and stir again.
- Add whatever additions you like and stir. I love coconut, so I add lots of unsweetened flaked coconut to mine, plus some sunflower seeds for a bit of salty crunchiness. My son hates coconut, so he liked a mix of pumpkin and sunflower seeds in his. You could also use some chopped nuts, though seeds are less inflammatory than nuts for those with immune disorders.
- Spread the mixture out on a piece of waxed paper on the kitchen counter (I put a layer of foil under the wax paper so the hot mixture doesn't melt the wax onto the counter) and let cool at room temperature.
- When solid, break the bark into pieces. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature (refrigerating chocolate can change its taste and texture).
|Warm Chocolate Bark after being spread on wax paper|