Healthy Chocolate Recipes

Healthy Chocolate Recipes: All of the Sweetness… None of the Guilt

When it comes to chocolate, there is good news… and there is bad news.

The good news is that chocolate can actually really good for you. Loaded with antioxidants, cocoa is a great way to guard against cellular damage, lower blood pressure and boost brain health and mood and much much more.

Now for the bad news: Not all chocolate is created equal.

Even worse, most of the chocolate you’ll find in bakeries, restaurants and candy shops is not the ticket to health. In fact, most of it is detrimental to your health.  The reason? It’s made with the same junk ingredients – refined sugars, artificial flavors, chemicals and unhealthy fats – that other convenience foods are.

Finding Good-For-You Chocolate Recipes

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between good-for-you chocolate and junk chocolate.

Unless you make milk chocolate bars yourself, this variety is best left on the shelf.  The reason? It’s lower in cocoa and higher in sugar, making it a bad choice for your metabolism and weight control. What’s more, the milk it is made with is typically conventional milk loaded with hormones and toxins.  You’ll also find fillers like wax and preservatives in “junk chocolate”.

Picking the Best Bean For Your Healthy Chocolate Recipes

The secret to making the best healthy chocolate recipes is using high quality chocolate. That means starting with organic, unsweetened natural cocoa powder, high quality organic baking chocolate or raw cacao. These ingredients are chocolate at its purest – no fillers, no sugar, milk, additives or preservatives, just age-defying  antioxidants and flavonoids.

Feel overwhelmed with all of the options available? Check out our directory of healthy chocolate products complete with nutrition facts.

When shopping for chocolate, there are a few good rules to follow:

  • Always Read Labels:  Read labels, even for chocolate that is dark or marked as “healthy”
  • Watch for Fillers: Stay away from preservatives, artificial flavors and colors. Vanillin, BHA, and BHT are common endocrine-disrupting additives manufacturers use to cut costs.
  • Opt for a Low Sugar Content: Keep sugar content low; fewer than 5 g of sugar per serving is ideal. (Of course, you can make your own sugar-free chocolate bars with our recipe)
  • Don’t Go Dutch: Avoid Dutch process cocoa, which reduces antioxidant content in cocoa powder by half
  • Go Dark: Choose higher cocoa content for more antioxidant content; 70% or higher is best, and the darker… the better.

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Almost Sugar Free Chocolate Frosting Shots

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