All Things CHOCOLATE!

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I think chocolate is a universal language. Sure, some people don’t like it, but let’s be honest…those folks are just WEIRD (like my husband)! He really does like chocolate, but just the kind that really doesn’t have much chocolate in it at all! 

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My theory as to why almost EVERYONE LOVES chocolate is that maybe subconsciously, our bodies crave it because it is SO healthy! Unfortunately, what should be loaded with antioxidants, magnesium, and iron, most of the chocolate we purchase in stores has been stripped of all its nutrition and is loaded with sugar, soy, and artificial flavors! 

I enjoy chocolate most days. I could give it up if I had to, but I don’t. I just choose high quality chocolate that is free of soy, dairy, and is very low in sugar.  Here are some of my recommendations… 

Chocolate Brands that are gluten-free and also don’t contain any soy, dairy, artificial flavors, or artificial sweeteners:

  • Terrasoul Raw Cacao (or any other Raw Cacao Powder). Raw cacao powder has not been heated and processed like unsweetened cocoa or Dutch processed cocoa, so most of the nutrients and antioxidants have been preserved. cacao-powder (1)

  • Equal Exchange 80% Extra Dark Chocolate. I LOVE this stuff!! Each square only has 1 Net Carb, and it is the best tasting chocolate I have tried. I ALWAYS have some in the pantry. Even my hubby who HATES dark chocolate “kinda” likes this brand! I am happy he doesn’t like it so he will leave it alone! :) (FYI, I have seen this Chocolate Bar in Whole Foods.)

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  • Enjoy Life Brand Chocolate Chunks. These chips are great. They have a bit more sugar, but at least they don’t contain soy lecithin, dairy, and artificial flavoring. Stock up on them HERE. (They can also be purchased at Whole Foods.)

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So there you have it. Chocolate is good. If chocolate makes you happy, eat it, just make sure it’s the good stuff!chocolate makes you skinny

SatisfyingEats.com Chocolate Recipes:

  1. 3-Layer Cheesecake with Chocolate or Hazelnut Drizzle Sometimes you don’t need words, you just need to get in the kitchen and make this cheesecake!038

  2. Heavenly Chocolate Whoopie Pies (or Cupcakes) Seriously, this Nut-Free Chocolate Cake is unbelievably good! I still can’t believe it’s made with coconut flour and has the PERFECT texture! It only took me over 2 years, but I have perfected my Chocolate Cake!whoopie pie

  3. Chocolate Graham Crackers Yes, you are going to LOVE these babies! 039

  4. Triple Chocolate Cookie Cake A Cookie cake loaded with chocolate, chocolate, oh, and more chocolate!triple chocolate cookie cake

  5. Chocolate Shot Yes, this little shot of chocolate is exactly what you need after a long day! chocolate shots cb

  6. Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Eat this ice cream by itself or pair it with more chocolate… either way, you can’t go wrong!

    triple chocolate ice cream (Small)

  7. Old Fashioned Chocolate Cream Pie One of my FAVORITES! It reminds me of the Chocolate Pie I used to order from Waffle House (you know you did too)!old fashioned chocolate pie (Small)

  8. Chocolate Shakes I make this shake almost everyday… and I’m healthier (and happier) for it!

  9. Chocolate Frosty I admit. I was addicted to Wendy’s Frosties during my first pregnancy…I also gained 1/2 of my body weight…lesson learned! Now I can make my own! Your kids will love it (and so will you)! Frosty

  10. Molten Cake Heavenly. Box it up and deliver it to your Valentine! Grain-Free Chocolate Molten Cakes (DF version with Truffles & Chocolate Strawberries)

  11. Copy Cat Little Debbie Brownies I have successfully recreated Little Debbie Brownies and they are SO good!brownies

  12. New-tella Chocolate Hazelnut Butter You don’t get much better than chocolate and hazelnuts and my version of this famous spread will have your Valentine BEGGING for more! Use it as a frosting on cupcakes, eat it with a spoon or use it as a fruit dip. 071 (2)

  13. German Chocolate Cake Make this as a cake or mini cupcakes. This recipe captures wonderful chocolate along with the yummy coconut cake center!038

  14. Elvis Cupcakes I like Elvis. Elvis liked Chocolate. Therefore, I LOVE chocolate! These EASY cupcakes require NO special flours, all you need is peanut butter (or almond butter or sun butter)!026 (2) (Small)

  15. The BEST Chocolate Cake Ever This was my first chocolate cake and I still love it! Make them in small ramekins and share if you like!The Best Chocolate Cupcakes EVER

  16. Fudge Pops (DF) LOVE! Who says it needs to be summer to enjoy a Fudge Pop! Use these cool mini molds to make them extra special for your kids! Sugar-Free Fudge Pops (also Dairy Free)

  17. Flourless Chocolate Torte This recipe evolved from a few batches of broken ganache. Sometimes kitchen disasters really turn themselves around and this one did! This recipe is especially for those dark chocolate lovers!Amazing Flourless Chocolate Cake

  18. Chocolate Cheesecake Cheesecake. Chocolate. Need I say more? Sugar Free Chocolate Cheesecake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  19. Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies Cake with chocolate chips in the form of a cookie…sounds like a winner to me! (These are also nut-free.)

  20. Happy House Chocolate Chip Cookies Life wouldn’t be grand without a perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie, so I created one and I’m pretty happy about it!

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  21. Chocolate Ganache Pour it over cupcakes, use it as a fruit dip…this ganache recipe is SO easy!Chocolate Ganache

  22. Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting Want a lighter frosting?? Check out how you can whip ganache!

  23. Chocolate Chunks Want to make your own naturally sweetened chocolate?? This was my first chocolate recipe and it gave me my “chocolate” fix for months! Homemade Chocolate Chunks

  24. Chocolate Chip Dreams This recipe is a combo of unsweetened baking chocolate and a commercial chocolate…it holds up well when baked (and eaten)!"Milk" Chocolate Chunk Dreams (Dairy & Soy Free & Low-Carb)

  25. Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies More yummy chocolate chip cookies!

  26. Ice Cream Sandwich Another one of my favorites. Chocolate cookies and Ice cream!033

  27. Candied Apples You don’t have to wait till Halloween to eat these yummy Candied Apples!Easy "Candied" Apples (with Dairy Free Option)

  28. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Who says you can’t eat the cookie dough?? This stuff is SO good and can be given as gifts to your friends.0001

  29. Peanut Butter Balls Yes, please! This 4-ingredient recipe is so easy and can be made using almond butter. Buy mini cupcake liners and make your own box of candy!Peanut butter balls

  30. Chocolate Covered Strawberries Simple but delicious! Box them up and give them to your Valentine! 019 (2)

  31. Chocolate Truffles Use your leftover ganache to make yummy chocolate truffles! Grain-Free Chocolate Molten Cakes (DF version with Truffles & Chocolate Strawberries)

32. Chocolate Zucchini MuffinsChocolate Zucchini Muffins

33. Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge

Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge

34. Chocolate Silk Pie

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35. Best Paleo Brownies EVER 

The Best Paleo Chocolate Brownies EVER

36. Chocolate Chip BlondiesThe Best Paleo Brownies

37. 5-Minute Vacations5-minute Candy-Bites

38. World’s Best Chocolate Birthday Cakebirthday Cake chocolate

39. Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookiessweet heart cookies allergen friendly

40. Pumpkin Patch CookiesPumpkin Patch Cutout Cookies

41. Copy Cat Mounds EggsCopy Cat Mounds

Looking for more Grain-Free & Low-Carb Chocolate Recipes?? Check out my Cookbooks!

Recipes from my Satisfying Eats Cookbook:

  1. Chocolate Pound Cake008

  2. Southern Velvet Cupcakes (Red Velvet without the Food Coloring)IMG_0172

  3. Fudgy Brownies 001

  4. Double Chocolate Cupcakes079

  5. Refrigerator Fudge (DF)

  6. Whipped Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting                            

 Recipe from my Comforting Eats Cookbook:

  1. Mini Chocolate Bread PuddingsChocolate Bread Pudding

  2. Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting025 (2)

  3. Chocolate Puddingchocolate pudding

  4. Nut Clustersnut clusters (2)

If all these chocolate recipes don’t make you want to get right to your kitchen, then I don’t know what will. I hope you enjoy the recipes! Be sure and leave me a comment letting me know which one is your favorite!

melissa

 

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Melissa 

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