Recipe: Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights (Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Sugar-Free)

Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights is a homemade dark chocolate recipe to provide a sweet, guilt-free escape during this Easter long weekend. Now, you can still enjoy a healthy, low carb, allergy-free diet, even during Easter, when sugar-laden treats abound. Many dark chocolate bars contain soy, dairy, cane sugar and sometimes even wheat.

Why Make Dark Chocolate?

Unfortunately, the healthier options tend to be more expensive, and cane sugar still tends to sweeten most of them. Sugar-free options usually use maltitol or sorbitol sugar alcohols, which may cause bowel upset in some people. This recipe allows you to make real dark chocolate at home, with no soy, dairy, gluten, sugar or carbs. With silicon molds, the fun begins as the shapes make bite-sized chocolates that look cute and professional. We celebrate Easter with chocolate, but it’s always a great time for dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao.

Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights are ideal for those looking for true dark chocolate without the sugar, chemicals & allergens, while Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-Free, suitable even for those following Paleo, Keto, Vegan & Grain-Free Diets.

Even Cavemen Loved Dark Chocolate

Historically, Chocolate has been consumed for over 4,000 years, traded as currency due to its value, and found to be an invigorating, mood enhancer and aphrodisiac. Today, the world spends over $75 billion on chocolate a year, while Canadians  devour over twelve pounds  of chocolate per person, per year (Klein 2014). Unfortunately, this is more the refined, sugar-rich, milk chocolate.

Dark Chocolate: Just What The Doctor Ordered

The superfood benefits of raw, organic, unprocessed dark chocolate are due to the healthy cacao bean, that provides its characteristic bitter flavor. Dark chocolate has two types of antioxidants, flavonoids & polyphenols, greater in amounts than wine & tea. Generally, with dark chocolate, the higher the percentage of cacao, the greater the health advantages. The research supports our enjoyment of this cacao goodness. Just be mindful of moderation.

Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate (Cacao):

Happy Easter Everyone!

 

Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights

Serving:  60 Dark Chocolate Pieces

Corn-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Legume & Soy-Free, Sugar-Free, Yeast-Free, Low Carb, Suitable for Paleo, Keto, Diabetic, Vegan & Allergy Conscious Diets*

Dry Ingredients

1 cup 227 g  Raw, Organic Cacao Powder Nativas Naturals Brand

1 cup 200 g  Raw, Organic Cacao Butter Now Brand

½ teaspoon 2.5 g  Himalayan Sea Salt

1 cup 250 mL  Organic Coconut Sugar (For Paleo & Low Glycemic Diets)

OR

1 cup 200 g  Xylitol Xyla Brand Only (For Low Carb, Keto & Candida Diets)

Spices

½ teaspoon Organic Ground Vanilla Bean Organic Traditions Brand

Instructions

Melt Xylitol on low heat (if using Coconut Sugar, heat is not necessary)

Heat Water in separate saucepan on low heat for 2-3 minutes & remove from heat

Place Cacao Butter in large glass/metal bowl & place onto saucepan with hot water

Do Not Contaminate Cacao Butter With Water Or Chocolate Will Seize

Stir occasionally with a metal whisk, as wooden spoons hold moisture & odors

Mix in Cacao Powder into Melted Cacao Butter

Mix in Melted Xylitol OR Coconut Sugar, Ground Vanilla & Himalayan Sea Salt

Stir well until there are no lumps

*Temper Chocolate:  Use a candy thermometer to make sure your dark chocolate stays around 88-90 degrees Fahrenheit / 43 degrees Celsius to ensure shiny chocolate that stays blended

If your dark chocolate is too hot, add large chips or grated cacao butter into chocolate, mixing thoroughly to cool it down, then retest temperature. Repeat until chocolate temperature is appropriate*

Make sure silicon molds are completely dry to prevent chocolate from seizing

If your dark chocolate becomes too thick, rewarm it on the saucepan of hot water, minding the temperature doesn’t exceed 88-90 degrees Fahrenheit / 43 degrees Celsius

Pour into silicon molds

Allow to set at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes

Use Dark Chocolate For:

  • Chocolate Shapes
  • Chocolate Covered Nuts/Seeds
  • Dark Chocolate Bark
  • Nut Butter Cups
  • Chocolate Chips for Cookies / Fudge Brownies

Flavorful Combinations to Add Onto or Into Dark Chocolate Mixture:

  • Peppermint Essential Oils
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Almonds / Walnuts
  • Organic Cayenne Pepper

Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free
Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free
Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free
Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free
Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free
Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free
Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free
Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free
Dr. Jiwani’s Dark Chocolate Low Carb Delights: Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate for a sweet guilt-free escape without the chemicals & allergens while Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Gluten-Free

Tips

  • Dark chocolate tempered well may be stored at room temperature, but skin temperature will melt it.

  • AVOID PLASTIC Storage due to cancer causing & hormone disrupting chemicals

  • Please avoid your specific food allergies. This recipe is allergy-free as above, when the correct ingredients are used as per the recipe above.

  • These chocolates may seem small but pack a sweet, chocolatey bite!

Approximate Nutrition

Per Chocolate based on 60 Dark Chocolate Pieces: 

Dark Chocolates with Xylitol 

Calories 45
Protein 0.75 g
Net Carbs 0 g
Fiber 0.75 g

Dark Chocolates with Coconut Sugar

Calories 45
Protein 0.75 g
Net Carbs 5 g
Fiber 0.75 g

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