Completely Sugar Free Chocolate!

ChocolateMy recent facebook post was “Dark Chocolate contains 8 times the antioxidants of strawberries…” I don’t eat sugar. Refined, unrefined, raw, none of it. I have honey and agave nectar on rare occasions, but still find it to affect my body negatively. Mostly I notice nasal congestion, joint pain, irritability and back pain when I eat sugars. So, what’s a chocolate loving girl to do? One that also is allergic to dairy? I get unsweetened baker’s chocolate, melt it on the stove or in the microwave, adding orange or tangerine juice and a bit of pure vanilla extract about 1/2 way through the melting process. Then, I smooth it onto some parchment paper, cool it in the refrigerator for about 2 hours, then I have my chocolate! I like it best with a dollup of natural peanut butter….oh yum…that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup memory! So, if you don’t eat sugar or are looking for healthy alternatives, give it a try! It’s quick and easy!

I also like to make Peanut Butter Bon Bons, a recipe I adapted from my Auntie Dru, who brought it to my grandparent’s house on Cape Cod. I use the melted chocolate/orange juice/vanilla mixture from above and pour it onto previously made peanut butter balls. To make those, I mix crunch peanut butter ( all natural no sugar) and brown rice flour, enough to make it lose it’s sticky quality. Powder your hands with a bit of the flour ( I use brown rice flour bc I am gluten free and it’s very light. You could use another flour or potato starch). Roll teaspoonfulls of the pb and flour mix into bon bon size balls. Cover with melted chocolate and refrigerate for 2 hours….so yummy….they will disappear in a flash!

Enjoy!!! -Amy Roemer 12-2-2010

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