Paleo Chocolate Treats

If you think that living a Paleo lifestyle means giving up chocolates and treats, think again. With a few simple changes you can continue to enjoy the chocolate that you love, and you will be able to enjoy it guilt-free, knowing that your chocolate cravings are not hurting your health.

You’ll be happy to know that chocolate in its raw form has numerous health benefits. Chocolate is made by separating cocoa beans into cocoa butter and cocoa solids. Cocoa butter is an excellent source of healthy saturated fat. The remaining cocoa solids are high in antioxidants and contain a good amount of minerals. The antioxidants contribute to cardiovascular health such as blood pressure reduction as well as containing anti-inflammatory properties. On the other hand, your typical drug store chocolates are typically made with sugar, milk, preservatives, soy lecithin, and other unhealthy additives. Unlike chocolate in its raw form, these are not healthy chocolates.

How can you determine the best kind of chocolate? You want to look for a product with a high percentage of cocoa bean products and a minimal amount of unhealthy stuff. High-quality chocolate doesn’t come cheap. The typical mass-produced brands use a lot of filler that cuts down on the actual amount of real cocoa that’s being used. Good quality chocolate is going to cost more. Additionally, many consumers are beginning to purchase fair trade chocolate which is ethically sourced and harvested. These are typically excellent sources of high-quality chocolate.

So what are your options for healthy paleo chocolate?

Raw or unsweetened cocoa powder is perfect for paleo eaters. Raw cacao powder is a superfood and contains many different health benefits. You can easily find it in health food stores or online.

Dark chocolate is another paleo-friendly chocolate. Good quality dark chocolate has cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and a small amount of sugar. It’s best to stick with 70% or above. Milk chocolate will contain far more sugar and milk, making it a less desirable option for paleo eaters. If you are going to indulge, get the best quality that you can as it will contain the least amount of additives.

The most popular and accessible brands of chocolate to look for are Lily’s (stevia-sweetened, typically found in health food stores), Green & Black, Endangered Species, and Equal Exchange. It’s also possible to make your chocolate by combining cacao powder, unsweetened chocolate, coconut oil, and stevia.

Remember that chocolate should be a treat and not a daily necessity. Enjoy your paleo chocolates in treats such as cupcakes or lava cake, make your hot fudge, (of much better quality than what you may be used to getting at the store), or melt a couple of squares and drizzle it over frozen bananas or a paleo cake.

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