Thanks so much for sharing all of your hard work with the world! My son recently started the Modified Atkins Diet for seizures. We’ve been told to keep his net carbs (total carbs minus fiber but not minus sugar alcohols) around 20-25/day, and he’s having a hard time giving up all of his beloved carbs, including chocolate. I was so excited to find this recipe! 1.8 net carbs is the perfect splurge! The first batch is in the fridge, but now I’m afraid to give it to him. From our count, it looks like each serving has almost 10 net grams of carbs, mostly from the Swerve (2 from unsweetened chocolate + 120 from Swerve + 11 from unsweetened cocoa = 133 net carbs, divided by 14). Please tell me I’m missing something … my son is salivating, and I’d love to let him have a treat! I’m new to all of this, so maybe there’s a reason I don’t have to worry. (I’ve seen Swerve in another recipe for patients on a related diet, the ketogenic diet, but I just don’t see how it’s safe if we can’t subtract sugar alcohols.) Thank you!
The new research is unlikely to end the decades-long debate over the best diet for weight loss. But it provides strong new evidence that all calories are not metabolically alike to the body. And it suggests that the popular advice on weight loss promoted by health authorities — count calories, reduce portion sizes and lower your fat intake — might be outdated.

Make sure you’re heating your cocoa butter slowly, microwaving in short increments and stirring in between, the cooling slowly as well. So let it come to room temp to solidify, then store in the fridge, rather then sticking the warm chocolate in the fridge or freezer to chill more quickly. This helps to prevent bloom, that dusty white layer than can develop on the outside of chocolate after condensation forms.

All participants attended a weekly exercise, group support and educational program and completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale at the beginning and end of the study. The HPLC diet appeared to help balance hormones naturally and was associated with significant reductions in various depressive symptoms, enhanced feelings of well-being and higher likelihood of having better compliance with long-term treatment of obesity.
The trickiest parts of making real chocolate with cocoa butter are tempering and conching. If not tempered (the process whereby cocoa butter crystallizes), the chocolate will be gummy at room temperature. There’s also conching, which makes chocolate smooth through a many-hours long process of grinding and blending. That’s how sugar (or erythritol) is incorporated into the chocolate smoothly. For baking chips it’s less than critical for the chocolate to be tempered and conched.
The most commonly grown bean is forastero,[49] a large group of wild and cultivated cacaos, most likely native to the Amazon basin. The African cocoa crop is entirely of the forastero variety. They are significantly hardier and of higher yield than criollo. The source of most chocolate marketed,[49] forastero cocoas are typically strong in classic "chocolate" flavor, but have a short duration and are unsupported by secondary flavors, producing "quite bland" chocolate.[49]
These amazing low carb gluten free pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are the best pumpkin treat one can ask for. Filled with sweet sugar free chocolate chips, chopped nuts and pumpkin seeds, you'll want to make this pumpkin snack all year long! This recipe can easily be customized to be dairy … [Read more...] about Low Carb Gluten Free Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Hi Stacey, I can’t give medical advice and definitely recommend following your doctor’s recommendations. You can ask him/her if low carb would be better suited for you. Also, you may want to double check with him/her if the kidney concern was related to high protein, because that is a common misconception about keto – it is not a high protein diet/lifestyle.
I’ve tried low carb on and off over the years. It’s never stuck, and I’ve read a lot of advice that just hasn’t make it any more livable for me. I’ve settled on a lowER carb diet, ditching all flours, grains, dairy, and most sugars. I never eat junk food, and cook nearly everything myself. I eat enough fibrous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower…) and leafy greens to stay somewhat full. Water and black/green tea are my only beverages. Even though I gave up fruit for three whole months before, it wasn’t worth it for me. I will never give up fruit again, and the whole fruit-in-moderation advice didn’t work for me, either. Fresh fruit is the very last true culinary enjoyment I have left, and my quality of life without fresh fruit–berries, citrus, melons–plummets. I don’t eat dried fruit, and I work out five to six days a week with high intensity, focusing on large muscle groups; and walk with friends or alone nearly every day. I’d rather exercise more than give up fruit. I just came back from a session with my trainer and after a lean, nutritious lunch working at my desk, just had a snack of about 3/4-cup blueberries before meeting up with a friend in about a half hour for a 5-mile walk. And that snack (I’d have had more if I’d had more berries in the fridge) made today’s workout worth it for me.
If you would like to have a good low sugar recipe book on your kitchen, I can recommend you The 21 day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo. It’s a complete book with nutritions information, meal planner and more than one hundred of recipes. All low sugar, perfect to lose weight and get your energy levels back to normal. My complete review about the book can be found here.
The most commonly grown bean is forastero,[49] a large group of wild and cultivated cacaos, most likely native to the Amazon basin. The African cocoa crop is entirely of the forastero variety. They are significantly hardier and of higher yield than criollo. The source of most chocolate marketed,[49] forastero cocoas are typically strong in classic "chocolate" flavor, but have a short duration and are unsupported by secondary flavors, producing "quite bland" chocolate.[49]
This decadent no bake chocolate tart is all sugar free, dairy free and low carb! It can also easily be paleo!Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse A few days ago I uploaded a recipe for my keto chocolate mousse which is completely dairy free and sugar free.  I decided to make that recipe again to make … [Read more...] about Low Carb No Bake Chocolate Tart with Raspberries

Hi, just found your site, and it seems very helpful so far, so Thank you! I quit smoking a year and a half ago, and have subsequently gained 35 pounds, although I needed to lose a bit before that. (Too much wine, sugar and carbs)! I also have entered peri-menopause, which has wreaked havoc on my energy level and sleep. I am targeting a 55 pound weight loss, and luckily my husband has jumped on board so I don’t have to be purchasing/cooking different things for him.


Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers. It is calculated using MacGourmet software and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count, as it does not affect my own blood glucose levels. I do my best to be as accurate as possible but you should independently calculate nutritional information on your own before relying on them. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.
Hi Mel, Assuming that your ranch dressing doesn’t have sugar added, you don’t need to worry too much about limiting it, but within reason. This is my homemade ranch dressing recipe, which has 0.9g net carbs per 2-tbsp serving. It would be hard to find a store bought one with much less than that, even though some round anything less than 1g down to 0g, which isn’t truly accurate. Also, keep in mind that if weight loss is your goal, some people find that too much dairy can cause a stall. Finally, make sure you aren’t using all your “available” carbs on ranch dressing – have it with some low carb veggies!

That said, there isn’t an agreement that a low-carb diet is superior to any other kind of diet or that it’s healthier long term. A review in the December 2015 issue of Diabetes Therapy that looked at the diet among those with diabetes noted that when it comes to weight loss, a low-carb diet performs no better than other higher-carb diets; and that it doesn’t produce better glycemic control, either. (5) Another report in Diabetes Care also found that over one year, those on a low-carb diet lost weight faster than those on a low-fat one, but after a year, weight loss and A1C levels (an average of blood glucose over about three months) were remarkably similar. (6)
This dessert is absolutely delicious! It took me a long time to make it. I’m not much of a cook. It’s a bit expensive but worth it. The only mistake was when preparing the first layer ( cream cheese layer), I put all of the sweeteners in with heavy cream at once which stopped my cream from whipping up. Didn’t make that mistake again. Definitely recommend it!!!! (I used a new method, chocolate whipped cream). Thank you.
Dark chocolate, also known as "plain chocolate", is produced using a higher percentage of cocoa with all fat content coming from cocoa butter instead of milk, but there are also "dark milk" chocolates and many degrees of hybrids.[3] Dark chocolate can be eaten as is, or used in cooking, for which thicker baking bars, usually with high cocoa percentages ranging from 70% to 100%, are sold. Baking chocolate containing no added sugar may be labeled "unsweetened chocolate".
You can see the results, too. In January 2015, the Journal of Nutrition conducted two studies comparing lower-carb and low-fat diets, finding that of the two approaches, going lower carb helped people shave off more visceral fat, a type of belly fat that hugs organs and is linked to disease. (3) A meta-analysis published in June 2016 in Obesity Reviews also concluded that in obese people, a low-carb diet reduced fat over the course of a year (but not body weight), with the greatest benefits seen in a very-low-carb diet. (4)
Dark chocolate is produced by adding fat and sugar to the cacao mixture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls this "sweet chocolate", and requires a 15% concentration of chocolate liquor. European rules specify a minimum of 35% cocoa solids.[34] A higher amount of cocoa solids indicates more bitterness. Semisweet chocolate is a dark chocolate with a low sugar content. Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate liquor to which some sugar (typically a third), more cocoa butter and vanilla are added.[citation needed] It has less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate, but the two are interchangeable in baking. It is also known to last for two years if stored properly. As of 2017, there is no high-quality evidence that dark chocolate affects blood pressure significantly or provides other health benefits.[36] 

Hi Cyn, The numbers are general guidelines but will vary depending on many factors, such as activity level, insulin resistance, weight and more. There is no single magic number, just conventional recommendations that are a good starting point. I will have a macro calculator coming soon that will help determine what is best for each person, but even then it’s an approximation. The only way to know for sure is to test. If keto is your goal, it’s usually best to start lower and then see if you can stay in ketosis when increasing.
If you want to lose weight, then cut the carbs down until you start dropping. It’s always a balancing act. After decades of Weight Watchers and other crazy diets I now don’t count a single thing. It is the most intuitive way of eating for me for over 3 years now. I pretty much stay at goal weight and still enjoy my red wine, 90% chocolate at weekends and some occassional low carb baking.
These sugar free desserts are so rich and flavorful that you won’t even know that there’s no sugar added! From decadent chocolate chia pudding and avocado mousse to colorful fruit tarts and healthy cookies, all of these recipes are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while maintaining a healthy diet. Plus they’re all gluten free, paleo and grain free as well!
The new craze for chocolate brought with it a thriving slave market, as between the early 1600s and late 1800s, the laborious and slow processing of the cacao bean was manual.[14] Cacao plantations spread, as the English, Dutch, and French colonized and planted. With the depletion of Mesoamerican workers, largely to disease, cacao production was often the work of poor wage laborers and African slaves. Wind-powered and horse-drawn mills were used to speed production, augmenting human labor. Heating the working areas of the table-mill, an innovation that emerged in France in 1732, also assisted in extraction.[27]
Love caramel? Then you’ll love our collection of chocolate covered caramel treats, especially our Sea Salt Caramels or our Caramel-Filled Pretzels. Just imagine luscious chocolate covered caramel topped with a drizzle of sea salt, bringing together the combination of sweet and salty that no one can deny. We promise our chocolate covered caramel candies will just melt in your mouth.
BHB salts are a very useful tool to calm the hangry beast and establish appetite control. If you use 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp of the powder in 4 oz of water when you feel inappropriately hungry, it will raise your blood ketone concentration enough to satisfy your hypothalamus for at least a couple of hours. The brand called KetoCaNa has the best taste in my experience for an individual product, though I now use a 50/50 blend of that plus another ketone salt preparation called Nutricost Ketone Salts, both available from Amazon.com. The blend tones down the acidity of the KetoCaNa product and provides the best overall taste to my palate. You won’t need it every day, only when you feel like you need appetite control.
Low-carb diets, especially very low-carb diets, may lead to greater short-term weight loss than do low-fat diets. But most studies have found that at 12 or 24 months, the benefits of a low-carb diet are not very large. A 2015 review found that higher protein, low-carbohydrate diets may offer a slight advantage in terms of weight loss and loss of fat mass compared with a normal protein diet.
So, I normally don’t comment on recipe blogs only because there’s like already enough comments and people get general ideas. But I am making the exception this time because this method is AWESOME! I was going to go 1.5 times the guide and do a 9×13 but opted to go 8×8 instead just to be sure it was tasty. Now I wish I’d done the 9×13 because on Christmas Eve, the vultures in my family swooped down on this so fast, it didn’t have a chance of living through it. I swapped in hazelnut flour for the pecans because A. I didn’t have pecan flour, B. I did have hazelnut flour, and C. Chocolate and hazelnut – need I say more? 🙂 The other thing worth noting is that I didn’t use parchment in my glass pan, just sprayed it well with coconut oil spray and even the first piece came out nice-n-neat. The crust was almost like a nice thick crunchy butter cookie and the other layers were awesome. One of the best desserts I’ve ever found and made. Happy also you re-did it not to include xanthan gum. I hate that stuff. 🙂 Much appreciated for this!

Check your nearest Godiva Chocolate Shop! Everyone loves chocolate. But sometimes dietary restrictions force us to cut our sugar intake. For those who can’t get enough delicious chocolate but still want to follow their diet, GODIVA offers delicious sugar-free chocolate options. With both dark chocolate and milk chocolate varieties, you can enjoy the smooth rich taste of delectable chocolate with a clear conscience. These bars make the perfect candy treat for those looking for chocolate for diabetics or simply trying to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. And because of the full flavors in these bars, it will not even feel like this chocolate is sugar free.


The only adjustment I made to the recipe, was the addition of about a tablespoon of lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture; for just a little bit of tanginess to off-set all the sweetness. This is also how we make 4-Layer Delight back home, so I thought it would work here. I’ve tried it both ways, and the little hint of sourness from the lemon really seems to make it perfect; to me and the wife at least.
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