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 last time I made chocolate chips, I made them with butter. They were good, to be sure, but definitely a little on the soft side and they needed to be stored in the fridge and then added to the recipe just prior to baking. And although delicious, they didn’t quite live up to that true chocolate-chip flavour I had in my mind.  Still, they were a good approximation and I was satisfied.  But since that time, I have been playing around with other ingredients in some recipes, including cocoa butter. Unlike butter or coconut oil, cocoa butter stays solid at room temperature and it takes a fair bit of work to make it melt. For a bar of chocolate or a chocolate chip, this is an excellent quality indeed.

Hi Stephanie. I’m sorry the dessert did not set well. It could be one of three reasons. First, as you mentioned, it could have been the lactose free cream cheese. Having the dessert refrigerate overnight should have been perfect. The other reason may be because I updated the pudding recipe to have less cornstarch/ arrowroot because people kept complaining that they did not want to use it even though it resulted in a superior recipe. I would suggest adding 1/2 more teaspoons of arrowroot powder. And third, it may have been that the pudding was not cooked enough. It should be really thick after cooking and refrigerating before adding it to the layered dessert. I hope this helps. -Kim
As for chocolate made with erythritol, Wilbur Chocolate of Lititz, PA, once made a dark sugar-free chocolate called Apollo with a blend of erythritol, inulin, Ace-K and sucralose. It was good for chocolate enrobing and making chocolates. Unfortunately, it had a tendency to produce erythritol crystals when you used it in any recipe where the chocolate was blended with liquids containing water (as in making ganache with heavy cream).

Sugar is addictive and has dramatic effects on the brain, especially when it comes to increasing cravings, anxiety and fatigue. On the other hand, certain kinds of healthy fats, including cholesterol, act like antioxidants and precursors to some important brain-supporting molecules and neurotransmitters that control learning, memory, mood and energy. Your brain is largely made up of fatty acids and requires a steady stream of fats from your diet in order to perform optimally.

Some people on a keto or low carb diet choose to count total carbs instead of net carbs. This makes it more difficult to fit in more leafy greens and low carb vegetables (which are filled with fiber), so you should only try that if you don’t get results with a net carb method. And, start with reducing sugar alcohols and low carb treats before deciding to do a “total carbs” method.

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.
These delicious Cheddar Jalapeno Low Carb Biscuits are buttery, crumbly and have a nice spicy kick to them!Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits everyone will love! I decided to make these low carb biscuits because I wanted to have some kind of bread for the Eggs Benedict that I made for breakfast.  It … [Read more...] about Low Carb Biscuits with Cheddar and Jalapeno
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.
Baking is fun when you’ve got the time and the head space for it. But let’s be honest. It can get a little involved. You need to keep an eye on the clock. Who can really put up their feet and relax when they’ve got a cake in the oven? A few minutes too long or a few minutes too short and you’re either trying to hide the blackened cake crust with frosting or the whole thing collapses the minute you’ve put it on the table.
^ St Jeor ST, Howard BV, Prewitt TE, Bovee V, Bazzarre T, Eckel RH (October 2001). "Dietary protein and weight reduction: a statement for healthcare professionals from the Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism of the American Heart Association". Circulation. 104 (15): 1869–74. doi:10.1161/circ.104.15.1869 (inactive 2018-09-20). PMID 11591629. These diets are generally associated with higher intakes of total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol because the protein is provided mainly by animal sources. ... Beneficial effects on blood lipids and insulin resistance are due to the weight loss, not to the change in caloric composition. ... High-protein diets may also be associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease due to intakes of saturated fat, cholesterol, and other associated dietary factors.
Hi Barb, That can definitely be it. Losing when you are close to goal can be more difficult. It could also be that your body’s healthy weight is a little higher than what you’d like – which doesn’t mean you can’t lose, but makes it more difficult. If just eating Keto foods isn’t working, double check the macros for your weight and see if the amount you’re eating needs to be adjusted. You’ll find more help and support in our support group here.
I cannot believe people still think you need to add sugar or gluten to make food delicious AND healthy! People, If you really want to lose weight, burn more calories than you eat, it’s that simple – eat gluten and sugar free! – I followed ‘Tim’s plan’ (http://paleorecipediet.com/paleo-recipes-diet/) which is made to do just that! My only problem is that it costs you commitment and discipline. But it gets easier from day-to-day.
The chocolate industry is a steadily growing, $50 billion-a-year worldwide business centered on the sale and consumption of chocolate. It is prevalent throughout most of the world.[102] Europe accounts for 45% of the world's chocolate revenue[103] and the US$20 billion.[104] Big Chocolate is the grouping of major international chocolate companies in Europe and the U.S. The U.S. companies, such as Mars and Hershey's alone, generate $13 billion a year in chocolate sales and account for two-thirds of U.S. production.[105] Despite the expanding reach of the chocolate industry internationally, cocoa farmers and labourers in the Ivory Coast are unaware of the uses of the beans. The high cost of chocolate in the Ivory Coast also means that it is inaccessible to the majority of the population, who are unaware of what it tastes like.[106]
In a 2005 study published in The Upsala Journal of Medical Science, for two groups of obese patients with type 2 diabetes, the effects of two different diet compositions were tested with regard to glycemic control and body weight. A group of 16 obese patients with type 2 diabetes was put on a low-carb diet (1,800 calories for men and 1,600 calories for women) that consisted of 20 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 50 percent fat.
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