Good question. Because although you could melt plain unsweetened chocolate and stir in some sweetener, it would likely seize like crazy. There’s no way, with something like erythritol, that you could get it to mix in, without getting a goopy, thick mess. If you wanted to use a liquid sweetener, like sucralose, maybe but I don’t like sucralose. And if you have to use a significant amount of the liquid sweetener, your chocolate will again seize. It’s very tempermental stuff. An additional oil, like cocoa butter, helps it smooth out and allows it to mix nicely with the sweeteners. And cocoa butter is so hard at room temp, it’s a good choice because it will firm up properly, rather than need to be refrigerated.
I’m sorry the pastry cream has proven pesky, Douglass. Sometimes it takes “taking it too far” and scrambling the eggs to see how much cooking the mixture can take to thicken. Unfortunately, that’s not very fun. Thank you for sharing the name of the thickener you used. I will check it out and try the recipe with your thickener. If I like it I will tweak the recipe. I’m glad you like the recipe despite the challenge with the pastry cream. Thank you so much for your helpful comment. Enjoy your day. -Kim
"An acute bout of high-intensity exercise distributes blood away from the stomach and intestines due to the need for greater circulation of blood to the muscles, which may be a factor involved in appetite suppression. This does not occur with less demanding exercise," David Stensel, a professor of exercise metabolism at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England, told Greatist.
^ Davies MJ, D'Alessio DA, Fradkin J, Kernan WN, Mathieu C, Mingrone G, et al. (2018). "Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes, 2018. A Consensus Report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)". Diabetes Care. 41 (12): 2669–2701. doi:10.2337/dci18-0033. PMC 6245208. PMID 30291106. Low-carbohydrate, low glycemic index, and high-protein diets, and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet all improve glycemic control, but the effect of the Mediterranean eating pattern appears to be the greatest
I wonder why you left out to mention the difference in quality of cacao beans. In my opinion only view are suitable to make a higher content bar. Bulk cacao beans can only be consumed by adding sugar and other ingredients to get a pleasant result. Big industry is build on mediocre ingredients to satisfy mass consumption and are limited this way. Compare a truck with a sports car makes no sense even though both are vehicles and can take you from A to B.
On this diet, you’ll be led through four phases. First, you’ll focus on foods high in protein, and then add vegetables back in, followed by gradually introducing more carb-containing foods foods, like fruit and whole-grain bread, plus an allowance of two celebration meals per week. In the final phase, you’ll aim to maintain your weight loss results by eating foods from all food groups, supplementing with oat bran, and fitting in fitness daily.
Chocolate is one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and many foodstuffs involving chocolate exist, particularly desserts, including cakes, pudding, mousse, chocolate brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Many candies are filled with or coated with sweetened chocolate, and bars of solid chocolate and candy bars coated in chocolate are eaten as snacks. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes (such as eggs, hearts, coins) are traditional on certain Western holidays, including Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, and Hanukkah. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, such as chocolate milk and hot chocolate, and in some alcoholic drinks, such as creme de cacao.
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.

Once you are eating the right amount of carbohydrate for you, your appetite should reset and you won't be as hungry. You should eat when you're hungry and until you are satisfied, dining on foods that are allowed on plan you select. But remember: Just because a food is "allowed" doesn't mean it's a good idea to overeat it. Cheese is a good example.


Hi Sherri, You can still use the crust you made. You can try making the other layers thinner too, but they might be too thin. I would just make the other layers approximately the same as the original recipe by multiplying the amounts by 1 1/2. The easiest way is to enter 24 (instead of the default 16) for the number of servings on the recipe card, this will adjust the amounts of all the ingredients. Of course your bottom layer is already thinner, but it should still be good. I hope you like it!
To start, the volunteers got only 15 percent of their calories from protein and 35 percent from fat. That’s about what most people get. Then they switched: Carbs stayed the same, but fat was decreased to 20 percent of calories, and protein was doubled to 30 percent. The participants were allowed to eat as much as they wanted— but they ate less. Over 14 weeks, they lost an average of 11 pounds (5 kg), including 8 pounds (3.5 kg) of body fat, thanks to the extra protein.

Hi Lisa, I think you might end up with chocolate syrup if you use honey for the sweetener. You may want to look into granulated honey, which might produce a coarse or grittier texture to the chocolate, but you may still have a chance of getting the chocolate to solidify. If you need any help, please feel free to email me (acleanbake@gmail.com). And welcome to the site! I’m so glad you found me 🙂

Carbohydrates are a type of nutrient made up of simple sugars (monosaccharides) that bind together to form complex molecules. Depending on how the sugars are combined, they might create disaccharides (double sugars like lactose and sucrose), oligosaccharides (short chain sugars called glycoproteins and glycolipids), and polysaccharides (long chain sugars, like starch and cellulose).
thanks for your reply……since you are unsure of the cocoa paste i do have some bittersweet chocolate i can use but happy to hear that the cocoa butter is fine for food as i was worried about that term when i read it…….using ingredients i have never heard of in my 50 years of baking so need your help probably more than most………but as i stated thanks to you and your website i can cook and eat not only more healthy but definately to ensure to keep my diabetitis in check
By now we know that most of the world consumes way too much sugar. But it’s not like our sweet tooth cares—when a dessert craving hits, it hits bad. Many turn to alternative ways to satisfy it, using less-refined sugars like agave, honey, and coconut sugar, but we’re going a step further this time, with treats that use no added sweeteners whatsoever. From tarts to mousse, these sugar-free recipes still manage to make dessert even sweeter.

Hi. I made this recipe using a half cup cocoa powder, a quarter cup powdered icing Natvia (stevia erythritol) and cocoa butter I had in the fridge for over a year! :O. I also added a quarter cup chopped Brazil’s as they are so low carb. I wasn’t expecting much but it was absolutely fabulous!! My whole family scoffed the lot and they are not even Keto! They are just like Ferrero Rocher without the wafer. Divine. Thank you.


Fat and carbohydrates usually have an inverse relationship in someone’s diet. Most people keep protein intake somewhat steady, but normally the more carbs and sugar people eat, the less healthy fats they consume. This is problematic because we need healthy fats for proper brain function, mood control and hormone regulation. While initially a sugary or high-carb meal might make you feel awake and alert, quickly after you’ll likely come crashing down and might feel tired, grumpy and irritable.
Hi Emily, The dessert is very rich, so to me the 9×9 pan is enough for 16 people. It comes out to about a 2.25″x2.25″ square per serving, which doesn’t sound like a lot but it’s quite filling. I made it in a 9×9 when we had 12 people over, and we had more than 1/4 of the pan left over. Of course it depends on what else you’re serving and how much people want. It stores fine for several days too, so you could easily double the recipe to make it in a larger pan if you’d like. Nothing wrong with leftovers. 🙂 Enjoy your party!
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.
Great questions Melissa. I think the gentle sweet is an erythritol and stevia blend and is granulated, correct? I would try using just a little less of the super sweet blend and taste after all of the ingredients have been added. If you need to, add as many doonks of powdered sweetener as you need. If you have the regular GS, use the same amount as specified in the recipe and then add 2-3 doonks, tasting as you go.
Making lifestyle changes is never easy, particularly if you have people or habits that sway you from reaching the goals you've set for yourself. To prevent this, surround yourself with people who understand your goals and may even join you in making the same changes. This is especially important during the first three months of adopting a low-carb diet (or any lifestyle change, for that matter), after which practices tend to settle in as routine.
Self-reports, along with data from certain trials, indicate that very low-carb diets or ketogenic diets might increase symptoms like fatigue, constipation, brain-fog and irritability in some people — side effects that have been nicknamed “the carb flu” or “keto flu.” However, this is usually the case when cutting back carbs dramatically to just about 5 percent to 10 percent of total calories. These side effects usually clear up within 1–2 weeks of changing your diet, after your body adjusts.
If you are looking to give someone an impressive gift they are guaranteed to love, then GODIVA Chocolatier is the best place to find it. We specialize in the finest gourmet chocolates that everyone will love. But what makes GODIVA chocolate gifts so much more than just the delicious chocolate inside are the beautifully decorated chocolate gift boxes. These iconic gold ballotins make for an unforgettable gift that is perfect for virtually every occasion. And they become even more special if you personalize your gift with a custom ribbon message just for the occasion. Whether you decide to opt for the taste of smooth dark chocolate or you want to give them a taste of our signature chocolate truffles, they will be ecstatic when they open their present.
Carbohydrates are a type of nutrient made up of simple sugars (monosaccharides) that bind together to form complex molecules. Depending on how the sugars are combined, they might create disaccharides (double sugars like lactose and sucrose), oligosaccharides (short chain sugars called glycoproteins and glycolipids), and polysaccharides (long chain sugars, like starch and cellulose).
Researchers point out that despite the growing rates of type 1 and 2 diabetes and the accelerating cost of the resources needed to monitor and treat diabetic patients, the medical community generally hasn’t been successful at reducing either the number of people affected or the severity of the complications. While prescriptions for diabetes medications continue to climb, there’s a simple, effective, low-cost strategy that is proven to work with diabetes: Reduce the amount of sugar and starch in the diet.
Hi! Love this post and concept. I am currently in the midst of a refined grains/sugar-free December. While it was a little bit difficult at first to not indulge in all the holiday treats, I am feeling really good + loving the REAL food + down several pounds. Feeling so good that I think I’m going to continue into January + look forward to following along your journey/getting more yummy recipes! 🙂
Hi, I am Carine! I am a French mum living in Auckland, NZ. I am the sweet tooth creator of this place. I have been sugar free and low carb for 5 years, I love to share with you my sugar free ( and refined sugar free) nourishing recipes to make you feel energized, lighter and happier. I also love to encourage you to eat more greens in a fun and simple way. Enjoy what you see. XOXO Carine. Read More…
One thing to consider when you're shopping for sugar-free dark chocolate is the percentage of cacao in your chocolate. True dark chocolate products contain anywhere from 70 to 100 percent cacao, and the higher that number is, the richer and more bitter the chocolate will taste. Luckily, most sugar-free dark chocolates are sweetened with stevia and other sugar alternatives that help offset the bitterness of a high percentage of cacao.
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.
7 carbs additional carbs devided by 16 servings? 0.43 additional carbs per serving. Definitely still low carb. I am on a low carb not a no carb diet. This delicious low carb recipe has helped me (in part) lose 45 pounds and still get my dessert fix at the end of a low carb meal. I do not think I could do a low carb diet if I had to give up sweets! It freezes well when saved in individual servings or keeps in the fridge for days. Well done!
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]
A 20-year prospective study of 82,802 women looked at the relationship between lower carbohydrate diets and heart disease; a subsequent study looked at lower carbohydrate diets and risk of diabetes. Women who ate low-carbohydrate diets that were high in vegetable sources of fat or protein had a 30 percent lower risk of heart disease (4) and about a 20 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes, (34) compared to women who ate high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets. But women who ate low-carbohydrate diets that were high in animal fats or proteins did not see any such benefits. (4,34) 

I know you posted a few months ago, but I thought I would reply just incase its still relevant. After having a daughter who LOVES veges, I then had my son who at a year old suddenly refused veges. It was getting so bad he would make himself throw it up if we forced him. But we kept on going trying everything we could while getting extremely frustrated (While also being told by everyone he was too small and sickly (Which he always was but got worse when he stopped eating the veges)

Food conglomerates Nestlé SA and Kraft Foods both have chocolate brands. Nestlé acquired Rowntree's in 1988 and now markets chocolates under their own brand, including Smarties (a chocolate candy) and Kit Kat (a candy bar); Kraft Foods through its 1990 acquisition of Jacobs Suchard, now owns Milka and Suchard. In February 2010, Kraft also acquired British-based Cadbury.;[108] Fry's, Trebor Basset and the fair trade brand Green & Black's also belongs to the group.


Asher’s chocolate covered treats are the most delicious gourmet chocolates you’ll find. Whether you’re searching for an Asher’s classic chocolate covered treat, like our Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers, or even some of our newer editions like Sea Salt Caramels, we’ll have something delicious to satisfy even the toughest palate. Most treats are available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate so don’t settle for anything less than your favorite chocolate covered treat.


Hi, I am Carine! I am a French mum living in Auckland, NZ. I am the sweet tooth creator of this place. I have been sugar free and low carb for 5 years, I love to share with you my sugar free ( and refined sugar free) nourishing recipes to make you feel energized, lighter and happier. I also love to encourage you to eat more greens in a fun and simple way. Enjoy what you see. XOXO Carine. Read More…
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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!

That said, you don’t have to jump in with both feet. Schmidt recommends trying to eat under 200 g of carbs a day initially (a moderate-carb diet) and then adjust lower based on how you feel. “If you start paying attention to the carbs in your diet, you’ll eat fewer processed foods,” she says. And it’s those whole foods that are the basis of good health.
These low carb pumpkin spice cupcakes are the softest and crumbliest cupcakes you'll ever have. Made egg free, sugar free and gluten free,  they're also topped with some decadent sugar free cream cheese frosting.  They can also easily be made dairy free.  I'm warning you, you may not be able to stop … [Read more...] about Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe
You mentioned ketone strips. If they are the urine strips they are useful to see if you are in ketosis, fat burning mode, but be aware they are not completely accurate but are a good guide to how you are doing. The blood strips are way too expensive but more accurate. I have a blood glucose monitor and went through a phase of testing to see how I react to dairy, protein, cream, coffee etc. I rarely do it now as I want this way of eating to be as simple as possible, but again, a useful tool starting out.
I too found this recipe to be very, very bitter. In fact, I had to spit it out. I am use to the taste and baking with stevia. I used KAL brand pure stevia and Sweet Leaf liquid stevia. I wonder if the 1 1/2 Tablespoons is just too much. I felt as thought my Dagoba chocolate was wasted. Wanting to save the product, I reheated it, added homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk and homemade coconut milk caramel sauce and some yacon syurp. I then added some roasted salted cashews. I put it on a cookie sheet, spread it out, sprinkled on some Enjoy Life mini chips and put it in the refrigerator. Two hours later I took a taste and found it to be much less bitter and something I will be able to eat. I will probably try your recipe again using only the brand products you used, but with the cost of them, I will use much less powdered stevia. Thanks for all you do to provide sugar free recipes to all of us.
Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, the dried and fermented seeds of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), a small, 4–8 m tall (15–26 ft tall) evergreen tree native to the deep tropical region of the Americas. Recent genetic studies suggest the most common genotype of the plant originated in the Amazon basin and was gradually transported by humans throughout South and Central America. Early forms of another genotype have also been found in what is now Venezuela. The scientific name, Theobroma, means "food of the gods".[47] The fruit, called a cacao pod, is ovoid, 15–30 cm (6–12 in) long and 8–10 cm (3–4 in) wide, ripening yellow to orange, and weighing about 500 g (1.1 lb) when ripe.

Sadly, there have have been 60 years of bad dietary advice, long before the internet was ever around, and it has been to the detriment of the Western world. But I don’t dole out the advice, I direct people to the best sources of scientific evidence. Nina Teicholz book is an astonishingly well-researched look at the state of nutrition and how we got here. If you choose not to look at the other side, that’s your decision. But you may be erring on the wrong side of caution.
Many people do this for performance benefits during a workout, as it is thought to teach your body to use fat for fuel, which can provide a longer-lasting form of energy during extended bouts of endurance activities. That said, whether it really does boost performance is still up in the air, reported a study published in November 2015 in the journal Sports Medicine. If you’re an athlete interested in this style of eating, your best bet is to consult with a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition to see what’s right for you.
And now that someone has come along and invented chocolate chip molds, we can even make them chocolate chip shaped! Wooohooo! Heretofore, I had always simply poured the chocolate mixture into chocolate bar molds and then chopped them, making them into low carb chocolate chunks rather than chips. I have also use these honeycomb silicon trivets, which work well and give them a very distinct shape. You can even simply pour the whole mixture into a parchment lined pan and chop them up from there. But obviously the chip mold is fun to have and they look just like the real thing.
Low-carbohydrate diet advocates including Gary Taubes and David Ludwig have proposed a "carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis" in which carbohydrate is said to be uniquely fattening because it raises insulin levels and so causes fat to accumulate unduly.[28][8] The hypothesis appears to run counter to known human biology whereby there is no good evidence of any such association between the actions of insulin and fat accumulation and obesity.[6] The hypothesis predicted that low-carbohydrate dieting would offer a "metabolic advantage" of increased energy expenditure equivalent to 400-600 kcal/day, in accord with the promise of the Atkin's diet: a "high calorie way to stay thin forever".[8]
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