Confession time:

I am a chocoholic. I love it. And up until a few months ago, I literally HAD TO HAVE CHOCOLATE every afternoon around 3PM. It wasn’t much… Just a square (or three, or four)… But the daily sugar rush became an addiction and I could tell that the negative effects of sugar were adding up.

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Last November I embarked upon a 21 day “sugar detox” using Diane Sanfilippo’s amazing 21DSD program, and figured out two delicious ways to address my afternoon carb and sugar/chocolate cravings WITHOUT the sugar. The combination of protein + healthy fat + rich chocolate taste (and all of the wonderful minerals and antioxidants that are found in cocoa) in the following recipes completely obliterate my cravings.

I’m spared the sugar rush and subsequent sugar CRASH.

Bliss!

Note: If you are NOT following the 21DSD, feel free to add a few drops of liquid stevia or a touch of honey to the recipes below. As written below, the following recipes are 21DSD friendly. They aren’t sweet (but they’re incredibly satisfying).

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Chocolate Chia Parfait – serves 1*

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened nondairy milk of choice (I used 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk thinned with 1/4 cup water)
  • 1 green-tipped banana, divided**
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of sea salt (brings out the flavor)
  • a splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds

Add milk, half of your green-tipped banana, the cocoa, sea salt, and vanilla to a blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add chia seeds. Blend on low for a few seconds, or pulse them in (you don’t want to pulverize the seeds). Pour mixture into a small bowl. Chill until “set” to a pudding-like consistency. Slice the remainder of your green-tipped banana. Either layer pudding and banana slices like a parfait, or simply top your bowl of pudding with the banana slices. Eat and ENJOY!

*Note: This single-serving recipe counts for your daily allotment of fruit if you’re following the 21DSD.

**Note (2): If you’re NOT following the 21DSD, feel free to use a fully ripe yellow banana (don’t worry about the green tip!).

Chocolate-Almond Freezer “Fudge”

I posted the following recipe in one of our December e-newsletters, and received this feedback from a fan: “Just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the ‘secret trick.’  It is actually working for me! I am completely thrilled and blown away. The first day the ‘fudge’ tasted very bitter, but now it tastes yummy and chocolatey! Amazing! Thank you!” –Barbara

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, softened
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use approx 1.5 Tbsp)
  • pinch of sea salt (brings out the flavor)

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. If hard to mix, microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften the coconut oil further, and then mix again. Stir until completely blended and smooth. Line a small storage container with waxed paper. Pour mixture in, then freeze until solidified. Cut into 4-6 pieces. Eat a piece whenever a craving strikes!

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Remember: this is NOT a sweet treat, but it’s rich, chocolate-y, and deeply satisfying! You’ll just need a tiny bit to satisfy your cravings.

Here’s another fun way to do it… Spoon the mixture into silicone molds, and then freeze. Pop one out for your afternoon treat!

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Note: I am a proud affiliate of the 21DSD program. You can read more about it on this page, if you’d like to try it for yourself!

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