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Substitutes for chocolate

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2011 at 4:50 AM

As most fellow paleo dieters know by now, i have a pretty big love for chocolate and other not so friendly paleo sweets. And i do believe that if it were not for this addiction, i could truly stick to any diet devised by man. I know that at times indulging in a food knowing it isn't paleo friendly can actually help one stay on the right track, as it keeps you motivated/not feeling deprived. The problem i am having is, that i indulge a little too much. Do any of you know of Paleo friendly fruit that can be consumed instead of my enemy chocolate? I say paleo friendly fruit, because i find that keeping my carbs to a minimum helps me tremendously, as i find it gives me unimaginable energy as a tradesmen. Allowing me to work longer hours. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanx guys.

414da8254d4032f5054b0e41e4e31556

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on February 24, 2012
at 10:20 PM

We use Chatfield's Carob Powder; 16 oz Can is only about $6 in local health food stores. It is not as bitter as chocolate, so for me it is a very nice treat just mixing carob powder and coconut "oil" for a dark gooey treat. Sometimes I add peanut butter also.

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on August 10, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Thanx Julie :-)

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

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on August 10, 2011
at 02:57 PM

Love Lindt 90%... everything I like about chocolate without the sugar.

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on August 10, 2011
at 01:00 PM

99%? That cant be right.

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on August 10, 2011
at 12:45 PM

Lindt makes a 99% cacao also...once you get down to the 85% adjusting to the lack of sugar in the chocolate is painless in my experience, plus you never have to share your chocolate with co-workers

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on August 10, 2011
at 12:26 PM

Lindt's 90% are my favorite dessert. They seemed overly bitter at first but now taste sweet as a snicker’s bar used to.

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Cave Tomboy thanx for that information. Sounds like you used to be in the same boat i am in now. I will try the 85% Lindt. I have tried the 70%, but its sort of defeating the purpose due to its higher carb and sugar content.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 10:05 AM

Thanx for the reply Karen. Will give it a go :-)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 10:05 AM

Thanx for the reply Karen :-)

306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

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on August 10, 2011
at 08:18 AM

Actually, slightly off topic: it was "Ice Magic" I was thinking about - I wonder if they used coconut oil as the "setting" ingredient. Anyone?

427c8cbb9c2492d74b887fc5cf7a8ce0

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on August 10, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Technically carob is a legume, so is mesquite...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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at 07:24 AM

Primal Effect i will definately have a good look at that. I tried the 85% but couldnt handle it. I tried the 70% lindt chocolate but you compromise the higher carb and sugar intake.

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on August 10, 2011
at 06:09 AM

Harry thanx mate. I will try that out too. So many great suggestions. Thanx again :-)

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:57 AM

BryanH I will look it up as we speak. Thanx pal. Appreciate the feedback :-)

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foodallergypaleomom very very clever lady. Thanx so much. Will try that also with Amandas suggestion. Thanx again :-)

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Amanda thanx so much. Im sure if your mini paleo kids like it, then i will like it too. Will give a it a try :-)

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on August 10, 2011
at 09:51 AM

I used to be devoted to milk chocolate, but since trying cacao nibs and now the Lindt 85%, it totally changed me. I'm now hoping to try Lindt's 90%.

Somehow the bitterness gives me whatever I'm wanting when I'm wanting chocolate, but I only need like 10-20grams and I'm totally satisfied.

Why don't you try them again?

Another, more radical, suggestion would be to go totally cold turkey for 30 days and then come back and experiment. It'll probably be a bit rough the first week, but it might be worth not being controlled by something. . .

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on August 10, 2011
at 12:45 PM

Lindt makes a 99% cacao also...once you get down to the 85% adjusting to the lack of sugar in the chocolate is painless in my experience, plus you never have to share your chocolate with co-workers

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 10:08 AM

Cave Tomboy thanx for that information. Sounds like you used to be in the same boat i am in now. I will try the 85% Lindt. I have tried the 70%, but its sort of defeating the purpose due to its higher carb and sugar content.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 10, 2011
at 01:00 PM

99%? That cant be right.

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on August 10, 2011
at 12:26 PM

Lindt's 90% are my favorite dessert. They seemed overly bitter at first but now taste sweet as a snicker’s bar used to.

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on August 10, 2011
at 02:57 PM

Love Lindt 90%... everything I like about chocolate without the sugar.

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:23 AM

Well, I don't know if this helps, but when I really want chocolate, I melt some pure unsweetened baking chocolate circles from Trader Joes (they are about 2 carbs, very bitter though by themselves), and I add coconut oil and liquid stevia in the pan. After its all melted you can roll strawberries into the chocolate and place in the fridge for a few minutes. It hardens in the cold because of the coconut oil.

We actually made these tonite as a treat for my kiddos =)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:53 AM

Amanda thanx so much. Im sure if your mini paleo kids like it, then i will like it too. Will give a it a try :-)

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A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on August 10, 2011
at 12:24 PM

Ripe plantains baked in olive oil work for me.. Bake them until they are really nice and brown. Of course I eat them with chocolate for the ultimate happy time.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 10, 2011
at 10:01 AM

Coconut butter works for me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 10:05 AM

Thanx for the reply Karen :-)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 10:05 AM

Thanx for the reply Karen. Will give it a go :-)

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on August 10, 2011
at 07:22 AM

For a chocolate fix I use a couple bites of Lindt 85% Cocoa bar. Almost no sugar. Probably a little bitter for most people at first.

My favorite Paleo snack that is not fruit is Matiz Fig Bread. It's really not bread...made from fig, ground walnuts and honey. That's it. They also have a Date Bread as well. Made in Spain, available in gourmet food stores and probably Whole Foods. You can view the product on my website in my store @ www.theprimaleffect.com

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 07:24 AM

Primal Effect i will definately have a good look at that. I tried the 85% but couldnt handle it. I tried the 70% lindt chocolate but you compromise the higher carb and sugar intake.

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306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

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on August 10, 2011
at 06:02 AM

I have small bag of cacao nibs which I mix into extremely chilled coconut milk with some cinnamon and occasionally stevia.

If I'm feeling decadent [i.e. if I've remembered to buy any] I'll grate some nutmeg over the top, and pour stome melted coconut oil over the top - so it hardens like Ice Cream Magic. If that stuff still exists...

Nice high-ish fat snack.

306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

(1072)

on August 10, 2011
at 08:18 AM

Actually, slightly off topic: it was "Ice Magic" I was thinking about - I wonder if they used coconut oil as the "setting" ingredient. Anyone?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 10, 2011
at 06:09 AM

Harry thanx mate. I will try that out too. So many great suggestions. Thanx again :-)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:57 AM

BryanH I will look it up as we speak. Thanx pal. Appreciate the feedback :-)

427c8cbb9c2492d74b887fc5cf7a8ce0

(432)

on August 10, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Technically carob is a legume, so is mesquite...

414da8254d4032f5054b0e41e4e31556

(20)

on February 24, 2012
at 10:20 PM

We use Chatfield's Carob Powder; 16 oz Can is only about $6 in local health food stores. It is not as bitter as chocolate, so for me it is a very nice treat just mixing carob powder and coconut "oil" for a dark gooey treat. Sometimes I add peanut butter also.

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on August 10, 2011
at 01:47 PM

My usual go-to for something sweet are Medjool dates.. a little more on the carb-ie side (i think around 6 per piece) but one or 2 usually do the trick for me. IF u really want a treat... try fudge babies... but beware, super addiciting...

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2009/10/13/make-these-now/

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Thanx Julie :-)

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:14 AM

Not sure if it would be satisfying, but what about avocado? Do you like any sort of chocolate creations without sugar or with very, very tiny amounts of something like coconut palm sugar? I get chocolate cravings and recently made a simplified version of this w/a tiny pinch of palm sugar, not brown rice syrup as it suggests, and found it pretty darn good for kicking the cravings: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_No_Bake_Healthy_Protein_Snack.htm Or perhaps a taste of coconut cream concentrate?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:54 AM

foodallergypaleomom very very clever lady. Thanx so much. Will try that also with Amandas suggestion. Thanx again :-)

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