What kind of paleo friendly candy-type snacks to you buy? I mean like stuff in a wrapper for when you get that craving (I'm not trying to lose weight) - not something I have to spend a couple hours preparing at home.
Today I was at this neat little independent market with my mom and I picked up this "Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate" thing by a company called "oskri".
I read the ingredients, bought 6 of them, and ate one right away. They're GREAT! And almost Paleo too. It's more than half "coconuts" followed by Rice Syrup and Dark Chocolate. That's it! Since I started Paleo my taste buds have changed and it's ALMOST too sweet for me.
I really dig dark chocolate espresso beans but the brand I have in front of me (Trader Joe's) makes me feel guilty. It contains things like soy lechin, dextrin (what's dextrin?), powdered sugar, and confectioner's glaze (what's confectioner's glaze?). Can you point me to a better brand?
I like candied ginger bits too... but the stuff I buy has more sugar than I should be eating straight like that. Just looking for healthier alternatives...
What do you like? Help me fill my candy cravings without breaking my good habits please.
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on September 03, 2013
at 08:21 PM
Most paleo answer: I really like the coconut date rolls that you can get at the grocery store, sometimes with an almond in the middle. I know you can get them in the whole foods bulk section. They're just dates, coconut, and nuts.
Ridiculous answer: Bacon candy! I know the bacon-everything trend is played out at this point but it tastes good so who cares? (We had this at our wedding and it was a hit with everyone besides the veg guests.) Does involve a little work, but the time-commitment and skill level is pretty low, so I think it's worth it.
CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON - Crisp up some smoky bacon strips, let it drain and cool, and dip it in whatever melted dark chocolate you choose. You can sprinkle some salt, chili, or nuts onto the chocolate, too. It only takes as long as cooking the bacon and melting chocolate in the microwave. Variation: chop crispy bacon, mix into chocolate, and make bacon bars or truffles on some parchment paper.
CANDIED BACON - Put a little of your sweetener of choice (coconut sugar, a little honey, whatever will caramelize) in a bowl and coat the bacon strips all over. If you're using a liquid sweetener, don't put it on too thick. Put a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and lay the strips over the rack, bake at 350 for ~30 min, until it looks nice and crisp and the sweetener is caramelized. Should harden as it cools... if it's still jiggly you need to bake longer.
Most candy answer: I like the Theo chocolate bars. They have quite a few varieties that are above 70%, which is my personal cocoa % cutoff point, and don't add soy as an ingredient, at least not in the varieties I've had. They do have regular sugar in them, though, which I personally don't agonize over as I keep my paleo-treat consumption quite low overall.
on September 03, 2013
at 10:44 PM
2- dates stuffed with walnuts
3- dried figs or other dried fruits
the next ones need a lil bit of prepping (<15 mins)
4- 1 avocado + cacao powder (the real stuff with no added sugar) + honey to taste + vanilla (optional) ---> mix ---> amazing chocolate pudding
5-grated coconut + honey --> mix until you get a thick paste, enjoy!
6-coconut cream/milk (not the diluted variety) + frozen berries
7-coconut macaroons (many recipes online, they take ~10 minutes to prep and bake)
8- 1-minute microwave mug-cake (using grated coconut OR coconut flour OR almond flour/meal) lots of recipes online
on September 03, 2013
at 02:57 PM
I guess this is a tough one to answer. I hope people who stumble across this post in the coming months or years aren't afraid to add a late comment or answer if they have something to add. I found some AMAZING coconut chips which are crispy and delicious. The only non-paleo aspects are that they're pre-packaged and contain just the slightest dash of sugar, but aren't very sweet. Trouble is they're a bit pricy.
on September 01, 2013
at 08:58 PM
How about a foil wrapper...sometimes even golden.....surrounded by a rectangular box...... containing.......
90% dark chocolate?
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
I occasionally enjoy the Blue Diamond brand of Dark Chocolate baked Almonds:
I have purchased them in several different states in various groceries stores.