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What's a good sub for chocolate

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM

I'm trying to stop eating chocolate because it is getting to be a bit ridiculous. I'm in college and every time I have a paper or exam, I start to stress and reach for the bag of chocolate chips.

What are some sugary substitutes to chocolate that are paleo? Ive been eating dates and that seems to be going well. Any suggestions and/or recipes?

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:26 AM

The problem with dark chocolate is that most of it is processed with alkali. From the research that I've read, when you process Dark Chocolate with alkali, it destroys everything that was good about dark chocolate (aka: the antioxidants).

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on February 01, 2012
at 01:49 AM

having food in general is psychologically taxing. its true. im not hungry. i know its there. i want to eat it. i eat it. if i dont eat it i contemplate if for a few hours and eventually eat it. willpower is non-existent here

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on February 01, 2012
at 01:00 AM

I do not approve of sugary anything, so my answer is pemmican. It looks exactly like chocolate, at least the way I make it (heart meat, well pulverized). No one will know you're paleo, you can pretend you're pigging out worse than ever.

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on January 31, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I second this. I crave chocolate when I'm stressed and magnesium solves it.

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:11 PM

More chocolate! Or maybe bacon. Bacon dipped in chocolate! Try making some cocnut bark (just google it).

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on January 31, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Why do you need to stay away from the chocolate? Try some 85%-100% bars... they've got minimal sugar and they're really satisfying.

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Chocolate definitely has its place in my diet, but dates are my fave for a sugary treat when I want something really sweet, sometimes I stick a pecan in there. Is there a reason you want to specifically cut back on chocolate for another sweet item? There is a raw donut hole recipe that has dates, dried coconut flakes and almond butter or ground almonds in it that is pretty good (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuGjDagUWNg) but that might just be a pain for a college student, so the straight dates might be easier, along with a nice dark chocolate to help cut back.

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:23 AM

I agree with confusedtruffle, I think if you have a chocolate craving, try 90%. It's pretty low sugar and is somewhat bitter, so that might help with weaning. Definitely try to avoid high sugar bagged chocolate chips, even the so-called "dark chocolate" chips.

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on January 30, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Honestly, I have the same issue. Once I started eating 90%-100% cacao bars, it satisfied my cravings. Coffee, cinnamon and chewing on ginger root helps a ton. Maybe it could be the earthly flavors chocolate offers that calms you when you are stressed. Chocolate also had caffeine and activates a feel good hormone in your body, which could be alleviating your stress.

36ba71ea8bc4f736f4113433fde572bd

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:23 AM

I agree with confusedtruffle, I think if you have a chocolate craving, try 90%. It's pretty low sugar and is somewhat bitter, so that might help with weaning. Definitely try to avoid high sugar bagged chocolate chips, even the so-called "dark chocolate" chips.

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on January 31, 2012
at 06:10 AM

Vanilla Ice Cream. Either home made or Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream works well because it is not very portable it limits when and where you can eat it.

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:56 AM

I thought Dark Chocolate was okay in proportion? I have been melting dark chocolate and covering oranges, bananas, cranberries, walnuts and almonds. the most delicious one was Almond butter covered in chocolate! yum. But Cranberries are pretty good and almond butter has a satisfying taste. Look up paleo candy or treats, find some recipes :)

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(1536)

on February 01, 2012
at 03:26 AM

The problem with dark chocolate is that most of it is processed with alkali. From the research that I've read, when you process Dark Chocolate with alkali, it destroys everything that was good about dark chocolate (aka: the antioxidants).

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Cbe0baff464199131bec8f68ef5654ca

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on January 31, 2012
at 12:38 AM

I'm a chocoholic and I've been eating blueberries and/or raspberries. Yeah they're not nearly as satisfying as chocolate but they're a great hand-to-mouth munchy food and they fill you up.

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on January 31, 2012
at 09:53 PM

Lately I've realised that my chocolate cravings were because of the chocolate, not the sugar that's in it, so I started drinking two tablespoons of cocoa dissolved in a cup of hot water. It's a bit bitter, and for some it might be an acquired taste, but I love it.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on January 31, 2012
at 05:19 AM

85%-100% chocolate is a perfectly fine treat every now and then. It has minimal sugar (when eaten in moderation) and it's supposed to have antioxidants. Two birds, one stone.

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on January 31, 2012
at 03:57 AM

Actually, I supplement with Magnesium when I have chocolate cravings. I wish I could be more helpful on a research front (anyone help a friend out there?), but I did read somewhere that chocolate contains a decent amount of magnesium and that my cravings could stem from a deficiency. Hopefully a smarter, savvier fella out there can correct me if I'm wrong. Anyway, experimenting with it has really helped to curb my cravings a ton. And I'm one of those "can't go a day without eating a bite of chocolate" kinds of people.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 31, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I second this. I crave chocolate when I'm stressed and magnesium solves it.

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:58 AM

I bake yams until they get caramely and then mush them with coconut milk (till reaaally smooth) and stir in coco-powder and maybe a little coconut oil. Paleo pudding. Tasty.

I also used to do post workout drinks that were blended coconut milk, banana and cocoa powder.

I don't see that it's chocolate that is bad but maybe things with pure sucrose and no fiber, inferior fat etc...

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on January 31, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Too much very dark chocolate might not be the best idea, theobromine can be a real bitch. I usually go for white chocolate, but they're always too sweet.

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on January 31, 2012
at 08:04 AM

A big wedge of creamed coconut.. Pretty calorie dense though so it depends on why you are avoiding the chocolate.

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on January 31, 2012
at 03:36 AM

Satsumas are nice. The peeling process slows you down a bit (more of a food ceremony) and they can be very sweet. I spring for the organic ones, always, and only buy if they actually are fragrant. Most conventional ones are very lackluster.

Oh! A Moroccan style treat - orange slices (horizontally - peel than slice with a knife) sprinkled with cinnamon and orange blossom water. Infinitely more decadent than orange segments plain.

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:49 PM

I melt equal parts coconut oil together with unsweetenened cocoa powder and use stevia to sweeten. I have liquid vanilla creme stevia, but any kind works. Pop it in the freezer for fifteen minutes and break off a piece whenever you need it. Small quantities obviously are better, but it s a healthy alternative and it's quite decadent.

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:10 AM

I think switching from morsels to bars, and the highest cacao rating you can stand, will be the best choice. It's more work to eat a bar since you need to break off pieces (assuming you don't just bite it off). It's so easy to toss a handful of morsels in your mouth. Anything that makes eating mindful is good.

I eat chocolate, but I always eat it with fresh fruit, never alone. Citrus works well. So do cherries. Dates are fine, but awfully sugar-dense. Lately I've enjoyed frozen grapes, and frozen tart cherries as sweet treats, with or without chocolate!

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Maybe you could try just not buying more than a small piece at a time so you have to go walk to a shop in order to get more each time. Having a big bag o' deliciousness sitting next to you is gonna be psychologically taxing, no matter what it is.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on February 01, 2012
at 01:49 AM

having food in general is psychologically taxing. its true. im not hungry. i know its there. i want to eat it. i eat it. if i dont eat it i contemplate if for a few hours and eventually eat it. willpower is non-existent here

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B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

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on January 31, 2012
at 05:40 PM

My first solution is to make my own chocolate bombs: coconut oil, 100% cocoa powder, and whatever else I feel like adding. Last night it was coconut, cashews, and a tiny bit of coconut sugar. Last time it was raspberries and a bunch of other stuff. The result is a super-chocolately treat with minimal sugar; somehow this satisfies me and one serving ends my chocolate craving.

Solution number two is the energy bars I make (no chocolate in those) - the recipe is on Mark's Daily Apple. I modify them every time I make them, and they're so yummy! One serving is enough.

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on January 31, 2012
at 03:19 AM

Uncrystallized candied ginger, dried cranberries and nuts of your choice. Sounds a bit odd, not exactly low in carbs, but it keeps me away from the chocolate!

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on January 31, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Why do you need to stay away from the chocolate? Try some 85%-100% bars... they've got minimal sugar and they're really satisfying.

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on January 30, 2012
at 11:35 PM

grapes have a bunch of sugar and fiber except unlike dead chocolate candy grapes are alive and loaded with living nutrition.

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