Following an exercise and life routine daily requires steady discipline and willpower. A key for long-term success is to be prepared to deal with cravings that may seemingly come out of nowhere. Best to be prepared if you know a sweet tooth my trip you up into raiding the cookie aisle at the convenience shop.
While the Paleo diet certainly has its fair share of off-limits items, the good news is that dark chocolate is on the OK list (in moderation, of course).
“With some of the restrictions of the Paleo diet, it can be challenging,” says Jonathan Valdez, MBA, RDN. “However, desserts can be a way to satisfy sweet cravings you may have in a portion size way. It’s OK to have some sweets without going overboard.”
Here, Valdez offers up four recipes that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth without too much of a detour from the disciplined path.
Sweet Strawberry Chop
¼ cup of dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp coconut flakes
1 Tbsp honey
A single serving of eight strawberries contains more vitamin C than an orange. They’ve also got folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium.
- Wash, dry, and chop the strawberries.
- In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate.
- Drizzle the dark chocolate over the chopped strawberries, and top with the coconut flakes and honey.
3 cups strawberries, washed and dried
15 oz dark chocolate
1 tsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
Dark chocolate that isn’t alkalized is heart healthy, may lower blood pressure, and may prevent some cancers.
- Heat the chocolate in a small saucepan on low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes until all the chocolate has melted.
- Dip the strawberries in dark chocolate until covered, then lay on a flat tray.
- Sprinkle the cocoa powder over the chocolate-covered strawberries and freeze until the chocolate has hardened.
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Chocolate Almond Butter Bars
1 cup almond butter
¼ cup maple syrup or honey
½ cup coconut flour
For the chocolate layer:
1 cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup coconut oil
Strawberries cut into heart shapes (slice them in half)
3 Tbsp coconut flakes
Twenty-three almonds contains six grams of protein, twelve vitamins and minerals, thirteen grams of healthy fats, three and a half grams of fiber, and are low in sugar.
- In a bowl, mix together the almond butter, maple syrup or honey, and coconut flour. Mold the mixture into bar-like shapes and arrange these on a tray.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil, then pour over the almond bar crust.
- Top each bar with the heart-shaped strawberries and coconut flakes.
¼ cup dark chocolate chips (and a few extra for garnish)
1 ripe avocado
½ cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
Avocados are naturally nutrient dense with twenty vitamins and minerals. Plus, they’re cholesterol free and contain potassium—which can lower blood pressure.
- Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Put all of the ingredients, including the melted chocolate, in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth.
- Serve in a small dish, garnished with extra chocolate chips.