I often get the question "is chocolate gluten free?" Followed by "I CAN'T GIVE UP MY CHOCOLATE!"
Unfortunately most chocolate on the market today is filled with gluten and other nasty fillers that your body doesn't need and can't process. For example, I checked out one of the largest distributors of chocolate, Hershey's, website for their nutrition facts, and saw they had two "gluten free options" for chocolate. Here is the list of ingredients for their Almond JOY Bars. Although, I'm not sure how much JOY corn syrup and trans fat is going to bring you!
Remember, corn is technically a grain, so it isn't true gluten free according to Dr. Peter Osborne from GlutenFreeSociety.Org. Here is why my body hates corn and why you might think twice about keeping it in your diet!
Label Tip: Food manufactures are always hiding ingredients in the food list. Did you know that "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil" is another name for TRANS FAT? The USDA allows food manufactures to claim their product are "trans fat free" as long as there is less than .5 grams of trans fat per serving. Another reason why you can't trust the government with our food recommendations.
But I have great news! I have the best recipe to make gluten free chocolate. What is even better is that it is dairy free chocolate, AND sugar free chocolate.
In a saucepan melt:1/2 cup coconut oil; Tropical Traditions is my favorite brand
1/4 cup of raw cacao
1 pinch of salt
5 drops of stevia
1 teaspoon of extract of your choice
I mix up with coconut, vanilla, mint, almond extracts. Frontiers Natural Food Co-op has a lot of great alcohol free extracts.
**Gluten Free Baking Tip: Know the Derivative of Alcohol in Foods
In a mini-muffin tin put about 1 teaspoon of almond butter (or peanut butter) in the pan. No greasing is necessary! Next poor the batter into the muffin tins. I will do different variations where I'll put in 1 cashew or sprinkle some coconut flakes in too.
Toss in freezer and let them harder for 30 minutes. I keep mine in the freezer, but you could always transfer into a container and keep in the fridge.
They are a delicious, sugar free, and healthy fat snack.