Energizing Chocolate-Peanut Butter Candy – Sugarfree!

Following a sugarfree diet, and desperately missing some sweets?

This recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter layer bars is 100% sugarfree, naturally sweetened with stevia and will stop your sugar craving in a minute.

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These little candy-bites are so nutritious they can even be eaten for breakfast!

Ingredients like Chia seeds, Walnuts, and Coconut add crunchy texture along with protein and healthy fats, making the energy you get from these yummy treats lasting and balanced.

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A sweet treat that will leave you feeling satiated and guilt-free. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Stevia chocolate (I use this dark chocolate bar–it’s dairy-free)
  • 1 tsp. Chia Seeds (organic–‘n add more if you like, folks!)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped raw nut of your choice (I like using Walnuts for crunch and omega threes)
  • 2Tbs. + 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Organic Peanut Butter, or Almond Butter
  • 1/4 cup Raw Shredded Coconut
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste (I used Stevia, but honey and maple syrup are lovely)
  • Salt, for sprinkling

Optional: 1Tbs. Maca powder

Directions:

  1. Gently melt chocolate and 2Tbs. coconut oil in a pan over low heat.
  2. Pour melted chocolate mixture into a medium bowl and add chia seeds, chopped nuts, and shredded coconut. Mix well.
  3. Place 2/3 of chocolate mixture into a thin layer of a wax-paper lined pan (mini-breadpans can work great, although I use chocolate molds). Place in freezer.
  4. Meanwhile, melt remaining coconut oil and mix with nut butter. Salt nut butter if unsalted.  Add maca if using. Sweeten to taste.
  5. Remove chilled chocolate from freezer (takes no more than ten minutes) and spread nut butter mixture over solidified chocolate layer. Place in freezer again for five minutes to set.
  6. Top with remaining 1/3 chocolate mixture, sprinkle a pinch salt over (trust me!), chill in freezer and devour!

These bites are full of sweet, salty, rich goodness and pack a lot of energy. Complete with protein and healthy fats, this decadent treat won’t have you crashing–just try not to eat it all   in one swoop (not that that’s happened to anyone I know…).

Enjoy!

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Things to Know About “Stevia-sweetened” Chocolate, and Erythritol

Finding a delicious, dairy-free, sugar-free, chocolate bar that doesn’t use artificial sweeteners can be tough!

That’s why I’m so happy to share the best options I’ve found for a sugarfree sweet-tooth fix:

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But first:

What You Should Know About “Stevia-Sweetened” Products:

Most “stevia-sweetened” products available on the market right now are actually primarily sweetened with Erythritol, a sugar-alcohol, which does not spike blood sugar. This Erythritol is most often produced using GMO-Corn–full of pesticides, insecticides, and mutated genes–which should absolutely be avoided, 100%, by anyone following a conscious, cleansing diet.

However, non-GMO versions of this sweetener are much safer and healthier than the alternativesHere is and interesting article on Erythritol, what it is, and how it’s made.

Coco Polo (pictured above) has taken the steps to use Non-GMO Erythritol to sweeten their chocolate, in addition to Stevia. What’s also great is that they’ve left out the hard-to-digest and highly-addictive dairy in their dark chocolate bars (unlike Lily’s, the only other stevia/erythritol-sweetened brand I’ve found and tested so far).

Did I mention these options are delicious!?

My favorite options presently for sugarfree chocolate are:

1.  Homemade! (Coconut Oil, Stevia, Cacao, Vanilla, Sea Salt. Mix ‘n pop in your freezer for some yummy homemade chocolate!)

2.  Rox Chox (Raw, and sweetened with non-GMO Birch-tree Xylitol)

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3.  Coco Polo’s Dark Chocolate or Almond Bar

4.  Lily’s Dark or Almond Chocolate Bar

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*As with any indulgence, I do not recommend consuming products sweetened with Erythritol on a regular basis–just as a special treat!

Enjoy!