Paleo Plan

Q&A: Can I Eat Chocolate?

Here’s a question I’m sure MANY of you have had. Anyone else have any thoughts on chocolate?

Hello,

My husband and I recently started eating a Paleo diet and we have already noticed many positive changes. We are hooked! In my past life, I was addicted to chocolate. While I do my best to stay away from it, every now and then I give in and cheat with a little dark chocolate. What are your feelings about this? Am I doing more harm than good? Should I cut out all chocolate entirely? What are ingredients I can look for to make my chocolate cheat as paleo as possible? Thanks for your thoughts. You website and blog have proven very informative over the last couple of months. Melina

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Hi Melina,

I like your name. I was just hanging out with a 3 year old and every imaginary person she came up with was named Melina :) Anyway, I love chocolate and I think if you don’t have a sensitivity to it, you should continue eating it in moderation if it makes you a happier person.

I am also, as you say, addicted to chocolate in a terrible way. I’ve had to cut it out of my diet completely, partly because when I get my hands on it I can not stop eating it. If you can seriously eat a little bit of it at a time, then by all means go for it! And congrats to you on your impressive self control :)

Here’s another blog post on it for a little more info. As for the ingredients, a lot of brands of chocolate will have soy lecithin in it, and this is one of those rare exceptions I advise people to make for soy. The soy lecithin is an emulsifier to keep the chocolate from separating. Chocolate will also contain sugar unless it’s very high in cocoa, in which case you wouldn’t want to eat it anyway because it would taste like you were eating coffee beans.

So go for clean chocolate with no weird colorings, preservatives, or other low quality ingredients in them. If you can, make it organic with a high percentage of cocoa – as high as you can without negating its yumminess. Stay away from milk chocolate, since milk isn’t Paleo and a lot of people have problems with it. Also, milk and white chocolate are usually higher in sugar than good dark chocolate.

I’m a proponent of not being super strict with yourself on this diet unless you have to for medical or eating disorder reasons. Being too harsh with your boundaries and “cheats” can breed resentment and feelings of deprivation, which then can lead to going back to your old diet in your “past life”. So carry on, and I’m happy to hear you’re having success on the diet!

Kindly,

Neely

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  1. auntsarentgents

    For anyone who is UK-based I can recommend Rawr Chocolate: http://www.rawrchoc.com/

  2. Hey Melina, give our chocolate a try! http://www.paleochocolate.com

  3. Lisa Such

    I make my own and love it!!! This is a recipe from CafeJanae.com. If you don’t want peppermint chocolate just leave the peppermint out. You can add almonds or walnuts and it is AMAZING! All the good ingred. NONE of the bad. first is the white chocolate recipe then the dark chocolate recipe.. I get the cocoa butter from whole foods or amazon.com…
    Peppermint Bark
    Ingredients
    White Chocolate Layer
    ½ cup cacao butter
    ½ cup cashew powder (blend dry cashews into a powder)

    ¼ cup raw agave or 1/8 tsp. stevia powder
    2 tsp. vanilla
    dash of salt
    Dark Chocolate Layer
    1 cup cacao powder
    ½ cup melted cacao butter
    ¼ cup raw agave
    ½ tsp. salt
    2 tsp. vanilla
    peppermint oil to taste
    Directions
    White Chocolate
    Grate cacao butter and melt cacao butter over hot water bath until liquid (do not heat above 115 degrees). Pour into a warm Vita Mix with other ingredients and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Warm vita mix by filling with hot water for 5 minutes. Dry very well before using. If any water gets in the chocolate it will not harden.
    Dark Chocolate
    Grate cacao butter and melt over warm water bath until liquid. Sift cacao powder to remove all clumps. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Mix over a hot water bath in order to keep mixture warm if it starts to clump together.
    Line a 9×9 baking dish with waxed paper and pour the dark chocolate to make a smooth thin layer. Place in refrigerator to harden. When the dark chocolate is firm, spread the white chocolate in an even layer on top of it. Put in refrigerator until firm. Cut or break into pieces. Store in refrigerator.

  4. Chocolate is the only ‘sweet’ thing I eat anymore, at least what isn’t a whole food. Aside from occasional fruits.

    Since I went on myopia rehab (amazing, btw, from -4.00 to -2.50 already – Frauenfeld Clinic, they are fantastic), I really went solid with paleo. Occasional chocolate (and bacon, yea!!!) saved me from all the times I wanted so badly to relapse into a giant carb coma. :D

  5. Mmmmmm dark chocolate. I try to eat 85% and above. My current favorite is the 85% dark chocolate bar by Green & Black. I keep mine in the freezer so it takes longer to eat :) haha. I’m trying to work myself up to the 100% hard core stuff!

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  6. I take 3 Lindt Dark Chocolate bars (2 bars 85% and 1 bar 70%) and melt them in a double boiler being careful not to burn the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted I combine with 1/2 cup of raw organic macadamia nut pieces and 2 slices of uncured (cooked) bacon chopped up. I pour all of this into an 8 X 8 pan lined with parchment paper and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove it from the freezer and chop the chocolate into small squares and put 2 squares each into snack size ziplock bags. The colder they are when you put them into your mouth the less messy they are. Let them melt in your mouth until they are soft enough not to hurt your teeth when you chew. yum, yum!!!

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