Are ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels Paleo?

enjoy-life-dark-morsels-300x224.jpgAn American-classic and a universal favorite go-to dessert is the chocolate chip cookie. I’ve heard people say (on more than one occasion) that they would never ‘go Paleo’ if it meant that they couldn’t have their beloved chocolate chip cookies! Most chocolate chip cookies are not Paleo because they are made from wheat flour, refined sweeteners, and other unhealthy ingredients. In fact, most chocolate chips themselves are not Paleo, due to the artificial ingredients, soy lecithin, grains, and other non-Paleo ingredients that they almost always contain. Luckily humans have quickly evolved the ability to make grain-free chocolate chip cookies out of Paleo-friendly ingredients like almond flour and ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels!

Nutritional Value of ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels

Ingredients: Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar.

Serving size: 1 Tbsp. (17 servings per container)

  • Calories: 70
  • Total Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 8g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 0 %
  • Vitamin C: 0 %
  • Calcium: 0%
  • Iron: 15%

Health Benefits of ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels

Dark chocolate in particular has a lot of health benefits such as a high antioxidant content, healthy fats, several nutrients, and a fair amount of fiber. ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels are the darkest baking chocolate currently available through the ‘Enjoy Life Foods’ company, which is a completely gluten-free and nut-free facility. ‘Enjoy Life Foods’ is our go-to brand for chocolate chips because all of their baking chocolates are completely free from:

  • Gluten – All of their products are certified gluten-free
  • Grains (including corn)
  • Artificial ingredients – All natural ingredients are used
  • Refined sweeteners
  • Hydrogenated oils/Trans fats
  • GMO ingredients (genetically modified organisms) – the ‘Enjoy Life Foods’ company has received the official Non-GMO Project Verification on most of their products
  • Several major allergens including: wheat (gluten), dairy (lactose), eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, casein, potato, mustard, sesame, sulfites, fish, crustaceans, and shellfish.

Where to Buy and How to Store ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels

‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels can be purchased in many higher-end grocery stores, in the health food aisle of some ‘regular’ grocery stores, in several health food stores, and online.

The folks at ‘Enjoy Life Foods’  suggest that you keep your package of dark chocolate morsels tightly sealed or otherwise stored away from light, air, and heat. ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels can also be frozen, or enjoyed by the “best-by” date on the package if left unfrozen.

Should I Eat ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels?

‘Enjoy Life Foods’ Dark Chocolate Morsels are regular-sized, dark chocolate chips that work great in any recipe that calls for standard chocolate chips, such as our grain-free chocolate chip cookies and our paleo pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies. This is my go-to brand of chocolate chips when I’m baking, and you’ll also catch me snacking on a few of these chips every now and then to satisfy a sweet tooth.

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when selecting chocolate is: the darker the chocolate (the higher % cacao), the better. This is because as % cacao increases, the % of sugar decreases. You ideally want a minimum of 50% cacao (cocoa solids) in your dark chocolate, with percentages of 70 and higher being ideal.  ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels contain 69% cacao, which is the darkest baking chocolate available through the ‘Enjoy Life Foods’ company. ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels also don’t contain any soy, grains, or artificial ingredients, and as far as chocolate chips go, they are about as Paleo as they come!

Kinsey Jackson

Kinsey Jackson, LMP, MS, CNS® is a clinical nutritionist specializing in functional and evolutionary nutrition. Her own experience of overcoming multiple autoimmune disorders by adopting a Paleo lifestyle vastly contributes to her passion for helping others to also reclaim their health and vitality by making informed dietary decisions.