Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Homemade Chocolate Snacks

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Eating: It's one of the fundamentals of health, so why not make it delicious and sweet, all at the same time?

These three chocolate recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth in minutes:

Oh, and did I mention that all these recipes are free from refined sugar?! Indulge without guilt!


Chocolate Truffles

You can also add shredded coconut, cinnamon, cayenne, goji berries, or nut butter to these truffles.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3 Tablespoons cacao powder, plus another 3 tablespoons for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons agave nectar (For sugar free, use a combination of erythritol and stevia, or either of these mixed with agave to limit sugar calories.)
  • 3 Tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Should be thick, like brownie batter. If not, refrigerate until solid. Pull out a tablespoon or two at a time and roll into balls. Roll in cacao powder to coat and place on parchment paper in the refrigerator. Enjoy when they are firm.


Chocolate Avocado Pudding


(Makes 4 servings)
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large avocados, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar, or less to taste. (Can use a combination of stevia, erythritol, and agave to limit sugar calories.)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

Directions:
Blend avocados, cocoa powder, coconut sugar or sugar substitutes, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate pudding until chilled, about 30 minutes.


Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • Milk of your choice (cow dairy, almond, soy, coconut, hazelnut)
  • Raw cacao powder to taste
  • Sweetener to taste (agave, coconut sugar, sugar-free stevia and/or erythritol, or a combo)

Directions:
Heat milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the cacao powder and sweetener and heat until warm.


Bon appetit!

- Rachel

Trinity Esola