Chocolate Cups without Refined Sugar
You might need to adjust all these things to your taste, but here is what worked for us
Coconut Oil – approx. 3/4 cup
Butter – 2 teaspoons
Cocoa Powder – 1 or 2 heaping teaspoons (less if needed for taste or more for some extra awakening power)
Almond Flour – 2 to 4 Tablespoons -depending on your preference for consistency – the almond flour absorbs some of the stevia taste and helps to bind ingredients – while the almond flour also adds some nut benefits
*Stevia Powder – five very small scoopers – the scooper comes with the stevia (more or less to your taste)
Fresh cranberries – 1/2 cup
Fresh walnuts – 1/2 cup
Almond Butter (or peanut butter if you can tolerate it) – 2 tablespoons
6 to 8 baking cups (we use the ones for making cupcakes and they make large treats – if you use smaller cups – this recipe will make more)
Melt down the coconut oil in the microwave – usually less than a minute in a medium-sized glass bowl.
Add the stevia to the melted coconut oil and mix well.
Add in the cocoa powder – stir well.
Melt the almond butter separate
Melt the regular butter separate
Then mix in the almond butter and butter into the melted mix and stir well.
Add in the Almond flour – stir well.
Pour the liquid-mix into the baking cups.
If the mix is getting too hard, microwave it for 20 to 30 seconds (or as much as needed)
Fill the baking dishes halfway and then add in a few walnuts and cranberries to each one. You can drizzle more on top.
Place in freezer or fridge.
Serve cold or room temperature
*I do NOT suggest using Stevia with Malodextrin added – ulk (Dr. AXE article here) be very cautious about the type of Stevia you consume – some stevia mixes are bad.
We use the all-natural Stevia powder from Whole Foods (under 10$) and Trader Joe’s sells a similar one (under $10 as well).
Extra options: add chia seeds, few dashes of vanilla, or different types of raw nuts.
These treats are so satisfying and will not suppress your immune system the way refined-sugar treats suppress immune function (and I am not a sugar hater, I am just reminding you that we look the other way too often – because refined sugar is bad news for the physical body – especially if you need to heal from something….)
Oh and because these treats are all natural (no chemical stabilizers added) they might not travel well in the heat – not sure yet because we only had them in winter.
Let me know if you try making some – we are still experimenting with recipes – and this is my fav so far – but others here prefer them without the cranberries and large nuts – but I think the cranberries taste like tart cherries.