I’m a therapist with a love-hate relationship with chocolate. Ha! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve craved a melty bar of cocoa goodness or a handful (or more) of dark chocolate-covered almonds, particularly during my most hectic or emotional-rollercoaster therapy days. Problem is, I’m also sensitive to sugar: a quick dip into a sugar stash is fine and dandy…and then 30 minutes passes and I feel like snoozing. Or worse, my mood suffers and I’m cranky. I intend to show up for my clients, so I’ve had to modify some of my favorite snacks a bit on the days I choose to have them.
I enjoy sharing recipes for treats I’ve been experimenting with at home! It’s not by accident I include specific recipes in a mental health blog: this treat is low in sugar and as we know, sugar can have a significant impact on moods. Dark chocolate can be an acquired taste but trust me–these freezer bites are delish AND easy to make. If you love chocolate but not the sugar crash after eating it, check these guys out!!
Also, see my earlier post for Gluten free Chocolate Chip Sunny Buddies, which have been a hit at my house. 🙂
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup collagen peptides–not absolutely necessary but will add protein and health benefits of collagen, I use this brand [https://sportsresearch.com]
2-3 Tbsp coconut sugar (to taste–coconut sugar is my favorite and it’s lower-glycemic, but you could sub honey or maple syrup)
1/3 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut (optional)
Toppings, such as cacao nibs, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, or anything else (also optional, but adds color and crunch)
Directions: In a saucepan on the stove on low to medium heat, melt coconut oil and almond butter, stir in cacao powder until combined. Add collagen peptides and coconut and stir until collagen is dissolved.
Turn off heat and allow mixture to sit for a couple minutes. I poured the contents of the hot saucepan into a measuring glass with a pour spout, just for more ease with pouring. I then used a silicone ice tray with 1″x1″ cubes (use whatever ice trays you have but these are the most user friendly, mine was from [www.crateandbarrel.com], search “ice trays”); I filled each cube completely with chocolate.
Next, freeze the tray of bites for about 15 minutes, just until the chocolate sets up a bit. Add toppings and press lightly into the chocolate. Return the tray to the freezer for at least 2-3 hours.
Lastly, remove the bites. They’re ready to eat! Enjoy!