For lovers of dark chocolate and those with a not-so-sweet tooth!

I love chocolate and I do beleive that a little of what we fancy does no harm, however I also beleive that what we eat becomes us, so these chocolate bites can be classed as “clean” because they contain no nasties and are minimally processed.

When someone wants to cut out sweet foods that is great, but the hard part isn’t avoiding refined sugar, it is the adjustment of your tastebuds. Many recipes call for sweetners like agave syrup, honey, dried fruit, stevia etc that add the recognisable sweet taste we love to our food. They might help to avoid refined sugar, however they aren’t helping your brain to stop craving sweetness.

Food for thought……it can be harder than you think to alter taste. Especially in relation to sweet and salty foods. A good place to start is by making a note of everything you eat and drink over 48 hours. Highlight everything you consumed that contains some form of sweetness – are there alternatives? Could you choose something different? Do you crave these foods at a certain time of the day? Do you eat/drink these foods when you are around certain people? Help yourself to become aware of what your sweet triggers are

  • Clean eating
  • No refined sugar
  • Gluten free
  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • High fibre
  • Antioxidants
  • Energy snack

Ingredients

  • 240g (1 drained, rinsed can) cooked chickpeas
  • 30g milled chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 75ml thick coconut milk
  • 20g cacao powder
  • 20g coconut flour
  • 15g freeze-dried strawberries
  • 30g cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 small handful sultanas

Method

Makes 2 x 18 “bites”

  1. Place all ingredients (except sultanas) together in a blender and blitz until a dough forms.
  2. Add the sultanas and stir well.
  3. Split the mix into two and form 2 “sausage” shapes, around 2.5cm thick and 30cm long. Wrap both sausages in cling film and then place in a zip-lock bag and freeze.
  4. When you are ready to use one of the rolls, simply remove it from the freezer, allow it to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes, then cut into 1cm thick disks. These will then keep in a sealed continer in the fridge for a good week.
  5. Best enjoyed straight from the fridge. 1 serving = 2 disks