Sugar Free Chocolate
health issues that prevent them from enjoying carbohydrate
rich foods, may be interested in the possibility of making
chocolate with a sugar substitute. While such chocolate is
at a price, the sugar
substitutes can have a somewhat unpleasant. There are
substitutes available now that don't
leave behind any bitter aftertaste, and that are
considered safe by health
One very practical chocolate recipe on the Natural Health Strategies website  suggests using coconut oil instead of cocoa butter as a solid base. This is purported to have significant health benefits as well as being easier to procure.
The recipes provided on that website show that the ingredients can be varied widely to produce a range of chocolates of different richness. Also a number of additives can be included to increase the variety, such as nuts, vanilla, spices, shredded coconut, milk powder.
recipes given below have a taste of rich milk chocolate
but surprisingly have only about 18% sugar content. This
is much less than the typical 56% in commercial
chocolates, possibly due to a somewhat bitter taste in
cocoa butter compared to coconut oil. So if cane or beet
sugar is used to keep costs down the resulting chocolate
is already healthier than commercial chocolates. Note that
coconut oil melts at a quite low temperatures making
handling a bit more awkward, especially in the summer
recipe has the following ingredients:
composed mainly of short and medium chain saturated
fats (over 90%) which have claimed health benefits .
however have not carried out sufficient studies at this
time to verify
these benefits scientifically. There are a number of
articles on the
Organic Facts website  describing the different types
of coconut oil
their properties and manufacture. The Wikipedia
enthusiasts recommend obtaining extra
oil. This is
readily available in health food stores. At the time of
writing, it can
obtained for between AU$30 and AU$40 per litre. It can be
the Internet for as low as
AU$20 per litre, but postage costs mean that 5 or more
litres need to
be purchased at the same time to make this route
worthwhile. This type
coconut oil imparts a
distinct coconut flavour to the end product.
cheaper alternative is refined
oil, which does not
have the coconut taste or odour. It can be obtained from
groceries for about AU$8 per litre. Its manufacture
that may reduce the health benefits compared to the virgin
oil. It may
under the tag of pure
important by health enthusiasts.
coconut oil, which can have harmful components.
Coconut oil has a low melting point of about 24C, which can be awkward in hot weather and for handling.
costs about AU$30 per kilogram. It can be
obtained from a well known supermarket's own brand for
about one third
the cost, but the manufacturing source is unknown. There
are a number
manufacturing processes used. Dutch
process cocoa powder contains
additional alkali to reduce the acidity, and is therefore
flavour, making it more suited for chocolate making. When
used in a
milk drink it doesn't really need any additional
sweetener. Raw cocoa
has about 60% carbohydrates, of which over half is dietary
2% is classified as sugars.
A variety of sweeteners can be used to avoid elevating the body's sugar levels. For the health enthusiasts wary of non-natural sweeteners, a good choice would be the sugar alcohols such as Erythritol or Xylitol. These normally come in granular form and would need to be pulverized to produce a smooth chocolate.
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