Ya’ll know I love my cheese and other raw dairy products, so there is no way I could go Paleo. So lets just clear that up right now. But ya’ll know how I love my sweets. Even though I bake with the most natural sugars, rapadura and raw honey, it is still sugar which spikes insulin levels and causes inflammation in the body. Excess inflammation in the body leads to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Sorry folks! That’s just the truth.
So to prove to myself that I wasn’t addicted to sugar, cheese, and wine I started a sugar detox a couple days ago. I signed up for Marta’s 14 Day Sugar Detox. She is amazing and super supportive. The best is that she gives you tips, real food recipes, grocery lists, and articles to read from real doctors. She supports kicking the sugar habit without drinks, shakes, or fake diet food. I highly recommend her detox program because it goes along with the same things I am learning in my health coaching classes. You can follow her on instagram to find out when her next session will run.
Well it turns out I am addicted to sugar. This morning I was a crazy woman. My mood swings were through the roof. All part of the detox effect. Not at all because Brook used the last of the salsa that I NEEDED for my eggs, since I can’t have ketchup or cheese. I did not suffer from the headaches like others, but I am craving chocolate more than anything else. Okay and wine too.
Let’s set one thing straight….the addiction to sugar is one thing, but it is also breaking the habit. I have trained myself and my brain to reach for the comfort of something sweet at nap time and a glass of red wine at bed time as a reward to myself. I see nothing wrong with this behavior, but it is when the behavior gets out of control and becomes more than just a piece of chocolate or one glass of wine. I may look healthy and well on the outside, but I know I wasn’t healthy on the inside. If you are in tune with your body, you know when you do not feel your best. I needed a little reboot to get me on the right track and that is just what Marta’s detox program is helping me to do.
In my afternoon craving for chocolate I grabbed a few ingredients out of my pantry to concoct a paleo (no sugar, dairy, or grains) chocolate bark. I decided that this recipe will either be disgusting or blog worthy.
Well obviously it was a hit!
This was the end result and it was super satisfying. No added sugar, but if you like things on the sweeter side you can add some coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index so it will not spike your insulin like other sweeteners. This bark is a nutritious alternative to my favorite chocolate bar .
Oh and super easy and quick to make. remember I have a 4 and a 2 year old that can destroy the kitchen in seconds if I take my focus off of them for too long.
Dark Cocoa & Almond Bark
1 cup organic unrefined coconut oil
2 -3 heaping TBLS dark cocoa powder
2-3heaping TBLS almond butter
1/2 cup unrefined raw coconut
1 cup raw almonds
2 TBLS cacao nibs
2TBLS 80% cacao chocolate (chopped)
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
sea salt for sprinkling
Heat the oven or toaster oven to 350
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and toast the almonds and coconut until the coconut has turned slightly brown.
In a medium saucepan melt the coconut oil and almond butter together.
Turn off heat and add the remaining ingredients including the toasted almonds and coconut.
Mix ingredients and pour out into the parchment paper lined tray. Smooth out the mixture evenly. Sprinkle with sea salt and extra coconut. Transfer to the freezer. Feel free to lick the bowl.
In thirty minutes to an hour break into pieces and store in the freezer. Just don’t eat the entire container of bark at one time. Defeats the purpose ya know.
Get creative and add orange zest and pistachios for extra flavor.