Sugar-Free Chocolate Bites are so delicious! A simple 4-ingredient recipe that makes the best sugar-free chocolate! Add your favorite toppings if desired!
Chocolate makes me so happy! No other dessert or treat really compares. Chocolate = Happiness right? Back in May, I didn’t eat any sugar. I have never gone without sugar for more than 2 weeks before and I was surprised I actually was doing well a week into it. But there was one problem. I missed chocolate! I love chocolate! So I set out to find the best sugar-free chocolate out there. I tried a few recipes. The first one was ok but not that great. I found a better recipe and over time I perfected this recipe and liked it so much that now that I’m not taking a sugar break it’s still my go-to afternoon chocolate fix! (Note: The chocolates just look melty in this picture because I took this picture in 100 F degree weather.)
All you need to do is melt coconut oil then whisk in cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Then set it up in the freezer and it’s ready to enjoy! I use mini paper cup liners but you could also use silicone molds, candy molds or even an 8×8 dish lined with foil then remove and cut the chocolate into bite size pieces.
I love this chocolate just plain but it’s also fun to add toppings! Above are some of my favorite toppings. My top 3 are peanut butter, almonds, and craisins.
Tips for Taking a Sugar Break:
Some people thought I was crazy to take a sugar-break for a full month but I am SO glad I did it! I proved to myself I could do something hard and I learned to break bad habits. After 2 1/2 weeks, my cravings were completely gone! I felt so good and didn’t get as tired as often in the afternoons. (I have a baby that wakes up often at night.) I lost four pounds that month. It made me so sick when I ate sugar again. Now I try to limit how much sugar I have each day. Here are a few tips:
-Decide how long you want to take a sugar-break and set up rules. When I did it, I didn’t avoid everything with sugar like bread and ketchup but avoided all treats or things obviously with sugar in them.
-Let someone know your plan to hold you accountable. Even announcing it on Instagram or Facebook to your friends is helpful.
-Have a plan on what you will eat when sugar cravings hit like these Sugar-Free Chocolate Bites. My other favorite snacks/sweet meals were these muffins (I just added shredded carrots), Overnight Oats (with just maple syrup and I added berries), No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites (with no chopped chocolate) and smoothies.
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- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- optional toppings: chopped nuts (toasted if desired), chopped pretzels, dried fruit, sea salt, peanut butter, almond butter...
- On a plate, set out 16 mini baking cups. (Or you could use a candy mold, silicone mini muffin pan or 8x8 dish lined with foil.)
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil then remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
- Carefully add a little of the chocolate into each of the baking cups. If desired, add toppings. Place in freezer for about 15 minutes. Keep stored in the fridge or freezer.