Confessions of a Chocoholic

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I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Sometimes I struggle to understand people who prefer savoury things (do they know how good dessert is?!) But I realized a few months ago that I don’t actually have a sweet tooth — I have a “chocolate tooth.” Case in point: if I’m out to dinner with my husband or friends and we share a dessert that doesn’t have chocolate in it, nine times out of ten I will still want chocolate when I get home. The struggle is real, people!

Incorporating sweets into a healthy lifestyle may seem like an impossible task but I believe it’s really important to create a balance so we can avoid bingeing (been there!) Below are three simple ways I satisfy my “chocolate tooth” in a healthy way:

1. Good quality dark chocolate. I never believed those articles that said dark chocolate was the best way to satisfy a chocolate craving, but once I tried it a few years ago, I was a convert. Now milk chocolate tastes way too sugary and fake! My favourite brands are Hu Kitchen and Nohmad Snack Co. Both brands are paleo and vegan and use only clean ingredients. My favourite options are Hu’s crunchy mint and Nohmad’s extra dark - 85% cacao.

2. Homemade “nice cream.” I came across this recipe from Well + Good but modified it a bit using the ingredients I already had at home:

  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced

  • ½ cup almond milk

  • ⅓ cup cacao powder

  • ¼ cup almond butter

  • Pinch of salt

  • Dash of cinnamon

Blend all the ingredients together and top with cacao nibs and/or dark chocolate chips. It’s the perfect summer dessert!

3. Hot chocolate. As a kid, I loved Nesquik but reading through those ingredients as an adult is slightly terrifying. There are some good quality store-bought options but it’s really easy to make your own. I mix 1.5 tablespoons of cacao powder plus a handful of dark chocolate chips with hot water, stir in a bit of almond milk (to give it some thickness), and then top with a dash of cinnamon. If you don’t have dark chocolate chips on hand, you can add a teaspoon of maple syrup to give it a bit of sweetness.

I hope these ideas help you as much as they help me! How do you satisfy your sweet tooth? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!