Sugar & Dairy-free Chocolate!

I’m trying hard to reduce my sugar intake – have been for the last month – but my chocolate cravings have been hard to resist.

I saw the naturopath last week. She sent me a small collection of recipes for dairy, soy & cane sugar- free recipes. Before I left her office she mentioned the chocolate recipe.

I have to share it because it is so satisfying! My only caveat is that you have to prefer dark chocolate; this has a very dark chocolate taste.

1/2 c. Cocoa powder
1/2 c. Carob powder (I didn’t have any on hand so I substituted finely ground cocoa nibs which I ground in my coffee grinder)
1 c. Extra virgin coconut oil
2 tsp. Honey – I used maple syrup
1/4 tsp. natural sweetener (stevia, xylitol…) (I don’t bother)
1 tbsp. vanilla or almond extract (check your vanilla ingredients it may contain sugar – I have some I made from the vanilla beans I brought home from Bali by sticking three of them in an 8 oz. bottle of good vodka!)
Raisins, other dried fruit, crystallized ginger, chopped nuts (not sure about the ginger that has to have been made with sugar!).

Warm the oil gently
Pour into a food processor or blender
Add remaining ingredients and blend well
Add nuts/raisins after blending
Pour into a parchment-lined cake pan or cookie sheet
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set
Remove from pan/cookie sheet when firm
Remove the paper
Break or cut into pieces
Store in a sealed container in the fridge

The chocolate is very definitely more-ish!

Holiday Scarf for Hillary

I’m having Christmas dinner with a long-time friend and I had nothing for her granddaughter. Last year and the year before I sewed gifts for Hillary (now going on twelve). But I didn’t get around to making anything this year.

I was tidying up my knitting basket beside the chair in my bedroom where I watch TV and knit and saw the ball of scarf yarn I bought two years ago to make a scarf for myself. I decided to use it for a simple scarf for Hillary.

So six hours later here is a warm scarf, long enough to be tied outside her jacket, should she wish it. And one more ball of yarn is out of my stash!