Whether or not you have diabetes, if you’re watching your sugar intake, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to enjoy chocolate without compromising your health.
If that’s what you’ve been looking for, then try these blood sugar friendly unsweet chocolate recipes. They are perfect for serving after dinner with coffee, or as a light snack throughout the day to satisfy cravings.
Choosing Blood Sugar Friendly Unsweet Chocolate
If you are watching your blood sugar, you want to look for chocolates that have higher amounts of cocoa. Chocolate with a high amount of cocoa is typically lower in sugar and fat. In general, darker chocolate is the best choice – it has higher amounts of cocoa, and lower amounts of sugar.
In fact, when it comes to Type 2 diabetes, many reports over the last decade have found that when it comes to Type 2 diabetes and cocoa flavonoids, “most results support an anti-diabetic effect of cocoa flavonoids by enhancing insulin secretion, improving insulin sensitivity in peripheral tissues, exerting a lipid-lowering effect and preventing the oxidative and inflammatory damages associated to the disease.”
Still, despite these promising results, it remains necessary to avoid many commercially available chocolate products, as they are still high in fat and sugar. So how do you access the potential benefits of cocoa without getting too much sugar?
Try these blood sugar friendly unsweet chocolate recipes.
Unsweetened Chocolate Cream Pie
With this recipe, you really can have your pie and eat it, too!
- ⅓ cup cocoa or 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 2-4 teaspoon liquid Stevia, depending on your sweetness preference
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3-¼ cups milk
- 1-½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 9-inch baked pie shell
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Mix together the cocoa, Stevia, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan
- Gradually stir in milk
- Continue to cook over medium heat, constantly stirring, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat immediately.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Let cool for 10 minutes.
- Pour mixture into pie shell, and then refrigerate.
- Once completely cooled, top with whipped cream (optional.)
Unsweetened Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Chocolate cookie fans will love this recipe.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup margarine
- ⅔ cup Splenda sugar baking blend
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup brown sugar Splenda, packed
- 2 tablespoon fat-free milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together flour and baking soda in a small bowl
- Melt margarine on the stove in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in Splenda sugar, cocoa powder, Splenda brown sugar, milk, and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
- Pour into a medium bowl, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Lightly coat baking sheets with cooking spray
- Use a cookie scoop or rounded teaspoons to drop cookie dough onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
- Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
Homemade Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate
If you want to make your own unsweetened dark chocolate – either to enjoy on its own, or to incorporate into other recipes – check out this recipe. As a bonus, it’s also vegan and paleo!
- ½ cup your favorite cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons of cacao butter or 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
- 15-20 drops liquid to Stevia.
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract.
- A pinch of salt.
- Lightly grease either 2 mini-loaf pans, or a lightly greased chocolate mold (try hearts for Valentine’s Day!)
- Mix the cacao butter or coconut oil into the cocoa powder, one tablespoon at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
- Stir in the vanilla, Stevia, and salt
- Divide mixture between the pans or drop into the mold.
- Let set for 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Transfer to the fridge, and let set completely.
- After enjoying some, keep stored in the refrigerator to avoid melting.
What are your favorite blood sugar friendly unsweet chocolate recipes?