GRAIN-FREE, LOW SUGAR, “PALEO-ISH” CHOCOLATE SQUARES

"Paleo-ish" chocolate squares.

“Paleo-ish” chocolate squares.

“Paleo-ish” — because despite my alterations to the recipe, I still think these squares have too much sugar to be considered legitimately Paleo. Certainly, I wouldn’t recommend consuming them with any sort of regularity, but they do make a great treat for a special occasion.

They are moist, rich, chocolatey and indulgent — a dessert that would satisfy any sweet-tooth, Paleo or not.

This recipe is adapted from Elana’s Pantry’s gluten-free “Easy Black & White Cake.”

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Paleo-ish Chocolate Squares

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 tsp fine ground sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup 70% dark chocolate chunks (I used Whole Foods “365 Everyday Value” Dark Chocolate Mini Chunks. You could also break up a bar of dark chocolate.)

1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease an 8 x 8″ baking dish with coconut oil or lard.
2. In a large mixing bowl, blend cocoa powder, coconut oil and honey into a paste.
3. Add coconut milk and eggs, and stir until thoroughly mixed.
4. Add almond flour, salt and baking soda. Stir.
5. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chunks.
6. Pour batter into baking dish and evenly sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chunks on top.
7. Bake at 350˚ for 30 minutes. Note that a toothpick inserted in the centre will probably not come out clean. Don’t worry about this.
8. Wait until fully cooled, then cut into 16 small squares.

A close-up of the irresistibly chocolatey deliciousness.

A close-up of the irresistible chocolatey deliciousness.

(And in case anyone is wondering, no, I didn’t give any to Oliver. More on that in an upcoming blog post.)

6 responses to “GRAIN-FREE, LOW SUGAR, “PALEO-ISH” CHOCOLATE SQUARES

  1. Good luck with that. My then mom in law stuffed rosebuds into the pocket of my then 18 month old son’s white cardigan. I found them when I did the laundry (coming out of the dryer). I had told her there was no reason he had to know chocolate existed at that age…

    • We are so fortunate that all of the grandparents are supportive of our dietary choices for Oliver. It’s the real world — school and birthday parties — that’s going to be the problem. But I figure if we can get him through to at least age two without having been exposed to junk food, we’ll have laid a pretty decent foundation for his future eating habits. Only time will tell, though.

  2. These were delicious! Rich and satisfying so that you only needed a small piece. My 6yo foster son told me the other day that he was gonna use his money to buy a chocolate cake at Whole Foods that cost $19.99. I told him he could spend his money how he wanted, but that buying a cake was probably not the best use of money. I suggested he should save up for something that will last. So I made these to try to alleviate his desire to waste $20 on a chocolate cake! I think it worked. 🙂

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