So here is something that I absolutely live on when losing weight. A perfect whole food. I probably eat this twice a day – really! Chocolate, coconut, almonds all ooey, gooey mixed together in a spread perfect for topping apples, celery or even jicama. This will hit your sweet tooth for a low carb low glycemic dessert or snack. If you were using celery I would imagine you could eat as much as you want. With apples, since they do contain some natural sugar, you want to be a bit more careful. I usually choose a tart apple and if I purchase a sweeter apple like a Fuji or Honeycrisp then I choose the greenest ones I can find. If the apples are large I’ll eat only half for a morning snack and half for an afternoon snack.
It’s simple just blend all ingredients together in a mixer or by hand, pour into a container and chill.
Mixture will firm up once chilled.
This recipe is a great healthy substitute for kids who are stuck on those sweetened chocolate spreads. They may complain at first, but you can adapt the recipe and add even more cocoa powder and Stevia. Feel free to substitute any natural nut butter (such as peanut or cashew) as long as it doesn’t contain any type of added sugar. Just go for the ones that the only ingredients are nuts and salt. If you don’t care for shredded coconut you can add or substitute cacao nibs and or chopped nuts. You could probably get away with a small amount of dried fruit as well, but be careful on this one if you are trying to lose weight.
I have been using the same brand of almond butter for years, but lately I have noticed that once the spread is removed from the refrigerator it begins to liquify. It wasn’t doing that a year ago and more. I am tempted to drain off the oil from the almond butter before mixing with the rest of the ingredients. Just maybe that would help. Nonetheless, it is melted goodness that easily wipes up with apple slices.
Remember that coconut oil is a healthy fat and actually will help to speed up your metabolism. Waahoo! And last, if you are going to enjoy plenty of healthy fats and not count calories, you must avoid refined carbs and food that spike your blood sugar. You cannot do this part way. If you are eating fats and spiking your blood sugar you will certainly not lose weight and may even gain. For me this is true even on a calorie restrictive diet. You know, eating only 1,200 calories per day, but those calories are Snickers bars! For me and most of you, high blood sugar and low calories = no weight loss.
Chocolate Coconut Almond Spread
By September 16, 2013Published:
- Yield: 2 cups
- Prep: 5 mins
An ooey, gooey spread for apples and celery. High in nutritious fats, low glycemic, low carb, gluten free and best of packed with flavor. Very satisfying for appetite as well as sweet tooth.
- 1 cup almond butter or other nut butter
- 1 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups raw shredded coconut
- Stevia to taste
- Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, and mix until blended. Taste and adjust cocoa powder, salt and stevia to your liking.
- Pour into container and chill until set. Serve with apples, celery, jicama, etc.