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Low Glycemic Chocolate Clusters

 

You can still have your goodies while on a low glycemic lifestyle. Yes you can.

See, when we want to keep things low on the glycemic scale, we can’t just look at the individual food but also how it is being combined. We can combine higher glycemic index foods, like honey for example, with foods that are rich in healthy fats, protein and fibre. This means that even though honey may be high, all the other things being partnered up with it could be low, thus bringing down the whole load of the treat, making it a-okay!

Let’s take rice cakes as another example. We think of rice cakes as being a healthy food. Well, they’re not. There is nothing to them. Just air and processed carbs that are extremely high on the glycemic index and offer no nutritional value. But let’s say that you are in a food wasteland and the only bread-like product you can find for miles around is rice cakes and a jar of almond butter or tub of hummus. Pairing a high glycemic rice cake with a low glycemic almond butter or hummus would bring down the overall load.

Our goal of course is to keep each individual thing we eat as low as possible and then we don’t have to worry about total load. It just makes it easier.

What is today’s treat? Chocolate Clusters. They kind of look like coconut haystacks which absolutely make me want to vom. Likely because they are made with crappy chocolate and intensely sweetened coconut, but even when I loved crappy chocolate and sugar, they were still never the first thing I reached for at the sweet table.

These clusters of superfood raw chocolate love though? Pass me a platter and I’ll show how a devouring is done. These are rich in medium chain fatty acids from the coconut oil, and loads of omega 3 and 6 power from the nuts and seeds. We also have the fiber-rific benefit which combines just so to lower the load while still keeping us from becoming treat craving loony toonies.

Low Glycemic Chocolate Clusters

Chocolate Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup raw cacao powder
¼ cup coconut oil
2 Tbs raw honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Blend together or melt together over low heat using a double boiler method (large pot with water, smaller pot inside the larger pot for melting chocolate- keeping direct heat away from pot with chocolate)

Mix in your cluster goodies of choice! Try,

1/4 cup each of:
cashews
pumpkin seeds
sunflower seeds
pecans
slivered almonds

Dust with a sprinkling of sea salt if you like.

  • Stir cluster ingredients into chocolate and with a spoon, dollop it onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in freezer until hard.
  • Store in freezer and serve right after removing.

Question Of The Day: What is your favourite low glycemic treat?

11 Responses to “Low Glycemic Chocolate Clusters”

  1. Sarah said…
    Thank you so much for such wonderful recipes! It can be a chore to find recipes for easy, healthier treats. I usually enjoy developing treats myself, but they do not always turn out so well. It is great to have tried and true recipes to follow! Many times, healthier ingredients can have a heftier affect on the grocery bill so when something doesn't turn out it can feel traumatic! A huge thank you from my entire family of 7. Can't wait to get your cookbook for my birthday!

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