You mentioned ketone strips. If they are the urine strips they are useful to see if you are in ketosis, fat burning mode, but be aware they are not completely accurate but are a good guide to how you are doing. The blood strips are way too expensive but more accurate. I have a blood glucose monitor and went through a phase of testing to see how I react to dairy, protein, cream, coffee etc. I rarely do it now as I want this way of eating to be as simple as possible, but again, a useful tool starting out.

The key is to make sure you are getting enough energy from fats and proteins. By going low carb you will probably be eating a wider range of healthy vegetables, meats and healthy fats compared to many other nursing mothers who may be snacking on bread, crisps and cakes. Also make sure you are drinking enough fluids. Here is a good thread from a discussion board on exactly this topic.


Welcome Denise and that is great news that you have discovered low carb to help with your T2 diabetes. Read this post which may really explain how diabetics especially can be helped by lowering their carbs, how it may lower your insulin resistance and improve your control. Where you set your carb limits will depend on how high your current carb intake is and current medication. You may need to be seen by a diabetes educator, dietician or health professional as your need for medication may need to be reduced in conjunction with lowering your carbs. Ensure they are low carb friendly practitioners.
I just made this and blew it! First I had never used a springform pan and placed it in incorrectly so it leaked and smoked up the house. I also used stevia and a chart I had said to use 3/4 tsp stevia. It smelled good but was so rich and no sweetness to it. Do you suggest sticking to the Erythritol or how much stevia would I use? Will try again. We sooo need something here to snack as we are new to keto.
Cacao pods are harvested by cutting them from the tree using a machete, or by knocking them off the tree using a stick. The beans with their surrounding pulp are removed from the pods and placed in piles or bins, allowing access to micro-organisms so fermentation of the pectin-containing material can begin. Yeasts produce ethanol, lactic acid bacteria produce lactic acid, and acetic acid bacteria produce acetic acid. The fermentation process, which takes up to seven days, also produces several flavor precursors, eventually resulting in the familiar chocolate taste.[53]
In 2009, Salvation Army International Development (SAID) UK stated that 12,000 children have been trafficked on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast of Africa, where half of the world's chocolate is made.[114] SAID UK states that it is these child slaves who are likely to be working in "harsh and abusive"[115] conditions for the production of chocolate,[114] and an increasing number of health-food[116] and anti-slavery[117] organisations are highlighting and campaigning against the use of trafficking in the chocolate industry.

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Jeni, I am SO SORRY! I had one other comment in the last month about the same thing. Two things that may have affected the dessert. 1. I got so much flack about the original pudding recipe having 1 Tbsp of cornstarch (or arrowroot) in it that I reduced the amount a few months ago. I have recently changed it back to the original quantity. 2. If the pudding isn’t cooked enough, it won’t set properly. So, unfortunately, you were a victim of one or both.
You should be able to use cocoa butter as an alternative fat. All chocolate that meets the standard of identity in the US uses not only the ground cocoa bean but also additional cocoa butter. The bean does not have enough cocoa butter content to make a smooth chocolate once you grind it and expose all the surface area of the cocoa bean solid. This recipe starts out even lower in fat since it uses coca powder, basically a defatted ground cocoa bean. The issue with cocoa butter is it has multiple crystal states and has to be tempered correctly or you will get bloom. An interesting fact is that cocoa powder is one of the “waste” products from chocolate making since it requires additional,coca butter to make a smooth chocolate and you can not call it chocolate if you use too much non cocoa butter fats.
An early Classic-period (460–480 AD) Mayan tomb from the site in Rio Azul had vessels with the Maya glyph for cacao on them with residue of a chocolate drink, suggests the Maya were drinking chocolate around 400 AD.[14] Documents in Maya hieroglyphs stated chocolate was used for ceremonial purposes, in addition to everyday life.[15] The Maya grew cacao trees in their backyards,[16] and used the cacao seeds the trees produced to make a frothy, bitter drink.[17]
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Hi Leila, I think you could, but I haven’t tried it. I’d recommend a powdered sweetener (Swerve Confectioner’s or Sukrin Melis) if you do this, so that the chocolate pudding layer is smooth. The replacement for the dark chocolate in the pudding layer should be approximately 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tbsp butter, and 3 tbsp powdered sweetener (may need to adjust to taste). Let me know how it goes if you try it!
I was trying to figure out why mine came out goopy and grainy. It hasnt solidified yet so i will see soon if i messed it up too much. When i was pouring my vanilla extract in it i goofed and over poured so at first i thought that would cause trouble, but figured it would be fine since i planned to just use however many splenda packets seemed necessary by tasting as i go. Then i thought hmm let me add 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and i thought that was the culprit, so i added a little more fairlife milk to help make it more liquid again…. but nope… and the flavor and consistency still wasnt where i wanted it so i added even more vanilla and milk afterf the powdered splenda…. thats when i noticed a bit of bubbling on the edges of the bowl and thought oh crud turn the heat down! I wonder if i should have added more oil but i didnt want to add extra oil and make it so it would never have a chance of solidifying.

Dr. Hall and others disagree. They have published studies disputing the notion that carb-restricted diets accelerate metabolism and fat loss. Dr. Hall said that low-carb diets have many benefits: They can help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels, for example. But he argues that the carb and insulin explanation for obesity is too simplistic and has been “experimentally falsified” in rigorous studies.
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Drink lots of water. This is especially crucial on a low carb or keto diet. Why? When you eat carbohydrates, your body stores the extra as glycogen in the liver, where they are bound to water molecules. Eating low carb depletes this glycogen, which allows you to burn fat – but it also means you are storing less water, making it easier to get dehydrated. Instead of the traditional recommendation of 8 cups of water per day, aim for 16 cups when following a low carb lifestyle.
I have taken my cake out of the oven, I used pyure sweetner and only used 1 cup of it instead of 1 1/3 cup like it said originally, I wish I had read all the suggestions because I would have added that little bit extra almond flour like you suggested. The batter still wasn’t too runny so I figured it would work. I added a couple of drops of orange flavoring and a pinch of salt. I batter was so good I was tempted to eat a little extra batter My springdoem pan did leak but I am not too worried about that. I did need to leave the cake in 10 extra minutes as it wasn’t completely cooked at 30 minutes. I’m so excited to try this, I’ll come back later and give you my opinion on taste
Made this for my church Christmas Potluck. Flavors were amazing but dish was a soupy mess, even after refrigerating for almost 24hrs. If I make again, i will not add almond milk to pudding and make 1.5-2x more of the whipped cream. I didn’t have enough with the recipe amount and had to run to store for more heavy whipping cream. Otherwise, it’s a wonderful recipe! Thanks so much for posting and hope the feedback helpful.

While the crust is cooling, make the chocolate pudding layer. In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, almond milk, sugar-free dark chocolate, butter, and powdered erythritol. Cook over medium-low to low heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is melted and sweetener dissolves (about 5-10 minutes). Be careful not to get the heat too high to avoid burning the chocolate.
Dark chocolate is produced by adding fat and sugar to the cacao mixture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls this "sweet chocolate", and requires a 15% concentration of chocolate liquor. European rules specify a minimum of 35% cocoa solids.[34] A higher amount of cocoa solids indicates more bitterness. Semisweet chocolate is a dark chocolate with a low sugar content. Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate liquor to which some sugar (typically a third), more cocoa butter and vanilla are added.[citation needed] It has less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate, but the two are interchangeable in baking. It is also known to last for two years if stored properly. As of 2017, there is no high-quality evidence that dark chocolate affects blood pressure significantly or provides other health benefits.[36]
There is evidence that the quality, rather than the quantity, of carbohydrate in a diet is important for health, and that high-fiber slow-digesting carbohydrate-rich foods are healthful while highly-refined and sugary foods are less so.[4] People choosing diet for health conditions should have their diet tailored to their individual requirements.[19] For people with metabolic conditions, in general a diet with approximately 40-50% high-quality carbohydrate is compatible with what is scientifically established to be a healthy diet.[19]
Greetings i used ingredients exactly. My execution wss different on making the chocolate pudding, after seeing ingredients it looked like chocalte cutard so i made it li ke custard. Skipping on a few of the steps. Oh my goodness, it was absolutely delicious. Everyone wsnts the recipe. Definitely a keeper. Getting the ingredients was the hardest part of this recipe.
Thanks Brenda for your feedback. I was not aware of the bitterness of stevia in relationship to how much or how little is used. I will keep that in mind next time I use the KAL brand. I usually use Sweetleaf but was out and had the KAL in the pantry. I too love dark chocolate so that was not the bitterness I was tasting. Next shopping trip I will get more Sweetleaf, and try the recipe again. Thanks for your help.
Carbohydrate has been wrongly accused of being a uniquely "fattening" macronutrient, misleading many dieters into compromising the nutritiousness of their diet by eliminating carbohydrate-rich food.[26] Low-carbohydrate diet proponents emphasize research saying that low-carbohydrate diets can initially cause slightly greater weight loss than a balanced diet, but any such advantage does not persist.[26][6] In the long-term successful weight maintenance is determined by calorie intake, and not by macronutrient ratios.[7][6]

Representing only 5% of all cocoa beans grown as of 2008,[49] criollo is the rarest and most expensive cocoa on the market, and is native to Central America, the Caribbean islands and the northern tier of South American states.[50] The genetic purity of cocoas sold today as criollo is disputed, as most populations have been exposed to the genetic influence of other varieties.
my children regularly make themselves smoothies, bacon (2 minutes in the microwave covered with kitchen paper), scrambled eggs with cheese in the microwave (mix 2 eggs, cheese, milk – 1 minute, stir, 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir). They used to moan and complain there are no cereals in the house, but they have learned to cook their own breakfasts and look for what ingredients we have rather than reach for a box of cornflakes
You mentioned ketone strips. If they are the urine strips they are useful to see if you are in ketosis, fat burning mode, but be aware they are not completely accurate but are a good guide to how you are doing. The blood strips are way too expensive but more accurate. I have a blood glucose monitor and went through a phase of testing to see how I react to dairy, protein, cream, coffee etc. I rarely do it now as I want this way of eating to be as simple as possible, but again, a useful tool starting out.
Firstly take a look at the cholesterol myth page, that will explain how it is the carbohydrates in your diet which makes you at a higher risk of heart disease than your fat intake, and secondly meat is one of the most nutritious foods you can have. Sure if you want to give up meat for ethics and personal reasons, but not for your health. Take a look at Zoe Harcombes fabulous post on that subject. By lowering your carbs (and processed foods) you will lower your blood pressure and improve you cholesterol profile. It’s not about how much cholesterol you have, but what type.
By now we know that most of the world consumes way too much sugar. But it’s not like our sweet tooth cares—when a dessert craving hits, it hits bad. Many turn to alternative ways to satisfy it, using less-refined sugars like agave, honey, and coconut sugar, but we’re going a step further this time, with treats that use no added sweeteners whatsoever. From tarts to mousse, these sugar-free recipes still manage to make dessert even sweeter.

You’re very welcome, Judy! I’m glad it’s helpful. If you are keto (as opposed to low carb), unfortunately peaches would not allow you to stay in ketosis. You can check my keto food list to help determine what is keto friendly. Of course, there are worse things than fresh fruit 🙂 but in the end our bodies still see the sugar. That being said, it doesn’t mean you sabotaged the whole day. Just pick up again – you got this!! (And for next time, try some fresh berries in moderation when you’re craving fruit.)
Think about it: That tablespoon of maple syrup in your salad dressing, the honey in your Asian-inspired stir-fry sauce, the generous drizzle of ketchup on your burger. Despite many people’s best efforts, that sugar still manages to creep into so many healthy dinner dishes. But meals can be just as tasty and easy to make without the slightest hint of added sweetener. We’ve rounded up 25 added-sugar-free dinners proving just that.
"We found that the type of diet people ate had a major impact on their metabolism. Those on the low-carbohydrate diet burned about 250 calories a day more than those on the high-carbohydrate diet, even though all the groups were the same weight," said Dr. David Ludwig, principal investigator of the study and co-director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital. 

NOTE: I’m a little nervous about the super sweet blend. I’m imagining that extra stevia has been added to bump up the sweetness. When stevia is added to chocolate, it can increase the bitter flavor compounds in both the chocolate and the stevia. Go slowly and taste as you go. Many THMs have made this recipe and I haven’t heard a complaint yet. Please let me know if you used the GSSS and how it worked. Have a great day. -Kim
Commercially-made candy bars and dark chocolate truffles are made with far more ingredients than they need to be, which is not only unhealthy, but (in my experience) interferes with the chocolate taste that – call me crazy – I want. (Looking at you, Godiva) I may be a total chocolate snob, but I want my chocolate to taste like… well, mostly chocolate. When I bite into most grocery store chocolate, I can practically taste my blood sugar spiking. Ick.

Another option is to decrease the intake of carbohydrates slowly, over a few weeks, to minimize side effects. But the “Nike way” (Just Do It) may be the best choice for most people. Removing most sugar and starch often results in several pounds lost on the scale within a few days. This may be mostly fluids, but it can still be great for motivation.

Hi Lisa, I think you might end up with chocolate syrup if you use honey for the sweetener. You may want to look into granulated honey, which might produce a coarse or grittier texture to the chocolate, but you may still have a chance of getting the chocolate to solidify. If you need any help, please feel free to email me (acleanbake@gmail.com). And welcome to the site! I’m so glad you found me 🙂
My daughter and I are going to give this a go! I did a stint of Whole30 last year which is much more restrictive (no dairy, no sugar, no peanuts, soy, grains…a lot of no fun), and I don’t think I can do that again. Though, to its credit, those 30 days did teach me that sugar hides EVERYWHERE–in meat, jarred spaghetti sauce, deli meats…it’s crazy! And it does have an effect on your ability to taste “real food”!
When weight loss stalls something needs to change. Firstly it could be that you are near your goal weight and so you have found a natural balance, secondly other things might be creeping back in that you have forgotten to count (for example too many creamy coffees or an extra glass of wine). Take a look at how much you are eating for breakfast and dinner, are they too big and actually the same size as 3 meals just eaten in 2? Nuts, dairy and alcohol are generally the biggest culprits in stalling weight loss. Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves of the health benefits of LCHF rather than the weight loss. It will happen, albeit slower than we would wish. For me it is about no longer counting anything, no longer being on the sugar roller coaster, improved nutrition and no longer having any guilt surrounding every meal or snack. Good luck and be patient my friend 🙂
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Hi Donna, as you have used the same chocolate as me I’ve done some research now. The reason may be that you need to heat the chocolate slowly and gently. Heating it too quickly and too much can cause the cocoa butter and cocoa to separate. I’ve added this info to the recipe and really hope you’ll try the recipe again. By the way, have you tried the Montezuma 100% chocolate with orange nibs? It’s the best tasting unsweetened chocolate ever (it actually tastes great all on its own) and I bet it would be amazing in this cake. Wishing you a happy Christmas, despite the mishap with the cake, and thank you for supporting Sugar Free Londoner.

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Excessive consumption of large quantities of any energy-rich food, such as chocolate, without a corresponding increase in activity to expend the associated calories, can cause weight gain and possibly lead to obesity.[76] Raw chocolate is high in cocoa butter, a fat which is removed during chocolate refining and then added back in varying proportions during the manufacturing process. Manufacturers may add other fats, sugars, and milk, all of which increase the caloric content of chocolate.[76]
The dried beans are then transported to a chocolate manufacturing facility. The beans are cleaned (removing twigs, stones, and other debris), roasted, and graded. Next, the shell of each bean is removed to extract the nib. Finally, the nibs are ground and liquefied, resulting in pure chocolate in fluid form: chocolate liquor.[55] The liquor can be further processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.[56]
Chocolate bloom is caused by storage temperature fluctuating or exceeding 24 °C (75 °F), while sugar bloom is caused by temperature below 15 °C (59 °F) or excess humidity. To distinguish between different types of bloom, one can rub the surface of the chocolate lightly, and if the bloom disappears, it is fat bloom. Moving chocolate between temperature extremes, can result in an oily texture. Although visually unappealing, chocolate suffering from bloom is safe for consumption and taste unaffected.[71][72][73] Bloom can be reversed by retempering the chocolate or using it for any use that requires melting the chocolate.[74]
The treat that now lies quietly in its wrapper carries a story of exotic places, long journeys and small families that raise delicate tropical fruit trees. As you peel back the wrapper, you’re uncovering the cacao tree’s seed—and joining people the world over who have turned to this mysterious food for ritual, medicine and sheer pleasure for the past 4,000 years.
While the American Diabetes Association notes that many individuals with the disease or its precursor, prediabetes, employ carb counting to control their blood sugar on a regular basis, others have turned to ultra-low-carb diets as a way to manage their symptoms. These diets are highly restrictive and often limit followers to consuming no more than 20 grams (g) of carbs per day, usually with no added sugar, and, depending on the diet, increased protein and fat. Experts say they rarely have patients who ask about following a ketogenic diet or a modified paleo diet long term, but they can be useful for short-term weight loss if done properly.
Each two-bite mini chocolate bar in this package is made with 86 percent cacao and has less than a gram of natural sugar per serving. With notes of dried plums and cherries, these bite-sized chocolates are just sweet enough to feel like a treat without overdoing it on the sugar. For just $15, you get four packs, each with 12 squares in them. One reviewer writes, "I've found eating 1/2 a square satisfies me. I allow 1/4 of a square to melt in my mouth at a time. If you really like dark chocolate, I recommend these smooth, dark, not overly sweet chocolates as a special treat." The only downside to these bars is they aren't dairy-free, so if you're trying to watch your dairy intake, opt for a different chocolate on this list.
According to Canadian Food and Drug Regulations,[61] a "chocolate product" is a food product that is sourced from at least one "cocoa product" and contains at least one of the following: "chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate". A "cocoa product" is defined as a food product that is sourced from cocoa beans and contains "cocoa nibs, cocoa liquor, cocoa mass, unsweetened chocolate, bitter chocolate, chocolate liquor, cocoa, low-fat cocoa, cocoa powder, or low-fat cocoa powder".
You should be able to use cocoa butter as an alternative fat. All chocolate that meets the standard of identity in the US uses not only the ground cocoa bean but also additional cocoa butter. The bean does not have enough cocoa butter content to make a smooth chocolate once you grind it and expose all the surface area of the cocoa bean solid. This recipe starts out even lower in fat since it uses coca powder, basically a defatted ground cocoa bean. The issue with cocoa butter is it has multiple crystal states and has to be tempered correctly or you will get bloom. An interesting fact is that cocoa powder is one of the “waste” products from chocolate making since it requires additional,coca butter to make a smooth chocolate and you can not call it chocolate if you use too much non cocoa butter fats.

Harvard researchers examined the eating habits of 120,000 people for 20 years and found that yogurt was the single best food for shedding pounds: Over time, people who downed more of the protein-packed stuff lost pounds without trying. Meanwhile, a Nestlé Nutrition Institute study review found that consuming dairy proteins increases satiety, reduces food intake and keeps blood sugar steady. "Greek yogurt, which is strained to remove liquid whey, contains double the protein and less sugar than regular yogurt," Dubost says.
Absolutely, Janae. You can use more of your favorite sweetener. I do want to mention that erythritol based sweeteners tend to crystallize in wetter recipes (puddings, lemon curd) and adding more may result in crystals forming and a little crunch here and there. That only happens after a few days, though. This is a delicious recipe and I hope you enjoy it. -Kim
Hi Mel, Assuming that your ranch dressing doesn’t have sugar added, you don’t need to worry too much about limiting it, but within reason. This is my homemade ranch dressing recipe, which has 0.9g net carbs per 2-tbsp serving. It would be hard to find a store bought one with much less than that, even though some round anything less than 1g down to 0g, which isn’t truly accurate. Also, keep in mind that if weight loss is your goal, some people find that too much dairy can cause a stall. Finally, make sure you aren’t using all your “available” carbs on ranch dressing – have it with some low carb veggies!
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