The final process is called tempering. Uncontrolled crystallization of cocoa butter typically results in crystals of varying size, some or all large enough to be clearly seen with the naked eye. This causes the surface of the chocolate to appear mottled and matte, and causes the chocolate to crumble rather than snap when broken.[63][64] The uniform sheen and crisp bite of properly processed chocolate are the result of consistently small cocoa butter crystals produced by the tempering process.

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.

I started seeing a nutritionist, who has started me on a B-12 injection 2 times monthly, and a LCHF diet. He wants me to stay between 20-35 carbs daily for at least 3 months. He says I need to buy ketone strips, to make sure I don’t go into ketoacidosis, however, I am otherwise healthy, and not diabetic. Is this something I need to be overly concerned about? I’m on my 4th day of approx. 25 carbs daily, and other than a slight headache, I feel fine.
Hi Lisa, Sorry you had issues with it. It’s hard to say what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you but can try if you can provide more info. Which version were you making? Are you talking about the pudding layer with version 1? If so, it does firm up more in the fridge but you also need to add enough xanthan gum to make sure it thickens. Let me know what step seemed off and if anything was different from the instructions.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting your day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast helps kick-start your metabolism, stabilize your blood glucose, and ward off mid-morning hunger. I know for a fact that, if I skip breakfast, I usually experience a mid-morning energy slump which is usually accompanied by a craving for junk food and coffee! Recipes here.
Low-carb diets may improve high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and triglyceride values slightly more than do moderate-carb diets. That may be due not only to how many carbs you eat but also to the quality of your other food choices. Lean protein (fish, poultry, legumes), healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and unprocessed carbs — such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products — are generally healthier choices.

And while brands such as Lily’s sugar free chocolate chips do exist on the market, making your own at home not only saves money, it also enables you to control what ingredients to use. Lily’s chips contain soy, and many other brands contain dairy and artificial ingredients, so if you want to avoid those ingredients as well as sugar, making your own sugar free chocolate chips recipe is the way to go. I’ve also included an option below for making the chips with maple syrup or agave if you want refined sugar free and vegan chocolate chips.


The most commonly grown bean is forastero,[49] a large group of wild and cultivated cacaos, most likely native to the Amazon basin. The African cocoa crop is entirely of the forastero variety. They are significantly hardier and of higher yield than criollo. The source of most chocolate marketed,[49] forastero cocoas are typically strong in classic "chocolate" flavor, but have a short duration and are unsupported by secondary flavors, producing "quite bland" chocolate.[49]
A small, randomized crossover study published in the Journal of Diabetes Sciences and Technology found that after three months, people who followed a modified, low-carb paleo diet saw greater reductions in their A1C, their triglycerides, their diastolic blood pressure, and their weight than those who followed a traditional diabetes diet. (The approach also increased their levels of LDL, or "good” cholesterol.) The diabetes diet in the study involved consuming no more than 6 g of salt per day, reducing saturated fat and total fat intake, and upping intake of veggies, fiber, whole grains, fruits, and veggies. Compared with the diabetes diet, the paleo diet involved eating less dairy, beans, potatoes, and cereals, and more veggies, fruit, meat, and eggs.
Carbohydrate-restricted diets are no more effective than a conventional healthy diet in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes, but for people with type 2 diabetes they are a viable option for losing weight or helping with glycemic control.[11][12][13] There is little evidence that low-carbohydrate dieting is helpful in managing type 1 diabetes.[1] The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes should adopt a generally healthy diet, rather than a diet focused on carbohydrate or other macronutrients.[13]
Hi, Nicole, nice to meet you. Thank you so much for feeling comfortable enough to ask. Yes, I use the Stevia glycerite to bump up the sweetness. There are very few Stevias I like. I like this one and a concentrated Stevia called KAL Pure Stevia. They taste the very best. However, there is always an adjustment period with Stevia. I have a good article about the best low carb sweeteners and how to use them (located under “Articles” on the site menu).

The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is removed to produce cacao nibs, which are then ground to cocoa mass, unadulterated chocolate in rough form. Once the cocoa mass is liquefied by heating, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor also may be cooled and processed into its two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Baking chocolate, also called bitter chocolate, contains cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions, without any added sugar. Powdered baking cocoa, which contains more fiber than it contains cocoa butter, can be processed with alkali to produce dutch cocoa. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, a combination of cocoa solids, cocoa butter or added vegetable oils, and sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk, but no cocoa solids.


The chocolate truffle is a delicacy to everyone thanks to it being named after the rare truffle mushroom to which it bears a resemblance. This comparison has led many to give it a high level of respect and some have even become intimidated to attempt making chocolate truffles at home. We want to promote the fact that chocolate truffles are simple to make, and with just a few ingredients, you can make these chocolate delicacies in your own kitchen.
Thank you so much for this recipe! A lot of steps – all necessary – but so worth it. This is the best low carb dessert I’ve had! My parents, sister, and I all loved it. I made one change. I stabilized the whipped cream with gelatin, since it will take us a few days to eat it all, and I was afraid it might get watery. I don’t know if that was necessary or not. And you did say that it freezes well. Again, thanks for all your effort perfecting this wonderful dessert! 

Hi my name is Laurie yes low carb works I have been on a low carb diet for 8 weeks now started beginning of March my weight was 163 lbs. I now weigh 149 lbs. and I hope to be at 130-135 lbs. by sometime in July then say there. This diet if you follow it right you will be healthy and many pounds lighter its the carbs that we over eat that pack on the pounds. Just check out the low carb sites they will guide you I say at below 50 carbs a day if you eat the right foods meat,oils, veggies and fruit you will not be hungry one other thing eat only when hungry. Good Luck.

Some of the concerns are around micronutrients — supplementation of electrolytes, vitamins, and fiber is often required on low-carb diets, Zeratsky says. And sometimes, these diets can actually lower the blood sugar of a person with diabetes to the point where it’s too low, which is also dangerous. (Low-carb diets are not recommended for those people with type 1 diabetes or anyone on insulin due to that risk, experts note.)

First, let me say that I do not follow a low carb/gluten free/sugar free diet. However, I volunteered to make LC/GF/SF desserts for the annual music festival that my music club sponsors. So, because of the ratings (not to mention that I loooove carrot cake) I chose this one for Friday night’s festivities. Let me tell you, I was really nervous about taking a dish I had never tried cooking or even tasting, and serving it to a bunch of friends and strangers. Well, I am glad I chose this one! People’s eyes lit up when they saw the carrot cake, and I had so many expressions of gratitude that they would be able to eat dessert. The best was yet to come, though. The next day and into the evening, people approached me and said how awesome the cake was. One lady even told me she wasn’t gluten/sugar free, but took a piece because it looked so good. She said it rivaled any carrot cake she had ever eaten. The sad part? I never got a slice…
Take it from one who knows; hunger can really make sticking to a healthy diet difficult. Once hunger strikes, your brain goes into hunter/gatherer mode and can cause you to seek out and chow down on the nearest convenient source of calories. Inevitably, this won’t be anything that’s good for you and will very likely be one of those foods linked directly to spiking your insulin – donuts and candy for example. As you know by now, eating lots of sugar does nothing good for your health and will cause you to gain weight fast. Not only that, sugar doesn’t fill you up and can even make you hungrier – so much for that satisfying snack! All my favorite sugar free snacks recipes here.
One thing to consider when you're shopping for sugar-free dark chocolate is the percentage of cacao in your chocolate. True dark chocolate products contain anywhere from 70 to 100 percent cacao, and the higher that number is, the richer and more bitter the chocolate will taste. Luckily, most sugar-free dark chocolates are sweetened with stevia and other sugar alternatives that help offset the bitterness of a high percentage of cacao.
Although chocolate has been eaten since at least 1400 B.C., the way we eat it is a relatively recent invention. Ever taken a bite of unsweetened baking chocolate? Gross. Just try to imagine sipping a hot, frothy drink made of the stuff, maybe with some ground chili peppers for flavor. It's not something I'd look forward to as a treat, but that's how the Mesoamericans were enjoying it.
Brenda Bennett is the cookbook author, homeschool mom, writer, photographer, cook and blogger behind Sugar-Free Mom. Sugar-Free Mom is a woman on a mission to reduce and eliminate added, processed sugars in her family’s life. She focuses on using natural sugars and sugar free substitutes to create healthier versions of popular and beloved recipes. Since 2011, her blog has become the most popular sugar-free source on the web today. Her cookbook, Sugar-Free Mom, Naturally Sweet & Sugar-Free Recipes for the Whole Family, is available now for order.

Thank you for such a nice comment, Eric, and I am so glad you were able to have something to remind you of home while you are currently in Japan. You are right, it is the ultimate fat bomb and we often cut it into even smaller pieces. Thank you for telling me about the lemon juice in the cream cheese layer, I will have to try it. Have a wonderful week and enjoy Japan. -Kim


This dessert is absolutely delicious! It took me a long time to make it. I’m not much of a cook. It’s a bit expensive but worth it. The only mistake was when preparing the first layer ( cream cheese layer), I put all of the sweeteners in with heavy cream at once which stopped my cream from whipping up. Didn’t make that mistake again. Definitely recommend it!!!! (I used a new method, chocolate whipped cream). Thank you.

I adjusted the servings to halve the recipe. Your ingredient calculator only adjusts the first amount. For example: 300 g/10.5 oz. Unsweetened chocolate. Metric will adjust, but not the imperial. Ingredient measurements switch places for almond flour and powdered erythritol, so it’s the imperial instead of metric measurements that will adjust. Luckily I noticed prior to purchasing or cooking. It looks really good!
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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