I am the original junk food junkie.
The Chocolate-as-a-Meal-Replacement girl.
Ice cream would always do nicely as a meal replacement, too, come to think of it.
So, I know you are asking yourself, ‘How did this woman become a Health Coach?!?!?’ ‘How did she ever become healthy in the first place?!?!?’
Well, it wasn’t easy. In the beginning, it was simply a matter of pain avoidance.
As in, I’m in a boatload of pain. Stop eating the foods that are causing the pain. End of story. It wasn’t a huge stretch for me.
The struggle began in earnest when the pain went away and I could eat things (read: junk) without getting an immediate reaction.
Notice I said ‘immediate’. Because, make no mistake, the reaction was not long in coming.
So, how is a junk food junkie meant to survive in a world of unprocessed, sugar-, gluten- and dairy-free foods?
Well, the answer certainly does not exist in an grocery store. Healthy or not.
Sorry for the tough love. Believe me, I am the first to wish there was an honest-to-goodness-healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie out there.
Many products are gluten-free and dairy free, but not sugar-free. But, that is a topic for another article entitled, ‘Gluten-Free Doesn’t Mean its Good for You’.
Alas, I digress… Where were we? Yes, Chocolate Chip Cookies.
So, without any other options, I set out to bake myself a treat.
I discovered almond flour and coconut flour.
I discovered coconut oil.
I discovered Xylitol and Stevia.
I discovered that I can make my own organic sugar-free chocolate *cue the angels singing*!
And, perhaps, most importantly, I discovered that I can live a completely healthy lifestyle without being deprived.
Even if I don’t eat chocolate for breakfast anymore. Well, maybe sometimes 😉
Without further ado, I share with you my favorite healthy comfort food recipes:
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Ice Cream
- Coconut Cream Pie (the custard is AMAZING on its own, too!)
Chocolate (this is my recipe)
- 1/2 cup Organic Cacao Butter
- 1/2 cup Organic Cacao Powder
- 1/4-1/3 cup Xylitol (blended)
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Optional Slivered Almonds or Chopped Dried Fruit
- Melt Cacao Butter in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small pan with an inch of water (make sure water isn’t touching bowl) over medium heat.
- When Cacao Butter is completely melted, remove from heat and add Cacao Powder, Xylitol, and Sea Salt.
- Make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. Make sure that no water or liquid gets in to the chocolate as it can cause the chocolate to seize (will get crumbly).
- Add Nuts and Fruit if desired.
- Pour the chocolate into molds or onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a small glass pan.
- Let harden for several hours at room temperature and remove from molds. You can also stick in the fridge to speed up the process! Will store for over a week at room temperature or can be kept refrigerated for longer.
Let me know what comfort foods you miss and how you have made substitutes for them below.
If you try any of these recipes, please let me know in the comments!