I’m always on the lookout for low sugar, clean ingredient snacks and desserts and decided it might be nice to gather my current favorites all in one place. I think it is also important to take a moment to highlight companies that are proving delicious food doesn’t have to come at the expense of using over processed or commonly irritating ingredients. Since it has been all about chocolate for me lately, this month’s post is dedicated to the best chocolate items in my life right now. Everything here has less than 10 grams of sugar per serving, with most at 5g and under. I’m also giving away some of these items on my instagram, so make sure to check out this post.
Elements Truffles Chocolate + Hot Chocolate
I fell in love with Elements Truffles chocolate after stumbling across it at Whole Foods; dairy-free, low sugar, small batch, Ayurveda inspired chocolate that tastes amazing. I also feel particularly connected to their ethos— in addition to a focus on simplicity, their ingredients come from fair trade manufacturers, and they donate 25% of profits to the education of underprivileged children in tribal areas of India. Read more about their story here. Elements offers some really cool flavors that are made with just cacao and honey, infused with Ayurveda Superfoods and pure essential oils. They also make Turmeric infused dark hot chocolate that is perfect for cooler weather. Check out my instagram giveaway for a chance to win some of their chocolate.
Bars: 5g sugar / half bar
Hot Chocolate: 5g sugar / 4 teaspoons
Peppermint infused with Lavender: Organic raw cacao butter, raw honey, organic raw cacao powder, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil, organic lavender flowers, himalayan sea salt
Orange Quinoa infused with Turmeric: organic raw cacao butter, raw honey, organic raw cacao powder, orange essential oil, organic turmeric root powder, puffed quinoa, himalayan sea salt
Rose infused with Cardamom: organic raw cacao butter, raw honey, organic raw cacao powder, rose geranium essential oil, cardamon essential oil, organic rose petals, himalayan sea salt
Turmeric infused dark hot chocolate: Organic raw cacao powder, organic raw cacao paste, organic coconut palm sugar, organic turmeric root powder, himalayan sea salt
If you have followed me for a bit, you have definitely seen me mention Nomz. They taste basically exactly like brownie bites, and you would never guess that they are only 3g sugar per ball and minimal ingredients. Nomz come in a few different flavors, but Pistachio is my favorite.
Sugar: 3g / ball
Ingredients: almonds, dates, pistachios, cocoa, coconut oil, Fleur de sel (all organic)
Cashew Cacao Antioxidant Bar (Hemp Bar)
I’m a little confused as to the real name of this bar. It is listed as a Cashew Cacao Antioxidant bar, but all of the branding would lead you to believe it is called ‘Hemp Bar’. None-the-less, they are delicious, and I have re-ordered them twice now. The texture is pretty unique, soft and chewy (likely due to the apricots) but the cacao powder flavor definitely comes through.
Sugar: 8g / bar
Ingredients: Dates*, Cashews*, Apricots*, Hemp Protein Powder*, Hemp Seeds*, Cacao Powder*, Coconut Nectar*, Blueberries*. *Organic.
I love Bulletproof bars and would recommend all of the flavors, however, my current favorite is the mint chocolate chip. I had been eyeing it on the bulletproof site, but did not want to buy an entire box before trying them. They also don’t list the ingredients of their bars online which is frustrating. Luckily, my local whole foods started carrying them, and they were worth the wait. These taste EXACTLY like a girl scout thin mint. The ingredient list is far longer than any of the other items here, which would usually be concerning to me, but including things like grass-fed collage protein is a big bonus of this bar.
Sugar: 3g / bar
Ingredients: Organic cashew butter, grass-fed collagen protein, inulin (chicory), Bulletproof XCT oil powder (caprylic and capric acid triglycerides from highly refined coconut and/or palm kernel oil, tapioca dextrin), organic unsweetened chocolate, organic cashews, Bulletproof brain octane oil (caprylic acid triglycerides from highly refined coconut oil), organic cacao nibs, organic coconut oil, non-gmo sunflower lecithin, lab tested vanilla beans, sea salt, organic stevia leaf extract, peppermint oil
Eating Evolved Coconut butter cups
Ok, every time I eat these I can’t believe how good they are. Very similar to a reese’s peanut butter cup but with a different filling. Simple, clean ingredients and low sugar..need I say more?
Classic: 5g sugar /cup
Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Coconut Sugar, Himalayan Sea Salt, Madagascar Vanilla
Caramel & Sea Salt: 4g sugar / cup
Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Coconut Sugar, Himalayan Sea Salt
Peppermint: 4g sugar / cup
Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic coconut Sugar, Organic Peppermint oil.
A note on sweets..
I am generally of the mindset that if you are trying to cut out sugar and retrain your palate, staying away from ‘sweets’ (even low sugar ones, stevia etc.) is super important. Breaking my body’s addiction to the ‘sweet’ made things 10x easier. I am personally at a point in my health journey that I feel in touch enough with my body to incorporate some sweets, knowing that if I start to feel any of those all too familiar adrenal fatigue symptoms (brain fog, anxiety, insomnia) I can easily remove them again without fighting cravings. As always, everyone is different— do what is best for your body.