Chocolate… most women would rather give up just about anything but chocolate. So first of all, if you're on the GAPS Diet, yes, we can have chocolate, once digestive symptoms have calmed. Awesome, yes?! Click here for my collection of GAPS Legal chocolate recipes: 20+ Delicious Chocolate Recipes
When I was recipe testing for my friend Jessica Espinoza's e-book The Splendid Scoop I tried Our Nourishing Roots' Simple Honey-Sweetened Chocolate and was very pleased with how they tasted in ice cream. If you need to stick strictly to GAPS with no deviations (most people cheat a tiny bit once in awhile) then this recipe will be your best bet. With regards to how these chips hold up for baking, the author says in the comments, “They melt a little more than regular chocolate chips when I made chocolate chip cookies, perhaps because they aren’t a uniform size? But then when they cooled they hardened up again like normal.”
Another option, which is something I've been meaning to try is using Baker's unsweetened baking chocolate in place of chocolate chips. Typically cookie batter is pretty sweet so I think we could get by with chopping a few squares of Baker's into chunks and using in place of chocolate chips. I have tried using these chunks in my favorite chocolate shake and I can't tell I'm using unsweetened chocolate and I love the chunks! Let me know if you try this in cookies.
If you want to make honey-sweetened chocolate chips to use in trail mix Gutsy's Chocolate Drops will work perfectly.
Two honorable mentions if you don't have to be super strict on GAPS and can cheat just a little (the stevia, erithrytol and tapioca flour are not GAPS legal):
- If you can use stevia or erithrytol try Whole New Mom's Homemade Chocolate or Carob Chips
- If you can use just a tiny bit of tapioca flour, try these from Whole Natural Life: Homemade Chocolate Chips
And last but not least, there is a new commercially produced chocolate chip but it uses stevia and erithrytol to sweeten: Lily's Dark Chocolate Chips. Stevia and erithrytol are not strictly GAPS legal but some people use them without adverse effects.
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