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Cooking Clean and Simple:
Dairy-Free Chocolate Almond Crunch Bites

 

Do you have issues with dairy? It’s a love-hate relationship for a lot of people. We love cheese, ice cream, chocolate…but we hate the results it gives us. Did you know 90% of Asian-Americans are lactose intolerant? And 30-50 million Americans can’t tolerate lactose well. You can read more about that HERE.

But not to fear! There are lots of options for those of you who can’t drink the white stuff. Almond milk and coconut milk are great substitutes for regular milk, and many people who can’t tolerate traditional cheese can actually do well with raw cheese. The pasteurization process kills the good bacteria in cheese, also killing with it the enzymes needed for many to digest it. The enzymes in raw cheese are still intact, making it much easier on your digestive tract.

But what about chocolate? Of course, dark chocolate is a great option if you’re avoiding dairy.

But making your own yummy chocolate at home is not as hard as it might sound! It all starts with raw cacao butter.

I bought this type of cacao butter on Amazon:

And with that as a base, the possibilities are endless! Here’s a delicious, simple recipe to get you started!

Recipe: Dairy-free Chocolate Almond Crunch Bites

1 cup raw cacao butter

1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate (I used 1 square)

1 vanilla bean (Not required, but definitely adds a nice flavor)

1 TBSP coconut oil

dash of salt

Melt the cacao butter and baking chocolate in a double boiler. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the inside with a spoon. Add it to the melting chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in maple syrup, coconut oil and salt. Blend with an immersion blender or beat on high until well combined. Stir in almonds, and pour into candy molds or into a pan with sides and refrigerate until hardened.

 

Life Made Full

Shanti Landon is the founder of “Life Made Full,” (formerly “Clean Eats in the Zoo”), a blog focused on faith, family and {clean} food. She is a homeschooling mom to 5 young children and wife to her Superman. They reside in Northern California on a small farm.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. I earn a small percentage of your purchase should you choose to go through my Amazon links. Thank you!

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