This chocolate nut bar recipe really hits the spot if you are seriously craving candy bars. Okay it isn't 100% GAPS friendly but it is way better than a candy bar. If your family is on the verge of mutiny over the GAPS diet, you might want to make this for them every once in a while. That way they won't feel completely deprived.
Yields: 2 dozen small bars Time: 30 min. + chilling time
These are yummy, yummy, yummy. Enjoy!
We really love this one. It is definitely a treat that we eat only occasionally. We ate it a lot more in the earlier months-after the intro diet but when everyone started rebelling a little. I really think this little recipe saved the day. It allowed everyone to realize there are some things we can still enjoy in moderation.
Strictly speaking, the chocolate is not allowed on the GAPS protocol. We have used Lily's chocolate chips sweetened with erythritol but it doesn't taste as good as high quality extra dark chocolate chips that are sweetened with cane sugar, also not allowed.
We indulge in this one at Christmas and Easter and on other special occasions.
Adapting this chocolate nut bar recipe to use baking chocolate and honey would probably be best. Using home soaked and roasted pecan nuts also makes this much more GAPS friendly.
I used to really crave chocolate. I think it was the fat I was after. I no longer crave chocolate or other fats because our diet is so rich in fats. I know the same will be true for you. We eat plenty of butter, coconut oil, lard, and other oils like avocado and olive every day. Because my food cravings are gone, I really think I wasn't getting the nutrients my body was needing like fat.
Another possibility is the caffeine and sugar in chocolates. It must give a little boost of energy. With a nutrient rich diet you won't need oomphs of energy. The GAPS diet will increase your energy level.
Chocolate is delicious. I like it as a treat and no longer think of it as a staple and neither does the rest of the family. They rarely ask for chocolate. Shocking! I know.
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