RE: what to do about the chocolate cravings
Posted Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM
Yeah, I allow myself a little bit of dark vegan chocolate in some form whenever I want it rather than build it up as a 'forbidden fruit' and end up grabbing the first thing I can find (which is likely to not be vegan and probably loaded with all sorts of yucky stuff). I'll make myself some REAL hot cocoa (yes, even in summer) using raw cocoa powder, raw sugar, and plant milk. Or, we'll make chocolate banana smoothies with plant milk, cocoa, liquid sweet (maple syrup, dark raw agave, etc), and banana (and sometimes frozen strawberries to make it even frothier and more like a banana split!) Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate bits (regular-gold bag- and mini - silver bag-) don't contain any dairy (many dark chocolates contain milk fat, these don't). I'll grab a tablespoonful as a snack in lieu of a candy bar (which is usually bigger). I also make homemade granola that includes cocoa nibs - those are straight nothing added chocolate so they add a nice bitter crunch to the dried fruit and oats in the granola.
Also, sometimes, a kosher dill pickle or corn tortillas with black beans and salsa can nip a chocolate craving (something about the saltiness satisfies the sweet desire, go figure)