I’ve been off sugar for what feels like forever. Today is Day 35. If you count some of the fruit I ate at the beginning, it’s probably 30 days. I’ve cut all the usual suspects like honey, cane sugar and maple syrup, all of which are hard to let go of. I’ve gone super strict this time, and quit fruit, temporarily. According to my sugar guru Sarah Wilson of “I Quit Sugar” fame, it takes between 21 to 66 days to change a habit from a psychological perspective. She advocates taking out everything for that period, including fruit . So I quit fruit. During cherry season. I nearly lost it at the farmers market the other day. I’ll share more in an upcoming column in The Seattle Times .
In the meantime, I’ve come to rely on Sarah’s basic raw chocolate. It’s not sweet, but it’s chocolatey, it has a good snap, and it’s cold. It feels like a treat, and I love the salt. Her version has brown rice syrup in it, but I’m abstaining all sweeteners for another week or so, so I took it out. Which makes it Paleo too, if you care about such things. Also, it tastes better than it sounds.
Basic Raw Chocolate
- 1 1/2 cups coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 pinches sea salt
Baking pan, parchment paper
Heat coconut oil in a saucepan on the stove over medium until it just melts, mix in cacao powder until well blended. Pour into baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle sea salt evenly. Let cool, freeze.