Creating HCG diet-approved dark chocolate bites requires a few adjustments to the traditional chocolate bite recipe to ensure compliance with the diet's guidelines. Here's a simple recipe to make HCG diet-friendly dark chocolate bites:
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (100% cocoa)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (unrefined, organic)
- 2-3 tablespoons powdered stevia (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
Melt the Coconut Oil: In a microwave-safe bowl or on the stovetop, gently melt the coconut oil until it's in liquid form. Be careful not to overheat it.
Mix in Cocoa Powder: Add the unsweetened cocoa powder to the melted coconut oil and stir until well combined. You can sift the cocoa powder to prevent lumps.
Sweeten with Stevia: Gradually add powdered stevia to the cocoa and coconut oil mixture. Taste as you go to adjust the sweetness to your liking. Keep in mind that the HCG diet has strict limitations on sugar and calories, so use stevia sparingly.
Add Vanilla Extract (Optional): If desired, add a tiny amount of pure vanilla extract for extra flavor. Ensure it's a pure extract without added sugars or artificial ingredients.
Prepare Molds: Line a small ice cube tray or silicone molds with parchment paper or silicone liners to make it easier to remove the chocolate bites.
Pour the Mixture: Carefully pour the sweetened chocolate mixture into the molds or ice cube tray, filling each cavity equally.
Freeze: Place the molds or tray in the freezer and let the chocolate bites set for at least 15-20 minutes until they harden.
Enjoy: Once the chocolate bites are firm, remove them from the molds and enjoy! Store any leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.
Remember to exercise portion control when consuming these dark chocolate bites while following the HCG diet. Enjoy them as an occasional treat to satisfy your chocolate cravings while staying within the dietary restrictions of the program.