Health Chocolate




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Make your own super-healthy chocolate with no sucrose or saturated fats in it.
Ingredients are cocoa, milk, olive oil, and xylitol. It starts out like really thick frosting.
After a few hours it sets up like a really rich fudge.
Pat it into the shape of a cake! It's the richest healthiest chocolate cake ever made!
Feel free to vary the ratio of these ingredients to suit yourself, but the order of mixing the ingredients shown here is important, in any other order it won't be smooth.

100 ml hot milk
2 rounded teaspoons of xylitol crystals. Add more if you like it sweeter.
10 high heaping teaspoons of cocoa
50 ml olive oil

It tastes great and gives you that good theobromine buzz.
Xylitol is a type of sugar that caries bacteria among others can't live on.
So no tooth decay!

I'm avoiding cariogenic foods as an experiment to see if a cavity will heal itself.
search for the terms "cariogenic" and "remineralize" to see papers about tooth healing.
I haven't had bread or sucrose for example in months.
The thing I missed most was chocolate.
So I figured out how to make my own "health chocolate". Read on for the fancy details!

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Step 1: Hot Milk and Xylitol

Heat up 100ml of milk until it just starts to bubble.
Dissolve two mounded teaspoons of xylitol crystals in it.
If you like your chocolate sweet add twice that much.
Unless you've had a recent breakup. In that case leave it bitter, cuz you'll probably eat it all at once, and you might get the runs from that much xylitol.

I found out about xylitol from Finnish friends. They're all crazy about it. In their country it's made from birch trees. Xylitol is a type of sugar that doesn't cause tooth decay.
How does that work? Streptococcus Mutans, the bacterium responsible for most tooth decay. can live on many sugars, including the ones your saliva enzymes make from starchy foods. It can only build a plaque from sucrose, such as comes from beet and cane sugar. Once hidden under a plaque, the bacterium anaerobically breaks down sugar to acetic acid, which slowly dissolves your teeth, causing a cavity. Look up "cariogenic" on your favorite interwebs.

Don't let your dog get into this stuff. Xylitol is poisonous to dogs as is Chocolate.
Shopping for xylitol easier on than on ebay. I ordered some from
Eva's and Nutty Nutrition. but both those suppliers seem to be broken now (may 08).
My most recent buy came promptly from for $3.91/lb.
Has anyone found a better source?

Step 2: Add Lots of Cocoa

While the sweetened milk is still hot dump in 10 teaspoons heaped high with cocoa.
Mix it up pretty well, but you don't have to do a perfect job.

Step 3: Add Olive Oil

Add 50 ml of extra-virgin olive oil.
Whatever that is. I get mine from Costco.

Mix it until it looks so smooth and creamy you can't stand it and you have to run around offering it to people.

That's it! Form it into cakes and eat it as you would chocolate, or eat it with a spoon, etc. etc.

In a few hours it will set up like fudge. I don't think it will ever spoil, but I've never managed to keep any long enough to find out.

Fats, Oils, and Chocolate
The melting properties of your chocolate are determined by the type of oil or fat you use.
With olive oil it doesn't really get hard or melt like chocolate.
I made some with ( dairy cow ) butter instead of olive oil that was pretty good, and that stuff melted properly. Use whatever type of fat your health theory says is good. I wouldn't use flax oil unless I was planning to eat it right away. Fresh flax is the healthiest oil in the theories I currently know, but only when it's fresh. After it reacts with oxygen it crosslinks and turns into aorta varnish as bad or worse than other oils. And if you do use flax oil, don't get "linseed" oil from the hardware store. That's the same stuff, but they add heavy metals to it to make it crosslink more. A friend's dad used to feed him linseed oil and he's odd. Probably braindamaged by the heavy metals.

Let me know what works for you!

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    30 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Global sweet sells noN-GMO Xylitol. You can buy it online in crystal or powder form.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    Yes, just what I'm planning to use to try this recipe tomorrow. I can't wait.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Does it work with normal sugar?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Does this age like regular chocolate, which gets better with age if aged properly, or not? And just a question for any chocolate professional (et cetera), does chocolate age if coated in wax? Because I know it doen't melt in a wax casing.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    yea - this recipe looks NOMNOMNOM but....xylitol? It feels like desecration to put that in precious chocolate...I'd prefer the sugar, to be honest - but stevia! now there's an idea worth testing out :)


    9 years ago on Step 1

    Hate to break this to you but you've ruined the "no tooth decay because the bacteria can't live on Xylitol" point by using milk which has lactose in it. Pretty sure that's a sugar tooth decay bacteria CAN live on.

    Unless I'm missing something...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I wonder what it would taste like adding coconut oil instead of olive oil.  I love the taste. Some say it actually helps weight loss, the sweetneer could be less and it would have a chocolate coconut flavor. Not for coconut haters, of course?-D

    I think I'll try it!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wait. wait. wait. Wait. I have to show you something you are going to love it.

    Better chocolate like yours but this stuff has the cocoa in it's purest form and a carb and sugar blocker in it!!! WHAT! So you lose weight. No, I am serious. Call 512-404-1223


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I .... Want... SOME OM NOM!!! I'm going to go make some!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you Thank you. My daughter has a dental condition we have to be super cautious with. I have bought xylitol but have been searching for days for chocolate sweetened with xylitol. The only one I can get is very expensive and needs to be sent by courier (even more expense). I'm going to make this so she can finally get to have some chocolate.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    looks nice, i would make some, but i would rather find an alternative to all that olive oil.... it contains a lot of calories


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i tried to make this but instead it was like liquid and i wasted all my cocoa on it so why didnt it work?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    so this has both xylitol AND chocolate, so in addition to tasting great its also a pretty sweet dog poison. cool! not that I condone the poisoning of animals, but the stuff at least has more than one use.