Chocolate Fixes for Celiacs
When I had to go gluten-free, I tried my hardest to focus on the positive. My first thought was: “Well, at least I can still have bacon.” (Most bacon, anyway—some bacon has gluten, but of course I choose the kinds that are gluten-free!) My second thought was, “And at least I can still have chocolate.”
Thankfully, there are a ton of gluten-free products out there that are full of delicious chocolately goodness. These chocolate delights are perfect for when you’re having a cocoa craving!
Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies: If you miss having Oreos, you’ll love these. These aren’t the only chocolate cookie/vanilla crème cookies out there, but they’re the best (and I know, because I’ve tried every kind I’ve found!). To me these taste most Oreo-like. They’re perfect for snacking on, dunking in your milk of choice, crushing on top of vanilla ice cream, or twisting apart to eat the crème inside first, before devouring the cookie. (What? Isn’t that how everybody eats these things?)
Lucy’s Brownie Crisp: Think of a delicious gluten-free brownie, condensed into a thinner treat. And then think about it loaded with chunks of (you guessed it) more chocolate. This little slice of chocolate heaven is Lucy’s Brownie Crisp. It’s a crispy, crunchy, chocolatey brownie treat that’s only 100 calories per serving. And in addition to being gluten-free, it’s also free of milk, eggs, and nuts, so it’s very allergy-friendly. Yum!
Lucy’s Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies: If you’d rather have a cocoa cookie than a brownie, these cookies will be right up your alley. Lucy’s Chocolate Chocolate Chunk cookies are, like their Brownie Crisp cousins, loaded with chocolate flavor. These crispy cookies are made with Lucy’s special flour blend. I like dunking them in vanilla almond milk; they’d also be great for dunking into coffee. And—like everything from Lucy’s—they’re also free of milk, eggs, and nuts.
KIND Snacks Dark Chocolate Cocoa Breakfast Bar: Chocolate for breakfast? Oh yes! KIND Snacks’ new Dark Chocolate Cocoa Breakfast Bar is like a hearty, chocolatey cookie. Packed with gluten-free grains like oats, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa, with chocolate liquor and cocoa butter, this is a filling and tasty breakfast option. Although it tastes decadent, more like a breakfast treat than anything else, it’s actually pretty good for you—and with 4 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, this bar can keep you full and satisfied until lunchtime.
KIND Snacks Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt: I love KIND’s popped bars—they’re a little lower in calories (just 140) for when I just need a small snack to bridge the gap between meals. The KIND Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bar hits all the right notes. It includes six gluten-free grains, and the chocolate liquor, cocoa, sea salt, and vanilla extract give it a great pop of flavor. Its texture is crunchy while still being soft and chewy. With its whole grains and its 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, this is an ideal afternoon snack to keep hunger at bay ‘til dinner.
Tastefully Simple Gluten Free Fudgy Brownie Mix: I’ve tried a ton of gluten-free brownies, both store-bought and homemade from boxed mixes, and this one is the best I’ve ever tried. It makes a really fudgy, addictive brownie that doesn’t taste the least bit gluten-free (don’t worry, though—it is totally GF!). It’s also really simple to make. The downside is that it’s rather pricy and that you can’t just walk into your local grocery store and buy the mix. That being said, if you want it as a treat for special occasions, it’s worth the money. But for most people, myself included, it’s not a feasible all-the-time option due to the cost of both the product and the shipping.
Arctic Zero Cookie Shake frozen dessert: If you miss cookies and cream ice cream, this is the dessert for you. And if you’re watching your waistline, it’s also a good option—it’s fat-free and only 35 calories per serving! Pretty good for an ice cream-like treat. In addition to being gluten-free, it’s also lactose-free (it’s not entirely dairy-free, though—it contains whey protein concentrate). This lighter treat is a great way to get your cookies and cream milkshake or ice cream fix without overindulging.
What are your favorite gluten-free chocolate treats? Leave a note in the comments and let me know!
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