Dick’s Chocolate Squares – Sugar Free, Grain Free, Lactose Free

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Low Carb Pot Luck

Dick Williams, author of "Eating Your Heart Out?"

Dick’s Chocolate Squares were part of a low-carb pot luck conducted by the Boulder Very Low Carb Diabetes Support Group.  We encouraged people to make it easy and fun, and to bring “tasting” size portions with no more than 5 grams carb in an actual serving, and smaller samples still for more tastings.  You can find more of Dick’s recipes in his new book, Eating Your Heart Out?

This recipe makes 20 squares, each 5 grams of carbs.

1 ¾ cups of 100% pure cocoa powder
¾ cup of whole almond meal
1 ½  cup of xylitol sweetener (to taste) – or equivalent amount of your favorite Sweetener
2 tsp.  baking  powder  *
1 Tbsp. xanthan gum
4 eggs (or 5 egg whites – or substitute 5 tsp. flax seeds soaked in 3 tsp. water for each egg)
½ cup of olive oil
½ cup of almond milk (plain unsweetened)
1 tsp. of vanilla extract (preferably Mexican vanilla)
(use almond extract or other favorite flavoring instead or in addition)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease a medium sized (7 x 11) straight-sided baking pan with a couple tsp. of the olive oil.
  3. Blend the dry ingredients—cocoa, almond meal, and sweetener (NOT the Xantham gum yet)—in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Beat the eggs, olive oil, almond milk, and flavoring extract(s) until very smooth and gently stir into the large bowl of dry ingredients until most of the lumps are gone.
  5. NOW Add the xanthan gum, shaking thinly over the top of the mixture and stir very quickly at the last minute, because it will thicken almost immediately.
  6. Spread the chocolate mixture evenly in the pan and bake at 325 degrees F. approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick pushed into the middle comes out clean, or at most with a tiny crumb attached.
  7. Pull out of oven and cool for about an hour, Cut into squares and serve (or guard it closely and eat it yourself).
  8. *– Note: If recipe is doubled, use 1 Tbsp. baking powder

Makes 20 squares, with these food facts per square

  • Calories  60
  • Fat:  6 g  68%
  • Protein:  2 g 16%
  • Carbs:  5g  21%
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