Sometimes you just need something to help ease that sugar craving. Especially when it’s been a long week and it’s finally Thursday and you just want something chocolate-y to snack on while you watch This Is Us and bawl your eyes out… Wait, I mean, this totally isn’t what I do on Thursdays… except, it’s exactly what I do every Thursday… 😉 )
Regardless of your reasoning, this is where these sugar-free chocolate gummy bears come in.
I adore these sugar-free chocolate gummy bears for a variety of reasons:
- They’re paleo and gluten-free! The base of these gummies is full-fat coconut milk (from the can) so they’re also perfect for those following a keto diet, or anyone looking to add a healthy source of fat to their diet.
- These gummies are sweetened with liquid stevia drops so they’re sugar-free and are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth! This recipe is also very adaptable so if you’d prefer to use a natural sweetener instead of the stevia, you could easily substitute maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar (but then of course, these would no longer be sugar-free).
- This recipe is a delicious way to get more gelatin into your diet. Gelatin has been shown to help with gut health and digestion, as well as improving sleep, protecting joins, and improving skin and hair. The key with gelatin is to look for a brand that comes from grass-fed, humanely raised animals. (This is the brand I used. Be sure to get the gelatin with the green lid to make gummies as the gelatin with the blue lid is meant to be used in drinks and won’t solidify the same way.)
- The prep is quick and easy! (Watch the video below and you’ll see just how easy these are to make! They’d also be a great recipe to make at home with kids!)
I also love how simple this recipe is. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Full-fat canned coconut milk (Note: you can substitute coconut milk beverage or another milk of choice if desired, but be sure to check the label as many brands have added sugar.)
- Raw cacao powder (Note: Raw cacao powder is different than cocoa powder. Since the cacao beans are processed at low temperatures, raw cacao powder is full of antioxidants and minerals (like magnesium and iron) that you would find in the cacao bean. However, you can substitute cocoa powder if desired.)
- Liquid vanilla stevia
- Grassfed gelatin
- Candy molds or a glass baking dish
So now that your mouth is watering for these delicious sugar-free chocolate gummy bears, grab your supplies and let’s get to it!
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons grassfed gelatin
- 15 - 25 drops liquid vanilla stevia
- Add coconut milk to a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring almost to a boil.
- Whisk in the
cacaopowder, gelatin, and stevia until well-mixed.
- Pour the mixture into candy molds or into a glass baking dish.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 10 minutes until solid.
- Once solid, remove gummies from the mold (or cut into squares if using a baking dish).