50+ Sugar-Free Chocolate Treats (+ A Few Carob!) for Your Sweetie

Vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day

I was recently chatting with someone who is about to embark on an anti-candida diet, and she mentioned that one of the hurdles stopping her is the no-sugar rule when it comes to chocolate. “I’m not sure I could give up my chocolate,” she said.

Because really, what’s better than chocolate?

Well, SUGAR-FREE chocolate! I assured¬†her it’s easy to make your own treats when you’re sugar-free, so she shouldn’t let that stop her. Chocolate is one of the world’s almost-perfect superfoods, so you should never deprive yourself, is what I say.

These days, my homemade chocolate is sweetened exclusively with either stevia or xylitol. I occasionally use coconut sugar or coconut nectar, but other higher-glycemic sweeteners are a rarity, saved for special occasions. . . like Valentine’s Day. ūüėČ
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Is it Okay to Cheat on Your Anti-Candida Diet?

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The anti-candida diet is one of the most challenging special diets out there. When I first started the diet, I remember wondering how I’d manage to stay within the dietary boundaries and still find enough to eat. Or, how to avoid wandering outside those boundaries.

These days, after having eaten this way for around 15 years, I no longer worry about such things. But in emails from readers, I’m often asked about how much they need to adhere to the diet in order to get well. Is it really 100% or nothing?
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Low Fat, Grain-Free, Egg-Free, Sugar-Free Waffle Apple Fritter Rings

Candida diet, sugar-free, grain-free waffle apple fritter recipe on rickiheller.com

[Perfect for brunch or an elegant dessert, Waffle Apple Fritter Rings¬†are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 3 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] About twice a year when we were kids, my mother would treat us to homemade “chips” (that was the name we […]

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Protected: No-Nightshade Pasta Sauce

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Whole Grains, or Whole Grain Flour? (And a Nifty Trick)

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Happy 2016!¬† I hope you had a wonderful transition to the new year and that things are starting out great for you. For those of you interested in eating more healthfully this year, you might be switching from wheat-based products to more gluten-free, or from refined flours to whole grains. Today’s video talks about the […]

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25 Nibbles and Dips for your New Year’s Eve, 2015

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Can¬†you feel the excitement? It’s almost 2016! Despite the complete lack of snow here in the Toronto area this year, I’m more energized and primed for the new year than I have been in years (okay, maybe it has a little something to do with my loathing of snow. Yay for green Decembers!). I’ll be […]

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Holiday Citrus Shortbread Cookies (Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free)

Sugar-free, dairyfree, glutenfree citrus shortbread recipe on rickiheller.com

[These delicious holiday Citrus Shortbreads are easy to make and perfect for the season! They’re¬†vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free and yeast-free. Suitable for Stage 3 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] You know how, whenever you learn a new word, you suddenly see it pop up everywhere you look? Or maybe it’s a […]

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Ricki’s Raves (3): Healthy Food Made Faster (ie, By Someone Else!)

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I’ve decided to start a little series called Ricki’s Raves, in which I share some of my favorite items (both food and non-food alike) that I truly love and use all the time. Today, I rave about my favorite low-glycemic sweeteners and sugar-free chocolate. In case you missed the earlier installments, find Part One, “Healthy […]

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Four Tips to Stick with Your Special Diet Over the Holidays

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Do you love the holidays? Most likely, like many of us, you love certain parts of it but not other parts. Getting together with loved ones, catching up with old friends, taking long walks in the (possibly very brisk!) outdoors, singing holiday tunes, watching sappy movies, giving and receiving presents, deepening spiritual connections, visualizing the […]

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Ricki’s Raves (2) Healthy Food Made Sweeter (plus CHOCOLATE!)

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I’ve decided to start a little series called Ricki’s Raves, in which I share some of my favorite items (both food and non-food alike) that I truly love and use all the time. Today, I rave about my favorite low-glycemic sweeteners and sugar-free chocolate. In case you missed Part One, “Healthy Food Made More Convenient” […]

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