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I’ve already said (a few times) that Paleo isn’t supposed to include too many desserts. And I’ve admitted as many times that I do have a sweet tooth (what a bind!). I love baking and experimenting in the kitchen (and I love the smell of freshly baked goodies in the house). Doesn’t help with no desserts on my diet protocol. Oh well.

I also keep repeating that strict AIP makes me feel the best. Plus, there are AIP-compliant foods that give me issues when eaten in larger quantities (e.g. bananas, coconut or tapioca flour). They are harder to digest and my body sometimes handles them better, and sometimes worse. So I keep looking for and trying new simple (and easy to digest) treats.

Chocolate is excluded from the autoimmune protocol. It can be problematic due to several reasons:


  • Phytic acid – You can find phytic acid in high volume in nuts and seeds or legumes. Our body has trouble digesting it and, what’s more, digesting other minerals that bind to the acid (typically Ca, Mg, Fe, K and Zn). That’s why phytic acid is called an anti-nutrient. Unfortunately, there’s a lot in cocoa powder, too. You can find out more about phytic acid here.


  • Caffeine – Caffeine (wherever from, be it coffee, tea, chocolate or energy drinks) leads to cortisol excretion. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can overstimulate the immune system (and hinder a good night’s sleep, for example). It has been shown that the more cortisol there is in the blood stream, the higher the probability that inflammatory processes will be triggered in the body.


  • Oxalates – Oxalates are substances that naturally appear both in plants and animals. If their concentration in the body is high (and leaky gut can hamper the ability to process oxalates), they can give rise to kidney stones. Oxalates also give issues to people with a sensitive bladder (so if you have a suspicion of interstitial cystitis or endometriosis, be careful). Apart from cocoa, oxalates are present in high amounts in almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes, kiwi or blackberries (to quote some of the foods often consumed when on a Paleo diet).


  • Histamine – Histamine is a substance both produced by the body itself and ingested in food. Unfortunately, some people have issues with high histamine levels (either because their cells produce too much of it, or more often because they lack sufficient amounts of the DAO enzyme which metabolises histamine in the body). Histamine intolerance can easily be confused with a cold or allergies because many symptoms are similar – sneezing, runny or stuffed nose, cough, swollen, red itchy eyes, joint pain, etc. So if you have hay fever, avoiding high histamine foods can be beneficial. You can read more about histamine intolerance on the Low Histamine Chef blog.


These coconut hearts are a mix between white chocolate and Raffaello pralines. Why to make them? They taste delicious, of course. They contain no dairy products and just the amount of sweetener you decide. Moreover, they’re made of cacao butter, which contains no caffeine and a much lower amount of phytic acid and oxalates than other cocoa products. It does contain histamine but I still go for this recipe when I can’t resist my sweet tooth because it already contains much fewer problematic substances. There is a higher chance my body will tolerate this yummy treat. I love experimenting!


- helps to reduce appearance of scars on skin

- reduces signs of aging such as wrinkles

- aids in reducing hair loss

- helps to improve skin health

- aids in reducing inflammation of skin

- prevents the onset of male pattern baldness

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Vitamin K - 31%

Vitamin E - 9%

*Recommended daily value per 100g.

Raffaello-style hearts

(Paleo or AIP)

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1/2 cup cacao butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 coconut milk powder

2 tbsp shredded coconut

1-2 tbsp maple syrup (not honey)


1. Melt cacao butter and coconut oil over very low heat.

2. Add in maple syrup.

3. Whisk in coconut milk powder, so that the resulting batter is smooth.

4. Pour batter into chocolate mould but do not fill up to the rim. Sprinkle batter with shredded coconut.

5. Put in the freezer for approx. 10-20 minutes. Take out from the freezer, pop out of the mould and serve. Store in the fridge.


More tips:

When melting cacao butter make sure you’re using very low heat, so that it doesn’t burn.

This recipe calls for maple syrup. Unlike in many recipes, it CANNOT be substituted with honey. The structure of honey makes it difficult to bind fully with the butter and oil, and your pralines could end up gooey.

To stay strictly AIP, use coconut oil instead of cacao butter.


How to make home-made Raffaello pralines

If you want your treat to look (and not only taste) like Raffaello, make some simple changes. When you’ve melted cacao butter and coconut oil and added maple syrup, add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of coconut cream and a tablespoon or two of shredded coconut. When adding the coconut cream, lower the heat even more (take away from the stove, possibly) so that you end up with a smooth batter that is easy to roll into small balls. Coat the balls with shredded coconut and let harden in the freezer.

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