Sometimes a big mistake can become a huge achievement. This sugar-free chocolate cookies recipe is an example. I was in Paris the other day looking for some dark chocolate bars to munch on during our 5-hour-drive back to the Netherlands. So I rushed in a store and grabbed a few chocolate bars that said “noir” (=dark) on the package. My French never failed to surprise me, out of the 3 bars that I bought, 2 of them are pure chocolate. And by “pure” I mean, 100% pure cacao (!). Obviously there are some tiny letters on the packages that I failed to read. As much as I love dark chocolate, I normally go for 70%-80% dark, not 100% pure chocolate. Never in my life have I been so dumbfounded by the taste of chocolate. I could not bring myself to appreciate the bitterness of some pure cacao on my tongue. So I came home with a mission: make something delicious out of that pure cacao. They are too healthy and precious to waste after all ;). You can read more about the health benefits of cacao here.
In order to not mess up the “healthiness” of the precious pure chocolate, I decided to go with sugar-free option (although adding a bit of raw coconut sugar will not do you any harm). I used dried mulberries, raisin and a bit of raw honey as a replacement for sugar. They worked wonder! These sugar-free chocolate cookies turned out much better than I expected. They are crunchy on the outside, slightly buttery soft on the inside (no butter was used in this sugar-free chocolate cookies recipe) and not too sweet. They definitely are one of the best healthy toddler snack options (Yes, I just said that). You go make some of these, give them to your toddlers and see if I was right ;).
In case you cannot find any 100% pure chocolate, it is possible to substitute with 70% dark chocolate (beware that they contain some sugar though) and skip the honey all together. You will still end up with a very appetizing treat for both you and your kids. Happy cooking!