Last updated: May 10, 2021
Trying to stay away from dairy? How about gluten? Or sugar?
Still get those chocolate cravings? Well, Hu Kitchen’s dairy free, gluten free, and sugar free chocolate is here for you!
When indulging in guilty, chocolatey pleasures, you may not be considering your treat’s environmental price tag. Perhaps you’ve heard that due to mass production each conventional candy bar includes an average of eight insect parts (yikes!). But have you heard what happens to the wrappers when they hit landfills? Absolutely nothing (double yikes)!
Hu Kitchen is solving these problems (and many more) naturally. The founding team sought to create a snack food brand that keeps you nourished and helps you flourish. Add to that caring for the planet, and together you and Hu Kitchen are now able to take satisfying your chocolate craving to delicious heights.
Dairy free chocolate?
Hu Kitchen makes their chocolate and other goodies in small batches (bye-bye bugs!), and they package most of their snacks (including chocolate bars) in paper that’s recyclable. While Hu Kitchen isn’t currently offsetting their business operation’s carbon emissions, their ingredients put them far ahead of the competition.
Hu Kitchen nixes sugar, gluten, and grains; and all of their products are vegan and nearly all are organic. How do you make richly textured sweets without sugar or dairy? Hu Kitchen relies heavily on coconuts for both sugar and dairy replacement. Coconuts are relatively low on the water usage scale, an increasing environmental concern. They’re also known to have many health benefits, including being high in potassium and antioxidants, and providing hydration.
So.. Does Hu Kitchen taste good?
I can honestly say, Hu completely satisfies my chocolate desires. Of course, it is chocolate, so that makes sense. But when eating Hu chocolate, I’m not adding to my sugar dependency while enjoying a treat that’s as rich and delicious as any artisan chocolate bar I’ve tasted. I’m not certain whether it’s the nutrition density or the taste, but Hu products leave me feeling satisfied much more quickly than other chocolate. I can finally stick to the two square serving size on the back of the package!
The crackers are also snack food champs. While there are a bunch of gluten-free crackers to choose from, Hu Kitchen once again sets a new standard by making theirs grain-free. How? By creating flour out of almonds, cassava (aka “yuca” – a starchy root frequently used in Latin American and Caribbean cooking), and you guessed it…coconut. They’re a perfect compliment to hummus or other dips, and a great snack straight from the recyclable box.
A note on baking
The OneDey team mostly has been eating the chocolate gems straight from the (unfortunately, not recyclable) bag, but our first gluten-free, gem-filled cake turned out great. The chocolate bits melted just enough, and we think the gem shape may have helped distribute that yummy, gooey chocolate evenly throughout each slice. Below is our new go-to recipe for grain-free, egg-free, guilt-free, chocolate heaven cake.
1 c unsweetened whole fat coconut milk
1/2 c raw honey
1/4 c ghee or high quality butter
2 tbsp fresh ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c chestnut flour from Acornucopia
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 c Hu Kitchen dark chocolate baking gems
1 c walnuts
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line/grease a 7’’ baking pan.
Mix coconut milk, honey, ghee, ginger, and vanilla until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl, mix chestnut flour, baking powder, and salt.
Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and then fold in the dark chocolate and walnuts.
Pour batter into pan and spread evenly; don’t worry that it’s super thick.
Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the edges are golden and the middle is only a little spongey, since there aren’t any eggs, no need to worry about under-baking!
Recipe modified from Hormones and Balance