Eating chocolate on the GAPS diet

It is true that Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s list of foods prohibited on the GAPS list includes chocolate. However, Certified GAPS Practitioner, Ellen Dart from Colorado, stated that

If someone is doing really well I generally say introduce it at the six-month mark. On the other hand, if you have a birthday or truly special celebration I would say treat yourself, knowing it is a legal indulgence.

I consume this “chocolate” in the form of raw cacao powder, but I’m sure regular cocoa powder would be ok. Neither have added sugar or milk powder. Raw cacao powder is a superfood, with multiple times more anti-oxidants than blueberries and the highest source of magnesium among all foods.

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Almond milk and milkshake

making almond milkI have been making almond milk for many years, and never tire of it! When I drink it, it feels clean in my body, similar to the feeling I get when drinking juice of dark leafy greens. It also serves as a base for milkshakes.

After pureeing the almonds with the water, it is ideal to use a nutbag to separate the almond meal (pureed almonds) from the newly made almond milk. A nutbag is a finely meshed cloth bag. (I’m sure you can find nutbags online). Alternatively, you could use a towel or cheesecloth, which you can buy at the natural food store. Or you can keep the almond meal in the newly pureed almond milk—it just settles to the bottom of the blender. It is ideal to separate out the almond meal for those who have a hard time digesting foods  because the skins are believed to be hard to digest and best removed before consumption.almond milk

Unsweetened Almond Milk—makes 3 cups

  • ½ cup almonds, soaked at least 4 hours but ideally overnight, rinsed
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 t vanilla extract (optional)*

Blend soaked almonds and water. Pour mixture through nutbag or cloth to separate the milk from the almonds. Pour the milk back into the blender, add vanilla and blend.

milkshakeVanilla & cacao almond milkshake—makes 3 cups

My favorite is Cacao Almond Milkshake. Cacao is raw chocolate. You can find the latter at the natural food store. It costs $20 a pound. See this post for more information about eating chocolate/cacao on the GAPS diet. (Interestingly, being on the GAPS diet for some time, I have no craving for chocolate like I used to…).

You can also make nut milk with any other nut or seed, including sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds, cashews, pecans and walnuts.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the creator of the GAPS program, has stated that tropical fruits should not be combined with non-tropical fruits or other foods. Thus, this almond milk does not exactly comply with the GAPS diet. However, I am ok with this.

  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 t vanilla extract* or 2 T raw cacao powder

Make the almond milk. Blend milk with bananas and vanilla or cacao powder.

* I buy my vanilla extract at the natural food store and the only ingredients are vanilla and bourbon or whiskey so I think it’s ok to use store-bought instead of making my own—but I could be wrong!