It is safe to say that most people enjoy chocolate in its various forms. However, as any health-conscious individual knows, conventional chocolate uses highly processed cacao and is full of unfavorable ingredients like refined sugars, dairy, oils, modified ingredients, and even various additives. But being a healthy individual does not mean you need to give up chocolate. You just need to source some from the healthiest and highest quality ingredients, or better yet make some yourself. Making your own chocolate is really easy and quick, and provides you with a treat that you can feel so good about eating!
In this recipe, I share with you how to make a simple, quick, and easy, smooth and rich dark chocolate that is fully vegan. This chocolate uses only 3 base ingredients, and provides you with the cacao in its highest, medicinal form for maximum health and nutrition benefits. Aside from some healthy fats, this chocolate also includes some vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, while being dairy-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free and gluten-free.
To learn about high-quality chocolate that comes from pure and raw cacao forms, and how to make your own delicious treats, watch my video How to Eat Cacao and Make Healthy Chocolate:
PREPARATION: ~ 10 mins (+ a few hours of chilling time)
SERVING: Makes 2 traditional chocolate bars and 30 individual chocolates (or similar amount depending on type of molds you have)
- 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
- Refined sugar-free
- 240 grams / 8.5oz Organic Cacao Butter (roughly 1 cup melted)
- 2/3 - 3/4 cup Organic Cacao Powder
- 4 TBS Organic Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Organic Pure Vanilla Extract — Optional
- Stove top
- Small pan (sauce pan)
- Measuring Cup
- Firm cookie sheet
- Silicone Molds (1 Freshware 30-Cavity Silicone Mold and 2 Freshware Traditional Chocolate Bar Silicone Molds or similar silicone molds you may already have on hand)
- Kitchen Scale
- Glass container with lid, or similar (to store your chocolates in)
Weigh out your cacao butter, making it roughly 240g or 8.5oz, and transfer to your sauce pan. Begin to heat on lowest setting to melt the cacao butter fully. Stir frequently for faster melting and to prevent over-heating or burning.
Once your cacao butter is fully melted, turn off the heat. (Remove the pan from hot surface if applicable.)
Add in the cacao powder, and stir thoroughly until it is fully mixed with the cacao butter, making a smooth uniform chocolate sauce.
Add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract, and stir until evenly combined. Taste a small amount to make sure the chocolate flavor and sweetness level is to your liking.
Place your silicone molds onto a large cookie sheet. (This helps to prevent spilling or uneven setting of the liquified chocolate.)
Transfer the mixture using a tablespoon into your silicone molds.
Place the cookie sheet(s) into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before removing the chocolates from the molds.
Store chocolates in a sealed container, in the refrigerator.
- If you have an electric stove, use low heat to gently melt the cacao butter. If you have a gas stove, use the lowest flame setting possible or use a double boiler method to melt the butters and avoid over-heating or burning them.
- These chocolates should be stored in the refrigerator, as they will melt easily in warm environments, and can also be frozen. They will keep well for days and weeks.
- You can double or triple the quantities to make larger amounts of chocolate at once.
- If you don’t have a scale, use roughly a one-to-one amount of cacao powder to melted cacao butter. For example, for every cup of melted cacao butter, use slightly less cacao powder (about 2/3 to 3/4 of a cup).
- While these chocolates are a form of a healthy treat, they are very high in fat, and should be consumed wisely. A good serving amount to guide yourself by is 1 chocolate or 2 chocolate squares, per day, as part of special occasions or occasional treats in your diet.
Meal Health & Nutrition Benefits
- provides some healthy fat (no carbohydrates, fiber or protein)
- fat composition is roughly 60 saturated fat to 40 unsaturated fat
- provides some antioxidants and phytonutrients
- provides some vitamin E and vitamin K
- small amounts of plant-derived saturated fats are beneficial for overall health, protection and prevention
- offers health benefits for hair and skin health
- For more information, visit the cacao butter summary from OrganicFacts.net
- Health Tip: avoid consuming large amounts of cacao butter for optimal health and weight
- provides healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates
- provides one of the highest sources of antioxidants
- a source of vitamins, especially the B vitamins
- a source of minerals, especially manganese, copper, magnesium and iron
- provides an abundance of phytonutrients for healing and prevention
- contains euphoric properties (anandamide), aphrodisiac properties (arginine), anti-depressant properties (tryptophan) and helps stimulate and balance brain activity
- provides anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating and anti-aging elements
- helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and protect against cardiovascular disease
- for more info, see the cacao benefits overview on Organic Facts
- a rich source of simple carbohydrates (sugars); provides about 20% less calories than honey
- a source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
- provides trace amounts of B vitamins
- provides minerals, especially manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, copper and magnesium
- serves as a good, natural sweetener option, which provides some nutrition and health benefits
- for more info, see the maple syrup overview on organicfacts.net
- provides antioxidants and phytonutrients, like vanilloids, and has anti-inflammatory properties
- provides some B vitamins
- provides some minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium
- when in its purest form, can positively support overall health
- supports optimal cognitive health and mental performance
- for more information, visit the vanilla overview from Nutrition-and-You.com