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
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.