I have never been a baker. I’m just not great at all the exact measuring and the science of it all, and I don’t really have a sweet tooth. I much prefer the haphazard taste test method to cooking over baking. That being said, I do love chocolate. The darker the better for me. Just one bite can satisfy any craving. Imagine my delight when I realized I could make my own chocolate bars?! And healthy ones at that?? I was floored. I literally patted my own back after I made this recipe as it turned out so good. The best part? This chocolate bar is gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan, and healthy! I honestly don’t think I’ll ever buy another chocolate bar from the store again.
Trust me, if I can figure out this easy recipe, then anyone can. It requires almost no actual prep time, and is more than worth the wait of the setting time!
Prep time: 5 minutes to make, 1.5 hours to set
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup cocoa
- 2 or 3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (use maple syrup to make it vegan)
- 1 tsp of vanilla
*The key is to use equal parts coconut oil and cocoa
- Start by lining a shallow baking dish with parchment paper, or using a pliable plastic mold
- Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat until it is melted
- Add in the other ingredients
- Stir consistently until everything is mixed evenly
- Remove from heat immediately (no need to bring to a boil or actually cook)
- Pour chocolate into the wax paper lined dish
- Set in fridge until chocolate is hard
- Remove chocolate from dish and peel off wax paper
I chose to put a sprinkle of sea salt onto the chocolate after I had poured it in the dish, prior to it hardening. You can add whatever you like at this stage – fresh coconut, orange rind, nuts, cinnamon, berries, chili flakes, etc., or keep it pure as is.
I’ve even heard of people pouring the chocolate into a parchment lined cupcake tin, and then adding peanut butter, and then covering with more melted chocolate, almost like a dark chocolate peanut butter cup. I might have to try this next!
Serve broken into chunks, or as a full bar. Store in the fridge. As any responsible researcher would do, I paired the dark chocolate with a glass of red wine to see if that was a winning combo, and I can guarantee you that it is! Enjoy!