Making your own chocolate can be inexpensive or a bit pricey, depending on the ingredients you use. If you typically buy good chocolate, you will definitely save money per bar.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time15 minutesmins
Total Time2 hourshrs30 minutesmins
Author: Desiree Nielsen
½cupeither pure cocoa butter or virgin coconut oil
½ - ¾cupcocoa powderraw, ethically sourced
2-3tbsphoney or maple syrup
¼tspvanilla bean seeds
optional – unsweetened dried fruit or raw nuts of choiceplus up to 1/8 tsp of cinnamon and/or cardamom
Line a small loaf pan with a piece of parchment large enough that it wraps up two sides. This will make the chocolate easy to remove later on. Alternately, you could use silicone muffin cups for medallions. Sprinkle dried fruit or nuts across bottom of pan, if using.
In a small saucepan, melt your fat over low heat.
When melted, add cocoa powder and honey and stir to incorporate for 2-3 minutes. ¾ cup cocoa and 3 tbsp honey will give you a seriously dark chocolate. ½ cup cocoa and 2-3 tbsp honey is milder and sweeter.
Turn off heat and stir in vanilla bean and spices, if using.
Pour into loaf pan or cups and refrigerate until hard, at least 2 hours.
Remove from fridge, cut into bars or just devour the whole darn thing. Note that this chocolate will be a bit more melt-y than the store-bought kind.
Because honey is a heavier substance, it may settle to the bottom of the chocolate. This creates a nice, fudgy layer but if you prefer a standard texture, stick to maple syrup.