Easy, Healthy, Homemade Dark Chocolate

Easy, Healthy, Homemade Dark Chocolate

Learn how to make your own easy, healthy, homemade dark chocolate!

I have a large amount of treat recipes that call for melted chocolate or chocolate chips or chocolate bars. Organic chocolate bars are so expensive and it’s really hard to find  good quality chocolate chips without soy lecithin or other artificial yuckies (here’s the only brand of chocolate chips without dairy or soy).

So this homemade chocolate is the perfect solution! You can use this recipe to make chocolate bars, chocolate candies or even chocolate chips.

You won’t believe how easy this is to make! And ohmigosh, it tastes so much better than any store bought chocolate. I can’t keep a batch of this in my house for over 5 minutes!

And dare I even call this a healthy chocolate recipe? Why yes, I most certainly do dare! And let me tell you why.

Chocolate is loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants. And get this: Polyphenols have recently been termed “lifespan essentials.” Eating foods with high polyphenol counts can reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and help protect the body from chronic disease. And the best news? Cacao is one of nature’s richest sources of polyphenols! So much so that chocolate even trumps the acai, pomegranate, cranberry and blueberry in polyphenol content and antioxidant capacity. That’s the best news I’ve heard all day :)

Easy, Healthy, Homemade Dark Chocolate

So I know it’s going to be really difficult, but you really need to get some more chocolate in your diet ;)

Oh one more thing: Skip the refined cocoa powders like dutch processed. Yes, the dutch processed versions taste great, but the refining chemical process removes the healthy antioxidants. Instead opt for cocoa powders that are labeled natural or unprocessed – these are your best, healthiest option and are abundantly filled with healthy antioxidants. This organic natural cacao powder is the bomb – I love this stuff so much!

Easy, Healthy Homemade Dark Chocolate

Ingredients:

½ cup natural organic cacao powder (Find HERE)

¼ cup coconut oil, melted (Find HERE)

1-2 tablespoons pure raw honey or pure maple syrup*

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well mixed and smooth. You can pour the chocolate into candy molds to make chocolate candy, you can put the chocolate into a cake decorator (or plastic bag with the edge cut off) and pipe out chocolate chips or you can pour the chocolate into wax or parchment paper and make bars. Freeze until hardened – about 30 minutes. Store the chocolate in the fridge.

*I came up with this based on my personal taste tests:

1 tablespoon honey = about 85% dark chocolate

1 1/2 tablespoon honey = about 73% dark chocolate  

2 tablespoon honey = about 60% dark chocolate

 

Here’s some of my very favorite recipes that you can use this dark chocolate:

Dark Chocolate Banana Pops

Homemade Cadbury Eggs

No Added Sugar, No Grains, Easy and Amazing Banana Bread with Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate Chips

Dark Chocolate Breakfast Souffle

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites 

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Double Dipped Blood Oranges

Energy Balls with Dark Chocolate Chips

 

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128 Responses to Easy, Healthy, Homemade Dark Chocolate

  1. Kristin says:

    Thank you. Thank you! This looks so so good! Will have to try it.

  2. Laura says:

    Brilliant!

    So, this might be a silly question, but would you still add coconut oil to the recipes (like the chocolate dipped oranges) or would that no longer be necessary given you’ve made it yourself with the oil?

    • Hi Laura, not a silly question at all! I usually still add the coconut oil. When you make this chocolate, you’ll see that it can be thick. So for recipes that I need to dip things in, I add the extra coconut oil so it’s a thinner consistency and is easier for dipping. You don’t have to do this, but I think it makes it easier to work with!

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  4. Cyndi says:

    I LOVE this recipe! I buy organic chocolate bars every week and break off little squares as a “treat” after dinner. Now I can create my own flavors! I made two batches today, one with dried orange peel and ground almonds, and another batch with ginger. They are wonderful! I like the consistency even better than the pricey bars I buy a the natural grocer. Thank you so much!

    • Makes me so happy to hear this! I love your flavors! I will try them – I know I’m going to love both of those ideas!!

      • demi says:

        in order to make chocolate chips with the plastic bag…the chocolate should be warm or let it cool a bit so i can make them?

        • I let it cool a bit – it’s easier to work with! Honestly, I have no patience for making chocolate chips. lol. I just make it into a bar and break into small pieces for chocolate chunks. It’s much easier and less hassle for me that way :)

  5. ChennyP says:

    Ohhmygosh! Thank you for posting! This is the recipe I have been searching for! Looking at the ingredient list and comments, I knew making a double batch would be a must. So happy I did. I poured half to make bars or bark, and the other half I tossed in some almonds and dried cranberries. These are setting up now, but judging by how much I licked off the bowl, I can tell this recipe is a keeper! I also feel like I should share with my hubby, but he doesn’t need to know, right?!Thanks again!:)

  6. Sarah says:

    This sounds delicious, thank you for posting!! I want to make it right now, but all I have is non-organic cocoa powder, do you think that would taste similar to the organic cacao powder?

  7. Sarah says:

    Nevermind, just noticed you already answered that question above!

  8. Mia says:

    Never buying store bought chocolate again! This is amazing!!! I love how simple it is, too. Thank you :)

  9. Shirley says:

    I love Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil, which version do you use in this recipe?

    • Shirley, I have a few different kinds of coconut oil and I go back and forth between which ones I use. I use the Tropical Traditions when I want a more coconut-y flavor (their gold label virgin coconut oil). My husband likes doesn’t like the strong coconut flavor of the virgin coconut oils, so when I cook or bake for him, I use the expeller pressed because it’s tasteless odorless and doesn’t have that strong coconut flavor. I get that version at my local Amish market that carries it. I just love all coconut oil – to me you can’t go wrong with any of it :)

  10. Jim says:

    This sounds great and I have all the ingredients on hand. Unfortunately my cacao is Dutch processed, but I get it from a local outfit who really supports free trade and it is also organic, which is hard to find in the boonies where I live. I guess I’ll have to rely on the enzymes I get elsewhere.

    • It’s great to support a place like that! And yes, this tastes wonderful with Dutch processed! Not as healthy, but tastes amazing! Like you said – there’s plenty of other food to get the great enzymes :)

  11. It is a shame that you can’t get good chocolate without either paying through the nose for it or making it yourself. Your recipe is simple, uses good ingredients and would be healthy for anyone to eat in moderation. Thanks for the recipe. I will be making some soon.

  12. felicia says:

    hi! i can’t wait to try this recipe! what do you put in the mold to prevent it from sticking/making it easier for the chocolates to come out? how long can this chocolate be stored at room temperature?

  13. Madeleine says:

    Oh my word. Life changing! I’ve been searching high and low for a “healthy chocolate” without soy lecithin or agave or other rubbish. I also love my chocolate super dark.
    Made two dessert sized portions this evening: 2T cacao, 1T coconut oil (1 tsp maple syrup and peppermint essence for him, 1/4 tsp maple syrup for me).
    Yum, yum, yum. You are glorious!

  14. meg says:

    omg!!! you are such a life-saver!! i have gluten AND lactose intolerances… and here in belgium it’s impossible to find a chocolate bar without a contaminant from one or the other! all the other chocolate recipes i’ve found online use cacao butter, which i can’t seem to find either!

    i just made a batch of this – it was the just about perfect amount for 12 mini-muffin (1/3 full) silicone molds. i also put a whole almond on top of each one! i mixed the remaining two spoonfuls into a bit of refridgerated coconut milk and had a homemade chocolate pudding! i’ve already downed the pudding (dipping fresh strawberries into it) and can’t wait for the chocolates to set!

    thank you for bringing chocolate back into my life!

    • yay!!! This is so awesome – I’m so excited to hear you can eat chocolate again!! woo :D

      Great idea on adding the coconut milk to it to make pudding – I can’t wait to try that!!

  15. Tessa says:

    Maybe dumb question – but can you bake with these? Seems like they’d melt so maybe only use for raw treats?

  16. felicia says:

    hi! i can’t wait to try this recipe! what do you put in the mold to prevent it from sticking/making it easier for the chocolates to come out? how long can this chocolate be stored at room temperature?

    • Hi Felicia! The chocolate has coconut oil in it, which makes it come out of the molds well. It depends on the temperature of your house for how long it can be stored at room temp. Coconut oil starts to melt at 76 degrees. If your house is cooler than 76 degrees, it will stay solid. It will start to get soft and melt any temperature higher than 76 degrees. Hope that helps!

  17. Janeen says:

    I LOVE he smell of coconut, but don’t like the taste of coconut. Is there another oil I can use for this or does it have to be the coconut?

    • Janeen, my husband is the same way! I use expeller pressed coconut oil a lot when I cook and bake because he doesn’t like the coconut flavor. Expeller pressed is tasteless and odorless – which makes it great for people who don’t like coconut or for recipes that you don’t want to taste coconut. It goes through a steam deodorizing process that completely takes away that coconut smell and taste. I buy mine here: http://secure.ttpurchase.com/27D1B324-1E0B-90B3-0E0F3F750640D551 and it’s called Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil.
      Someone mentioned trying butter in place of the coconut oil and I think that would be a great substitute, as well. I haven’t tried it personally, but will try it soon! Hope that helps!

    • Kate says:

      Hi Janeen. I use Cacao Butter to make my chocolate and this works fab! (as “chocolate bars” use cacao butter instead of coconut oil so it makes sense to try this at home!). I love coconut oil and use this tons throughout the rest of my day so cacao butter is a nice change.

  18. jamie says:

    sounds lovely. Can I substitute butter for the coconut oil?

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  20. Nice recipe, although I gotta say that this is not REAL chocolate :-). In real chocolate, organic or other, there’s no coconut oil, just cocoa butter.

    • Yes! You are right – most recipes have cocoa butter. Mmmm! Cocoa butter is not something I typically stock in my kitchen, so I came up with the coconut oil because I LOOOOOOVE coconut oil and am always looking for new ways to use it! :)

  21. Tara says:

    I love this recipe. I am so thankful you posted it!!

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  23. Anita says:

    Have made this a couple of times! Just love how simple and tasty it is! as for the comment about cacaobutter I used to make my chocolate almost like this but with cacaobutter, but wasnt as tasty as this, the taste was way to strong, as you don’t have a soylectine or sugar to cover it up….. as supermarket bought chocolate bars do.

    • Mmmmm…your comment makes me want to go make a batch now :)

    • Paul says:

      Anita, great advice concerning the cacao butter. I was considering using cacao butter as I too thought it might make this more of a “Real” chocolate but sounds like with out the added ingredients it might not work.

      • Kate says:

        Paul, I guess it depends on how dark/thick/”pure” you want your chocolate to be. I love the taste and use of cacao butter when making chocolate and it isn’t too strong following this recipe substituting the coconut oil for cacao butter; for me coconut oil is fab but used better elsewhere. All individual preference though :)

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  25. Kristy Harmon says:

    I’ve got a batch hardening in the freezer right now! (Using a “Han in Carbonite” mold, no less XD) Substituted orange extract for the vanilla :)

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  27. Paul says:

    Great recipe, cant wait to try. Do you prefer using honey over maple syrup, are there any benefits? Have you ever tried it with other sweeteners like agave or stevia. Which would have a better nutritional value? Also I was curious if you have ever modified the recipe to make a milk chocolate version. I am trying to offer my kids more dark chocolate but they do love milk chocolate. I would love a healthy homemade option to make for them. Thanks

    • Chris says:

      I was wondering if you ever found a good recipe for milk chocolate? I do love the dark chocolate, but friends and my kids would like milk chocolate too. Any thoughts?

  28. Kate says:

    Just made my 2nd batch over the weekend :) The 1st batch lasted a couple of hours…this 2nd batch – a couple of minutes! ;) Haha! I made it a little bit thicker this time around (slightly higher ratio of cacao powder: cacao butter) and it didn’t even make the freezer! I discovered a banana and used it to dip it into the warm chocolate mmmmmm! :)

  29. Anne Shuck says:

    May I make a suggestion, Primally Inspired? You can buy the exact same cacao powder for HALF THE PRICE through http://www.swansonvitamins.com. They are a great source for certified organic food products now, as customer demand for real food has – according to them – quadrupled in the past two years. You might want to pass this on to your fans, since everyone wants to know how to eat healthy and still stay within their budget.

    Thanks.

  30. Kristin says:

    I am in love!!! Wow! So glad I found this recipe!!! I made this today and I am so happy! This will save me lots of money!!!! And it so rich and wonderful. A little goes a long ways!

  31. Priscilla says:

    We’ve made this 4 times so far, 2 plain, 1 with nutmeg and now we’re just about to try an orange one, great recipe thank you!

  32. Annemieke Bouwman says:

    This might be a really dumb question: what does the T stand for with the amount of honey you need???

  33. Tammy says:

    Thank you! I may never buy chocolate bars again.

  34. Nysha says:

    This is awesome! I love high quality dark chocolate bars but they’re so expensive. I’ve made this plain sprinkled with sea salt and it was so much better than anything I’ve bought.

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  36. Julie Peterson-Honerkamp says:

    I have raw cocoa nibs in my pantry. Would grinding them into a powder suffice for the cocoa powder requirement? Would I need to adjust the amount of coconut oil then?

    • Cynthia says:

      Hi Julia – no, you can’t substitute cocoa powder with ground cocoa nibs. The nibs are made from the dried cacao pods while cocoa is made from the cacao seeds which has oils. The ground cacao pods will be drier and not have smooth texture of cocoa powder. They also have different tastes, though similar. The nibs, as you know, has a fermented taste aftertaste. But I add cocoa nibs to this recipe for crunch it came out wonderful!

      • Angela Q says:

        I’m not sure that’s right about the nibs? The result might not work grinding them yourself, but cacao powder is made from cacao nibs, but put through a special process to get a lot of the fat out, which we couldn’t really replicate at home unless we had a hydraulic press. Cacao nibs are from the cacao bean (not seed).

  37. Norma says:

    just made chocolate covered bananas awesome

  38. Kathren says:

    Am so addicted to this chocolate recipe and share it with everyone!!Thank you for all the great posts!!

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  40. masa says:

    hi :) just wondering if anyone ever tried replacing the honey for powdered stevia?

    • Deborah says:

      Yes! I just made a double batch with organic Stevia powder. Yum! This is the recipe I have been dreaming about! So easy to make! Thank you for this recipe! I also make a healthy “Almondtella” spread with cocoa powder, almond butter, stevia and coconut milk! Great on sliced apples! I just mix it up to taste! Thankful for other healthy chocolate lovers!

  41. Laura says:

    Hi luv the taste of this chocolate. Just wanted to ask, how do I get the chocolate smooth. Once i combine all the ingredients It becomes very thick & dry. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Laura, try adding some more coconut oil. When I first mix it all together, it’s almost like the consistency of those store bought icings (Like Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines lol). You can kind of see what the consistency looks like in that picture (the one of the little round glass above). But if yours is thick and dry, it sounds like it might need a bit more coconut oil. I’d add in the melted or soft oil until it reaches a nice creamy consistency. Hope that helps!

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  45. JohnSherck says:

    I just made my first batch of this and it was delicious, thank you so much for this recipe! We had silicone bear molds that we got to make cupcakes for my daughters–they make really cute chocolate bars!

    Your estimation for Dark Chocolate, at least, looks pretty spot-on: I ran it through a recipe calculator with 1 T. of maple syrup, and dividing it up into 5 25-gram bars, each had 127 cal, 12g fat, 7g total carbs (3g sugar), 2g protein, which is pretty similar to the dark chocolate I used to buy (before I found your recipe!), except without all the junk. I’m looking forward to experimenting with some different variations… thanks again!

  46. Mary H. says:

    Ohhh, Definately a keeper.

  47. LindaTrainum says:

    Just tried this great recipe! Thanks for sharing it! No more buying chocolate chips!

  48. Valerie says:

    Not sure if it was because I used your fruit sweetener paste instead of honey or maple syrup, but my batch ended up pretty dry and grainy. I ended up using 2T of the fruit paste in an attempt to get it more wet, and then still added more coconut oil. Not sure exactly how much more, less than the original 1/4 a cup for sure. It was still grainy but I didn’t know how much oil was too much.

    It is in the freezer now and I’ll break it into uneven chips later. The flavor as I licked the spoon was definitely lovely. Just enough sweetness, so I think it’s still over 75% dark. So the paste is a go in that regard. :)

  49. preethi says:

    thank you so much.It really looks healthy,gotta try them.
    These are handy ingredients :). Thank god you saved me from hitting the store.And thanks for sharing

  50. Trish says:

    Fantastic! I can’t believe how easy and delicious this chocolate is! I might never eat Hershey’s again!

  51. Tina says:

    I make this every night! Just put a spoon of coconut oil in a bowl, add cocoa powder, a bit of honey, maybe some sea salt, vanilla or cinnamon, and mix. spoon onto parchment paper, press, freeze, and in 15 min me and my kids have some yummy chocolate to enjoy!

  52. Denise says:

    Thanks for sharing!
    Is there a difference between cocoa powder cacao powder? I just bought some cocoa powder from Costco and seeing if it works with this recipe.

    • Hi Denise! Yes, cocoa powder will definitely work and taste great! But there is a pretty big difference in cacao powder and cocoa powder and it’s in the way it’s made. Cocoa powder is the processed and heat treated version of the cacao bean. When it’s heat treated, it destroys many of those antioxidants and nutrients. Cacao powder is the raw version of the cacao bean so it retains all those wonderful antioxidants. Cocoa and cacao powder taste very much the same, but cacao powder is filled with all the nutrients and antioxidants.

  53. Lee says:

    I am allergic to coconut in every form what can I use instead?

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  56. DJ Lamb says:

    I have Hashimoto’s Disease, so I may not be able to eat the honey or maple syrup. Is there a substitute? Or can these food items be deleted from the recipe.

    I’ve been buy the Enjoy Life chocolate bars for the past year, since I also can not consume gluten, dairy, nuts, soy… most everything.

    • Hi DJ! If you have a favorite approved sweetener of choice, you can most definitely use that! Unless you like super bitter chocolate, you will probably find that you need to use some sort of sweetener to cut the bitterness. You may just have to keep adding a pinch of your approved sweetener at a time and taste testing it to get it perfect for you. Hope you like this – it’s a lot less expensive than those Enjoy Life bars!

  57. Tomas says:

    Thanks so much for the healthy recipe and links! I hope everyone will profit from this. Chocolate is the bomb!

  58. Aleksandra says:

    Hi! I just made a batch, but it came out really pasty and chunky instead of smooth and liquid. I checked the recipe 3 times and I put in exactly everything that it said. Do you have any idea of what I may have done wrong?
    Thanks!

  59. Sumi says:

    Hi !
    I tried this but it came out nice but sticky !
    And even though I reduced the coco powder amount it is very bitter !!! Please help on what i have to do to get it less bitter , may be 33-35% dark chocolate…..
    Please Reply Fast !!!
    Thanks,
    Sumi

    • Hi Sumi!

      You’ll want to add more honey or maple syrup (or whatever sweetener you’re using) and taste test until it tastes good to you! Also, it will be sticky until you refrigerate or freeze it. Hope that helps!!

  60. John says:

    Hi! Kelly, here a big fan of yours!
    Just a question, how should I interpret the honey / dark chocolate chart? ( for instance : 1 tbsp of honey = 85% of dark chocolate ) can you give a example using ounces ?

    And by the way…Do you have any special recipe to get looking so beautiful? or your mom did the whole work?
    Thank you! John.

    PS: You are the ultimate! cookie.

    • Awwww, thanks, John :) I am not good at converting, but it seems like:
      0.75 ounces honey equals 1 tablespoon of honey = Very dark chocolate 85% dark
      1.0 ounces honey equals 1 1/2 tablespoon of honey = Dark Chocolate 73% dark (the way I personally like the best!)
      1.5 ounces equals 2 tablespoons of honey = Dark Chocolate 60%

      I hope that helps!!

      • John says:

        Thanks a lot! Kelly,
        I just understood, dark chocolate comes in these three degree of pureness :
        85%, 73% and 60% and the amount of honey is to compensate the bitterness. Sorry, my ignorance! I’ve never been around chocolate…But now I wanna start making some. Thank you so much! You rock!

        PS: This question is in behalf of every fan of yours :
        When are you gonna upload some pics of you in Facebook ?

  61. John says:

    Hi! Kelly, the chocolate taste great! but too soft for a bar. I tried with less oil and still soft.
    What can I add to get it solid and crunchy. Thanks a million. John

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  63. Erin says:

    I LOVE this stuff… I always have it in my freezer for a good dose of coconut oil & cocoa! It is super yummy with a few drops of mint extract or EO…I have also mixed in chopped hazelnuts, shredded coconut, or even nut butters…. good stuff!

  64. Ben belsky says:

    I was just wondering how much chocolate these measurements made so i can edit it if i need more or less. Thx!

  65. Kuntala says:

    Awesome recipe, can’t wait to try!!! Quick question on the coconut oil – am not fond of it, and neither do I want to use butter. Do you think any other vegetable oil will work? Thanks again for such a fab recipe :)

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  67. Aracely says:

    What if we don’t have coconut oil.

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  69. Lindsey says:

    THANK YOU!! Sometimes I just need a chocolate fix but I don’t want to feel guilty about giving in to it. I LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it a half a dozen times over the last couple weeks. I really appreciate people like you who share so many healthy recipes. Thank you again!

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  71. Victoria says:

    Loved this recipe!!! My family of four had two batches devoured in 10 min!

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