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 🙂
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
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
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: