How to Make Dairy Free and Vegan Chocolate at Home?

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Dairy-free and vegan chocolate may seem like a huge risk, especially if you are used to ice cream, milk, cheese, and everything dairy. If you have just decided to make some changes to your life, we are here to tell you that you do not have to cut out chocolate from your diet. Instead, all you have to do is learn to make dairy-free and vegan chocolate at home.

Would you be more convinced if we told you that this chocolate tastes just as good as the other chocolate bars you have been eating all your life?

Of course, it will be different from the chocolates you have had in the past, but the great thing about humans is that we can adapt and learn to love things, especially when we are open to new experiences.

How to Make Dairy Free and Vegan Chocolate at Home

Making dairy-free and vegan chocolate at home

You might be shocked, but to make dairy-free and vegan chocolate at home, you only need four basic ingredients- vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil, and cacao powder.

We know that you might be thinking about how accurate this recipe is, but trust us when we say that you can make extremely rich and delicious chocolate with these four ingredients. The best part is that this chocolate is not fattening and does not contain any preservatives or artificial flavors that have been linked with type 2 diabetes or bad gut health.

Even though this recipe makes dark chocolate, you can always tweak the quantities of vanilla and maple syrup so that your chocolate is sweeter.

Let’s get into the specifics of making this brilliant chocolate at home.

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil: 3 tablespoons
  • Dark chocolate cacao: ¼ cup
  • Maple syrup: 2 tablespoons
  • Vanilla: 1/3 teaspoon

Method

  • Start by taking a medium-sized saucepan and heating it over low heat.
  • In the saucepan, add maple syrup, cacao powder, and coconut oil.
  • Whisk the mixture until all the ingredients get to know each other and it has a smooth consistency.
  • If you find that your mixture seems too thick, you can add ½ tablespoon of maple syrup at a time. Make sure that you do not exceed the amount of maple syrup you add at one time.
  • Take the mixture out of the pan and into a baking sheet. You can pop the sheet into the freezer for 15 minutes or pour the mixture into a container to be used as a spread. Once the chocolate has hardened, you can cut it up into bars. Your dairy-free and vegan chocolate is ready!

Nutrition

  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 64 kcal
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 4 grams
  • Sodium: 1 mg
  • Saturated fat: 4 grams
  • Potassium: 52 mg
  • Calcium: 9 mg
  • Sugar: 3 grams
  • Iron: 0.4 mg

Things to Remember

  • The nutrition facts listed above are not fully accurate. They are based on your consumption and the ingredients you use.
  • This recipe works to make dairy-free and vegan dark chocolate, so there may be some bitterness.
  • This recipe can also be used to make homemade chocolate chips. To do that, all you have to do is make the chocolate, pour it into a pipping bag, and cut a hole in it. Pipe out little bits of chocolate so that they resemble store-bought chocolate chips. Once done, pop them in the freezer till you want to use them.
  • If you want to make bigger chocolate bars with this recipe, triple the ingredients and adjust the level of sweetness based on your preference.
  • If you want to package the chocolate bars, wait until they come out of the freezer. Do not package hot chocolate.

Why Making Dairy Free and Vegan Chocolate at Home is Better than Buying it From the Store?

You can easily find dairy-free and vegan chocolate from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. You could even order it online from Vitacost or Amazon. Usually, one bag of chocolate chips (10 oz) costs anywhere between $6 and $8.

The recipe above will be much cheaper to make, which means that you can save money. Moreover, you can control the ingredients when you make chocolate at home. You are fully aware of the quantities and things going into your chocolate, so you can make adjustments, especially if you are making the chocolate for someone who has diabetes or likes their chocolate to be a little bitter.

Another significant advantage of making this chocolate at home is that it is a great activity to do with kids. You won’t even have to leave your house because most of these ingredients can be found in the pantry!