Easy Homemade Vegan Chocolate + Instant Hot Chocolate

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This 4-ingredient chocolate is what dreams are made of. It’s packed with antioxidants, is easy to make, and is refined sugar-free. What more could your taste buds ask for on Valentine’s day? Give me my man and this chocolate and I’m a happy lady.

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When I spotted this bag of cacao butter at Organic Garage I knew I had to pick some up. Cacao butter (or cocoa butter) is the pale yellow vegetable fat extracted from cocoa beans. You can find it at most health food stores, specialty grocery stores (like Organic Garage), and of course, online (for my online vegan shopping guide, see this post).

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This recipe I’m sharing today does not result in a traditional hard/waxy chocolate like the bars that you’d buy at a store. Instead, it produces a fudge-like texture that melts in your mouth sending a wave of pure bliss throughout your body. It sounds dramatic because it is!

Update: My original recipe resulted in a softer fudge-like chocolate, however I tried a batch the next day without using the blender (I mixed by hand) and this resulted in a much firmer chocolate. I’ve since updated the recipe to reflect this method as I enjoyed it even more.

I strongly suggest using these silicone baking cups if you can get your hands on some. The chocolate will easily pop right out. If you don’t have the silicone baking cups, you can simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then drop spoonful’s of chocolate all over the paper or you can even use paper liners. The chocolate will stick a bit to paper liners, but they will still come out.

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Freeze for about 30 minutes.

“Clean” every nook and cranny of the blender.

And experience love at first bite.

Easy Homemade Vegan Chocolate

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Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 120 grams cacao/cocoa butter (about 1 cup of cacao butter chunks)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup room-temperature pure maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt
  • Flaked sea salt, for finishing

 

Note: I’ve changed the directions to omit the blending process. The blender seems to yield a softer, thicker mixture while simply mixing by hand resulted in a firmer chocolate that poured easily. I much preferred the chocolate when mixing by hand.

1. Gently melt the cacao butter in a pot over the lowest heat setting. Or you can use a double boiler.

2. Whisk all other ingredients (except flaked sea salt)  into the pot.

3. Pour into 12 silicone cups and sprinkle with flaked sea salt (optional). Alternatively, you can use paper liners (they will stick a tiny bit but will still peel off) or line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop spoonfuls all over the paper. Plastic chocolate molds may stick.

4. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. Pop chocolate out of the cups and enjoy immediately. Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.

For nutritional info, see here.

 

Instant Hot Chocolate

Simply drop a disc of vegan chocolate into a mug of steamed almond milk and stir until combined. This makes the creamiest, most delightful hot chocolate! It just might be my favourite hot drink yet.

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Thank you so much for supporting Oh She Glows in The Kitchn’s blog nomination for Healthy Cooking Blog! I’m currently in second place and would appreciate any extra support you can lend today during this last day of voting.

I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day tomorrow no matter what you are up to. xo

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Laura February 13, 2013

Angela my dear – get yourself a frother! Best $9.99 you will ever spend… Takes the hot chocolate to an entirely new level… (also called a milk frother – but works in everything)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013

You know I have one, but I haven’t used it yet! Shame on me :)

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Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 13, 2013

Frother…never heard of that, must look into this

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Tanya @ playful and hungry February 13, 2013

A frother works well with matcha tea, too! Wonderful!

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Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 14, 2013

^ Oh cool, I will check it out:D

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Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit February 14, 2013

The chocolate looks amazing and I love Laura’s idea of using a frother! :D

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Hannah December 1, 2013

Hi Angela,

First of all, I absolutely love this website! Great recipes, and great story :) I have definitely perused a few of your recipes and am very excited to try! I was hoping to make this lovely hot cocoa as little gifts for my family members, and was wondering what I could do to make different flavours. I was thinking of putting in a bit of nutella, or pumpkin spices or even crushed candy canes. Do you think this will change the consistency of the ‘pucks’? Do you have any other good flavouring ideas?

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2013

Hi Hannah, Fun idea! I haven’t tried it myself, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know how it goes if you try it out :)

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Courtney February 13, 2013

Oooh I have everything on hand! Making this weekend :)

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} February 13, 2013

Yum! Cocoa butter here I come.

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Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) February 13, 2013

I LOVE Giddy Yoyo! They are such an amazing company. I have never played with cacao butter in the kitchen and I have been meaning to in a while. I love the idea of instant hot chocolate, or hot chocolate of any kind. Now you have me craving chocolate! Great recipe idea, I can’t wait to try it.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 13, 2013

I just made some similar to this, but with Stevia to lower the sugar. Now I need to make it more and toss it in my almond milk! I bet it would be great with a little peppermint extract too!

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Linda February 13, 2013

I just noticed your comment that you had just made some vegan chocolate using Stevia instead of maple syrup to lower the sugar. Can I get your recipe also?

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Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) February 13, 2013

Oh yum! I could really go for some hot cocoa about now.

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Shundara@ SavyNaturalista February 13, 2013

Oh you made these look to easy I have had cocoa butter and have no clue what to do with it.. Now I have a recipe, and I defiantly voted for you for the homie awards I hope you get it..!!

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Miche February 13, 2013

I can’t wait to try these out, they look delicious! I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s day and that you win that award. I made an account just to vote for you :)!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 13, 2013

Oh. my. goodness. So so good, can’t wait to get my hands on that butter and get to gettin on these!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013

Thanks ladies, I appreciate it!
Enjoy the chocolate if you make it. I discovered it makes a great pre-workout energizer lol.

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Lel February 13, 2013

Hahaha!! I love it. We’ll be the only ladies gorging ourselves on chocolate before working out. Take THAT, nasty whey shakes!! xXx

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Mary February 13, 2013

I love how you rationalize chocolate ^.^

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Hannah February 13, 2013

This looks so yummy! (as does just about everything you post!) But what is cocoa butter and where do you buy it??

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kris February 13, 2013

yum! can never say no to chocolate ;)

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Hannah February 13, 2013

Oops! Just read the beginning of your post! :) Nevermind!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks February 13, 2013

Ahh this brings me back to 2009 when I was making so much raw vegan coconut oil chocolate. I tend to use agave though. I feel like it’s ‘cleaner’ tasting than maple unless I want a maple taste. And I never use cacao butter b/c I’m cheap and use coconut oil :) I love your perfect stacks!

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Mary March 7, 2013

Is it possible to swop the maple syrup for agave and the cacao butter for coconut oil and still get this result? Or which recipe do you use? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2013

Hi Mary, I know I’ve made a chocolate in the past with coconut oil, but I can’t seem to find it on the blog. I think I might have used equal parts coconut oil, cocoa powder, and liquid sweetener, but I’m not certain. There are many recipes online too so give those a look. Goodluck!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 13, 2013

Girl, you had me at “fudge.” I don’t have to share, right? :D

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Sam February 13, 2013

This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it soon :)

And of course I voted for you, good luck! You totally deserve it.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013

Thank you Sam, I appreciate it :)

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jessica February 13, 2013

This looks soooo goood!!! I can’t wait to get home from work to make it! Where oh where did you get that delightful spoon from?? Good luck on the healthy cooking blog!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013

Oh gosh Im trying to remember now! I think it was from Anthro last year maybe? I’ll let you know if I remember for sure :)

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Mia {Blissful Chicks Wellness} February 13, 2013

Mmmm, I love how simple this recipe is! Certainly an amazing way to enjoy chocolate and all of its benefits! Cacao is so awesome. Thanks for this one!

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Sarah @ Yogi in Action February 13, 2013

Mmm- looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe for the chocolatey treat :)

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Brianna (thecatcallstheshots) February 13, 2013

I always wondered what cacao butter was, so thanks for the info.

I voted for you! You totally earned it, your recipes are the best. I’m not just saying that. I get a lot of recipes online, and yours are the most consistently delicious.

I recently started a blog and am amazed at how hard it is. It’s obvious that you put a lot of time and effort into your site and recipes. You are very inspiring!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013

Thank you Brianna, you are so sweet to say that. I’m off to check out your blog by the way!

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Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 14, 2013

“I always wondered what cacao butter was, so thanks for the info.”

^ I always vaguely wondered what the heck it was too, but never would remember to Google it after coming back home from vegan grocery shopping trips after seeing it on labels…good to know finally!:)

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Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 14, 2013

^ [Woops meant to reply to catscallsthe shot comment here]

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Eerainuh February 13, 2013

Mmmm, home made raw chocolate, it is THE best. I do want to point out, if I may, not to overheat the butter, especially when it is raw, just to keep all the goodies in.

I’ve had problems a few times with the mixture going to thick and worked out it was because of the material of the jug I melted the cacao butter in. Stainless steel and glass absorb and distribute too much heat, but plastic is great.

I too started with the small cupcake forms, but a softish ice cube tray is much easier, if you don’t want to buy a chocolate tray yet.

I add vanilla, and the best is ginger, either fresh or crystallized. And citrus zest, pine nuts, brazil nuts – well, any nut, a dash of liqueur, dried berries, nutmeg, cinnamon, chilli powder, it is all divine.

I don’t get a kick out of bought chocolate, but RAW chocolate, oh my, it lifts me up, it is great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013

Great tips! Love the soft ice cube tray idea too. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for one.

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Courtney February 26, 2013

I just made this in some silicone heart ice cube trays, but I’m having a hard time getting the chocolate out. It gets all crumbly when I try to pop it out. Maybe I’m just too impatient and it’s not solid enough yet.

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Emma February 13, 2013

Love those shots of the chocolate melting in the almond milk. Looks fabulous.
Definitely voted for you in the Homies finals and am spreading the word! You blog is definitely the best healthy eating blog out there…and what’s more we can’t let a paleo blog win!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013

hah thank you, I was surprised those shots turned out because I was in a mad rush this morning! Thanks for your support with the contest!

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Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 13, 2013

Wow looks delicious!!:)

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Hilary February 13, 2013

Love this post! I much prefer fudge over traditional hard chocolate bars anyways so I will be making these asap.

I made your almond milk the other day and I don’t normally like store bought almond milk, but making it homemade made me a convert. :) I omitted the dates because I didn’t have any on-hand but it still was delicious!

Thanks!

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Jackie February 13, 2013

Looks amazing! Just picked up a heart shaped mold to make some for my baby : )

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Heather Riley February 13, 2013

This looks amazing! I’ve been wanting a vegan, healthy hot chocolate recipe for years. Thank you!

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Sherisse H (@lovesplantbased) February 13, 2013

Err ma gawd this looks awesome!

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Laura February 13, 2013

I voted for you on Day 1! While there are a couple of other worthy nominees, your site is my fav, Angela! Good luck!

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suzanne February 13, 2013

Happy Valentines Day Angela! This chocolate looks amazing! My hubby bought me silicone muffin cups – may just be the single best gift he has ever bought me :) Mine are big though so I will need to search for some mini ones (or just have BIG pieces of chocolate – that would be ok too ;)
I have been trying to vote for you in the contest for 2 days and it is not letting me – even when I sign in. Not sure what is up but I’ll try once more – your blog is THE BEST!!!

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Amanda February 13, 2013

So, I was JUST thinking about how I want to make some vegan chocolates for my honey for valentine’s day. Then I was thinking about how I could use an easy chocolate fix right now. Then I checked your blog and I’m pretty sure you were reading my mind. THANK YOU!!

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Sarah @mymostlyhealthylife.com February 13, 2013

Oh my goodness that looks UNREAL! I will have to try this!! Man oh man… good for you for sharing this! I would have kept this secret god-send to myself :P

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 13, 2013

Ooh this sounds delicious Ange! Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate blissgasms, cacao butter, and maple syrup – all of it! I swear by silicone baking cups as well because I hate cleaning muffin tins. In fact, I have one that I probably should just throw out because it’s a little ‘over seasoned’ from previous baking adventures! Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

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Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} February 13, 2013

Oh my oh my, this looks like some delightful vegan chocolate! Love the sea salt flakes on top.

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Tami February 13, 2013

Hi, these look amazing! Quick question, I read that pure cocoa butter is used for milk chocolate, and that dark chocolate (like 85% pure dark chocolate) is the “healthiest form of chocolate”, and although I love both, I just wanted your thoughts on making these with the “healthiest” chocolate possible. What are your thoughts? Thanks and keep up the fantastic work!

Tami, from Texas

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 15, 2013

Hi Tami, Cocoa butter is definitely used in dark chocolate too. :) Dark chocolate tends to have less sugar and of course is free of dairy products. Enjoy!

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Arielle October 20, 2013

Hey! These look delicious. Going off this question, are these chocolates closer in flavor to dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Thanks!
Arielle

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Katie February 13, 2013

Amazing!

My vegan lent officially starts today. Easy vegan hot chocolate is going to get me through!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 13, 2013

This is so awesome! Plus, I love the idea of adding it into almond milk to make hot cocoa. I always feel so gross using pre-made packets of hot cocoa. This would fix that!

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Bek @ Crave February 14, 2013

They look so good! Almost like a biscuit (cookie)! Love how cute they are and that they can be dropped into milk for hot chocolate. Seriously, I’m impressed!

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Emily February 14, 2013

Boo hoo! We’ve given up chocolate for lent… (Well, the husband has given it up – big chocolate eater – and I am ‘supporting’ him. It’ll just have to wait until Easter :-)

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Clare @ A New Hope February 14, 2013

YUM! this is one of my fav treats to make. never last long! But I have never tried them in hot chocolate! Sounds delicious!

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