Easy Homemade Vegan Chocolate + Instant Hot Chocolate

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 13, 2013


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.


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).


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.


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


  • 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 at 1:28 pm

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)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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


Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Frother…never heard of that, must look into this


Tanya @ playful and hungry February 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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


Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 14, 2013 at 2:34 am

^ Oh cool, I will check it out:D


Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit February 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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


Hannah December 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

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?



Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

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 :)


Courtney February 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} February 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Yum! Cocoa butter here I come.


Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) February 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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.


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

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!


Linda February 13, 2013 at 11:27 pm

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?


Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) February 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

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


[email protected] SavyNaturalista February 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

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..!!


Miche February 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

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 :)!


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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


Lel February 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

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


Mary February 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I love how you rationalize chocolate ^.^


Hannah February 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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


kris February 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

yum! can never say no to chocolate ;)


Hannah February 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

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


Averie @ Averie Cooks February 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

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!


Mary March 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

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!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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


Sam February 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Thank you Sam, I appreciate it :)


jessica February 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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 :)


Mia {Blissful Chicks Wellness} February 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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!


Sarah @ Yogi in Action February 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

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


Brianna (thecatcallstheshots) February 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

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


Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 14, 2013 at 2:32 am

“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!:)


Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 14, 2013 at 2:33 am

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


Eerainuh February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

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


Courtney February 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

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.


Emma February 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

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!


Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Wow looks delicious!!:)


Hilary February 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

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!



Jackie February 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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


Heather Riley February 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm

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


Sherisse H (@lovesplantbased) February 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Err ma gawd this looks awesome!


Laura February 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

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


suzanne February 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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!!!


Amanda February 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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!!


Sarah @mymostlyhealthylife.com February 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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!


Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} February 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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


Tami February 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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!


Arielle October 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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


Katie February 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm


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


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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!


Bek @ Crave February 14, 2013 at 12:15 am

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!


Emily February 14, 2013 at 3:38 am

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 :-)


Clare @ A New Hope February 14, 2013 at 6:38 am

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


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

Fun recipe! I need to get my hands on some cocoa butter!!! Happy V-day!!


jenn February 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

Making it right now! Had tried making other flavors without cocoa it was gross! Thank you!


Maureen February 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Also check out kalespa.com Katherine at kale spa runs raw chocolate classes in vancouver. Her recipe one cup raw cacao powder plus one cup raw cacao butter plus quarter cup agave necatar mix together by hand pur into molds and freeze. Best tasting chocolate I have ever tasted!


Tammy Root February 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

2nd place?? Whoop, whoop!! You should post this to FB and Twitter! You will win. :)


Valerie Halston February 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Hi Angela! This, too looks so good! Will be on a hunt for the cacao butter :) The voting is closed now. Would have loved to have voted for you!

I have made a few of your recipes and they are all delicious!! Lentil walnut loaf, peanut butter cups, red quinoa & sweet potato soup, almond lace cookies, lentil sweet potato stew. Fun to eat vegan with your site – it is the best!!



Vanessa February 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

lovely! i’m so making these. keep up the amazing work angela! beautiful photos.


Heather McClees February 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Oh Angela, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try real cacao butter and this recipe just enhances that desire!:) I can only imagine how delicious these are. GREAT recipe and thanks for some true vegan inspiration.


Vanessa February 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Also, you 100% absolutely should have won. The site that won is… very bacon heavy. When did bacon become a healthy food? You won in my heart!


foodlover February 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

That looks AMAZING!! I was wondering where I can find cacao butter in stores? I’ve tried Whole Foods and Choices Supermarket but they don’t seem to carry it. Help :S


Lindsay @ VeganYumminess February 15, 2013 at 12:33 am

Oh Angela! I love how you are always experimenting with something new…like cocoa butter! Never would have thought to even look at it, much less buy it… who woulda thought? These look amazing, btw. I think I want to put some PB in the middle. :) yummmmmm


Kelly P February 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

Yes, I was wondering if I was the only one thinking that with a little bit of peanut butter inside, these would look just like peanut butter cups!


Kathy February 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

Well I have a comment and a question and surprised noone on here mentioned it. Take those delicious looking chocolate discs of yours and make us a peanut butter cup out of them. The only thing that could possibly make them any better is to add peanut butter!!! I’m drooling on my keyboard. And where did you get that twig looking spoon? Soooo cute!! As soon as I can find the cocoa butter, I’m making those. I do have coconut oil, but don’t know if they will firm up as much. Good job!!!


Sofia February 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

This looks delicious!
Angela, you are a huge inspiration to me and I love looking at all of your recipes. I’m currently slowly transitioning into veganism. I have been encountering difficulties in getting enough protein each day and was wondering if maybe you could do a post on what you typically eat each day.
It’s been hard for me to stay on track and I could use some tips.
Thanks so much!


Anna @ Your Healthy Place February 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I looooove this idea if not primarily for the hot chocolate recipe at the end – hot chocolate made from actual melted chocolate is just heavenly! I have been meaning to get some of those silicone baking cups for ages too. Are they dishwasher-safe or otherwise easy to clean?

Btw this is still Anna (from the Guiltless Life) but I launched my new site today so there’s a new site name!


Brittney @ Sound in Wind and Limb February 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

These look so good! I am a chocolate lover so this recipe is up my alley! Thanks for sharing :) Can’t wait to try it in hot chocolate.


Kelly @ Vegan Iowan February 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this! I have tried melting vegan chocolate chips and reading the backs of all the powders in the grocery store to no avail. We’re scheduled to get a blizzard next week, so I will definitely have this on hand!


a farmer in the dell February 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I need to get a frother! and that chocolate sounds amazing!


Lauren February 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Just made this using carob powder–AMAZING. Thank you Angela!!


{Moni} @ Moni Meals February 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

Wow! This is a must try this weekend! Can’t wait to try it.

Plus I VOTED for ya too!

Have a great weekend. :)


Cristina February 16, 2013 at 11:23 am

OHMYGOD! FINALLY a recipe to use the cacao butter I bought a couple months ago!! This sounds perfect…heading to the kitchen!!! Hopefully will have it posted on Instagram later!! @theveganchemist :) Thanks Angela!!!


Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

That chocolate looks and sounds amazing! I LOOOOOVE hot chocolate. And that spoon you have in it is adorable :)


Sandy February 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Angela, Happy belated Valentine’s Day! These little chocolates look so good, but cacao butter kinda scares me for some reason… lol
Anyways, I just wanted to ask, is it normal to think about creamy pumpkin pie smoothies every night before bed? Is it normal to think about them while feeding a baby in the middle of the night? Is it normal to leap out (okay, maybe not leap) of bed in the morning, exclaiming “this morning we are having pumpkin pie smoothies!!!!” ?!?! Thanks to you for such an amazing recipe – everyone in my house is happier because of it!


Daniela February 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Can I use raw organic sugar instead of maple syrup??


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

Im not sure how the proportions would change but you could try it. I would try to swap in another liquid sweetener if possible though.


char eats greens February 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Wow, I’m SOOO glad you used Giddy Yoyo’s!!! I’ve worked for them and my sister is friend’s with her daughter. I actually have a jar of raw cacao butter from her that we use as cream!! Not only is your skin smooth and soft, but you smell yummy too :)


Vivian February 17, 2013 at 5:44 am

This looks easy to make! Have you tried adding the chocolate with rice milk?


Samantha @ The Ascension House February 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Perfect timing! Was just thinking of making homemade chocolate bars the other day! Thanks again! :D


Veggie February 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

Wow, this looks superduperyummie!!! Love the pics of the hot chocolate!


Christina February 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

angela, i LOVE your blog. so inspirational and every recipe of yours i’ve tried is fab. keep it up!!


Keria Martin February 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

The chocolate looks delicious! I was thinking of making some and sending to my boyfriend, do you think it is solid enough to ship in tuppleware?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I think it could melt…? Not sure on that one!


Ayla Perry February 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Hi Angela! I’m so excited to try this recipe but I can’t find any cacao butter in my town (Newfoundland is lacking in the real foods department), I was just wondering what website/store you found yours in? I looked at the shopping list you posted and was wondering if there’s a cheaper place than the vegan food store.



janet @ the taste space February 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

I bought mine at upaya. Sadly, it is an expensive ingredient.


janet @ the taste space February 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Oh just found this if you want to buy from upaya: http://ethicaldeal.com/deal/50-off-raw-vegan-food-and-kitchen-equipment-%28$50-value,-tax-included%29/city:toronto?sub=1&utm_source=Toronto&utm_campaign=37793b88bf-UA-17120634-1&utm_medium=email&mc_cid=37793b88bf&mc_eid=337f817864


Marie February 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Hi Angela, Thanks for another fab recipe! I finally had an excuse to use my new silicone mini baking cups. One question – the maple syrup on mine seemed to sink to the bottom and never harden. I was able to pop them out of the cups just the bottoms were mostly maple syrup still liquid. They were still super yummy! and I even made the hot chocolate out of them. Any idea why this happened? I will def make again but trying to figure out what needs adjustment.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

Hi Marie, Hmm…I’m not sure why that happened – maybe the mixture needs to be whisked together more before pouring in? Did you make any changes to the recipe by chance?


Marie March 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for replying! Maybe my scale is off and I used more cacao butter than the recipe called for. I made them again today and added more cacao powder, that seemed to help. They are so yummy! Thanks again.


SarahBeee March 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Hey Marie!
Same thing happened to me too!! I ended up changing the coco powder and whisking more and they turned out amazing. I totally want to try putting something in them! I might actually see if I can melt them down and use them as a chocolate dip for peanut-coconut-crispy-balls. Or in the Coconut banana bites….hmmmm


Chelsea February 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Omg… my mouth is watering. These little cups look so delicious. I’m not normally a huge chocolate lover (take it or leave it) but I recently had a Raw Almond Butter Cup from Whole Foods while on vacation and it was to die for. Ingredients were cacao powder, agave, coconut oil & almond butter. I think I’m going to try your recipe, and add some almond butter in the middle… mmmmmm!


Elizabeth February 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hi Angela,

I have been looking for a homemade vegan marshmallow recipe for ages and thought you might be the one to have it! Sadly there isn’t one on your site (that I’ve found), but do you think that is a challenge you’d take on soon? They would go great with your hot chocolate :)



Veggie March 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

Oh my goodness, this looks wonderful. I was searching for something like this during the whole winter and just now I found your blog. Even if the first rays of spring-sun touch my skin I would love to have a hot chocolate like this right now.


Moongazer March 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm

looks wonderful ill try this out when i get the chance :D


Kyssa March 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hi, i have a question: i made this and as much as i like them, i think they are a bit too greasy cause the cocoa butter is the base, right. It is not easy to eat more than two pieces, some people think it’s too heavy. Is there a way to make them less fatty and easier to eat?thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

You can always play around the ratios if you’d like, but I haven’t done so myself. Goodluck!


Emily March 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I’m new to this blog, trying to swap at processed foods for more healthier options. I’m having a difficult time giving up sweets, so I love this post! I wondered if you have a blog post that lists where you usually buy you main ingredients (pantry items) like your maple syrup, cacao, etc. Since I’m new at this I wondered if you had any helpful tips.

Thank you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

Hi Emily, Yes I do! you can find it here: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/04/09/my-vegan-pantry/ Hope this helps


Sam March 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Would this work well in molds too?


Shabaritha March 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Thank you! thank you! thank you! For sharing this recipe. My son is allergic to soy and tree nuts and pea nuts.and there are hardly any chocolates available without soy and nut contamination. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I guess cocoa butter is going to be another staple in my pantry from now on. Beautiful photographs and pleasing write up. Keep experimenting and sharing your lovely concoctions. :-)


Belle April 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I attempted these TWICE with the same result each time – runny-textured chocolate that never firmed. So disappointed :(


misskitty914 April 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Holy Grail of Cocoa:  i adore cocoa so much that i drink it year round, cold in the summer.  so when i became vegan i was distraught that every alternative milk i tried tasted terrible with cocoa.  think of it like painting walls with red paint – it seems like a dark color but in fact, it’s the sheerest and if you don’t use dark primer, it will never look right.  likewise, chocolate seems like an intense flavor but it is easily overwhelmed by anything other than cow’s milk, often leaving behind an aftertaste of rope (despite so many recommendations of adding cinnamon/cayenne) or too watery.

finally, in desperation, i tried the very last alternative milk on the market, Pacific Brand’s non-dairy OAT milk.  cocoa nirvana at last:  it’s creamy enough, doesn’t compete with the taste of cocoa and leaves no aftertaste.  i sweeten mine with a PINCH of organic stevia (man, that stuff is potent!).  NOW try all those vegan cocoa/hot chocolate recipes!

if you just adore soy milk or some other variety, stay with it.  but if what you want is the pure, unadulterated cocoa, Oat Milk is your ticket to enjoying a true cup of cocoa sans dairy.


Esme June 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm


I was wondering if you use sweetened or unsweetened almond milk?


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Unsweetened, but you can use any kind you like!


Penny July 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

This is so good! I only used 1/8 cup of maple syrup (I was aiming for 1/4, but I only had 1/8 left), and next time I will use a full cup of cacao powder, since they aren’t quite dark enough for my taste (I love 80%+ chocolate). Thank you, Angela!


Isha August 1, 2013 at 1:16 am

Hey! This recipe sounds AMAZING and to die for, but sadly, I dont think my local store carries cocoa butter and I was hoping to sub it with coconut oil. Of I do that, will it still make hot chocolate? Thx!!!


Si September 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

Jeez, never mind the frother!!! Those chocolates look DELICIOUS! I’m going to try making them very soon and then build on the recipe by adding different ingredients.


Laura November 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Made them! Really, really good. I’ve been looking for an easy way to use a bunch of cocoa butter that I bought so this was perfect. Plus I’ve been craving hot chocolate so much lately. When I was done portioning the chocolate into molds, I just poured some almond milk into the pot and made hot chocolate with the remaining chocolate “residue”. It worked perfectly and I didn’t waste any chocolate!


Stacie @ Defiantly Healthy March 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

Wow, these look delish… especially on a cold, blustery day like today! As soon as I get silicone cups and cacao butter I’m going to try this!


joanne December 31, 2014 at 6:40 am

Some questions: Can raw cacao powder be used instead of the cocoa powder? I looked up your cocoa powder brand and read that it is Dutch processed and not raw cacao powder. I never use Dutch processed cocoa powder, so don’t know how different it would taste.. Can you please clarify for this recipe as well as all the other chocolate recipes? Do you use Dutch processed cocoa powder whenever cocoa powder is used in your recipes? Can raw cacao be substituted? Thanks!


Marija January 8, 2016 at 2:34 am

Hi Angela,
Thank you for this recipe – I have been making it for years now!
Today I swapped the maple syrup for coconut nectar (I used a little less, a 1/3 cup), and whisked it together for a couple of minutes (coconut nectar is more dense than maple syrup, and I didn’t want it to settle on the bottom while freezing). Oh. My. Goodness. It is so delicious! A little coconuty, a little caramely, and completely more-ish! Yum!


Ruby December 1, 2016 at 11:34 pm

Do you think it’s strictly necessary to refrigerate? I’d like to make these and mail as Christmas gifts. It’s winter so I’m not really worried about them melting in transit but are they ‘perishable’? It doesn’t really seem like it based on the ingredients but it’s hard to know since I haven’t seen/made them yet.


Rachel February 23, 2020 at 9:14 pm

How can I make chocolate chips w this? I tried with my little chocolate mold filling syringe? But it either is too shapeless it gets stuck in the hole when it cools a bit. Any suggestions? Thanks. I make this all the time :)


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