Homemade Chocolate (Vegan, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free)

Ever since I realized I could make my own chocolate- I’ve become quite the self proclaimed chocolatier. I love how easy it is and the fact that I get to control everything that goes into my chocolate! No fillers/thickeners/stabilizers necessary. I’ve also made it so many times now that I have a few variations for you, including a sugar-free version + a CBD CHOCOLATE RECIPE!

 

A little more info on CBD: It contains ZERO THC aka it has nothing in it that will make you “high”- this is a common misconception. It has so many powerful and healing effects, and I find it super helpful in reducing stress and helping me to relax. I implore you to do your own research and discover all the benefits and ways it can help you. Let me know if you try it + what your experiences are.

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Here is the basic chocolate recipe:

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/2 cup cacao butter ( I like wild foods, which I got on amazon)

3 tablespoons maple syrup (can do more or less depending how sweet you like your chocolate)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

small pinch of sea salt

(optional add ins: 15- 20 chopped roasted almonds, toasted coconut chips, 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract for mint chocolate, 1/4 teaspoon rosewater for rose flavored chocolate, gluten-free pretzels—the possibilities are endless!)

 

Here is the CBD chocolate recipe:

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/2 cup cacao butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup (can do more or less depending how sweet you like your chocolate)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

small pinch of sea salt

2 droppers full of CBD oil (I used the mint chocolate flavor from CW Hemp)

**This recipe makes two chocolate bars– so each bar contains the equivalent of one dropper full of CBD. I used this dosage based on the bottle’s recommendations. 

 

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Sugar- Free Chocolate Recipe

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/2 cup cacao butter ( I like wild foods, which I got on amazon)

15-20 drops (or to taste) stevia (I like the english toffee flavor by Sweet Drops)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

small pinch of sea salt

 

*For this version, it’s totally about tasting to make sure the flavor of the stevia is right. Start with less and add more. You could also try monk fruit sweetener! Also- I’ve found it’s perfect to combine 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and then use stevia to sweeten the rest. Stevia has less of a bitter aftertaste if it’s mixed with a little bit of real sugar.

 

Directions:

Using the double boiler method, melt the cacao butter. Boil some water in a medium sized pot or pan, and place a bowl over the boiling pot with the cacao butter. Keep on eye on it, stirring occasionally, until fully liquid.

Remove the bowl of cacao butter from the stove and mix in 1/2 cup cacao powder, sweetener of choice, vanilla extract, sea salt (optional), and CBD oil (if using). Stir until you have a mixture that looks like melted chocolate. Pour into the mold of your choice and add in and extras (like nuts) if you’re using. You can use chocolate bar molds or simply use a silicone ice cube tray.

Place into the freezer or refrigerator for about an hour, or until hardened. You can store the chocolate at room temperature but I find it does best in the refrigerator or freezer.

 

Here is something similar to the chocolate bar mold I use

 

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