Real chocolate. The kind believed to hold magical, or even divine, properties. I don’t know about you, but this is a belief that I can get down with. After all, we have been hearing that a little bit of dark chocolate is good for the heart. And definitely for the soul. This recipe calls for using raw cacao butter, which you can find in most health food stores, raw cacao powder and a liquid sweetener of your choice. Best part?! I was able to control the amount of sweetness and salt in my chocolate. I love this a) because I know what is going into my body and b) I knew I was adding them to ice cream so I made them a bit saltier. That's the beauty of making your own, you can tailor them however you like!

Homemade Dark Chocolate Chunks [Vegan]

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Serves

2 1/4 cups

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Ingredients

  • Approximately 1/2 c. melted or 8 oz. solid cacao butter
  • 1 c. raw cacao powder
  • 2-3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
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Preparation

  1. In a saucepan bring a few inches of water to a boil. Place cacao butter in a glass bowl that can rest on saucepan. Melt cacao butter in the double boiler, stirring occasionally. Set aside an allow to cool for 5 minutes. Mix in remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.
  2. Line an 8×8 brownie pan with parchment paper and pour chocolate batter and spread smooth. Place in freezer for 30 min.
  3. Remove and chop into small squares. Add to your chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, or eat on their own. Store any remaining in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Notes

Start by adding 2 tbsp. of sweetener and then add up to 1 tbsp. more if 2 is not enough for you. I love the combo of sweet and salty and always went for sea salt chocolate. I am excited to experiment with other add-ins, like hemp seeds (I am obsessed), nuts, chili, etc.

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