Simple homemade & healthy chocolate

Chocolate makes everything better: a great movie, a bad day, a nasty breakup.

Are you with me or are you with me?

Dark chocolate with a high cacao content is also a nutritious treat as it is packed with healthy antioxidants. But finding pure dark chocolate without any unnecessary additives can be a real struggle.

This is why I like to make my own chocolate.

I always keep a stash in the fridge, and delve into it almost daily – totally without guilt! In fact, I am doing my body a favor when I eat my homemade chocolate. It is raw, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Each of its ingredients are packed with nutritional goodness, and the coconut oil and coconut butter even help speed up my metabolism. What could be sweeter?

Best yet, the recipe is super simple and extremely quick.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup powdered cacao (Click here to purchase. Click here to learn the health benefits of cacao and understand the difference between cacao and cocoa.)
  • 1/3 cup of organic virgin coconut oil (Click here to purchase)
  • 1 tablespoon of organic raw coconut butter (Click here to purchase)
  • 4 tablespoons of raw honey (Click here to purchase. Click here to read about the health benefits of raw honey.)
  • Some sort of mold into which to pour your chocolate (I use these star-shaped silicone molds as well as these silicone ice-cube trays – they making removing the chocolate a breeze. You may also use a pan lined with wax or parchment paper.)

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Directions

If your raw honey or coconut oil is solid (coconut oil has a melting point of 76°F, so if you keep your house cool, it will likely be soft but solid), put them into a glass oven-safe bowl or measuring cup (such as Pyrex), and place it in pot filled with shallow, boiling water (do not let the water get into the bowl or cup containing the honey and/or coconut oil). Mix the coconut oil and/or honey until melted, and then pour it into a mixing bowl with the other ingredients. Mix all of the ingredients until smooth and consistent. Transfer the chocolate into your molds, and place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to cool and set. After 5-10 minutes, pop the chocolates out of the molds and enjoy!

Since coconut oil has a low melting point, I suggest keeping your chocolates in the refrigerator.

One of the best parts about this recipe is its adaptability! You can use it to make any sort of chocolate-covered goodie you want (I love these salty, sweet & crunchy superfood snack bites). It is a great way to get more superfoods (goji berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc.) into your diet, and definitely into children’s diets! Trust me, they won’t be complaining.

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  1. Naomy

    Hi, can I use expeller-pressed coconut oil and get the same health benefits? I love coconuts but I get tired of all my chocolates and desserts tasting like it. I’ll like my chocolate to actually taste like chocolate or cocoa 🙂

    August 12, 2013 • 12:10 am •
  2. […] ← Previous […]

    August 17, 2013 • 2:36 pm •
  3. […] is consistent, pour the mixture into silicone forms (I use the same silicone molds I use to make homemade chocolate), or you may choose to line a baking sheet with parchment paper and later cut the candy into […]

    August 24, 2013 • 7:53 pm •
  4. Alicia

    These are so delicious! Naomy – I used cocoa butter instead and these don’t taste coconutty at all! There’s not as much coconut oil as I’ve seen in other recipes so I don’t think you’ll have an issue with flavor. 🙂

    August 29, 2013 • 1:21 pm •
  5. jess

    how many pieces does this make?

    August 31, 2013 • 3:40 pm •
  6. Nadia

    Hi, Jess. It totally depends on the type of mold you are using. The final mixture is about a cup total. I get about 30 little star chocolates from one batch.

    September 1, 2013 • 1:58 pm •
  7. Clair

    Can I say delicious!!! Got the items minus honey from vitacost and it shipped here in 2 days. So easy to make and so yummy! I keep them in the freezer. Has a nice sort of an almost chewy center. I am excited to share this at parties and showers!!! Wish they had silicon molds in the shape of chocolate morsels. Got one today in the dollar section do target in the shape of lightening bolts!!!

    September 1, 2013 • 8:06 pm •
  8. Seante Wilson

    I made these but used ghee instead of coconut butter. I did use the coconut oil, but I have been noticing that sometimes coconut doesn’t always agree with me if I use too much. and they turned out awesome! I have silicone molds that I bought at the dollar store and they work awesomely!

    September 10, 2013 • 11:23 am •
  9. Casey

    So, so yummy! I have been dairy free since I started nursing my daughter, who has a milk sensitivity. It has soooo hard to give up chocolate (I will admit I have cheated a few times). This recipe is perfect plus it will make my milk super nutritious for my baby girl.

    October 1, 2013 • 7:55 pm •
  10. […] OK, these could otherwise just be called “goji berries covered in homemade-and-healthy chocolate,” but that is far less fun! Plus it takes away from the best part about these chocolatey […]

    October 6, 2013 • 9:13 am •
  11. My God, HOW DELICIOUS THEY LOOK! Mouthwatering! With this quit-eating-sugar thing I have to admit that I miss chocolate.. but every time I cheat on being sugar-free, I am disappointed by conventional chocolates’ taste. Disgusting, how artificial and over sweetened, not to mention it’s not worth eating it. This recipe is a must try for me, thanks!:)

    November 18, 2013 • 10:18 am •
  12. Rebekah

    Do you use silicone molds or plastic?

    November 18, 2013 • 12:39 pm •
  13. Nadia

    Silicone.

    November 18, 2013 • 1:35 pm •
  14. […] your own candy! Have you tried your hand at my homemade and healthy chocolate, homemade chocolate peanut butter cups, or fruit snacks!? Give ‘em a […]

    November 21, 2013 • 3:28 pm •
  15. I made my chocolate by this recipe last night and I also added some hazelnuts and the chocolate came out soooo goood! Thanks, it’s really easy to make!:)

    November 26, 2013 • 4:29 am •
  16. Nadia

    Oh yum! Hazelnuts are such a great idea! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

    November 26, 2013 • 2:08 pm •
  17. […] whipping up a batch of my simple homemade and healthy chocolate. In addition to powdered cacao (raw cocoa), they include just coconut oil, coconut butter, and raw […]

    November 27, 2013 • 10:56 am •
  18. […] This simple homemade & healthy chocolate contains just raw cacoa powder, raw honey, coconut oil, and coconut butter — all of which are extremely healthy. I like to think of these more as little antioxidant supplements that just so happen to be scrumptious (*winky face*). […]

    January 7, 2014 • 9:17 am •
  19. Melinda

    Is there anything that I could substitute the coconut oil and coconut butter with? My mom ABSOLUTELY hates coconut. She once tasted coconut in a chocolate chip cookie. We thought she was crazy, but she was right! Any ideas? Thanks! Love your blog 🙂

    March 2, 2014 • 2:16 pm •
  20. Nadia

    Thanks, Melinda! Well… you can used refined coconut oil with doesn’t have a taste. And really the cacao and honey overpower the coconut I think – I don’t taste it at all really, just yummy, fudgy chocolate 🙂

    March 2, 2014 • 7:22 pm •
  21. Margarita

    I made these thinking it would be a nice, healthy substitute for the biscuits and sweets I was eating (I tend to like something sweet after a meal)… but I wasn’t expecting them to be so delicious! They’re much nicer than the sugary crap I normally eat — richer, more complex, and much more satisfying. They’re also super easy to make! I made mine with dried blueberries, which is a nice flavor combination, but I plan on experimenting with dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and other variations. Thank you for this recipe!

    March 9, 2014 • 5:28 pm •
  22. Nadia

    Awesome combos! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    March 9, 2014 • 7:04 pm •
  23. Natalie Hart

    What can I use instead of coconut butter. I can’t get that here in South Africa- can I use normal butter?

    April 21, 2014 • 7:54 am •
  24. Amy T

    Made them last night and brought these to work! Shared with my team..Loved them for that right amount of chocolate. Question: Would you please advise me on how to incorporate caramel almond butter into this recipe? (Someone brought it to the house and now I have to use it) This recipe is perfection so I am afraid to mess with it…

    April 30, 2014 • 9:15 pm •
  25. Nadia

    Yay!! You could probably use this and just swap out the PB for almond butter: http://bodyunburdened.com/homemade-and-healthy-chocolate-peanut-butter-cups/

    April 30, 2014 • 10:36 pm •
  26. […] make a batch of homemade and healthy chocolate. I made a 3/4 cup batch using 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 tablespoons coconut butter, 3 tablespoons […]

    May 22, 2014 • 8:42 pm •
  27. Savannah

    Nadia,

    Here in this recipe, you recommend the Navitas brand cacao. This really shocks me to know that you have not done adequate research on the products you consume. A forensic food lab performed a study on several brands of cacao powder and nibs. The results were shocking, because Navitas brand was high in heavy metals like arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium. I really love your website, but please double check before recommending anything to the people who trust(ed) you.

    Here’s the link: http://labs.naturalnews.com/heavy-metals-chart-Superfoods-Cacao.html

    February 24, 2015 • 10:37 am •
  28. Nadia

    Thanks for sharing this. I will need to look into it more and edit the post accordingly.

    February 24, 2015 • 10:51 am •
  29. Stephanie

    Savannah, how wonderful of you to share that link… really truly helpful.
    When we know better, we do better and it takes a village.
    However, the scolding to Nadia was unwarranted and not at all fair.

    March 31, 2015 • 9:50 am •
  30. Savannah

    I understand where you’re coming from. And I was truly not trying to “scold” her. I was just very shocked. I appreciate her website and all she provides. I’m sorry that my comment came out so derogatory.

    April 1, 2015 • 9:44 am •
  31. Cher

    I don’t have silicone molds at this time, so I lined a baking pan with waxed paper and poured the melted mix like batter into the pan, then cooled it in the refrigerator. After it cooled I broke off pieces to eat. Added a handful of raw oats and some sunflower seeds to the hot mix. Might experiment with some nut butter added in next time. Healthy & nourishing, satisfying treats. And no refined sugar. Yay. Thanks for sharing your recipe Nadia.

    April 15, 2015 • 12:04 am •
  32. Nadia

    Awesome!! And thanks for sharing – that’s a great tip for anyone who doesn’t have any molds!

    April 15, 2015 • 9:17 am •
  33. I just finished making these!! Really heavenly!! I’m not sure what I did wrong but my mix was NOT pourable at all!! I ended up pinching off bits and hand pressing into my molds which was time consuming! Any suggestions??

    June 3, 2015 • 7:11 pm •
  34. Imogen

    Hi, is there any alternative to honey that you could suggest in this recipe to make it vegan? Would really like to give it a go!! Thanks 🙂

    October 9, 2015 • 6:02 am •
  35. Nadia

    Hey, Imogen. Hmm maple syrup? Date sugar? I’m not really sure, I’ve only ever made it with honey but it’s worth experimenting!

    October 12, 2015 • 8:31 pm •
  36. PAT

    I cannot digest coconut oil it makes me sick

    May 4, 2016 • 12:05 pm •
  37. […] to avoid sugar altogether, check out these chocolate bars made with honey or make your own with my Homemade and Healthy Chocolate […]

    June 9, 2016 • 6:42 pm •
  38. Paow

    Hey!
    can I use something else than honey? Im vegan.
    and what does it taste like? I don’t like dark chocolate

    January 1, 2017 • 4:16 pm •