It is not difficult to make chocolate from scratch at home. Make your own dairy free chocolate with high quality ingredients, flavor it however you please and be prepared to never buy it again!
I added some lime zest in this recipe to add a little burst of fresh flavor to the chocolate. Limes are currently in season so I thought it would make a nice twist to the regular seasonal Easter chocolate. Orange zest would work equally well, or finely chopped nuts.
In addition to being very simple to make yourself, the thing that I really love about this chocolate is that it is full of only the very best ingredients that I chose to use, no additives, and no dairy.
These chocolates will be used for this year’s Easter teacher gifts for my kids. My 4 year old loved helping to make a batch for his kinder teachers. For some easy DIY Easter gift wrapping ideas take a look at the post I created last week via the link.
Once I finish making chocolate for the the Kinder and School teachers I will continue to make this recipe through out the year for other occasions, and generally just to have on hand for when chocolate is needed (you know what I’m talking about).
- ⅓ cup of organic cocoa butter
- 1 and ½ tablespoons coconut oil
- ⅓ cup organic raw cocao powder
- zest of one lime finely grated
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Set a small saucepan filled ⅓ full of water to simmer on the stove top
- Place the coco butter and coconut oil (if solid) into a bowl that fits over the top of the sauce pan without the base of the bowl touching the water
- Stir gently and monitor until the ingredients melt
- Remove immediately they are melted and stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined
- Spoon the mixture into the molds and place into the fridge to set
- Store in the fridge as the chocolate will melt easily
With the sizes I used I made 6 of the larger size and 4 small
You may wish to double or triple the ingredient quantities to make a larger batch in one go (if you have the molds available to use)
*Do not heat the Cocoa Butter above 40 degrees Celsius
Cocoa butter is a natural fat that is pressed from roasted cocoa bean. It is used in the process of chocolate making. Usually in combination with milk, cocoa powder and sugar. In addition to adding flavor to the chocolate is helps it to stay set (when kept cool).
*I order my cocoa butter (organic and virgin quality) from here. I have no association with this company I am simply providing a source if required. Please be sure to use only high quality ingredients.
Have you ever made your own chocolate from scratch? If not will you give it a try now that you know it is so easy to do?
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