It's so easy to make your own homemade chocolate bars and so much healthier than store-bought versions. It takes just FIVE simple ingredients and about 30 minutes of (mostly hands-off) time!
Have you ever made your own chocolate bars?
With food prices up, it's good to be able to know how to make your own food from scratch. That, of course, includes chocolate bars!
This really is the best treat, and I love that I can control the amount of sugar I use. These are actually quite addictive! I catch myself nibbling on them throughout a day when I have a batch.
This is an easy recipe, in that you simply stir everything together, pour it into a chocolate mold, and let it chill until solid.
Some homemade chocolate recipes call for a double boiler, but my method is more of a 'need it now' kind of deal.
Ingredients and substitutions
Coconut oil - This is what creates the solid texture of the bar. The downside to coconut oil is that it will melt quickly at room temperature. To remedy this, you could substitute cocoa butter in its place.
Cocoa powder - This gives the bar its chocolate taste! You can also use cacao powder, if you like.
Maple syrup - A runny honey could also be used, though I prefer maple syrup for sweetness.
Sea salt - Salt really brings out all the flavors, so don't skip it! I actually like to add a few dashes to create a kind of salty dark chocolate taste.
Vanilla extract - This is optional, but it adds a lovely flavor to the bar.
How to make a homemade chocolate bar
Whisk all of the ingredients together.
Pour the mixture into chocolate mold(s) of your choice.
Freeze until solid.
See the video below the recipe card for full details and instructions!
The base recipe can be made your own by adding some of the following ingredients:
-Mint extract (my fave!),
-Dried fruit and/or coconut
I also have a Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar on the blog that may interest you, NO sugar!
A great option that I have yet to try is to add some healthier rice cereal for a kind of Nestle crunch bar!
Tips and tricks
You can lower the sugar by substituting 8 drops of liquid stevia in place of two tablespoons of the maple syrup. You could also make it totally sugar-free by doubling that amount and eliminating the sweetener altogether. I like to mix a natural sweetener with stevia for best taste.
Be aware that the less maple syrup you add, the 'crisper' the bar will be.
Be sure your ingredients are all at room temperature when you begin. Coconut oil will clump if mixed with anything cold.
If you're looking for a chocolate bar that will hold together better at room temperature, try substituting melted cocoa butter for the coconut oil.
Other chocolate recipes
Easy Homemade Chocolate Bars (Just FIVE Ingredients!)
- ½ cup cacao or cocoa powder
- ½ cup coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- Begin with room temperature ingredients.
- Whisk everything until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon mixture into chocolate molds of your choice.
- Freeze until solid.
- Break apart and enjoy!
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!
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