Vegan Chocolate Recipes
Regular chocolate is one of the most delicious snacks on the planet, but it is loaded with sugar and fat. Yes, in its raw form, it is a quality superfood rich in protein and antioxidants, but people sometimes have to stay away from it to avoid serious health issues, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are more healthy options- vegan chocolate! Stick around, and we’ll teach you how to make some at home. Vegan chocolate bars, cakes, and bites are available in select stores across the country, like Whole Foods, Fresh Markets, and chocolate shops. However, for some reason, people are not as enthusiastic when it comes to packaged and prepared pastries. The truth is, even if the recipes used are vegan, you won’t believe the extra processes these pastries go through before being available for purchase.
Is Chocolate Vegan?
Raw chocolate originates from a plant, so yes, it is vegan. However, cacao goes through quite an intricate process before getting to the grocery store. A variety of additives are added to give it that rich, irresistible flavor that includes loads of sugar and of course, cow’s milk.
Vegan chocolate, however, will have purer ingredients, no additives, and the ingredient list will be much simpler. Believe it or not, well-baked vegan chocolate actually has substantial nutritional perks.
Vegan Chocolate vs. Regular Chocolate
There is a world of difference between vegan chocolate and regular chocolate. We all know that regular chocolate has one isignificant drawback- it’s filled with processed sugars and fat. Not ideal if you’re trying to lose weight or avoid a blood sugar rush! Understandably people are now motivated to turn to a more wholesome alternative.
Besides the unfavorable sugar content of regular chocolate, how is vegan chocolate any different, you ask? Indeed, it too contains sugar to maintain a rich, delicious flavor, but sugar is not the issue here.
While it is accurate that some vegan chocolate brands simply replace or remove the cow’s milk and retain the sugar, there are a lot of vegan chocolate companies that use vegan sugar brands or coconut blossom sugar instead.
For those who aren’t sure why this kind of sugar is much better than regular cane sugar, we’ll get right into it. Coconut sugar is a special kind of sugar- it is less processed than cane sugar and carries many more minerals. Additionally, it’s also a valuable source of inulin, giving it a lower count on the GI index than regular chocolate.
The most notable difference between vegan chocolate and regular chocolate is dairy, but there are lots of dairy options that vegan chocolate brands use to give their chocolate that familiar smooth and rich taste.
Coconut milk is a conventional dairy milk alternative, preferred for its luscious, smooth flavor. It’s also plentiful in minerals like calcium, selenium, magnesium, and B vitamins! Rice milk is another popular alternative and is deemed to be the least allergenic of the milk family, making it quite popular among those who have digestive issues!
How Do You Make Vegan Chocolate
It’s remarkably simple to make your own vegan chocolate at home. Most of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket. Making vegan chocolate is not so different than regular chocolate. We’ll get to it in the next section.
At the end of this read, you’ll be confident enough to take on bigger challenges. We’re talking vegan chocolate mousse, vegan chocolate cupcakes, vegan chocolate pudding, and of course some delicious vegan chocolate cookies.
But today, we are making some vegan chocolate bars…from scratch! You heard us from scratch! Ready to get started?
Vegan Chocolate Variations
Although this recipe yields 12 vegan chocolate bars, you can always adjust if you are expecting a bigger crowd. There are many variations to this recipe- You can make vegan chocolate chips, vegan chocolate pie, you name it. If you are a dark chocolate or white chocolate aficionado, there is definitely an avenue for you. Since we only have time for one recipe, you’ll have to check us out in the future.
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Vegan Chocolate Bars
Chocolate, in its raw form, is an excellent superfood. Cacao (raw chocolate) is potent in protein and antioxidants. Most traditional chocolates from the supermarkets are so highly processed and loaded with sugar that the benefits of cacao are reduced. So, why don’t you make your own vegan chocolate? It’s not that hard; we’ll show you.
1 hour 15 minutes
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cup chopped cocoa butter
- 1 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1. Pour 2 inches of water to a medium pan and transfer to a rolling simmer over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to low-medium, and set a ceramic mixing bowl on top of the container, making sure it’s not touching the water. This forms a Double Boiler.
2. Add chopped cocoa butter and coconut oil to the mixing bowl, and let them melt while occasionally stirring with a whisk for about 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat. Add the cacao or cocoa powder to a fine mesh strainer, and sift it over the melted cocoa butter. Use your whisk to stir until thoroughly combined.
4. Add maple syrup and stir once more. At this time, you can also add the (optional) salt and vanilla.
5. Add more vanilla to magnify the chocolate flavor and add depth. Add salt if a bit of saltiness is required, or more cacao/cocoa powder for an intense chocolate flavor.
6. Pour your chocolate into the molds of choice. Sprinkle on the cacao nibs.
7. Delicately transfer to the freezer (make sure the platform is stable). Leave it there for about an hour. Remove from molds once the chocolate is solid enough.
8. Store it in the refrigerator or the freezer if you plan on eating it over a more extended period. Let it come to room temperature before eating, as it will be softer and creamier.
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