Dairy Free Raw Chocolate

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You may have noticed I’m a bit of a chocolate addict – good chocolate, that is, not the cheap ‘chocolate-flavoured’ stuff – I love REAL chocolate, with cacao butter and 70% organic cocoa and natural sweeteners.  As I mentioned in my first post about making my own chocolate, I really try and avoid refined sugar, dairy and soy, and they are in most chocolates, even a lot of the ‘healthy’ ones.  So I started making my own.  They were okay, but not quite the right texture.

Then I found this gluten-free, dairy-free recipe for Raw Chocolate made with cacao butter and raw cacao. I played around with the recipe, and this is what I came up with. It’s very simple, and you can add in whatever additions you like to make all sorts of delicious variations! You can use more or less sweetener and cacao to taste. I like mine really dark, so just reduce the cacao if you don’t want quite so much of a dark taste. 

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  Make sure your bowl, blades, lid and lid seal are REALLY dry before you begin – water and chocolate don’t mix!  

Dairy Free Raw Chocolate
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  1. 200g raw cacao butter (eg. Loving Earth Raw Cacao Butter)
  2. 50-60g raw cacao powder (or to taste)
  3. 100g raw honey or pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup
  4. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or natural extract
  5. 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  1. Chop cacao butter roughly with a knife on a chopping board, to approx. 1-2cm cubes. Place cacao butter into mixing bowl. Mill 20 sec/speed 8.
  2. Melt cacao butter for 10 mins/37Β°/speed 2, scraping down sides of bowl with spatula towards end of cooking time to ensure all the cacao butter is melted.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to mixing bowl and continue cooking 10 mins/37Β°/speed 1.
  4. Mix chocolate 10 sec/speed 5 to blend honey or syrup in, then pour into lined dish or chocolate molds or onto a tray for a thin chocolate bark.
  5. Place in the freezer immediately to set, as it will separate if you set it at room temperature.
  1. You can use other sweeteners, whatever you prefer, to your own taste. Just be aware that if you use a 'sugar' like Rapadura or coconut sugar, you may find that it separates. (If this happens, stir in 30g coconut cream until mixture comes together.)
  2. You can replace half the cacao butter with cold pressed coconut oil if you want to make a cheaper chocolate - but just be aware that it will melt really easily and needs to be kept in the freezer.
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If you’d like nuts or fruit in your chocolate, sprinkle them over the lined tray or in the chocolate molds, then pour chocolate over the top.  Place in the freezer to set. 

Here’s some ideas for additions:

– activated nuts (soaked then dehydrated), or roasted: hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts

– raw cacao nibs 

– sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat, made into little chocolate buckwheat ‘cakes’

– dried fruit: cherries, blueberries, apricots, ginger, cranberries

– pretzels (chocolate drizzled over salty gf pretzels is delish!)

– a mixture of above fillings!


You can also stir into the chocolate:

– shredded coconut

– spices: cinnamon, chilli, cardamom, ginger…

– edible essential oils: peppermint, orange, lemon, cinnamon… just a few drops


Swirl through the chocolate:

nut butter (or pour a little chocolate into a mold, let it set, add a dab of nut butter, then pour chocolate over to fill molds; or fill with chocolate hazelnut spread 

– sunflower seed butter

dulce de leche


Ice Magic

Here’s one more thing you can make with your fresh batch of chocolate!

Mix 100g of the chocolate with 50g of coconut oil, add a little more pure maple syrup if you think it needs it, and melt 2 mins/37C/speed 2, or until melted and mixed together. Pour into a jar and keep it in the cupboard, and you have instant ‘Ice Magic’ for whenever you want it!

It hardens immediately when you pour it over ice cream or sorbet, and the kids love it. Ok, so do the adults.

(If it’s cold weather and it hardens in the cupboard, just set the jar into a bowl of boiling water to melt it before using.)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo,
    I have tried this twice now, following all steps as said.
    Still have the problem that when pouring the rapadura seems to be at the bottom.
    Despite grinding fine etc…will now use honey instead, would it be the 100g honey for 100g rapadura roughly?
    Thank you, Insa

  2. Lauren says:

    Hi Jo, Can I use the Changing Habits cacao wafers in this instead? Thank you. Lauren

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yum yum!! For those of us who don’t have a super fab thermie, is there anotjer way to make this?

  4. Rashini H says:

    I tried the tip of melting the rapadura at the start and ended up with a caramel sludge that almost broke the blades. Ended up putting the whole recipe in the bin πŸ™ I’ll be sticking to grainy chocolate next time.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Haven’t read all of the posted comments, but my first batch, made with rapadura, is grainy, despite having milled it til it was quite smooth. Any ideas? Barbara

  6. Anonymous says:

    Jo, am trying to stay off fructose at the moment – could you sweeten this with rice malt syrup?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo the Rapadura didn’t melt. I’ve just put the heat up to 50, not sure what else to do?
    if this doesnt’ work what can I do with the mix, can I add coconut flour and make a cake? whaa I have no idea what I can do.
    I ordered everything online from loving earth but brought the Rapadura from town yesterday from the health food shop. I have never brought this before it seems damp like brown sugar is that right?



  8. Jo Whitton says:

    If it has split, try adding 30g coconut cream and gently mixing until it comes together again. It will be a slightly softer chocolate, but it tastes great! Just store it in the freezer to keep it ‘crisp’. If its already set, pop it back in and blend up, add cream and remelt and mix. Pour it over nuts or dried berries or coconut and any splitting or graininess won’t be noticed. πŸ™‚

  9. lana says:

    I take this into work when I need to bribe people

  10. Katie says:

    Hi Jo. I don’t have a Thermonix so if I wanted to make this recipe, do you have any ideas how I would go about it? Thanks.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just thought you might be interested to know you can also buy cacao butter from soap suppliers, often cheaper if you buy bulk. There’s a website where you can buy a kilo of pure, unrefined organic cacao butter for $30 (plus postage). https://www.n-essentials.com.au/ShoppingCart.asp?

  12. Petra says:

    Hi Jo. Is it possible to try this chocolate recipe without Thermomix? I don’t have one and would love to make the chocolate for my Christmas gifts.
    Thank in advance

  13. Hi Jo, we made your chocolate recipe yesterday and it went well except I had to up the temp a bit to melt the Swerve (replacement for hi carb sugar/sweetener). It tastes just like Lindt only totally natural. Awesome!!

  14. Simone says:

    Hi Jo,
    Thank you for all your amazing work. I have changing habits cacao wafers & am just wondering if I can use these instead of cacao powder?
    Thanks so much

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo,
    I don’t have a Thermomix but tried the basic recipe with honey but found that the honey separated out of the chocolate. Any suggestions?

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is definetly the best clean chocolate reciepe I’ve made to date!!! It set beautifully and didn’t melt as soon as I got it out of the fridge! I did a double batch and made coconut roughs with some of it by roasting the coconut first and mixing it with this chocolate, then I made ferrero rockers with some of the other chocolate by roasting then chopping some hazelnuts and mixing it through- amazing!!!

  17. Anonymous says:


    I made this chocolate using maple syrup as the sweetener

    and chai seeds. Just beautiful : melts in your mouth. I will try to temper it next time. I also made it without a termie : easy.

    Thank you for this recipe

  18. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness. Just made this… It’s in the freezer now. Rocky road awaits my df kids and unsuspecting relies… All the signs are GOOD. Baby wearing got the home made chocolate done in no time… Thank you so much for this and all your recipes!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I would love to use stevia in the recipe but am new to using it. Any ideas on how much would work? Thank you!

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  21. Breanna says:

    Too much honey for me, but otherwise delicious! I’ll try rice malt syrup next time and maybe use a bit less. By far the best homemade chocolate I’ve come across. Thanks!

    I sprinkled some River Murray salt flakes first before I poured over the mix because I love Lindt’s salted dark choc.

    • Jo Whitton says:

      Funny, my tastes have totally changed since I first wrote this recipe, and now I find even 30g of honey in this a bit much!! Just adjust to taste πŸ™‚

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  23. Chenoa says:

    Hi is there a way to do this without a thermomix,I would love to try it but don’t own a thermomix.

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Hi Chenoa, You would need to gently melt the cacao butter in a double boiler, stirring most of the time! Once the Cacao butter is melted then you could add the other ingredients that it lists. Make sure you use a liquid sweetener though – honey works well too. Make sure you stir/whisk well while it is in the double boiler once you have added the other ingredients.

  24. Alex says:

    Hey Jo!
    Thanx for this and much more great recipes. They all look fantastic and I can’t wait to try them.
    Today I started with your raw chocolate with my Thermomix. I used maple sirup. It all mixed up very well. I took it in the freezer and now I’m wondering, how long I have to leave it there? And how (long) can I storage the chocolate?
    Thanx for your help!

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Sounds good, Alex! The chocolate should only take about 30 minutes to set when first made. Once cut up and storing in the freezer it would last months- unfortunately I don’t know the exact time as we usually gobble ours up in the first week! πŸ™‚

  25. Peita says:

    Hi Jo,
    Just found your raw chocholate recipie. Not sure about the mixing method or whether your just melting the cocoa butter or are you actually simmering it in a pot. .Are you beating it with electric beaters while its cooking in a pot?

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Hi there – if you don’t have a thermomix then use a double boiler and stir slowly while the cacao butter is melting. And yes- If you don’t have a thermomix, you will have to use electric beaters for the mixing part.

  26. Anne says:

    My absolute favourite:). Made it a few times:). I thrown in all sorts of roasted nuts and gojiberroes… Yum, yet today I sprinkled it with Popped amaranth:). Yum… I also drizzled a little amount over some ricethins and put them in the fridge… Wow… They are delicious:-)
    Thanks for your amazing recipes:)

  27. Naomi says:

    Thanks for the chocolate recipe, Jo. Just a question – what roughly do you think the saturated fat content would be in your recipe?

  28. Cassie Hogben says:

    Great recipe thank you . How do you store it please ?

  29. Megan says:

    Hi Jo,
    I made this last night and it is delicious with some mixed nuts!
    Just wondering if it would be ok to use as a melted chocolate substitute in recipes after already cooking a plain batch? I.e in cakes or to coat Bliss Balls in πŸ™‚

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Hi, you can although it’s thinner than bought chocolate when melted, so maybe wait til it cools a little then dip. πŸ™‚

  30. Alison says:

    Hi there just wondering how long you can store it for before having to eat it.? Is there am expiration time?

  31. Lia says:

    Hi Jo, I made one batch of this and was perfect and delicious! …but my second batch is stuck in the molds πŸ™ any tips to get them out?! X x

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  39. Kristina says:

    Hi Jo,
    When you say add all other ingredients does this include the honey? It’s just in the next point you say speed 5 to mix in honey?

    • QuirkyJo says:

      You add all the ingredients including honey – in the next step you just make sure the honey has blended in as sometimes it sinks to the bottom! Mix it up a bit on speed 4 if needed.

  40. Sian says:

    Hi Jo how do u keep these? I followed the recipe can they be kept on the bench or wud u recommend in the fridge? Thanks

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  42. Georgina Crowe says:

    Hi Jo,
    Just made a (yet another ) yummy batch of your chocolate.
    Would it be possible to make coconut cream/milk in thermie in order to use up all that delicious chocolate? I hate watching it go down the sink lol.
    I have shredded coconut – what quantities would I use?

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Yes! I add some cashew milk at the end (about a cup) then mix and warm 3 mins/80C/speed 4; then whiz it up at speed 7 a few seconds to make hot chocolate!
      Just a handful or two of shredded coconut is fine – whatever you like!

  43. Jo Warr says:

    Hi Jo, I made this today and end result could not be ‘poured’ into molds as it was really glug-ey. Is this how it’s meant to be or should it be runny and smooth? Just wondering what may have happened, I have a thermie and followed the directions above. Thanks!

    • QuirkyJo says:

      It may have separated, was the bowl super dry? To get it back together heat and mix on 37 degrees/speed 3 while drizzling in a couple of tbsp coconut cream.
      It works best with a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey πŸ™‚

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  45. Chris says:

    Hi Jo – could I make a chocolate ganache from the chocolate?

  46. Claire says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. Perfect every time! I add almonds to my moulds.
    My only issue is I can’t eat just one piece, I keep going back for more. πŸ™‚

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