Vegan Dark Chocolate with Salt Flakes

This chocolate only takes approximately 5 minutes to make and requires only 5 ingredients. If you’re a fan of darker, less sweet chocolates, it will definitely hit that chocolate craving spot, while still being very clean, ingredients wise. It’s super low in sugar content too, a little splash of maple syrup is all you’ll need. I love my chocolate to have a little crunch in it, so I would always top it with some roasted nuts, dates, coconut, or anything else that I am keen to try, but you can skip all that and just have the chocolate straight. I’ve used some salt flakes for this batch, as I love a little salt to accentuate the flavor of chocolate, and with flakes you just get a tiny bit here and there so it’s a nice contrast, but again, feel free to skip that.

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Ingredients:

  • 100g cacao butter
  • 10g coconut oil
  • 60g raw cacao powder
  • 20ml maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • *Optional: dry roasted nuts, coconut, cacao nibs, dates, salt flakes,…

 

Method:

  1. Simply melt the cacao butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt over a double boiler, and using a whisk gently mix together till no hard solids of cocoa butter remain.
  2. Add cacao powder and whisk well till it is all nice and uniform.
  3. Line a baking tray with some baking paper (Aim for a smaller baking tray that will also fit in your fridge). Pour the mixture onto the paper and just let it spread naturally, don’t worry about it filling in the edges.
  4. If adding the nuts or any other toppings, sprinkle them on top as generously as desired. I sometimes aim to cover the whole surface if I want a lot of crunch in them, but sometimes go for a more plain chocolate. Play around and see what you like most.
  5. Place it in the fridge for around 30min to set, then chop in the pieces of your choosing. Store the chocolate in the fridge and bring the pieces you want to eat to room temp just before eating, as it behaves a bit differently than your store bought chocs and will melt faster when you have it.  I hope you like it!

 

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