homemade chocolate, dessert, dairy-free, gluten-free

It doesn’t take much persuading to add a bar of chocolate into a shopping cart at the supermarket, but have you ever contemplated making your own chocolate at home? Sure it might take a little longer, but you can customise the recipe to suit your dietary needs, especially if lactose-free food is at the very top of your priorities. Test your MasterChef skills with this straight-forward recipe to achieve yummy homemade chocolate.


200g raw cacao butter

50-60g raw cacao powder

100g raw honey

1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract

1/8 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Get started by chopping the cacao butter until the pieces are 1-2cm large. Then transfer to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high for 40 seconds.
  2. Make sure to mix the cacao butter until it has melted into a soft texture. Take your time with this step so that the batter is consistent.
  3. Add the cacao butter, raw honey, vanilla bean extract and sea salt into the bowl and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. By now the mixture should be creamy enough to pour into a lined dish or rectangular tray. Wait for the chocolate to cool, then it’s ready to eat!

Feel free to add fruits and nuts such as cashews and almonds to create a yummy and healthy treat.

Image and recipe via Quirky Cooking

By Felicia Sapountzis