Make some allergy friendly dark chocolate bars at home easily! You can even make these sugar free and add your own mix-ins, like crisp rice or dried cherries
Homemade dark chocolate bars? Yes please!
I love chocolate, but don’t always love the extra ingredients in them that I can’t have (dairy and soy) or all of the sugar in them. Allergy-friendly and healthy sugar-free chocolate bars can be a bit pricey, so I decided to make my own chocolate.
So, I thought it was time to try the recipe for Hot Chocolate Bars off of the blog Chocolate Covered Katie. I had the recipe on my Pinterest board for a while, but finally decided now was the time to make them.
I didn’t have liquid Stevia, so I used powdered Truvia instead. I experimented a little bit and added some of my favorite mix-ins, like almonds and crisp rice. Yummy!
Variations with this recipe:
- Honey Chocolate bars
- Plain sugar free chocolate bars
- Honey Chocolate Bar with Almonds
- Sugar free chocolate bars with crisp rice
Note: The oil used in this recipe MUST be an oil or fat that is solid at room temperature, such as coconut oil, palm oil, or cocoa butter. This will not work if you sub out coconut oil for a liquid oil (like canola, olive, etc.).
Guilt Free Dark Chocolate Bars (Dairy Free)
- 4 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 Tablespoons honey agave, or powdered Truvia
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavors/oils
- ½ cup + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- In a small bowl, microwave the coconut oil and honey or powdered Truvia until melted, about 40 seconds. If you use agave or liquid Stevia, you can probably add them after the coconut oil is melted.
- Stir in the vanilla extract
- Stir in the cocoa powder and stir well.
- Add mix-ins, such as chopped almonds or crisp rice and stir well.
- Spread the chocolate onto wax paper-lined sheet or into candy molds and put in the fridge or freezer until hard. This is best kept chilled to keep it firm. Enjoy!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
18 thoughts on “Guilt Free Dark Chocolate Bars (Dairy Free)”
Would non-dairy butter work instead of coconut oil?
Hi Kalli, I don’t think that dairy free butter will produce the same result. Coconut oil gets pretty hard when it’s chilled, similar to how cocoa butter acts. But dairy free butter won’t get that crisp hardness to it once chilled like coconut oil can. You can try using it, but it will be soft and might end up being like a spread vs a chocolate bar.
I think this sounds great. I am going to make this soon!
Let us know what you think!
If I wanted to use natural sugar in place of the honey could I do that and if so how much.
Hi Vicki, if you wanted to use sugar, I’d probably use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar. If you use regular granulated sugar it might end up gritty. You could start with 2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar to see how it turns out.
How many Hersey size bars will this recipe make?
This will make about 2 Hershey sized chocolate bars (I’m estimating)
Can I use cooking oil instead of coconut oil?
Hi Samir, only coconut oil or palm oil will work in this recipe (or even cocoa butter) since they get firm when refrigerated. Regular cooking oil doesn’t firm up in the fridge, so I wouldn’t use that in this recipe.
Hi, I usually use agave but wondered if stevia is worth a go. What do you think? Thanks.
You can certainly use Stevia! It will cut the sugar content the recipe down. I think the liquid stevia drops work the best in this recipe (rather than baking Stevia) unless you use a concentrated Stevia powder. I love that Stevia drops come in lots of flavors (like vanilla, toffee, and orange) so you can add some flavors to your chocolate as well.
Oh yes please. These sound wonderful and I love the ingredients you used. 🙂 Now, I can indulged more often without feeling guilty. Wish you a wonderful weekend.
Thanks! Have a good weekend!
Yum! I’m going to try these this weekend.
Have a good Mother’s Day, Shawna! ; )
Delicious! What an absolutely wonderful idea!