Homemade Chocolates {No Sugar}

One of my little indulgences in life is chocolate. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and can bypass lots of desserts without too much effort but when it comes to chocolate? Well, chocolate will almost always get a yes from me!

And so it was that I found myself slipping into a habit of thinking that after every dinner meal I needed to finish off with a piece of chocolate. And then it seemed like one piece led to two, and then three, and then arggh! How did I eat so much chocolate!

On top of that, when I looked at the ingredient list in most chocolates, there was lots of sugar and dairy, a couple of things I was trying to really cut down on in my diet. I started to wonder if there was a way I could just make my own chocolates so I could indulge once in a while but have better control over the ingredients.

I was happy to discover there was a way to make your own chocolates and I settled on a simple method that only needs four ingredients (and none of those four ingredients are milk or sugar).

How to make no sugar chocolate sweetened with agave

My Homemade Chocolate with Agave Nectar

For the last several months I’ve been enjoying my homemade chocolate recipe that I sweeten with agave nectar instead of sugar. Rather than always keeping store bought chocolate around the house as was my previous habit, I now just make this recipe once in a while as a little treat.

The base of this recipe is cocoa butter that you melt and then add in a bit of cocoa powder, agave nectar, and vanilla. Pretty simple!

To be safe, I decided to purchase cocoa butter that was labeled as “food grade”. I also liked that it came in wafer form so it was easy to measure and melt. Here’s the link to the cocoa butter I purchased on Amazon (*Affiliate link*): Nuvia Organic Cocoa Butter

The other ingredients are all easy things that I can find at Aldi (the agave, cocoa powder, and vanilla). Of course if you want to boost the flavor even more you can try more expensive cocoa powders and/or real vanilla.

Once all those ingredients are combined, I pour the mixture into small molds to harden. I like this candy mold that’s a little more shallow and makes nice dainty chocolates. Sometimes you can find these at the craft stores too and then you can use your 40% off coupons. πŸ™‚

How to make homemade chocolates with agave

A Few Things That Didn’t Work

Not every batch of my homemade chocolate was perfect however. I tried making a salted version, but in every batch where I added some salt to the mixture, the salt all sunk to the bottom. This meant when I poured it into molds, the first ones poured had no salt, and the last ones poured had way too much salt. Alas, I gave up on a salted version.

I also used to put the poured chocolate immediately in the refrigerator to harden. Several times (but not every time) this resulted in “bloom”, a whitish film on the top of the finished chocolates. I now just let the chocolates harden at room temperature and so far that has prevented any bloom.

Finally, I tried some versions of this recipe with coconut oil added. However I didn’t care for the final taste – AND – those chocolates would not stay solid at room temperature. I much prefer a version without coconut oil that doesn’t melt.

Enjoying My Homemade Dark Chocolate

If you’re looking for a simple way to indulge in some chocolate once in a while, but you want more control of your ingredients, this method might be the answer for you too. It does create more of a homemade dark chocolate (rather than milk chocolate), but that’s my preference anyway!

Homemade no sugar chocolates made with agave nectar

I’m also enjoying that I’m able to create nice bite-sized chocolates using a smaller batch recipe batch so that I don’t over-indulge However this recipe can be easily doubled or tripled if you’d like to make a larger batch for sharing or gift-giving.

Here’s how to do it:

Homemade Chocolates Sweetened With Agave

This simple four ingredient recipe will let you create your own chocolates with no sugar or dairy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Hardening Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate
Author: Beverly

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbl Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

  • Begin by melting the cocoa butter. I use my glass measuring cup in the microwave to do this and heat for 1 minute, stir, and then heat for 1 more minute. At this point there will still be some unmelted pieces, but after a couple minutes of stirring, they will melt too with no need to heat again in the microwave.
  • Place the cocoa powder in a bowl. Pour the melted cocoa butter over the top and stir. If the mixture is too thick at this point, put it back in the microwave for 10 seconds. You want the mixture to be very liquid.
  • Finally, stir in the agave nectar and the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the mixture into candy molds and let them set at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours to harden. Once hardened, the chocolates can be popped out of the molds.

Notes:

I recommend the food grade cocoa butter that comes in wafer form to use in this recipe.Β  About 25 wafers will equal 1/4 cup of melted cocoa butter.
I like to use the microwave for this recipe, but you can also melt your cocoa butter in a double boiler or other water bath method.
You will probably have better success letting these chocolates harden at room temperature. Hardening in the refrigerator may cause the white film on the top called “bloom”.
This makes about 20 chocolates, but of course this will vary depending on the size of your molds.
If you do not have any molds, you can also pour the mixture into a dish lined with wax paper, let harden, and then crack into pieces.

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11 Comments

  1. I just spent two hours searching for this recipe. I used it to dip coconut bars and loved it. It was the perfect size batch and tasted so good. I substituted sugarless maple syrup because it’s what I had on hand and it worked perfectly.
    I have now pinned it to Pinterest so I won’t lose it again. It’s very simple, but alas, I was in a hurry and didn’t remember the ratio of cocoa butter to cocoa powder.
    Thanks for this great recipe!

    1. I’m glad you were able to find this recipe again, and the maple syrup sounds like a tasty substitution!

  2. Hello. Do you recommend the light blue agave nectar or the raw dark amber agave nectar for the homemade chocolate recipe?

  3. I think infusing the coco butter with my favorite medicinal herbs would make a really good dark chocolate that stays firm at room temp and isn’t loaded with junk. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1. You can use coconut oil instead of the cocoa butter. However the coconut oil will change the taste a little bit, and they will also not stay hard at room temperature and will need to stay refrigerated.

  4. Looks yummy! Can’t wait to make them. Would you know how many calories & carb would be in one piece? Thank you!

    1. I’m not sure exactly, but but based on the info on the ingredients, I would estimate about 35 calories and maybe 2g of carbs.

    1. The simplicity is one of the things I really like about this recipe too Helen! I hope you enjoy the chocolates if you give them a try πŸ™‚