How to: Homemade Vegan Chocolate
A luscious homemade chocolate sauce that's perfect for dipping and drizzling. It's a great vegan substitute for melted chocolate in your baking recipes, or whenever you need a bit more chocolate in your life. Vegan & Gluten Free.
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Sometimes you need a bit more chocolate in your life - and recently for me, that's been in the form of chocolate drizzle. Since the weekend, I've been taking great pleasure in drizzling this gooey melted chocolate all over freshly baked treats. And then dipping fresh berries into any extras. And...well, if I'm being completely honest, at this rate, I'm probably better off just grabbing the bowl and a spoon.
This recipe is a great one to have on standby. It's free of the less natural add-ins often used in baker's chocolate, chocolate chips and the like. And, not only is this recipe free from hydrogenated oils and white sugar, but it's also vegan!
The trick to getting a luscious chocolate sauce is to use cocoa butter, which is the creamy fat that comes from cocoa beans. While cocoa powder gives chocolate its color, cocoa butter gives chocolate its shape and body. Even better, since cocoa butter melts at body temperature, it's what gives chocolate that amazing "melt-in-your-mouth quality". You can buy cocoa butter in blocks or squares. Its worthwhile hunting down for your pantry: the high antioxidant content gives cocoa butter a very long shelf-life (years) and once you see how easy it is to use, you'll have no issues using it all up. You should be able to find cocoa butter at most baking or specialty foods / health stores.