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Homemade Chocolate Bars

Three ingredients.

Five minutes.

The sky is the limit-- make any flavor chocolate bars you choose! Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/15/three-ingredient-chocolate-bars-1/

These homemade chocolate bars pretty much make themselves. It’s especially fun to customize the flavor, and they taste like eating the coating right off of a chocolate Dove bar.

The sky is the limit-- make any flavor chocolate bars you choose! Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/15/three-ingredient-chocolate-bars-1/

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops to taste (If you'd prefer to use a liquid sweetener, such as agave or pure maple syrup, use this ratio instead: 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 3 tbsp of your liquid sweetener.)
  • optional extracts, cocoa nibs, or other add-ins
  • optional 1 extra tbsp oil or water, if it needs to be thinner

Instructions

Homemade Chocolate Bars: Combine coconut oil with the liquid sweetener or stevia drops. (For the stevia version, I recommend NuNaturals because I find other brands to have an aftertaste.) Stir, then add the cacao powder. Stir stir stir! Stir until it gets thick. Pour into any flat container (or candy molds or smush between layers of wax paper or in ziploc bags). Freeze until solid, and store in the freezer. Once hardened, you can also opt to melt the bars again for chocolate sauce. Or chop them up for healthy 100% sugar-free chocolate chips! If you use the stevia option, these bars are sugar-free.

*View Homemade Chocolate Bars Nutrition Facts*

The sky is the limit-- make any flavor chocolate bars you choose! Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/15/three-ingredient-chocolate-bars-1/

Updated Recipes: I’m trying to make the recipe pages easier to navigate… A few readers have said it’s confusing—with links going everywhere—and I’m truly sorry for that! There are just so many recipes, it’s hard to organize them all.

I’ve updated the following page: 100+ Healthy Meal Ideas & Recipes.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Vicki says:

    I am thinking about trying this recipe with some puffed rice cereal. My daughter’s favorite candy bar used to be Nestle Crunch!

    1. Jana says:

      I made some with pepitas; they have the nice crispy quality of cereal, but they’re whole foods. The saltiness is a nice contrast, too.

      I also made some topped with chopped almonds and unsweetened coconut — that was our fave!

      I just make them as bark, though. Spread out on parchment. (pics on my blog)

      1. Ericka R. says:

        I loved your idea Jana but took some raw pepitas “popped” them in a dry skillet and seasoned them with a little cayenne and sea salt before mixing with the chocolate. Heaven! Did some just with the pepitas plain and it was fantastic too. Just be careful because they really do pop and they will pop right out of the pan and you can get a nasty burn.

  2. Emma says:

    Yum! I made the with hazelnut extract once, it was pretty good. How about a cherry extract?
    Or tiny pieces of diced fruit like cherry or blueberry.
    Coffee beans? Rice puffs?

    1. angie says:

      Hey emma where do you buy cherry extract??

  3. Amy says:

    How about adding some brown rice cereal? Crunchy fun!

  4. Brittany says:

    You should do a Turtle bar! With Nuts and Caramel Yummy Or a S’more one… with Marshmallow Cream swirled in!

  5. Beatrice says:

    dried mango with spice…wow~!

    1. Christine in ND says:

      We just made this with half Stevie half maple syrup and raw cacao powder….tastes like the most delicious deep dark chocolate bar. Fantastic and healthy indulgence.

  6. Lauren says:

    Woah, how simple! You should totally use these to make some kind of s’mores dessert!

  7. Katie says:

    How cool – make your own chocolate bars! You could do something with blood orange, maybe maple syrup, salted caramel?

    1. Christine in ND says:

      The maple syrup works really well!

  8. I love the simplicity of your recipes! These look like really expensive, fancy chocolate bars!

  9. Sarah says:

    Oh my YUM! And the photos are just stellar, as always :).

  10. Tanya says:

    Right now I am a big fan of citrusy chocolate. I think using some orange liqueur would be a good touch. Also, maybe stirring in some nuts such as pistachios for an added crunch would be great too. Love that this recipe is so customizable. What a great idea for hostess gifts, or DIY valentine’s candies!

  11. Heather says:

    I’ve never thought of making my own chocolate bar, what a great idea.

    How about cayanne or a similar spice for chocolate with a kick?! Or someone make a vegan bacon version – that seems to be all the rage and I haven’t gotten to try it? Or a salty chocolate version?

  12. Nicole K. says:

    I like the thought of adding In different spices like chai, pumpkin pie spice/apple pie sice (you could mix in dried apple slices) and I’m always intrigued with rosemary!

    1. noah farrer says:

      I discovered using rosemary in desserts in culinary school and love to use it, people do not expect to see it. Great idea it would be awesome.

  13. katiecoops says:

    I think cinnamon would be a great addition! I also love the idea other commenters have had of adding rice cereal: I love the krackle and crunch bars. Maybe add some caramel bits too? Mini marshmallows? Graham cracker crumbs? Peanuts? The possibilities are endless!

  14. denise says:

    :-(
    I like them opening in a new window so I can keep them aside and don’t have to ‘back button’ to look at another one. But, alas, we can’t all like the same things. Good thing your fans do agree on the deliciousness of the recipes!

    I think I’ll be making these chocolate bars today. I’m going to make chili-chocolate bars. I tried one recently — homemade will be better, I’m sure! It had a slight chili bite that made my mouth go, mmmmmmm.

    1. I personally like the new tabs as well! That’s why I started doing it that way. Glad to know I’m not the only one, even if we’re in the minority ;).

      1. Cindy says:

        I like the tabs, too!! 😉

        Since I’m commenting, I’ll add that I feel I must make these today. :) I think I’ll grind up some espresso beans extra fine and sprinkle in. Yum.

      2. I prefer tabs, too! I was actually able to see this post on Friday and tried it right away. I used 40 stevia drops and my daughter and I loved it. My husband was not a fan-I think because he likes his chocolate super sweet and he thought this was bitter. I’m just grateful to have a sugar fee chocolate recipe for my little one!

      3. Jeanna says:

        I like the new tabs too :( to see them gone…..Will still love the site though!!

      4. Hmmm… ok lol maybe I’ll do a mix. Keep the old ones as new tabs, but change some of the future links. :)

      5. Deanna says:

        People who want to open links in new tabs can just right click and select open in new tab. 😉

      6. Stina says:

        Or holding the Ctrl key when you click the link will also open in a new tab. I’d prefer it to default to not opening in a new tab because I end up with about 6 different tabs all from the same website! Love the blog, I can’t wait to try these chocolate bars!

      7. Samantha says:

        I enjoy the fact that it opens in new tabs as well…. I will be sad to see that go :(

      8. Roxanne says:

        I Like the tabs too:)

      9. Toni K says:

        I like the new window when it goes to the right place… But I can’t find the nutrition info for the chocolate bars.

      10. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

        Nutrition facts are linked right there in the post under the recipe.

      11. Toni K says:

        And when I click the link it takes me to a different recipe.

    2. Kari says:

      You can usually right click on any link and click “open in new window”… Or maybe that is just certain browsers, I don’t know.

      1. Kari says:

        (or “open in new tab,” whichever you prefer)

  15. Barb says:

    This looks delicious! Making these today!

  16. Tara page says:

    for some healthy additions, you can add hemp seeds. In high portions, they actually make it kind of crunchy and add great nutritional value!

  17. Anna says:

    Love this idea! 3 ingredients and you’ve made your own! Such a cute gift idea too, thanks Katie!

  18. Ally says:

    I use Recipage for my blog and LOVE it! They keep making Recipage easier to use too, and there is a free version if you don’t want to pay for the elite service. They added a few new tools at the beginning of the year making it even cooler You should definitely check it out! It might be a lot of work on the front in (importing everything), but I think it would be worth it in the long run!

    1. I agree. I do need to look into it! I stayed away initially because I’m cheap… but now that it’s free, I really should check it out!

      1. Suzette says:

        Not cheap…..frugal! 😉

  19. Gina says:

    This is awesome and potentially a huge money saver! b/c I spend way too much of it on chocolate! haha

  20. Heather Brandt says:

    What mold did you use?

    1. A chocolate bar mold. There is an AMAZING cake-decorating store in Richardson, Texas. They have all sorts of chocolate molds… they have an entire room! :)

      1. Emily says:

        Hmmm… I’m right up 75 from Richardson. What is the name of this place? I think today will be field trip day!

      2. Edward says:

        What is the brand name of that specific mold, please? The bars look very professional. The only ones I can find are kinda goofy.

      3. Edward says:

        Is it the cake carousel by some chance? Thanks.

  21. Sarah says:

    Clearly these call for some crystallized ginger, dried cranberries, and pistachios!

  22. Valerie says:

    What a great idea even for a small little gift for people. Where do you find unrefined coconut oil and the agave or unnatural vanilla stevia. How much of the optional add ins would you put in like nuts or brown rice cereal?

    1. Hmmm, I guess I’d just sprinkle it in til it looked good. I don’t know about specific measurements.

      1. Rebecca says:

        Valerie: I’m probably 30 miles from a big health food store, where you can definitely find it, but I found agave at a local grocery store (Publix). I get the coconut oil from tropical traditions at their online store – they have sales with free shipping sometimes (once a quarter?) and free coconut oil sometimes- right now! (and usually every couple of months). You could look there for the vanilla stevia too :) You get some free stuff if you use my code as a friend who referred you: it’s seven seven nine six three one five, in letters just in case autobots are trolling for numbers LOL :)

  23. Renee Allen says:

    Oh Katie! I think you’ve come up with a gold mine here! How exciting!!! Do you have a peanut butter version? That would be fun with peanut butter swirls amidst! Almonds are always good with chocolate bars too. Or toffee. Is there a possibility for healthy toffee? That would be great too!

    1. Julene says:

      I second the vote for healthy toffee!

      1. Yum, oh yes, I think we need a toffee version. I wonder how that could be done… I’ll have to look at toffee ingredients and play around with it!

      2. Anonymous says:

        You can buy stevia that is toffee flavored:)

      3. Michelle says:

        Whoops-didn’t mean to leave an anonymous comment:) The toffee stevia I get is the “Stevita” brand, you can buy their stuff in stores, plus I think they have a website if you don’t have a store nearby that carries it. They have other cool flavors too, like strawberry, and I think rootbeer? Among others:)

      4. Misti says:

        You could easily make your own flavored Stevia. Just buy regular Stevia and add drops of Candy flavoring until its the flavor you want.

  24. Jenna says:

    Curry powder would go great with the coconut theme – I’ve had a curry-flavored bar by Vosges before and it was fantastic. Also, rosemary or sage. I love rosemary and I know sage sounds weird but I’ve had one before and it was delicious! Also, dried lavender and some Earl Grey ground up tea leaves. I love creatively-flavored chocolates, if you can’t tell =D

  25. Julie H. says:

    How delicious! I need to get my paws on some of those drops! I don’t have any but have heard such great things! Mmmmmm!

  26. Felicia says:

    chocolate raspberry sounds delicious! maybe chocolate layer -> freeze -> raspberry jam layer -> freeze -> chocolate layer. Or do the same with coconut butter. Or any other fruit jam. Endless possibilities…

  27. Amber K says:

    That looks delicious. I like orange and chocolate, but mint and chocolate is awesome too.

  28. Heidi says:

    You. Are. A. Genius! I’m out of the country and my daughter really wants to make cookies for her new friends but we don’t have chocolate chips, but we do have these 3 ingredients! Thank you!!! Adding cinnamon would be yummy to make cinnamon flavored chips. Cinnamon chips are awesome in your banana bread recipe!

  29. Emily says:

    Omigosh, I never thought about making my own chocolate but I love how you can make it healthy and sugar free! Must try this asap! Recipe wise, sea salt or nuts or heath bar would all be amazing!!

  30. Jenny says:

    For those of us that like the hot stuff what about a chilli powder or chili flake version?

  31. Rebecka says:

    I’ve not been on here for a long while, and these look ab fab. totally yummy. might give them a go tonight even, with raw cacao and raw honey to make a raw food treat. yumkins.

  32. teabagginit says:

    oh, i vote for something crazy like lavendar, rose petals, or ginger!

    1. Mary says:

      I second that!! If any of mine were in bloom I’d be doing the flowers for SURE!

  33. i saw it!! but not the pictures.. was kinda wondering what was going on. looks GREAT

  34. Liz says:

    As far as recipe organization, I keep hearing great things about bloggers using RECIpage, although I have no experience with it.

    1. Kathy says:

      I got bored once so I decided to check out Recipage. It’s nice and all but you have to type out every. single. recipe.
      It’s time consuming if you have a lot of recipes; less if your new to blogging.

      http://daily-iphoneography.posterous.com

      1. Stuart says:

        I don’t see why you need to type out every recipe when you can just copy, cut, and paste into a Word document. I just tried it and it works fine

  35. Chelsea says:

    I love making my own chocolate! What about something with caramel? or almonds? I agree with other readers, you have so many delicious recipes, but sometimes it’s hard to navigate. Thanks for keeping your site so user friendly and awesome!

  36. Leah says:

    I use a mold and add natural peanut butter between layers! I also like to ad macadamia nuts

  37. ooooo I think I’ll make these before Valentine’s Day to give to my fellow teachers! Maybe with some orange zest

  38. Steph says:

    I wish I had more stevia! That stuff is so expensive!

    1. Stuart says:

      Why not grow your own plants and just use the ground up dried leaves – it’s the same thing without the cost. there are numerous places selling the seeds, and it grows well in any reasonably warm place

  39. Sarah the official CCK drooler says:

    These bars look great and we all probably have everything! I’m gonna do the mint as i have both extract and leaves to garnish. Maybe something with strawberries? I have tons of those. And maybe some coffee flavor too! I’m getting excited Have a great day Katie

  40. Mary says:

    I was wondering where this recipe went! I saw it in my reader the other day and thought I HAVE to make these! I’m curious, though, do you think I could use regular sugar instead of agave or stevia?

    1. I haven’t tried it, but I would be REALLY interested to know the results if you do try it!

      1. Mary says:

        thanks, Katie! I am definitely going to give it a try!

  41. Rachel says:

    I’d love to make these Mexican chocolate! With the addition of a touch of cayenne and cinnamon . Also orange-cardamom mocha sounds good! With orange zest or extract, fresh ground cardamom and instant espresso powder.
    Or sea salt & almond. Always wins, as well.

  42. Amber says:

    I did see the original post and pix……….then wondered where it went!!!!!! I had recently tried it when looking through the older recipes, it is so tasty! I vote for some spicy, chili flavoured ones!!!

  43. Qi Ting says:

    Amazing what just 3 ingredients can do!

  44. emily says:

    yum, can’t wait to try this!

  45. Ali says:

    I really like simple recipes.

    I too think orange extract would be really good. Or maybe almond?? I wonder if some peanut butter could be added for either a second layer or mixed in. I <3 chocolate and peanut butter!

  46. Alex says:

    So good with mint…my favorite flavor!!! Why not add some chopped nuts or crispies?

  47. I saw your website and was like “What?” then I went to your facebook page and was like “Ah…” So glad everything worked out alright!

    I make my own chocolate by mixing one banana with 1/4 cup cocoa powder, rolling out and freezing. Yours look like real chocolate bars though!

    Do you know what would be awesome? If you got a stamp that said “CCK or Chocolate-Covered Katie” on it. You could have your own chocolate bars :)

    1. CCK says:

      Wow, that WOULD be awesome!! I wonder how they make plastic chocolate molds…
      I’ve also been thinking it’d be really cool to find molds shaped like Hershey kisses!

      1. Pam Siegler says:

        I am a cake decorator/candy maker. Molds are available for everything under the sun. There are MANY mold companies that manufacture molds to your design such as CCK. There is an ICES convention every year in August in a different state ICES stands for International Cake Exploration Sociality. There are mold suppliers/manufacturers there. If you are in a hurry you can just type candy mold suppliers in your search engine and many will come up. Check your phone book for candy making suppliers they may have the hershey kiss mold in stock both the large kiss as well as the small kiss and maybe a medium. This time of year (Valentines Day) is a really good time to find them available.

      2. Oh wow, thanks, Pam!

        I think I need to make a trip to the cake-decorating store in Richardson (Texas). The last time I went, I wasn’t looking for kiss molds, so I don’t know… maybe they even have some! :)

  48. Penny Lane Knight says:

    I know it isn’t Vegan, but I used raw honey to sweeten, with crushed Almonds with honey with a little sea salt and some cinnamon. It is the bomb diggity, I am also thinking about trying it with Maple Syrup sweetener and a little Maple Syrup extract.

    1. Renee Allen says:

      Penny — I like the maple syrup idea. Yum!

      1. I made the sauce version with maple syrup and it was brilliant!

  49. Teresa says:

    I’m not sure if it’s your thing, but I think that this bar spiced up with some type of chili or cayenne would be a stellar combo. I love the simplicity of this recipe!