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Learn how to make vegan chocolate bars at home with just 5 simple ingredients! It is easy to make and doesn’t contain anything funky. Perfect for kids and adults alike!

Vegan Chocolate Bars with Macadamia Nuts

It’s that time of the year again, chocolate season! The wheater has finally cooled down to where chocolate won’t melt all over your hands in minutes. That means we are going to make (and eat) all of the chocolate we can from now until the end of winter. To help get the party started, we are making some chocolate today…from scratch! That’s right, homemade vegan chocolate bars 🙂

Ingredients for homemade vegan chocolate bars

These chocolate bars are simple to make and only require 5 ingredients: cacao butter, cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. You can also add additional ingredients as desired (nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, etc), our favorite is roasted macadamia nuts.

The most important ingredient here is cacao butter. If you’re unsure of what cacao butter is, it’s the pure oil derived from the cacao bean. It’s loaded with those “healthy fats” that we all know and love. We’re talking omegas, baby!

Vegan Chocolate Bars with Macadamia Nuts

We used cacao butter from Sunfood, which is the best around. The cacao beans Sunfood sources are non-GMO and certified organic which is always a good thing! Also, no chemicals or solvents are ever used in the process, so you can rest assured knowing you’re enjoying the cleanest cacao butter around.

All you have to do is melt the cacao butter in a double boiler until it becomes liquid, then sift in the cacao powder and whisk in the remaining ingredients. We popped ours into chocolate molds but it is completely optional. If you want to skip these, you can line a baking sheet (or a container of your choice) with parchment paper instead. There is more info in the notes of the recipe. Sprinkle any additional ingredients on top, and then pop the warm mixture into the refrigerator or freezer for about 10-15 minutes to set.

Vegan Chocolate Bars with Macadamia Nuts

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Vegan Chocolate Bars with Macadamia Nuts

Homemade Vegan Chocolate Bars (5-Ingredients)

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  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 full-sized chocolate bars


Learn how to make vegan chocolate bars at home with just 5 simple ingredients! It is easy to make and doesn’t contain anything funky. Perfect for kids and adults alike!


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  1. Prepare your chocolate molds or a small baking tray. We used these chocolate molds for the recipe, but you can also use a baking sheet or a pan of choice if you do not mind the chocolate in a different shape. Simply line a baking sheet (or dish) of choice with parchment paper. It is ideal for the dish to be very narrow as it will result in a better thickness. Set aside.
  2. Prepare a double boiler: Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and place either a fitted glass (or ceramic) bowl or another smaller pot over the water. The key here is to make sure that water does not get into the bowl or pot. Add the cacao butter and allow it to slowly melt, mixing often. Once the cacao butter has melted remove the upper bowl or pot and set it onto a pot holder on the counter.
  3. Whisk in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. Using a fine mesh strainer, sift in the cacao powder. Whisk again until uniform and smooth.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into the molds or the lined baking tray. Smooth it out with a spatula and sprinkle any additional ingredients on top. We added roasted macadamia nuts to ours.
  5. Pop the molds or tray mixture into the freezer overnight to set.


  • Be sure to fully clean the chocolate molds. Since they are silicone, dust and other small things can stick to it, and you don’t want those in your chocolate!
  • For best result, we like to store out chocolate in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag,
  • It will last several weeks in the refrigerator (and even longer in the freezer). 
  • To roast macadamia nuts: place them on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 350F for 7-10 minutes, mixing halfway through. Check on them often during the last 5 minutes as they can burn easily!
  • We used these chocolate molds for the recipe.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Snack, Halloween
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

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