It's here! Vegan Mylk chocolate that snaps!
Many of you have been asking for it and I had yet to release a recipe for homemade chocolate. This 6-ingredient raw chocolate is naturally sweetened, not too chocolatey and can be kept at room temperature!
I love dark chocolate, but I have to admit sometimes I want something less chocolatey, like milk chocolate. The thing is, vegan "mylk" chocolate costs an arm at the store and is usually too sweet for my taste and/or contains refined sugars. So let's make healthy "milk" chocolate!
I tried many vegan chocolate recipes in the past and have never been satisfied with the results. Most of them have to be kept them in the fridge as they are too soft at room temperature and are often grainy with a coconut aftertaste. Definitely not something I wanted!
So I took a look at the ingredients used in commercial raw chocolates and started testing. My first tries were not a success as the chocolate was soft, melting in the hands and had crispy bits of coconut sugar.
Several batches later, I found out the solution was to first grind the coconut sugar into a fine powder, and temper the chocolate so it snaps when you break it.
Liquid sweeteners like agave, maple, or coconut nectar prevent the chocolate from tempering properly, meaning it becomes very soft at room temperature. We don't want that, that why I went with coconut sugar. The problem with dry sweeteners is that they tend to make homemade chocolate grainy unless you have a stone grinder (which I'm considering buying to make silky smooth nut butter and chocolate). So to fix this problem, we first grind coconut sugar in a blender until it has a texture similar to powdered sugar. It's not as smooth as commercial chocolate but it's still quite smooth!
Once you have superfine coconut sugar, combine it with raw cocoa powder, salt, and seeds from a vanilla bean. I also like to add half a teaspoon of lucuma as it gives the chocolate a subtle caramel flavor and more sweetness.
Next, you melt the cocoa butter and cocoa paste over a double boiler until just melted. Pour into the blender, and blend! Your chocolate is almost ready, the final step is to temper it by respecting different temperatures.
To resume, making mylk chocolate is done in 4 steps:
- Grind the coconut sugar: Simply add coconut sugar with cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla to a blender and blend until it looks like powdered sugar.
- Melt the cocoa butter: Melt cocoa butter and cocoa paste until just melted, the temperature should be around 107°F (42°C).
- Blend: Pour the melted cocoa butter into the blender, add the almond or hazelnut butter and blend until fully combined. Adding some nut butter helps emulsify everything. My favorite is hazelnut butter as I found it yields a milkier flavor. Almond butter is a good alternative too.
- Temper: Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and stir until the temperature goes down to 82°F (28°C). Then reheat gently over a double boiler until it reaches 87°F (31°C). Your chocolate is now tempered and can be used to coat bars, or can simply be poured into a chocolate mold. Once again, tempering is the secret to getting chocolate that snaps and looks shiny.
Once you have transferred the tempered chocolate to the molds, let it cool at least 3 hours at room temperature. I had the best results when cooling at room temperature instead of the refrigerator. After 3 hours the chocolate should be hard and snap when you break it!
Cost wise, it's a lot cheaper to make your own! Even if the ingredients can seem expensive at first, I made a quick calculation and it comes down to about $1.8 per bar as opposed to the $5 I used to pay at the store (for 3.5 ounces)! Hey, every penny counts!
Regarding the flavor, it doesn't have the same milk flavor as real milk chocolate but it comes quite close, plus it's a great alternative for those who don't like dark chocolate.
What's great is that you can then tweak this recipe to your liking! Personally, I don't like too much sweetness, but if you have a sweet tooth simply add more coconut sugar. If you want it more chocolatey add more cocoa powder and cacao paste. Just remember to not skip the tempering process as it's key to get the right texture.
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Vegan Raw Milk Chocolate
- 3.2 ounces coconut sugar
- 1.4 ounces raw cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon lucuma powder optional, adds a subtle caramel flavor*
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla powder or seeds from one vanilla bean
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 8.5 ounces cocoa butter
- 1 ounces raw cacao paste (also called cacao liquor)
- 1.4 ounces almond butter (or hazelnut butter, cashew butter)
- Place the coconut sugar, cocoa powder, lucuma powder if using, vanilla seeds, and salt in a blender. Blend on high speed for 30-50 seconds, or until the coconut sugar looks like powdered sugar. Scrape down the sides if needed and blend again. This step is important to get a smooth chocolate texture.
- Fill a medium-size saucepan with about 1 cup of water. Place a glass bowl on top of the saucepan, making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water. Add the cocoa butter and cacao paste to the bowl.
- Heat over low-medium heat and stir regularly until melted. Make sure the water doesn't come to a boil, you just want to melt the cocoa butter, it should reach a temperature of 107°F (42°C) but not higher.
- Once melted, remove the bowl from the saucepan, but keep the saucepan on the heat (we will need it to reheat the chocolate later). Transfer the melted cocoa butter and cacao paste to the blender. Add the almond butter, and blend on high speed for 20-30 seconds.
- Transfer to a large mixing bowl and keep stirring using a spatula until the chocolate comes to a temperature of 82°F (28°C). This step will take 15-20 minutes.
- Once it has cooled down to that temperature, place the mixing bowl on top of the saucepan with the warm water. Keep stirring until the chocolate reaches 87°F (31°C). As soon as it has reached this temperature, remove from heat and pour into molds. Your chocolate is now tempered.
- Let cool at least 3 hours at room temperature before removing from the molds. I don't recommend cooling in the refrigerator as it may cause the chocolate to get white streaks.
- Chocolate will keep at room temperature for several weeks.