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wow, he sounds like an amazing guy! I am sure he is super happy for this dedication. I love raw chocolate, it is so easy to make and the health benefits are incredible! Love the pictures as always! Such a beautiful photo of you as well!

Trisha @ Vignette

I had never thought about making chocolate before, but your recipe sounds so straightforward and the photos look so enticing! I'll have to try making it for sure!!


Yum! so happy you left a comment on my blog, cuz I love yours! there are so many things I want to make!!!

Jess @ Sweet Athena

This looks so yummy!!! This is my first time checking out your blog, I love that you don't cook with refined sugar. I'm going to keep checking out your recipes as eating tasty desserts that are a little healthier are having a bigger and bigger appeal to me. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


Ah! Happy Birthday to Willie Nelson! And I think this raw chocolate is a great way to celebrate him. Thank you for sharing. I love your blog. I'm glad I found you today. Thank you for sharing!

Crystal-Ann Guindon

When you say 3/4 raw coconut oil, do you mean 3/4 cup??? or of a jar??? I am excited to try this as my cravings are not fading in terms of chocolate, LOL.


Kelley Howie

I made your Raw Chocolate Pie again today and will soon be trying this one. Sounds yummy.
I would have loved to have been at Willie's birthday bash!
Thank you for these delicious recipes!

Brooke Schweers

Oh yum! This looks mouth watering!

ashley - baker by nature

I could nibble on this all day long! Just lovely!!!

Zella Sage

Thank you, Thess!

Zella Sage

It is super simple and easy to make, Trisha. And so out-of-this-world delicious!

Zella Sage

Yay, Tereza! So happy you made it over here.

Zella Sage

Thanks for taking a peek, Jess. Hope you enjoy the recipes you try.

Zella Sage

Thank you, Monet. I'm still celebrating...and will continue to celebrate with chocolate!

Zella Sage

Crystal, I did mean CUP! And thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. I've changed it now. Hope you enjoy every bite.

Zella Sage

Oh, sweet, sweet Kelley. I wish you would have been at Willie's bash with me! It was so much fun. I want some of that pie right now. I think you'll love the chocolate bark. I keep it in my freezer and savor a few pieces every day that it's in there. XO

Zella Sage

Thank you, Brooke!

Zella Sage

Ashley, I sometimes do!


I am so super excited about this recipe. I was just wondering this weekend "how to make my own chocolate"! Perfect!

Angie@Angie's Recipes

I am sure he eats chocolate! Thank you for sharing this perfect chocolate recipe. Definitely a keeper.

Amy Tong

Oh...What am I missing out! I sure need to give this a try. :) The coconut oil and maple combination sounds perfect and indulgence. I love that there's no refine sugar involved. Thanks for showing us how easy it is to make when something looks and sounds so beautiful!


Hi. I am in super need of chocolate right now, so your post came in a great time. BUT would the recipe work with honey instead of maple syrup? My parents are beekeepers, and we almost never buy syrup because we get the honey straight from the hives. I was just curious if it would be an equal trade off? Thanks so much.

Zella Sage

Robin, So glad you came across this recipe. It's basic and wonderful!

Zella Sage

Thanks for the encouragement, Angie!

Zella Sage

Thank you, Amy. The maple syrup mixed with cocoa makes such such a wonderful flavor.

Zella Sage

Jana, Yes! Honey will work great. I would be using that in place of maple syrup if my parents were beekeepers and I could get it straight from the hive!


Oh. My. Word. Just made this with honey and it is INCREDIBLE. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I will be blogging my review of this for sure. I'll make sure you receive full credit!


Do you have an idea, with 1/2 cup sweetener, how sweet are these compared to a 85%/90% piece of chocolate?


Okay this looks amazing! Definitely pinning this recipe to try out soon. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at brewedtogether.com

Zella Sage

Jana, THANK YOU for sharing the outcome! So happy it worked for you!!!!!

Zella Sage

Brian. It is definitely considered dark chocolate. I would guess it tastes much like a 70% piece. If you wanted to go to 85%, I'd say start with 1/4 cup. That would probably be plenty. The coconut oil adds a bit of sweetness too.


I cut back quite a bit on the maple syrup (used 2 tbsp) because I like dark chocolate, but not bitter chocolate and it was amazing! 1/2 a cup would have been way too sweet for me.

Zella Sage

Alex, thank you so much for the tip! I have added it to the directions for dark chocolate lovers.


You really have made me curious. I am much like you used to be: although I can enjoy a piece of chocolate once in a while it really does not mean that much to me. But reading your post, that might just change ;-)


I would like to replace the maple syrup with coconut crystals, what do you think?


Here's my review of your recipe. I added a few things to it, but I wanted to make sure you know I gave you credit: http://janasjustmakinit.blogspot.com/2013/05/recipe-review-homemade-chocolate.html

Zella Sage

Jana, cute post! I'm so happy you liked the chocolate so much!!!!

Zella Sage

Larry, the coconut crystals could possibly work but I've never tried it. Any chance you could use coconut syrup? The texture and consistency may work a little better than the crystals. Either way, please let me know of any changes you make and how it turns out!


Can this recipe be made with stevia or xyitol?

Zella Sage

Carolyn, I would say yes, although I've never used either in my dishes. I think you could easily replace the maple syrup with a few drops of stevia or xylitol...taste test before freezing to see if it is the right sweetness for your taste. Please let me know how it turns out. Thank you!


OMG OMG OMG YOU make chocolate look so sexy and i am trying not to have chocolate at the moment!!!!!! <3

Jeri Elmore

Throw in some ancho chile powder and cinnamon and make it Pancho and Lefty chocolate bark. :) I've seen Willie in concert, and that old man is frickin' amazing.

Zella Sage

Thank you, Dakota! You have given up even this kind of chocolate?????

Zella Sage

Jeri, the chile powder and cinnamon sound SO GOOD. I do sometimes add it to the bark or brownies. It's such a great addition! Thanks for the tip.

Zella Sage

Sal, thank you for the link.

Cookie and Kate

Love this concept! Cold coconut oil does such marvelous things.


Waw! You made your own home-made vegan chocolate! I love it so much! Yummm! I can't wait to make it!

You look cute too & fab pics too! :) xxx A great & tasty food gift, indeed!

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