The best Vegan Chocolate Recipes perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day you want a sweet treat. I’ve rounded up the best from some of my favorite recipe creators and I know you’ll love them too!
From truffles and small candies to full cakes and pies, I’ve rounded up the best vegan chocolate recipes to satisfy even the most intense cravings.
Perfect for Valentine’s Day, date night, gifting to family and friends, or any time a chocolate craving strikes.
Many of them are even healthy!
What is chocolate?
Chocolate is made from roasted and ground cacao seeds, which is the fruit of a tropical tree. The name of the tree, Theobroma Cacao, means “food of the gods” in Greek. [source]
After the seeds are harvested, they are fermented, dried, cleaned, roasted, and then processed to removed the hull, which leaves just the nibs. It is these cacao nibs that are turned into chocolate.
The nibs can then be made into powder, liquid, paste, blocks, bars, chunks, or chips and are ready to use in the vegan chocolate recipes that follow!
Varieties of chocolate
There are three varieties of chocolate: dark, milk, and white.
Dark chocolate ~ Dark chocolate is generally composed of chocolate liquor (which doesn’t actually contain any alcohol), cocoa butter (not a dairy product!), lecithin (typically from soy), sugar, and vanilla.
Milk chocolate ~ Milk chocolate contains everything that dark chocolate does with the addition of milk fats and milk solids.
White chocolate ~ White chocolate is composed of milk chocolate ingredients minus the chocolate liquor, which begs the question, “Is white chocolate really chocolate at all?”
Within these three chocolate varieties, there are different “grades.” These include unsweetened, bittersweet, semi-sweet, and milk.
Can chocolate be vegan?
Chocolate is naturally vegan and gluten free.
Unfortunately, many chocolate bars, chips, and treats contain dairy ingredients, making them unsuitable for vegans.
In addition, although it doesn’t technically contain any animal products, sugar is often processed using animal bone char, which strict vegans avoid. Organic sugar is always vegan, however.
Always check ingredient labels and look for high-quality organic dark chocolate with as few ingredients as possible as your best bet! Then get to work making all the delicious vegan chocolate recipes below!
Why do we give chocolate on Valentine’s Day?
Chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac. It causes your brain to release dopamine, a pleasure chemical, which in turn can make you feel more amorous.
Plus, chocolate tastes delicious!
This year, instead of simply buying chocolate treats, make one of the tasty vegan chocolate recipes below!
While technically dark chocolate should be vegan, it isn’t always. The only way to know for sure if chocolate is vegan is to check the ingredient list. Note that cocoa butter is not dairy based at all and is completely vegan.
It sure does! It melts just like non-dairy chocolate.
Of course! It’s creamy and rich and delicious! It’s chocolate, after all!
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