These Easy Paleo Dark Chocolate Chips are smooth, rich, and delectable! With each bite of these dark chocolate morsels, you’ll be asking yourself, “Why haven’t I been making Sabrina’s Sinless Secrets’ Easy Paleo Dark Chocolate Chips my whole life?” They’re also vegan!
Today, I thought it would be appropriate to unlock a staple. Yes! Homemade. Easy. Paleo. Dark chocolate chips! I’ve always wanted to make my own, especially after seeing how seamless it is. Why not make your own chocolate chips? It’s much more affordable, flavorsome, and healthy (goodbye preservatives and other nastiness!).
These Easy Paleo Dark Chocolate Chips will come in handy if you’re planning on baking this holiday season. They’ll also make a great DIY gift for friends and family! I’ll comfortably say, nine out of ten people wouldn’t mind receiving homemade Paleo dark chocolate chips as a present. 😉
Before I get into details, I have to give one person some credit for my incentive to bust these Easy Paleo Dark Chocolate Chips out. Shannon—my oldest, most eclectic cousin. Now, I say most eclectic because there will never be another like Shannon. She’s, by far, the most entertaining person I’ve ever met. She’ll have your full attention with the stories she tells—her life is somethin’ else. Not to mention, she contains more energy than humanly possible. Michael and I tell her that she either needs to write a book or become a comedian.
She didn’t contemplate either of those suggestions. Lol.
A few years back, Shannon moved away from Scottsdale to California. Sadly, I don’t get to see her that often anymore, but I can always count on reuniting during the holidays!
This Thanksgiving, Shannon and my cousin, Derek, so kindly made Michael and I this beautiful flower arrangement!
On top of doing a million other things, like starting up her own business, while working full-time at a university, Shannon decided to be a florist on the weekends.
It’s not like she participates in triathlons, continuously explores different leisure activities, pulls all-nighters with friends, or anything of that sort. Lol.
Let’s be a florist.
As a side note, after Shannon and Derek gave Michael and I our arrangement, she went on telling us that, “Cotton is super in right now in California!”
So I guess I’m trending. 😉
Nevertheless, I found it beyond sweet of my cousins to take the time crafting it for us. In addition, Shannon had no idea she handed me a perfect prop for my blog. I mean, red and white roses. Come on, it had Sabrina’s Sinless Secrets written all over it.
So, the day after Thanksgiving I pondered something to make that would style perfectly with them. Christmas is upon us, so I wanted to do something festive. However, I needed the recipe to be simple, because I had limited time and ingredients.
That’s when these Easy Paleo Chocolate Chips slithered into my mind.
I don’t think this flower arrangement could’ve complemented them any better.Furthermore, if you’re one of those people who are against chocolate because you think it’s unhealthy—let me stop you right now. Chocolate might be unhealthy—only if it’s below 70% cocoa. If it’s below that point, basically all bagged chocolate chips you see in stores, they’re predominately just bits of refined sugar and processed garbage.
Pure dark chocolate has many benefits, some of which I listed in my Berry Bloody Bone Cups recipe. If you haven’t read that recipe, let me provide you with a refresher!
Dark chocolate is:
- Rich in antioxidants, which aid in smooth skin and prevent against harmful UV rays.
- Abundant in minerals, such as, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium.
- Helps protect teeth from cavities, thanks to antibacterial components found in cocoa bean husks.
- Stimulates the mind by helping with mental focus, happiness, and increasing the feeling of love. All in all, it diminishes stress, depression, and anxiety.
- Protects your heart, lowering bad cholesterol.
- An energy booster
- Rich in protein and fiber, so it could help with weight loss.
Please, feel guilt-free about savoring these Easy Paleo Dark Chocolate Chips—all in moderation, of course.
That’s with anything in life. I believe the inability of moderation is one of the main factors that hinder people from reaching goals. Remember, too much of anything, even if it’s claimed to be “good”, can be harmful. An effective tool to use for this is to listen to your body and try not to focus so much on eating or being a certain way. When stress creeps its way into your conscious, it counteracts everything. Just relax and be in control. 🙂
For these Paleo dark chocolate chips, I decided to make both chips and chunks. I know most people probably don’t have molds, so I’ll tell you how to make chunks also! Additionally, I’ll provide you with links in the recipe card on the molds and raw cacao butter/powder I use. 🙂
I noticed a lot of recipes use coconut oil for their chocolate chips, but I decided to use raw cacao butter. It gives the chocolate chips a creamy texture, just like the finest chocolate. You deserve nothing less on Sabrina’s Sinless Secrets! It also doesn’t saturate your tongue with that bitter after taste a lot of dark chocolate leaves you with.
Now, let’s unveil the process for these sinless Paleo dark chocolate chips.
In a double broiler, melt the raw cacao butter. When it’s melted, whisk in the raw cacao powder and tapioca starch. Then, whisk in the pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
Pour the chocolate evenly into your prepared molds. You can also use candy molds, candy bar molds, or just pour the silky, chocolaty goodness into a flat container or pan for chocolate chunks. 🙂
Lastly, place the chocolate into the fridge for about 30 minutes, or until completely solidified. Gently pop them out of the molds and there you go! You have your very own Sabrina’s Sinless Secrets Easy Paleo Chocolate Chips! If making chocolate chunks, chop the chocolate into desired sizes. You can store these at room temperature, but they might get a little melty if they reach past a certain temperature, especially if you sub the raw cacao butter for coconut oil. I recommend storing them in the refrigerator or freezer.
Please comment and tag me on social media if you make these! 🙂
Thanks again, Shannon and Derek, for the outstanding flower arrangement! 🙂
- ¾ cup raw cacao butter(about 228g) (can sub organic, unrefined coconut oil, but the chocolate chips won’t hold up to warmer temperatures as well)
- ¾ cup raw cacao powder (about 60g) (can sub regular unsweetened cocoa powder, but won’t yield the same taste)
- 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, depending on how sweet you want them. (2 tablespoons is about 85% cocoa, while 3 is similar to 72% cocoa)
- 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or arrowroot starch (this helps with firmness)
- Pinch of sea salt (Optional)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (can use other extras for different flavors)
- In a double broiler, melt the raw cacao butter. Whisk in the raw cacao powder until smooth.
- Whisk in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt, if using.
- Set your mold(s) (I used these molds) on a cookie sheet for easy mobility and pour the silky chocolate into the grooves. (You can also use a container or pan to make chocolate chunks!)
- Place molds the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes, or until the chocolate is solidified.
- When solidified, pop out the chips and store in an airtight container at room temperature, the fridge, or freezer.
*These will hold up at room temperature just fine, but they are more heat sensitive than the bagged chocolate chips at the store. Therefore, I recommend storing them in the refrigerator or freezer for best results. 🙂
*UPDATE: I also found these silicone molds, which are in the shape of chocolate chips! I haven't tried them out, but I think I'll be buying some.