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Cooking 101: Raw Cacao Butter Chocolate Bark

This Paleo friendly, amazing raw dark chocolate bark is made with raw cacao butter, raw cacao powder, vanilla and other yummy goodies. Recipe and Picture provide by:

Cooking 101: Raw Cacao Butter Chocolate Bark





Dietary Preference(s):



  • 250 grams solid cacao butter (broken int chunks, about 1 cup)
  • 7 Tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 4 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract/essence
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon almond slivers or shavings
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flakes (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried blueberries or cranberries or raisins or goji berries
  • You will also need a saucepan quarter filled with water, digital thermometer, a heat proof bowl that goes over the saucepan, a whisk, shallow baking tray and non-stick baking paper.

How to Make It

Bring a quarter-full saucepan of water to boil and turn the heat down to simmering. Add cacao butter to a heatproof bowl and place over the simmering water. Make sure no water gets in the cacao butter.

Stirring with a spatula, heat the cacao butter, and when almost all melted, stick the digital thermometer in. Make sure the temperature doesn’t go over 48°C / 118°F. If it’s close, remove the bowl from the heat and let the butter melt further on the countertop. The temperature will start to drop and that’s what we’re after.

Add the cacao powder, vanilla and honey or maple syrup to the melted cacao butter and whisk until dissolved and well incorporated. The temperature will drop once you add other ingredients. Keep it at about 32-35°C, warm it up if needed, but NOT all the way up to 48°C. This will keep it smooth and silky, and decrease the chances of chocolate seize (when it turns into grainy paste).

Finally, add the salt and whisk together. Line a tray with baking paper, covering the sides so no chocolate is spilt over the edges. Pour the chocolate into the tray and let is spread into a thin bark layer. While still melted, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, almonds, coconut flakes and dried blueberries, or other nuts and dried fruit of your choice.

Place the tray in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The bark will solidify within 30 minutes, but it’s a good idea to let it stand for a little longer. Keep in an airtight container, in or out of the fridge, depending on how crunchy you like it. It will keep for a few weeks.

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