These Homemade Vegan Oat Milk Chocolate Bars are the epitome of an easy dessert or snack option that is just as crisp on the outside and a melt-in-your-mouth velvety texture on the inside---as regular chocolate bars. Only a few ingredients required, entirely dairy-free, and all vegan.
I can't tell you how amazing homemade chocolate bars are! Prior to attempting to make them on my own, I often felt like this was such an impossible task, but it's not. The homemade vegan chocolate bars literally only require a handful of ingredients and the process is so simple.
Plus, I love that you can easily add these homemade chocolate bars by chopping them up and sprinkling them in your favorite chocolate incorporated recipe like these Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies or Chocolate Oreo Vegan Skillet Brownie.
One of the best part about these chocolate bars is the addition of oat milk. For many, oat milk is a staple when it comes to dairy-free milk and I thoroughly enjoy by an organic store-bought version, but also enjoy making homemade oat milk which is such an easy process as well.
Some of the ingredients for these homemade chocolate bars are typical pantry staples, except for maybe one (hello, cacao butter). Here’s what you need:
I recently read via Hello Magazine that oat milk chocolate will be a trend for 2022 which I honestly didn't see coming. Apparently, this had a lot to do to with people's desire to find more plant-based alternatives, especially when it comes to chocolate. Definitely makes sense.
If you aren’t familiar, oats are super nutritious! They include a great source of carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.
Other great benefits:
Generally speaking, using either one is fine for these bars! Again, I use organic versions of both, therefore, the difference might be slight in the taste when it comes to using either one. Also, cacao powder tends to be more expensive, but I love purchasing mine from Navitas Organics.
In technical terms---Chocolate is actually made from Cacao beans (or seeds). It’s said that companies who use the term ‘Cacao’ are referring to the beans, pods, or ground up version of the beans. However, the term Cocoa is often referred to as the powdered version of it all (which is formed after the fat is pressed out of the bean).
That's totally fine! You can substitute the melted vegan butter with coconut oil. In all actuality, you only need a small amount of either ingredient because you'll be melting the cacao butter, which creates an oil base.
My go-to is usually Agave syrup or maple syrup, which are natural sweeteners----and they work for these chocolate bars also. However, you can feel free to use stevia or date syrup as a great substitute.
Absolutely! I'm a big believer in personalizing any recipe to meet and satisfy your taste buds and these chocolate bars are no different. I love creating a nice twist on these bars by adding additional ingredients like chopped nuts, cacao nibs, caramel sauce, peanut butter cups (chopped), pistachios, crushed Oreos, you name it!
Honestly, there is a variation of chocolate molds to chose from and it depends on the shape and depth of the chocolate bars that you want. Personally, I love having the original chocolate "ridges" as a traditional bar, so I purchased these silicone chocolate molds via Amazon and they're so affordable!
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Thank you for the recipe, Shanika! Could you use coconut oil instead of cacao butter?
Hi Ameerah! Absolutely! You can definitely sub cacao butter with coconut oil! I hope that you enjoy! 🙂
Hi, great recipe. Would coconut milk work as well, instead of the oat milk? Thanks
Hi Kathy! Thanks so much! Absolutely! You can use your fave plant-based milk for this one for sure! 🙂
These bars were amazing! I can't believe I just made my own chocolate bars! thank you!
Really amazing in taste and flavors, Will make again, very good recipe!
This is so easy and the chocolate bars are perfect gifts for my vegan friends.
This looks really delicious and fairly simple to make! Can't wait to try it out! thanks for the recipe
As a chocolate lover, I give this recipe 5 stars! Super delicious!!