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.
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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. These Homemade Vegan Oat Milk Chocolate Bars literally only require a handful of ingredients and the process is so simple, easy, and seamless.
Plus, I love that you can easily add these homemade chocolate bars to your favorite things by chopping them up and sprinkling them in delicious recipes like these Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vegan Chocolate Cake, or Chocolate Oreo Vegan Skillet Brownie.
One of the best parts about these chocolate bars is the addition of oat milk without actually using liquids. Yes, you heard that right! For many, oat milk is a staple when it comes to dairy-free milk and I thoroughly enjoy it by an organic store-bought version like Ripple Foods, but also enjoy making my own homemade oat milk which is such an easy process as well and can be whipped together in batches for less work throughout the week.
To be honest, I find it so very worth making your own homemade chocolate, especially when you use premium, high-quality ingredients. Besides, the best part about making your own chocolate is that you have more control over the healthiness of the ingredients used, the sweetness levels, and personalization of additional toppings and flavor combos.
The most important ingredient in chocolate is the cocoa or cacao powder. Because of this, it's so important to have a high-quality powder to create that richness and flavor that you desire in your chocolate bar.
When it comes to the flavor of milk chocolate, it's all about the balance of caramelized sugar and vanilla. Therefore, to make your chocolate bars more "milk chocolate" in flavor, simply substitute the maple syrup with cane sugar and melt it in with the chocolate. In addition, you can also add an additional 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for extra flavor.
To make these easy, delicious homemade chocolate bars, you'll start by melting your coconut oil or cacao butter until smooth. Much like with ganache, it's best to do this over a water bathe on the stovetop that directly in a skillet or saucepan to avoid burning or clumping because of the heat being too high in temperature.
Then you'll whisk in the cocoa powder and remaining ingredients until combined and smooth. The mixture should drip off the whisk once lifted.
Finally you let it cool slightly before pouring it into your chocolate molds, let it sit until it reaches room temperature and then adding them to the fridge or freezer to set. Remove and enjoy!
Some of the ingredients for these homemade chocolate bars are typical pantry staples, except for maybe one (hello, cacao butter or milk powder). 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.
Basically, since milk powder is essentially just milk that is evaporated out for a longer shelf life, it's the best thing to use in recipes that want to give the same "milk taste", but can't necessarily use any liquids like these homemade chocolate bars.
In general, milk powder is usually used in infant powder or candies, especially chocolate. However, some people enjoy using milk powder in their teas, coffees, smoothies or baking recipes that require less liquids to avoid the batter from being thin, etc.
If you don't have any oat milk powder or general milk powder at home, you can totally make your own! While the process is a bit time consuming, the process itself is fairly easy and can be achieved with just your oven and food processor---the entire process takes about 8-12 hours. You can use this method for any dairy or dairy-free milk. Here's what you'll need to do:
If you don't have oat milk powder or just don't want to spend any money on an ingredient that you won't use often---I completely understand! No worries. You can still get a bit of oat flavor by simply grinding up oats until it becomes a powder-like consistency, then sifting it with a strainer and following the recipe in place of the milk powder.
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:
While both types of coconut oil is used when it comes to cooking and baking, unrefined coconut oil actually has a bit more nutritional value that it's counterpart. Also, it's higher in antioxidants and polyphenols----compounds that give the oil many of its health benefits and it's free of additives that may be used during the refining process.
Cacao butter is naturally occurring plant-based fat derived from the cocoa or cacao bean. After cacao pods are harvested, the beans inside are fermented, dried, and roasted. Those roasted beans are then ground and the grinding process allows the cocoa butter to be separated from the cocoa mass (which often goes on to life as cocoa powder).
Much like coconut oil, cacao butter is actually an oil that becomes solid at room temperature. In addition, although it's too brittle and hard to use as a solid, it's very easy to incorporate once melted especially since it has a low melting point.
Yes! Believe it or not, cacao butter and cocoa butter are actually the same product and is made the same way. They are the fat that comes from cocoa beans. The beans are taken from the larger cacao plant before being warmed and pressed to extract all the fats.
Basically, melted cacao butter is a great alternative and substitute for any oil, margarine, or dairy butter in many recipes like cookies, brownies, homemade chocolate, cakes, etc. However, I always recommend only substituting in partial amounts because cacao butter will continue to firm up the recipe a little after cooking.
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!
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, orange slices/zest, sea salt, cookie butter, peanut butter cups (chopped), pistachios, crushed Oreos, you name it!
My go-to for these chocolate bars is usually maple syrup, which is a natural sweeteners----and they work for these chocolate bars also. However, you can feel free to use coconut sugar, cane sugar, stevia or date syrup as a great substitute.
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).
Homemade chocolate will last 2 to 3 months in the refrigerator or in the freezer. At room temperature, they'd last only two to three weeks.
Basically, to make them harden completely at room temperature, it's best to store them in a sealed container. The trick is to keep them in a cool, dry, dark place away from all heat or moisture for the best results.
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