Dark Chocolate Bar Recipe

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5 from 6 votes

Healthy Dark Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Easy homemade chocolate bar. Grain-Free, gluten-free &Paleo. Could be modified into Keto.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: keto, paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free
Keyword: dark chocolate recipe, Homemade dark chocolate bark
Servings: 8 Barks/Bars
Author: Shlomit


  • 1 Cup Cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Cup Cacao butter
  • 3 tbsp *Honey Add more if needed.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract Or vanilla pod if available.
  • 1 tbsp *Almond butter (Optional).
  • 2 tbsp Dried cranberries (Optional).
  • Dash of Sea Salt (Optional).
  • 3 tbsp *Lakanto For Keto and diabetics, please use Lakanto (sugar substitute) instead of honey.


  • In a double boiler, melt the cacao butter over medium heat (if no double boiler please use a tempered glass bowl over a small saucepan with hot water). Once Cacao butter has melted remove from the heat.
  • Sift into a bowl the cacao powder. Mix well and stir.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract (or scrape the inside of the vanilla pod).
  • Stir in the honey and the almond butter smoothly. Taste the batter, add more honey if needed.
  • Place chocolate batter in a baking pan lined with baking paper, or the desired chocolate mold.
  • Add the dried cranberry on top. (or any other toppings you wish to use)
  • Place in the freezer between 30 minutes to an hour to shape.
  • Once the texture is set, break into desired size pieces.
  • Store up to 2 weeks in an air-lock container preferably in the fridge.


For a Vegan recipe- Substitute honey for organic cane sugar, coconut sugar or maple syrup. 
For a low sugar recipe please substitute half of the amount of sugar with Lakanto Monk Fruit, or Erythritol, this will makes this recipe low glycemic. 
Keto- For a completely sugar free option instead of honey- Use Lakanto Monk Fruit or organic non-GMO Erythritol. Instead of Maple Syrup use Lakanto Maple Syrup. 
Almond butter is optional- If you like your chocolate dark and bitter, skip the almond butter. I like to add almond butter in my chocolate recipes to add a bit of a creamy texture.  
9 Servings as shown in photo however, I  usually cut them to smaller pieces and make it up to 16 Servings or small bites with my hot beverage. 
Optional toppings ideas: Walnuts, almonds, Hazelnuts etc. 
Optional warming topping for winter: Turmeric, Ginger and hot pepper. 
Optional valentine's toppings: Rose petals, mix dried fruits.
Note- I buy all my cacao ingredients fair trade and organic. 

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