Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Recipe Wednesday: Homemade Chocolate Chip Chunks

Have you ever considered....

Making your own homemade chocolate chip chunks?! 
We have off and on for sometime, but we had some guidelines you know; full chocolate flavor, easy to make, without refined sugar and tasted good. 

We just could not find the right one we wanted to try. 
Eventually our quest would pay off when we found the Whole New Mom blog and her recipe for Do It Yourself Chocolate Chips! Yum!!!

We call these "chocolate chip chunks" since they are cut larger than the store bought chocolate chip you are used to working with. They can be cut smaller for sure, however, there is just something appealing about the chunk size we like more.

Recipe for Homemade Chocolate Chip Chunks
adapted from: Whole New Mom

 1 cup coconut oil {we used Trader Joe's brand}
                                  1 cup cocoa {unsweetened}
                                  3-5 Tbsp  Agave nectar {taste mixture for sweetness}
                                  2 tsp vanilla
 Melt coconut oil over a very low heat.  Remove from heat.  Stir in cocoa, sweetener, and vanilla.  (If you heat over too high of a heat or don’t remove from the heat, the coconut oil will separate from the cocoa when cooling.  You can still eat it, but it won’t be as smooth.)Pour mixture into a pan (8×8 works well). Place in refrigerator or freezer until solid.  Remove from pan, and cut into chunks of desired size with a good, solid knife. Store in a cool place until ready to use.
Yields approximately 3 cups of chips. 

Our experience: love all the natural ingredients and healthful benefits. We may have added too much Agave nectar because although the mixture set up, there were some spots that seemed a little wet still. We used the chocolate chip chunks in homemade coconut cookies and we had decent results. Once the cookie cooled completely, the chocolate chip chunks set up and were fine.  Will definitely be making these again.

Suggestions: adjust down slightly the amount of Agave nectar we used and see if that gets rid of the soft spots. Or possibly adjust down the amount of coconut oil. Not sure, will have to experiment. Make a double batch. Some for baking and some for snacking alone or mixed in with nuts and dried fruit.

This was our first time using this recipe, and like most recipes, we all like to tweak them to suit our personal preference. So please, should you decide to give this recipe a try, and you change it up, let us know what you did and how it turned out. We love to learn from you all.

Uses for chocolate chip chunks: baking, cookies, sweet bread, muffins, dried fruit and nut mixes, hot cereal like oatmeal or other healthy hot cereals, hot chocolate melt in rice milk, coconut milk or almond milk, ice cream mix in or on top....and we know you will think of some more!

These are gluten free and vegan so if you have little ones, or big ones with allergy sensitivities, these could be used in recipes.  

We hope you have some ideas on how you can incorporate some healthy homemade chocolate chip chunks into some of your recipes! Please share with us how you use these! Be inspired. Get creative!

My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
Proverbs 1:1-2

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  1. I have never, ever, even considered making my own chocolate chip chunks... thanks for the inspiration!

  2. YES i need to try these... I have never even thought about making any of my own.

  3. That is so cool.. I must try this! I love chocolate chips..

  4. Hello Kristin,
    Awesome! I just pinned your post to Pinterest. I am going to plan on making these homemade chocolate chunks next week. I love making everything I can from scratch, thus avoiding stabilizers, fillers and other artificial ingredients.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

  5. They look fantastic! What was the flavor like?

  6. yummy...I'm sooo trying these! thanks!

  7. I have never thought to make my own! What a fun idea and they look so good! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!