Raw Chocolate Bars

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween is my most favorite holiday in the whole wide world. There is something magically delicious about this time for me; something that brings out my creativity in a way that nothing else can. And what better way to over-indulge myself than to celebrate all month long through VeganMofo?! I’m like a little girl unable to sleep on Christmas Eve…but for 30 days straight.

Raw Chocolate Bars - Fork & Beans

{If you haven’t already seen the secret stash, last year I recreated a cauldron-full of gluten, egg, and dairy-free candy bar recipes you can check out here}:

This week, I decided to kick off the month-long celebration with a collection of some of your favorite Halloween trick-or-treats using only nuts, raw cacao, dates, agave, and coconut oil. A very Fork & Beans HAL*RAW*WEEN Special… (See what I did there? Halloween makes me punny!) *cue the sound of crickets now*

Raw Chocolate Bars - Fork & Beans

**This is going to be the base for all the raw candy bar recipes coming up this week so you will want to bookmark this recipe for reference.**

Raw Chocolate Bars - Fork & Beans

Raw Vegan Chocolate Bars Recipe

{Raw vegan} Gluten, egg, and dairy-free

Makes 1/2 c. raw chocolate


  • 1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 6 heaping Tbs of raw cacao powder (or regular unsweetened cocoa powder will do, if you don’t have cacao)
  • 4 Tbs of maple syrup
  • pinch of salt


  1. Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Pour into a chocolate mold. Freeze for 15 minutes or until set.


3.  Store raw chocolate in fridge until ready to use.

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  1. Hi Cara,
    Found your blog today, and this amazing chocolate bar recipe…
    Have a question though….
    When I finish making the chocolate bar, how should I keep it?
    In a cupboard or fridge? and wrapped in foil or film?

  2. Would I be able to chop these up to use in cookies? Or would they melt? Maybe if I froze them first.. Someone please let me know if you have tried this. This recipe sounds delicious!

  3. Justine says:

    I love your blog and all your recipes! I was wondering how you melt the chocolate after you store it in the fridge. I want to make a large batch of this and have it handy when I need it. Do you melt the whole batch and keep re-refrigerating it? Thanks!

    • Hey Justine! Do you mean after you make the entire chocolate bar, how do you melt that after being in the fridge?

      • Hi! I meant when it’s in the sauce form and you store it in a bottle.

      • Regan Voorhies says:

        Hey I was just wandering if there was a way to make these chocolate bars if you don’t have a chocolate mold. I do have a mini cupcake pan. Thanks for your help!

  4. mine always turns out lumpy, any ideas of what I’m doing wrong. Or how I can fix it

    • you can try sifting your cocoa powder first or it even just might be a simple fix like adding a little more liquid. It just sounds like you have a thick chocolate batter that needs to be smoothed out with a little more melted coconut oil, maybe coconut butter to get a little wild, or if you use maple syrup, etc, you can add more of that.

      • Camille says:

        Hi! So I just made this recipe and it seems that the maple syrup did not quite mix as there are little globs of still liquid maple syrup that are sweet while other parts are basically 100% cocoa… I don’t know if I mixed it wrong or what . . . Any tips would be appreciated :)

  5. Could you use liquid coconut oil? How about honey instead of maple syrup?

    • If your coconut oil is above 75 degrees it’ll be liquid. I just made them with honey instead of maple syrup and they are delicious!

  6. I know this is an older post but I just love this recipe for raw chocolate bars. I’ve made it several times. I feel better about eating this rather than Nestle dark chocolate chips (though I love them!).
    Your recipe has no refined sugar — and I get a nice chocolate flavor.
    Do you have any idea what the calorie content is in the recipe?
    If not, do you have any idea how I can find out?
    It’s mostly for curiosity sake than anything.

    Thank you for posting it!

    • Toni, I love hearing this, YAY! I’m a sucker for tasty recipes that are easy and healthier :) I’m not sure about the calorie count but I know there are spots online that you can enter in the recipe and it will calculate it for you. Good luck! xo

  7. Wow! Gotta try this one, is it possible to use date syrup instead of the maple? Thanks

    • Absolutely Michal! Just check the sweetness according to your own preference (you might need to add more/less depending on the sweetness of the date syrup vs. maple).

  8. yum! Now if I could only find a white chocolate recipe in the next couple of days I would be in heaven. Need to make a skeleton and have you ever seen yellow bones? :)

    • (just in case you’re even more insanely awesome than you already are and would have a recipe for it I haven’t seen) I guess I should add that it has to be soy free and nut free due to allergies in the classroom. Nuts are the one thing my kids can have but doesn’t it figure that someone else in the class of 9 kids, can’t have it!

      • I actually do have a recipe I have been sitting on–I doodle ideas in a book and have been formulating one for raw white chocolate :) Just for you, I will try my best to have it out by tomorrow, how does that sound? However, do note that the main ingredient will be raw cacao butter and it can be a pricey item ($25 a bag, unfortunately). It’s the main reason why I have been hesitant with making it but for YOU, anything :) xo!

        • I have 2 bags of it ready and waiting. And this is why I love you :). Thank you thank you thank you, you are my hero!

          • Okay, we are on for tomorrow then! Stay tuned. P.S. TWO bags??? Girl, we need to be neighbors :)

          • YES!! I’ll supply the groceries you do the cooking, sounds like an amazing deal! And I had planned to make 2 dozen skeletons for school parties and didn’t know how much each bag would make. If we were neighbors, would you make them for me lol

  9. Hey Cara
    Found your blog just today via RawFoodRehab on FB and your raw peppermint patty recipe stopped me dead in my tracks. I can’t wait to try it (esp since I have all the ingredients on hand!!). Thanks so much for sharing this and I can’t wait to see what ghoulish creations you come up with next :)
    I want to try your raw chocolate bar recipe (I’m notoriously bad with candy making :( ) Is there a particular size of mold that you use?
    Happy HAL RAW WEEN!

  10. Yes.

  11. Whoot Whoot Cara’s back, better than ever (and you were pretty freakin’ awesome before!) – you are so talented and I have missed your posts – love the bloggy makeover with the Halloweeb theme, you have me so excited for halloween!!! xo

  12. Cara can I use something other than maple syrup. Like sugar or sugar free?

    • My only concern is that the syrup adds a thickness to the chocolate, not to mention sweetness. You can try honey or agave too, but if these options aren’t what you are into, give sugar a try and then let me know if it works. I just can’t guarantee it will since I haven’t tried it :) Good luck! xo

  13. I love the sound of this series Cara!! I make a chocolate similar to this that is just delicious so I am so excited to see what you do with it!

  14. i love the spooky theme all over your blog…so cute! i love october!

  15. You really are a rock star!

  16. Hal*RAW*ween? LOVE IT! I’m not very raw knowledgable, but you make it seem so accessible.

  17. Wow, I so easy! I can’t wait to make these!

  18. Yum. But I have to say my favorite thing about this post is your new witch picture <3

  19. Wow, I’ve always thought making raw choccie would be hard but I love how simple this is! Loving the look of your blog, too!

    • I always thought raw foods were complicated and impossible, myself. But dabbling into this world over the past couple of months, I am beginning to realize that it is far from it! Thanks for the comment, Mandee–glad you like all of my Halloween touches :)

  20. Only 4 ingredients? Oh wow, I have to try these! Happy VeganMoFo!

  21. Ahhhh, lovely! So looking forward to this month long festivities.
    I’d better get cracking and make these chocolate bars. :)
    Thank you Cara!

  22. Awesome! I love the casket!

  23. Ooh, the blog is like an old Vincent Price movie. I think I’m too spooked to eat dead and buried chocolates. Exhuming the coffin alone made me pass out.

  24. This is so amazingly perfect!!

  25. I’ve super duper excited about seeing what you are doing this month. “Halloween makes you punny.” :) Will try this recipe!

  26. Cara, Dahling. You gotta lay off those green smoothies, you are starting to look a little greenish around the gills!!! ; )

  27. I so know what you mean! I couldn’t sleep last night either. Your new header and profile pic are SO MUCH FUN! They really set the tone. I absolutely cannot wait to see what comes out of that creative mind of yours next!!

  28. I love all your pice, your new header and really, really need that coffin…

    • Kathy, I got the coffin at Michael’s last year but didn’t get a chance to use it til now. Hopefully they still have a stash this year. Fingers crossed! xo

  29. Eeeeeee! I love this! :) So pumped for month of October and for all of the yummy Halloween related items on your blog. LOVE the Halloween header!

  30. delicious! just discovered your blog through corinna, darling! i’m so happy to have found it! halloween (well, mostly because it exists in fall) is one of my favorites too.

    • Welcome, Rebecca! So happy you found your way over here–I’m so happy to see your face! Hope you enjoy the Halloween festivities over here at Fork and Beans…xo, Cara

  31. I love how much you went all out, Cara! I am so impressed- your profile pic is just plain awesome! Great first MoFo post! I can’t wait to see all the ways I can use this raw chocolate!

    And who knew making raw chocolate was so easy? So fantastic!

  32. shannonroche says:

    I love Halloween too! I can’t wait to see all your gooey, gruesome treats!

  33. wowzers! i love that coffin full of chocolate.. and your new header! you have put in some major work in this! i cant wait for your other puns!

    • Isn’t that coffin fun??? Thank you Michael’s :)
      So happy that you appreciate my lame humor. I knew that there was someone out there who would… xo!

  34. Gah! Love raw chocolate – I’ve been filling mine with date caramel as of late. A D D I C T E D. I need to go buy new jeans.

    I’m actually being serious.


    • Oooooohhhh and sprinkled with some sea salt. Mouth is currently watering… I could actually go for some Oh Ladycakes raw apple pie :) I’ve decided that a bigger size of jeans is worth it when you eat good crap like that…

  35. Great idea…you bloody Americans and Halloween – it’s an obsession 😀

  36. Cara, oh Cara. How I love you and your corny humor. “HawRAWween?!” I am at the airport right now and I literally almost spit my coffee at my computer and I am sitting here giggling awkwardly picturing you saying it in the most adorable voice. These are perfect. I can’t wait to see all your amazing creativity this month!

  37. Um, yes please – to all the vegan candy bars :) I also love your header and profile images – totally adorable! I am in the costume business so I LOVE Halloween as well – can’t wait to read the rest of your MoFo posts! I definitely need to get out and buy a chocolate mold this week.

    • Thank you Ashley!! I think you are quickly becoming my newest best friend–the costume business you say? You are my kind of gal! Tried to comment on your blog but couldn’t but wanted to say that the Pumpkin Black Tea recipe sounds sooooo good! It’s on my to-make list :)

  38. Oh YUM! I am going to make these for halloween this year for sure!

  39. Have I mentioned lately how much I love you? :)

  40. I’ve been swamped and am so behind on your blog… but this recipe looks and sounds delicious. I can’t wait to see what you come up with this Vegan MoFo! :)

  41. Hey stop your coffin! Great lead off! Look forward to Mofoing with you for second year in a row. Love the raw footage.

  42. You crazy fiend! This is going to be so much fun! All ready loving your RAWSOME Halloween theme, it makes me feel woefully unprepared for MOFO but c’est la vie! 😉 xx

  43. You had me at raw chocolate, but I LOVE Halloween! Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with. :)

  44. Fabulous post and what an exciting start to a fun month of posting! Love all the extra touches Cara…someone has been having a blast 😉 Looking forward to all the treats! X

    • I have officially put down “Enjoys Halloweenifying my blog” as one of my hobbies now. I’m obsessed and can do so for hours :) xo!

  45. I LOVE HALLOWEEEEEEEEN!!! and I love you, and your creativity, and cacao, and raw. I love that you are participating in MoFo again – looking forward to your treats!

  46. Looks great, Mama! Yuuuum! Question, though. Is maple syrup considered raw? I thought they boil the snot out of it but I could be wrong. Also, I literally stayed up all night watching the Graham Norton show on YouTube so I might also be out of my freaking mind. At any rate, shut up, Brooke, chocolate! I love your updated look, too! Perfect for the season!

  47. yay! the most wonderful time of the yearrrr! your raw chocolate looks so good, i can’t wait to see what you do with it this week!!! ahem..butterfingers perhaps? *bats eyes*

  48. I do remember last MoFo and your recipes were amazing! I am very excited about your Halloween treats too! And your raw chocolate has been bookmarked! :-)

  49. Alexia @ NamasteYoga says:

    oh yeah, this is how i make my chocolate at the moment! except i have been using coconut BUTTER, it somehow tastes much more smooother in the mouth! oh coconut butter, cacao powder, some maca and gojis.. yum! i have also tried matcha (green tea powder) and it gives you a real caffeine kick :)

  50. I love your new header and posters. I can’t even figure out how to change mine to save the life of me, so you get HUGE props for that (not to mention, you know, the rest of the blog content of course.)

    This is my first year truly experiencing Vegan Mofo and I can’t wait to see what my favorite bloggers (literally) cook–or uncook–up. Yay!


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