The real deal.
Is there any food better than chocolate in this world? And, no, I’m not talking about Hershey’s milk silliness (though if you really like that, it’s fine by me). It’s loaded with sugar and other unnecessary ingredients like lecithins and natural flavors. I’m talking real chocolate: rich, dark, smooth… the kind you can’t eat very much of, the kind that makes you wonder if chocolate will have any part in heaven…
But anyway, you get the picture. Chocolate shouldn’t need to be a thing that you can only have once in a while because it’s full of junk. It should be something celebrated and enjoyed frequently! After all, it’s pretty good for you, if it’s made right.
Cocoa is high in amino acids, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, omega-6 fatty acids, and theobromine. It is also one of the best sources of polyphenols, which help reduce inflammation, enhance blood flow, lower blood pressure, and improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels. And it’s full of flavanols, giving it antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
With all that goodness, how could you say no?
Browned Butter Chocolates.
These delicious little homemade chocolates have you covered on the rich, dark, and smooth fronts, with the added bonus of being stinkin’ easy to make. And to top off all the nutrition from the cocoa, they have the added healthy fats from the butter, and the healing properties of the honey. So they’re actually healthy!
The grass-fed butter makes these chocolates rich in butyric acid, which decreases inflammation, and is an excellent source of vitamin A. Butter also contains short- and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which boost metabolism and support your immune system. And of course honey is full of vitamins and minerals like niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, vitamin C & B6, calcium, and iron. Honey also has large amounts of phenolic acids, flavoniods, friendly bacteria, is anti-fungal, and probiotic.
Please note that these are called browned butter chocolates for a reason. You need butter to make them. Don’t try some fancy vegan-y butter-free spread, or coconut oil. Not that coconut oil won’t make a delicious end product, but it definitely won’t taste the same.
Side note: If you’re looking for a good coconut oil chocolate, check out my honey-sweetened chocolate chunks (they’re great for baking and snacking!) or my sweet & salty chocolate bar with fruit and nuts. They’re both dairy-free and delicious!
But otherwise, head on down to the recipe card and make you some browned butter chocolates!
I love sticking them in cute little silicone candy molds. But if you’re not into that, you can just pour them into a lined 8×8 inch baking dish or a loaf pan. Then after they set, just cut them into squares.
Either way, enjoy!
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Browned Butter Chocolates
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, and refined sugar.
- 1/4 cup organic or grass-fed butter, such as Kerrygold or Amish butter (no vegan spreads, sorry!)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- pinch Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (I like to make my own or use this one from Azure Standard)
Line an 8×8 inch dish with foil, or use a silicone loaf pan, or these cute little silicone candy molds.
In small saucepan, melt butter. Once it’s all melted, keep it at a low simmer until it starts to get little brown flecks at the bottom of the pan (about 10-15 minutes). It will start smelling kind-of nutty.
Remove from heat and whisk in remaining ingredients until smooth.
Pour into prepared dish/molds and refrigerate or freeze until set (it takes about 40 minutes in the freezer).
Cut into chunks, or pop out of molds and store in the fridge.
Makes a couple dozen, depending on how big you cut your pieces, or what kind of molds you use.
Also note, for an adult version, you can sub rum extract for the vanilla. 😉
If you want more delicious homemade candies like these little homemade chocolates, check out these recipes!