Dairy free Christmas chocolates are perfect for the holidays and make the perfect homemade Christmas gift for family and friends. This easy homemade chocolate recipe is made using just 2 ingredients with 5 minutes prep and free from all major allergens. Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, vegan and refined sugar free.
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For other Christmas recipes, you may enjoy this Mulled Wine Tea, Butternut Squash Slices with Mushroom Duxelles or Vegan Hash with Sprouted Lentils & Activated Walnuts.
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- Benefits of this recipe
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- How to make Christmas chocolates
- Ingredient substitutions & variations
- Diet requirements
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Benefits Of This Recipe
We all love tucking into boxes of chocolates at Christmas and chocolates are such a popular gift. However, store bought chocolate commonly contains dairy and soy, which are common food allergies/sensitivities, with even free from allergy friendly chocolate containing refined sugar and artificial preservatives, emulsifiers and additives, which suppress the immune system and increase inflammation.
This chocolates are great because they’re:-
- Allergy friendly. They’re free from all major allergens and naturally gluten free, dairy free, lactose free, soy free and nut free.
- Sugar free. They’re made with carob powder, which is naturally sweet, preventing any additional sugars or sweetness needing to be added.
- Healthier than store bought. They’re free from refined sugar and artificial preservatives and emulsifiers that store bought chocolates commonly contain.
- Quick and easy to make. They require just 2 ingredients and 5 minutes prep.
- Cacao butter (UK Link/US Link). Replace with coconut oil (UK Link/US Link) for autoimmune protocol AIP chocolate.
- Carob powder (UK Link/US Link). Cocoa and cacao powder that’s commonly used to make chocolate contain caffeine or other stimulants, which are not suitable for:-
- Those who are sensitive to caffeine,
- Those with conditions like dysautonomia and POTS, where caffeine can potentially increase symptoms, and
- Those following the autoimmune protocol.
Carob powder (UK Link/US Link) has a similar taste to chocolate, with the benefit of being:-
- Caffeine and stimulant free,
- Refined sugar free,
- Lower in fat and,
- A great source of fibre, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins A and B (1).
It can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio with cacao and cocoa powder, making it the perfect chocolate alternative to make caffeine free chocolates.
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How To Make Christmas Chocolates
1). Fill the bottom pot of the double broiler or a small saucepan with water – make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the glass bowl when it’s placed on top of the saucepan. Place the top bowl on the double broiler or place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan and add the cacao butter to the bowl. Heat the water over a low medium heat until the cacao butter has melted. The cacao butter shouldn’t get hotter than 115°F/46°C to ensure it remains raw and retains all its nutrients.
2). When the cacao butter has completely melted, remove from the heat and stir in the sieved carob powder until fully combined.
3). Using a teaspoon, pour the chocolate mixture into the Christmas chocolate moulds.
4). Place in the freezer for 20 minutes, or until set then remove from the moulds and store using the storage instructions below. If giving them as a gift, transfer them to a Christmas tin before wrapping (UK Link/US Link).
Ingredient Substitutions & Variations
- If not sensitive to caffeine or following the autoimmune protocol, carob powder can be replaced with cacao powder. However, as cacao powder doesn’t have the natural sweetness of carob and instead has a bitter taste, you will need to add 1-2 teaspoons of a natural sweetener like sweet freedom syrup (UK Link/US Link)., to the mixture before setting in the freezer.
The chocolates can be stored in a glass container for up to 7 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. When you want to eat the chocolates, remove them from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature before enjoying them.
The chocolates can also be stored in the freezer in a freezer safe glass airtight container for up to 3 months. When you want to eat them, transfer the chocolates from the freezer to the refrigerator to thaw for 24 hours and then remove from the fridge and allow them to return to room temperature before enjoying.
These homemade chocolates are:-
- Gluten free
- Lactose free
- Wheat free
- Soy free
- Nut free
- Seed free
- Grain free
- Oil free
- Nightshade free
- Autoimmune protocol friendly, if you replace cacao butter with coconut oil.
Other Christmas Recipes
- If you’re looking for a starter and appetizer for your Christmas celebrations then check out these Butternut Squash Slices With Mushroom Duxelles or Gluten Free Dairy Free Root Vegetable Soup..
- For a main meal, quick and easy side dish, full of traditional Christmas vegetables, or a meal to use up leftovers following the big day, this Vegan Hash With Sprouted Lentils and Activated Walnuts is a great option.
- This Mulled Wine Tea is a unique healthy non alcoholic version of the classic Christmas drink.
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Dairy Free Christmas Chocolates (Gluten Free, Vegan)
- Small saucepan if not using double broiler
- Glass pyrex bowl that balances on top of the small saucepan
- Double broiler if not using small saucepan with pyrex bowl
- 1.5 ounces carob powder sieved
- 2 ounces cacao butter replace with coconut oil for autoimmune protocol
- Fill the bottom pot of the double broiler or a small saucepan with water – make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the glass bowl when it’s placed on top of the saucepan. Place the top bowl on the double broiler or place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan and add the cacao butter to the bowl.
- Heat the water over a low medium heat until the cacao butter has melted. The cacao butter shouldn’t get hotter than 115°F/46°C to ensure it remains raw and retains all its nutrients.
- When the cacao butter has completely melted, remove from the heat and stir in the sieved carob powder until fully combined.
- Using a teaspoon, pour the chocolate mixture into the Christmas chocolate moulds.
- Place in the freezer for 20 minutes, or until set.
- Remove the chocolates from the moulds and store them in a freezer safe airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 7 days or freezer for up to 3 months. If giving them as a gift, transfer them to a Christmas tin.
- When you want to eat them, transfer them from the freezer to the fridge for 24 hours. Remove from the fridge and leave to cool to room temperature before enjoying.
28 thoughts on “Dairy Free Christmas Chocolates (Gluten Free, Vegan)”
Loving all the shapes of these chocolate Christmas treats. What a great food gift for the holidays. Perfect for stocking stuffers.
Thank you so much Gloria, I’m so glad you like these Christmas chocolates. They really do make a great gift 🙂
Loving this dairy-free chocolate! It is so easy to make and way cheaper than buying at the store!
Thank you so much Kayla, I’m so pleased the chocolates turned out well and you loved them! Homemade is always better than store bought 🙂
Thank you for this lovely recipe! It’s so simple and is a great gift idea !
You’re welcome Priya, thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you liked the chocolates and like you said they’re a great gift!
This is so much fun to make and eat! Thanks for the recipe!
You’re welcome Toni, I’m really pleased you enjoyed making and eating the chocolates!
I really love how easy this dairy-free chocolate is to make! Perfect for making for the holidays for guests that are on a dairy-free diet.
Thank you Sharon, I’m so pleased to hear that! Thank you for your comment, I hope you continue to enjoy the chocolates 🙂
So simple and cute! Especially using the festive candy molds – my kids gobbled these up!
Thank you very much Holly, I’m so pleased your kids loved the chocolates!
Easy To Make, Tasty and so festive! I love that this is dairy free. Perfect for all lactose intolerant and vegan chocolate lovers.
I’m so pleased to hear these chocolates turned out well for you Jacqui. Thank you for letting me know 🙂
I love that this dairy-free chocolate uses carob! I make hot “chocolate” carob often.. never thought of making actual chocolates though lol. Thanks for the idea!
You’re welcome Anaiah! I love making hot carob too. Lol I didn’t think of making my own chocolates either until someone bought me a chocolate making kit. I haven’t bought any from shops since realising how easy they are to make and how much healthier homemade ones are than store bought. I always make my own now. I hope you enjoy them if you try them 🙂
I made these for a little thank you gift for some friends who came to my house to celebrate the holidays this weekend and I got so many replies later how good they were!
Thank you so much for letting me know Alisa. I’m so pleased your friends enjoyed them! I hope you have a great Christmas 🙂
Shared this recipe with my niece. She made this dairy-free Christmas chocolate and LOVED it! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. Everyone deserves a yummy, chocolatey holiday!
You’re welcome Denay, thank you so much for your comment and feedback 🙂 I’m so pleased your niece loved these chocolates! I agree, no one should have to miss out on our favourite foods and treats at Christmas!
This is a lovely idea. I made them to gift a few friends and they loved it. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
You’re welcome Shilpa, thank you for your comment and letting me know. I’m so pleased your friends enjoyed the chocolates. I hope you all have a great Christmas 🙂
This dairy-free chocolate is perfect for a holiday treat! I am so excited to make this again to gift to friends!
Thank you so much Michael. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the chocolates. I hope your friends like them too!
The perfect guilt-free chocolates to enjoy timely for the season
Thank you so much Jeannie, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the chocolates!
So cute and right on time for Christmas!
Thank you Gina! I hope you have a great Christmas 🙂