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Meet one of my best homemade chocolate recipes! This refreshing dark chocolate is prepared using the best chocolate ingredients and I promise you that it’s going to satisfy all your chocolate cravings. The main highlights of this recipe are: cacao mass and cacao butter, plus dried mango, crunchy macadamias and sunflower seeds.

We’ll prepare this recipe using a double boiler since this is the best way to melt and combine all the chocolate ingredients. It takes about 20-30 minutes to make and we’ll be using the following raw ingredients:

  • cacao mass
  • cacao butter
  • coconut sugar
  • some butter
  • coconut oil
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon

But the ingredients list doesn’t stop here because I’ve decided to include some very special extras for extra flavor and more nutrients:

  • raw macadamias
  • sunflower seeds
  • and dried mango

If you’re feeling creative you can also add in some of the following spices:

  • mint
  • pepper
  • chili
  • or even turmeric
Homemade Chocolate with Macadamias, Mango and Sunflower Seeds.

Healthy chocolate ingredients

Since the chocolate itself is almost dark and has a bitter taste not everybody likes, I’ve used dried mangos to make it a bit sweet and sour. Together with the macadamias and the sunflower seeds, they all add a bit of crunchiness (is this a word?!) to the finished chocolate.

Dried mangoes are loaded with nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes) and some sugar that makes them great when used as a recovery snack after a long walk or an intense training session.

Macadamias, on the other hand, are literally the most perfect and good-for-you of the nuts family:

  • they’re loaded with beneficial fats
  • they’re low in omega 6 compared to other nuts
  • low in phytates (a type of anti-nutrient that interferes with mineral absorption)
  • low in pesticide residues even when grown conventionally

Sunflower seeds are themselves loaded with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals which makes them ideal as a snack food, on top of salads or used in raw cookies. Since their fat profile makes them rather sensible to heat, it’s best to consume them raw. Note that I don’t emphasize on using sunflower seeds oils, and the same goes for other types of seed oils (but that’s another story).

Quick Advice: Make an effort to buy dried mangos from organic sources and without preservatives or added sugar. You need to do your own research here and read the labels; unfortunately most dried mango products contain one or even both of these bad ingredients (sugar and preservatives).

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and tag a picture #refreshmyhealth on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.

What do you think about this recipe? Would you try it? Please share your chocolate-making tips and tricks below.

Thanks for reading!

Homemade Chocolate with Macadamias, Mango and Sunflower Seeds.

Homemade Chocolate with Macadamias, Mango and Sunflower Seeds

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Fridge Time 6 hrs
Servings: 12 chocolates
Author: Marcel Corbeanu
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Refreshing dark chocolate prepared using the best cacao ingredients, plus raw macadamias, sunflower seeds and dried mangos. This recipe will satisfy all your chocolate cravings.


  • 50 g cacao mass
  • 50 g cacao butter
  • 20–30 g coconut sugar
  • 20–30 g butter (optional, skip if you make this vegan)
  • 20–30 g extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3-4 macadamias (chopped big)
  • 1-2 tsp sunflower seeds
  • dried mango (chopped)


  • Add cacao mass, cacao butter and coconut sugar into double boiler. Mix using a silicone spatula, until they start to melt.
  • Add in butter, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and melt everything together. In a few minutes you should obtain something like a hot chocolate creme. Make sure to never boil the water from the double boiler — move aside when this happens and continue there.
  • Once done, pour the chocolate paste into a heat resistant tray (I use a heat resistant glass dish from IKEA).
  • Now for the really fun part: add your macadamias, sunflower seeds and dried mangos. Using a silicone spatula, spread them into the chocolate.
  • Move the container in the fridge for a few hours until rock solid.
  • Remove it from the fridge when it’s rock solid, cut into squares and give it a try. Enjoy!


Are you vegan? Just skip the butter or replace it with coconut oil.
You can store it in the fridge or at room temperature, but it’s better kept in the fridge since it tends to melt rather quickly (because of the coconut oil and butter).
I like my chocolate with a hot cup of coffee, a cup of tea or my favorite homemade almond milk How about you?
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Keto, Raw Food, Sugar-Free, Vegetarian
Keywords: chocolate, double chocolate, homemade chocolate, macadamias, mango, sunflower seeds
Marcel Corbeanu

Marcel Corbeanu

Hi, I'm Marcel! I'm a health coach, I write about health and wellness and I love cooking healthy food with fresh and simple ingredients.

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