Need a substitute for unsweetened chocolate in a recipe? Here are some great alternatives!
If you find yourself in the mood for baking and realize that you don’t have any unsweetened chocolate to hand, then this article is for you. We will look at what you can use as a substitute for unsweetened chocolate to achieve the same taste and texture in the finished dish.
Unsweetened chocolate is a pure form of chocolate with no added sugar. You will typically find it used in recipes that have a high sugar content, where no more is required from the chocolate itself - think brownies, fudge, chocolate frosting and other chocolatey recipes.
Most bars of unsweetened chocolate weigh four ounces, so we have provided each substitution per ounce so you can adjust accordingly.
For that same intense chocolate flavor, but without the addition of sugar, you can use three tablespoons of cocoa powder mixed with vegetable oil, butter or shortening.
Semi-sweet or Bittersweet Baking Chocolate or Chips
You can use these as substitutes but be mindful that they contain sugar, so you will need to remove a a tablespoon of sugar from your recipe to balance out the sugar levels in your recipe.
Remember, this is per ounce, so if you need 3 ounces of chocolate, omit a tablespoon of sugar per ounce.
Chips will take a bit more time to melt, but they will get there.
When considering your sugar reduction, you will want to bear in mind that semi-sweet contains a 35-55% range of cocoa, making the flavor less intense but more sweet; that is, you may want to cut more sugar out when using semi-sweet.
On the other hand, bittersweet is usually anywhere between 60-72% cocoa, so it less sweet but has a richer, chocolate flavor. Unlike unsweetened chocolate, you can eat semi-sweet and bittersweet right out of the package.
This is a great option for anyone who has chocolate allergies or any sort of sensitivities to caffeine. Use three tablespoons of carob powder and a tablespoon of vegetable oil, butter or shortening per ounce of unsweetened chocolate called for in the recipe.
Carob powder does have a little sweetness to it, so you may want to reduce some of the extra sugar your recipe calls for to ensure it is not overly sweet.
If you have been looking for some inspiration on what to make now you know how to substitute unsweetened chocolate if you don’t have it to hand, try out this unique cookie recipe:
Chipotle Crackle Cookies
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon toasted wheatgerm
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1. Beat eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla in a large bowl until combined. Mix in the melted chocolate.
2. In a small bowl, combine flour, wheatgerm, baking powder, salt and chipotle pepper. Slowly mix into the egg mixture, followed by folding the chocolate chips. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
3. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. In a small bowl add the confectioners’ sugar.
5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and then roll into the bowl of sugar. Space 2-inches apart on a greased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks before serving.