Nowadays, making chocolate has become somewhat of an art form. And chocolate connoisseurs are definitely looking for a caliber of chocolate above the ones available at the checkout of a store. Now, add diet preferences like paleo and vegan into the mix, and the search gets even more fine-tuned.
Nevertheless, with a growing consumer demand for cleaner and healthier products, from full-fledged meals to small indulgences like chocolate, several companies have risen to the demand and are making products for people seeking allergen-free, dairy-free chocolate made from whole, unprocessed ingredients. After all, if you could enjoy chocolate and still get at least SOME health benefit, why wouldn’t you?
The best part is, you don’t have to hunt down a specialty food store to get your hands on exquisite, handmade, paleo vegan chocolate. Check out these ten chocolate treats that you can order online from the comfort of your home!
Nohmad Chocolate uses their Ecuadorian cacao bar to combine two of life’s greatest pleasures: coffee and chocolate. Sweetened with maple sugar, this bar contains crushed organic coffee beans and a touch of salt. We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty good afternoon pick-me-up to us.
2. Wild Sweet Nibs
Wild Sweet Nibs is made by carefully crushing raw organic cacao beans. Then the “nibs” are rolled in coconut sugar to make them sweeter than your typical raw chocolate, which some people feel is a bit too intense in flavor. Since they’re granular, you can pour them over dairy-free yogurts and ice creams, or just snack on them straight out of the bag. The perfect treat for hiking!
3. Date Lady
Sometimes you’re not craving a chocolate bar so much as you just want to spread chocolate on … well, everything. Date Lady’s raw chocolate spread is similar to Nutella, except without the dairy or sugar! Instead, as you might have guessed, the bar is sweetened with dates. Slather some on a piece of toast, dip fruit in it, or spoon some into your non-dairy ice cream for some added decadence!
4. Genesis Raw Chocolate
The Genesis creamy chocolate bar is not only delicious but packed with superfoods! You can choose from 4 flavors: “Primordial Energy” with added maca, “Creme” which has raw coconut cream swirled in, Superwoman” which includes amla, a fruit from India known to aid digestion, or “Extra Dark Mint.” Of course, you simply can’t choose, you can opt for the assortment pack. The price is a little steep at $8.00 an item, but considering it has superfoods, the price is not totally unwarranted.
5. Addictive Wellness Chocolate
The goal of the Addictive Wellness chocolate bar is exactly what you’d expect it to be: getting you addicted to treats that improve your wellness. And what treat is more addictive than chocolate? Their chocolates are raw and sugar-free, sweetened only using organic stevia and birch xylitol. They even incorporate superfoods and super herbs from cultures around the world, like tree mushrooms, maca, and mesquite. At about $7.00 a box, make sure you keep save little cups for a special day!
With just one carb and more antioxidants than 3 cups of spinach, the Sinless bar is the ultimate guilt-free decadence! Its nutritional boost comes from the almonds, which in addition to being healthy, provide a delightful crunch.
7. Hail Merry’s Dark Chocolate Merry Bites
Hail Merry’s Dark Chocolate “Merry Bites” take all of the delicious flavor of dark paleo chocolate, and applies it to a fluffy macaroon! Made with coconut oil, Madagascar vanilla, maple syrup, and shredded coconut, these bites are incredibly moist. Plus, if you’re the type of consumer who prefers to buy chocolate, or anything for that matter, knowing that others have been satisfied with the product, know that Merry Bites won Paleo Magazine’s “Best Packaged Snack” award in 2013.
8. Endorfin’s Dark Mylk Chocolate Bar
Endorfin‘s award-winning bar starts with a base of their signature coconut mylk chocolate and turns it up a notch by pairing freshly cracked pink peppercorn crumbles with Himalayan pink salt. The peppercorn lends a beautiful, fruit-forward flavor to the bar, with hints of grapefruit zest and citron. Unique and delicious.
Made with 77 percent raw and roasted cacao, Antidote‘s dark chocolate bar combines rose salt from the Andes, tangy lemon zest, and dark chocolate to create a bold and bright twist on the original dark chocolate bar. This bar is pretty pricey though, so consider keeping it as a nice (and delicious) gift idea!
10. Koukla Delights
Made with raw organic cacao powder, coconut, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and Himalayan salt, Koukla Delight’s Cacao Macaroons are satisfyingly simple. The treats are also never heated about 115°F, so all essential vitamins and enzymes are preserved. Since these are only available for bulk purchase on Amazon, we suggest trying it elsewhere first before committing to the six pack.
Isn’t it amazing that with a little effort, something as decadent and sugar-laden as chocolate normally is, can be made into a healthy, paleo, vegan delight that actually tastes good?! Of course, if you feel more comfortable keeping track of every single ingredient that goes into your chocolate, you can always check out One Green Planet’s Chocolate section, and craft a treat of your own!
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