Many people say that eating dark chocolate is good for you because it contains a lot of antioxidants. That’s usually why when people indulge in dark chocolate as opposed to, say, milk chocolate, they feel like they are indulging in a “guilt-free treat.” Well, did you know that raw chocolate is even healthier than dark?  That’s right. Less processed, often bitter tasting raw cacao is considered the “purest” type of chocolate you can consume. Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods. Grown in the warm climate of Central and South America, among other places like Mexico, cacao beans are the base of chocolates and many dessert dishes, and have been used throughout many cultures for years for health purposes.

Cacao beans heated at a low temperature are considered raw, and nowadays can be seen in all sorts of forms from bars to truffles. Here are 15 raw vegan chocolates you should check out right now!

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  1. Righteously Raw Dark Chocolate Bites

    Righteously Raw Dark Chocolate Bites are tiny, vegan treats made from 83 percent dark organic chocolate. Specifically, it contains cacao butter, cacao powder, coconut palm nectar, vanilla powder. It is non-GMO, low glycemic, soy-free, and gluten-free. Reviewers are reporting that these bites are satisfying, high-quality, and apparently “do not taste raw.” Some reviewers felt these were a bit on the bitter side, but admit that it’s likely due to personal taste. To see if you’d like these, you can get a 32-ounce box for a little under $25.


  2. Sinless Raw Almond

    Sinless Raw Dark Chocolate Almond is an 85 percent dark raw chocolate bar with just one carb and according to the company, more antioxidants than 30 cups of spinach! Pretty impressive. This bar is soy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and paleo-friendly. This particular flavor also gets a crunch from almonds. Reviewers are saying that this bar is tasty and rich, and provide a dessert option that is definitely on the guilt-free side. You can get one 2.25-ounce bar for $7.


  3. Go Raw Chocolate

    Go Raw Chocolate is an organic and raw chocolate bar made from just two ingredients: raw organic cacao and raw organic agave nectar. Reviewers are saying that the flavor of this chocolate is intense and as a result, just one square of it satisfies chocolate cravings successfully. Reviewers are also commenting that this chocolate is very rich, to the point that it can almost seem chewy. To see for yourself, you can get one 1.8-ounce bar for about $5.75.


  4. Wild Sweet Nibs

    Wild Sweet Nibs is an organic, raw, paleo-friendly, and single-origin chocolate treat. It is made by carefully crushing raw organic cacao beans and then rolling the “nibs” 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, the company suggests pouring them over dairy-free yogurts and ice creams, or just snacking on them straight out of the bag. Reviewers are saying that this product is a great healthy, unprocessed option for nixing chocolate cravings, have a nice sweetness thanks to the coconut palm sugar, and are great added in smoothies and baked goods. You can get one eight-ounce bag for $15.


  5. Genesis Raw Chocolate: Superwoman

    Genesis Raw Chocolate: Superwoman is an organic, raw, and fair trade chocolate made from raw cacao, raw yacon (a nutritious edible root), raw coconut butter, raw coconut milk, raw amla (a fruit from India known to aid digestion), luo han guo (sweet fruit), and vanilla bean. It is soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly. Reviewers are saying that this chocolate is very high-quality, virtually “guilt-free,” and is even a big hit with children. You can get a pack of four 50-gram bars for $20.


  6. Date Lady Raw Chocolate Spread

    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 spread is sweetened with dates. Date Lady suggests slathering some on a piece of toast, dipping fruit in it, or spooning some into your non-dairy ice cream. Reviewers are reporting that this product is decadent, very tasty, and isn’t overly sweet like many other vegan chocolate products on the market today. Just beware, reviewers have said that in the cooler months the spread tends to harden and become more difficult to spread. You can get one 10.2-ounce jar for $10.


  7. Nohmad Chocolate

    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. The bar is organic, made in small batches in California, single-origin, and raw. Reviewers are saying that this chocolate is delicious. To see for yourself, you can get a pack of two bars for $14.


  8. Addictive Wellness Chocolate

    The goal of Addictive Wellness Chocolate 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. This particular posting is for their “Beauty” chocolate, which contains Tremella and Chaga (tree mushrooms) and horsetail (a nutritious and edible plant). You can get a three-back of boxes for about $23.


  9. Pacari Raw Chocolate With Cacao Nibs

    Do you like to balance out the bitter taste of dark chocolate with salt? If so, consider checking out Pacari Raw Chocolate With Cacao Nibs. This bar is made with cacao beans, evaporated cane juice, and sunflower lecithin. It is single-origin, soy-free, and gluten-free. Pacari, as a company, has won several awards for their chocolate bars and notes that Ecuador exports more than 60 percent of the specialty cacao in the world. Reviewers are saying that these bars are delicious and good quality. One reviewer points out they taste different than bars made with roasted cacao beans, and warns not to expect the same taste. You can get a pack of six two-ounce bars for about $40.


  10. Papa Steve’s No Junk Raw Chocolate Bars

    Papa Steve’s No Junk Raw Chocolate Bars aren’t just healthy because they are raw, they actually pack a ton of nutrition! Specifically, these bars contain organic aw cacao, raw organic coconut, organic dates, pea protein, raw hemp seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, tapioca fiber, chia seeds, organic coconut oil, organic coconut palm nectar, organic mint, organic chlorella, and organic vanilla bean. Not bad for a chocolate bar! Reviewers are raving about this product saying the bar is protein-packed, that the ingredients used are “incredibly clean,” and that it tastes delicious. You can get ten 2.3-ounce bars for $35.


  11. Koukla Delights Raw Chocolate Macarons

    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 for almost $50.


  12. Two Moms in the Raw Cacao Almond Butter Truffles

    Two Moms in the Raw Cacao Almond Butter Truffles are raw, sprouted, and organic truffles made from four simple ingredients: organic almonds, organic agave, organic cacao, and organic sea salt. Each package (three truffles) contains eight grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this chocolate is one of the healthiest on the shelves, is energizing, and deliciously nutty. A few reviewers have warned that almond shell fragments can sometimes be found in the truffles, so beware. You can get a pack of six two-ounce packages for a little under $15.


  13. Living Raw Darkest Cacao Truffles

    Living Raw Darkest Cacao Truffles are organic, raw, gluten-free truffles made from unrefined, creamy cacao rolled with a hint of vanilla and topped with crunchy cacao nibs. Reviewers are saying that these truffles are rich in texture, melt-in-your-mouth good, and a healthy way to satisfy chocolate cravings. You can get a pack of 12 1.64-ounce bags for about $85, that breaks down to about $7 a bag.


  14. Windy City Organics Rawmio Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

    Windy City Organics Rawmio Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is a decadent, raw, vegan spread made from raw hazelnuts, raw cacao nibs, and raw coconut sugar, all of which are organic. Reviewers are saying that this spread is a nice balance of nutty hazelnut flavor and rich chocolate, is expensive but worth it because of the quality ingredients, and a few reviewers have said it “tastes just like Nutella.” One reviewer even described this product as “heaven in a jar.” Pretty passionate! To see if you feel the same, you can get one six-ounce jar for $14.50. Just remember, as one Amazon reviewer points out, this spread is like butter, it can’t usually be spread straight from the fridge, so allow it to soften a bit before using.


  15. Earth Circle Organics Raw Chocolate

    Earth Circle Organics Raw Chocolate is made from 70 percent dark chocolate which is mixed with finely ground coconut sugar. It is made in Indonesia and is fair-trade. Reviewers are reporting that this chocolate is excellent quality and can be melted down to make other chocolate goodies. A few reviewers have stated that they wish the chocolate came in bar form since the circular shape of the treat is a bit hard to eat. If you’d like to give it a try, you can get one 8.8-ounce chocolate for about $14.

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