Looking for a healthy dark chocolate bar that is seriously dark (85 percent cacao and higher), lusciously smooth, and a certifiably delicious health food?
These five healthy dark chocolate bars are not only a chocolate lover’s dream, they are all organic, made by companies with sustainable practices, too.
The benefits of dark chocolate are unreal. As opposed to highly processed and diluted milk chocolate, dark chocolate consumption is associated with reduced inflammation, reduced oxidative stress thanks to ample antioxidants, post-workout stress recovery, lowered risk of heart disease and cancer, better cognitive function, and so much more. It’s enough to make you want to eat the entire bar in one sitting.
Not for the faint of heart, these healthy dark chocolate bars are truly dark and minimally sweetened – or not sweetened at all. Dip these chocolates in peanut butter, bake them into cookies, or eat them on their own. Welcome to the dark side.
1. Alter Eco Super Blackout 90% Cacao
This seriously dark chocolate bar by Alter Eco is made with 90 percent cacao and organic ingredients. Sustainably produced with Ecuadorian cacao beans and a hint of vanilla from Madagascar, this dark chocolate is creamy, smooth, and intensely bold. Alter Eco’s super blackout bar is delicious straight from the wrapper or made into s’mores, cookies, or chocolate covered strawberries.
2. Eating Evolved Midnight Coconut 100% Cacao
Eating Evolved’s midnight coconut organic primal chocolate is made with 100 percent cacao and absolutely zero sugar. Made with just four organic ingredients (cacao, cacao butter, shredded coconut, and vanilla) this bar is for bold, dark chocolate lovers. It’s also paleo-friendly, vegan, and soy/gluten/dairy-free, making it the perfect bar for those with dietary restrictions.
3. Endangered Species Dark Chocolate 88% Cacao
Endangered Species’ 88 percent cacao dark chocolate bar is not only a way to indulge in deep, dark chocolate, it is a way to support wildlife conservation efforts. The company donates 10 percent of net profits to GiveBack Partners, (with a minimum annual donation of $10,000) to use the funds for a variety of conservation and wildlife preservation projects. This fair trade certified, organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free chocolate bar is a deliciously dark way to give back.
4. Dagoba Organic 87% Cacao Extra Dark Eclipse Bar
This dark chocolate by Dagoba Organic Chocolate is made with organic cacao beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. Even better, Dagoba chocolate supports the One For All Cacao Project, a nonprofit that helps to advance women in cacao growing communities. The 87 percent cacao extra dark eclipse bar is smooth, complex, and bold. It’s delicious on its own and baked into zucchini bread and cookies.
5. Pure7 100% Cacao Dark Chocolate
Pure7 Chocolate’s 100 percent cacao dark chocolate bar is made with just organic cacao liquor, organic cacao butter, and Himalayan pink salt – and that’s it. Pure7 was founded on the belief that chocolate that’s good for your health and the planet is simply better chocolate. All of Pure7’s ingredients are organic, kosher, paleo-friendly, non-GMO, and gluten/soy/dairy-free. This unsweetened bar is a perfect after-dinner treat paired with fresh berries and coconut cream.
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