Chocolate boasts a multitude of health benefits, thanks to its plethora of antioxidants, minerals and fibre. It has compounds that can help improve cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation, support the immune system, calm the nervous system and protect against cancer. Would be silly not to grab a square of dairy-free chocolate, right?
There is, however, an enormous difference between raw, dark chocolate and the sugary confections you’ll find at the local gas station. Conventional chocolate is typically loaded with sugar, artificial colours and additives that are harmful to our health. What’s worse, cheap chocolate is the product of slavery and exploitation – making it a poor choice for our culture and community as well as our health.
Raw Cacao Powder vs. Cocoa Powder: What’s the Difference?
Raw cacao powder is typically dried and not roasted, while cocoa powder is from beans that have been roasted. You’ll also find dutch processed cocoa powder, which has been processed with an alkali to make it milder in flavour and less acidic. Unfortunately, this process also strips away many of the nutrients. You can learn more about different types of chocolate here.
Creating your own dairy-free chocolate goodies at home is easy when you have cacao in your pantry. If you’re looking for some dairy-free chocolate inspiration, give one of these delicious chocolate recipes a try!
20 Best Dairy-Free Chocolate Recipes
4-Ingredient Salted Caramel Chocolate Cups
Ooey gooey vegan chocolate cups stuffed with homemade salted caramel. And all you need is four ingredients! You’ve got this.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
There is so much chocolate goodness in this dessert, we don’t even know where to start. Mineral-rich cacao + healthy avocado/coconut fat + sea salt = amazingness.
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark
Homemade chocolate bark is one of the easiest dairy-free chocolate desserts: Melt. Spread. Chill. Break. Done.
Chocolate Protein Smoothie
The best way to have chocolate for breakfast: in a smoothie packed with greens, coconut milk and protein powder.
Hemp Chocolate Spread
Gluten-Free Beet Brownies
These gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate brownies harness the antioxidant power of beets. You’ll never know they’re in there.
Caramel Fudge Chocolate Bars
An epic 3-tiered chocolate bar layered with fudge, caramel and nougat. Then the whole thing is doused in extra chocolate. We’re in heaven.
A treat rich in antioxidants and fibre. If you’re a prune lover, then you’ll love them even more when drenched in dairy-free chocolate!
Fudgy Grain Free Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
You can thank us later for recommending this one.
3-Ingredient Chocolate Turtles
All you need are Medjool dates, pecans and dairy-free chocolate to make these delicious goodies.
Chocolate Gluten-Free Brownies with Cherry Topping
Chocolate Gluten-Free Brownies with Cherry Topping by Veronica Jean (*Culinary Nutrition Expert + Program Coach)
There are some hidden gems in this recipe, like butternut squash puree, and the cherry sauce is just divine.
Grain-Free Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
We could probably get by solely eating the frosting…but we suppose we could manage to eat the rest of these cookies, too.
Citrus Chocolate Truffles
No need for store-bought chocolate truffles when you can have this amazing mix of dairy-free chocolate, pecans and citrus.
Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Teff Cookies
A nutty, gluten-free and vegan cookie recipe that uses the light and pleasant flavour of teff.
Keto Almond Joy Bars
Delicious – and deliciously easy – almond joy bars that are keto-friendly!
Devil’s Food Buckwheat Cupcakes
A gluten-free and dairy-free cupcake with a luxurious avocado chocolate frosting. Don’t ever tell us that healthy eating isn’t delicious.
Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Forget the store bought spread-which-shall-not-be-named. Opt for this creamy dairy-free chocolate hazelnut spread instead – and for a nut-free version, check this recipe out.
Chocolate Almond Oat Bars
An easy, tasty snack for moms-to-be (or those who love almond butter + chocolate!) loaded with extra chocolate chips. These pair perfectly with a glass of homemade nut milk.
Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge
Cacao powder, coconut and maple syrup? Yep, that trifecta is delicious – and this dairy-free chocolate fudge is, too.
Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie
Add some extra fibre to your breakfast by tossing some black beans into your smoothie. We understand your skepticism, but trust us.
3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Sauce
The most challenging bit is deciding which of these recipes to make first! Go forth and make some dairy-free chocolate, and be sure to share it with us.