As far as I’m concerned, chocolate is a daily essential. It’s perfect as a snack, for dessert, or as an easy mix-in for overnight oats. And, luckily, thanks to all the vegan-friendly chocolate brands popping up lately, finding a bar sans dairy (or other animal-based ingredients, like whey) is easier than ever.
Your standard vegan chocolate bar is made from simple ingredients like cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, and vanilla, says nutritionist Marisa Moore, RDN. While omitting animal-based ingredients isn’t necessarily better for you, it makes conquering cravings possible for those with dairy allergies (or lactose intolerance) or who avoid animal products. Plus, many of these bars ~do~ get a slight nutritional boost from fun toppings and fillings like nuts, coconut, fruit, and spices like chili pepper or cinnamon.
If you really want your bar to be a health superhero in addition to a delicious treat, look for the highest available cocoa percentage, Moore says. (You’ll find it called out on the front of most bars. Yep, that’s what that 72% number means.) While anything greater than 70% cocoa is high enough in the good stuff to be considered dark chocolate, know that the higher that percentage is, the more bitter your chocolate bar will be, explains Moore. So, just how high you go really depends on your taste buds.
“Though it depends a lot on how the cocoa is processed, generally speaking, the higher cacao percentage, the higher the flavonoid [antioxidant] content,” she says. “And those flavonoids might benefit your heart.” (Research suggests they do so by promoting nitric oxide production, which supports healthy blood pressure and circulation.)
Whether you’re looking to add some more antioxidants to your day or just craving something sweet, these highly-rated vegan chocolate bars are sure to satisfy.
For a satisfying crunch and heart-healthy fats, look no further than Hu’s most popular chocolate bar on Amazon, which features dry-roasted almonds and crisp pops of organic puffed quinoa for serious Nestle Crunch energy.
Per serving: 170 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein
This brand prides themselves on their allergen-free goodies, from truffles to fruit gems. Their vegan chocolate bars (which are made with cane sugar and cocoa butter) are so creamy you’ll never miss the dairy.
Per serving: 210 calories, 14 g fat (9 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 20 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 2 g protein
Genmaicha green tea is steeped in cocoa butter and then fused with single-origin 66% Dominican cacao and crispy quinoa. It’s the antioxidant-rich snack you never knew you needed.
Per serving: 133 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 10 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein
EVOLVED’s paleo and vegan chocolates are made with ethically-sourced cacao and are USDA organic, so you know you’re getting the good stuff.
Per serving: 150 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated), 10 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein
There’s no combination quite like chocolate, almonds, and sea salt. The best part? There’s under a gram of sugar in this bar, making it ideal for keto dieters and vegans alike.
Per serving: 150 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated), 30 mg sodium, 5 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein
Blue Stripes is all about honoring cacao’s many health benefits, and their boldy-flavored vegan dark chocolate bar let’s you know exactly what you’ll be getting in every bite: antioxidants, magnesium, and other helpful compounds purported to support energy.
Per serving: 90 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 7 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein
Sweetened with coconut palm sugar and made with 55% cacao, this bar is light and sweet; perfect for all you Hershey lovers out there.
Per serving: 180 calories, 13 g fat (9 g saturated), 20 mg sodium, 14 g carbs, 10 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein
Free from pretty much every major allergen in the game, like soy, wheat, and dairy, Enjoy Life’s chocolate bars are a yummy way to get your cocoa fix, vegan-style.
Per serving: 160 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 13 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein
If it’s from Trader Joe’s, you know it’s going to be mind-blowingly tasty–and these bars are no exception. Oh, and they also happen to be the highest in fiber on the list.
Per serving: 290 calories, 18 g fat (12 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 21 g sugar, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein
This bar is organic, fair trade, and vegan (unlike many of the brand’s other offerings). The addition of candied ginger provides a nice spicy zing.
Per serving: 160 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 10 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein
The blend of nutty, salty, and sweet flavors makes this 55% cocoa vegan chocolate bar a total winner if you’re craving something a little extra in the flavor department.
Per serving: 160 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated), 40 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein
This pick’s a bit of a wildcard, but I couldn’t not spotlight the fact that, yes, Justin’s PB cups ARE, in fact, vegan. I mean, who doesn’t like their chocolate with a side of creamy, peanuty goodness?
Per serving: 220 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated), 120 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 16 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein
Made with rich, creamy organic hazelnut paste and ~whole~ hazelnuts, this vegan, organic, fair trade-certified dark chocolate bar is bound to satisfy your Nutella cravings.
Per serving: 190 calories, 13 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 13 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein
With just three grams of sugar and made of 90% cocoa, this is one of the darkest vegan chocolate bars you can dig your chompers into. It’s intense and deliciously decadent.
Per serving: 200 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein
A bit of blood orange oil in this stevia-sweetened chocolate bar provides a bright surprise that complements the rich 70% cocoa flavor.
Per serving: 180 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein
Boasting 88% cocoa and a subtle fruity and spicy flavor, this brand donates net profits to wildlife conservation efforts, including organizations like The National Forest Foundation.
Per serving: 180 calories, 13 g fat (8 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein
This one’s got it all: It’s made with 78% cocoa, super low-cal, sweetened with keto-friendly stevia and erythritol, and tastes like a dream.
Per serving: 35 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated), 1 mg sodium, 5 g carbs, 18 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein
If you’re looking to gift a loved one (or yourself!) a box of vegan chocolates, this one is made with fancy-sounding ingredients like fair trade, organic raw madhava agave nectar, Dutch cocoa butter, and Belgian cocoa solids.
Per serving: 97 calories, 7 g fat (5 g saturated), 1 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein
Taza’s cacao is stone-ground and minimally processed. Don’t worry, though, it’s just sweet enough to taste like a treat.
Per serving: 210 calories, 14 g fat (10 g saturated), o mg sodium, 14 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 5 g protein
If you like your chocolate with a side of coconut, one of these vegan bars from UNREAL contains 86 percent less sugar than a Mounds bar. They’re made with just dark chocolate, organic coconut and organic cassava syrup.
Per serving: 70 calories, 5 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein