WHEN I FIRST TURNED VEGAN, RESEARCHING ABOUT VEGAN CHOCOLATE WAS AT THE TOP OF MY LIST BECAUSE I LITERALLY CAN’T LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT CHOCOLATE. I HAVE A SWEET TOOTH INDEED. AND AS YOU KNOW GENERAL CHOCOLATES AREN’T VEGAN (CHECK REASON HERE). SO, I HAD TO FIND A VEGAN CHOCOLATE ASAP.
And just as I was having doubts (the same as when I was looking into vegan diary-free milk) I wasn’t quite sure how good vegan chocolate would taste. So how does it taste? To my surprise I was blown away to find out that it had an uncanny resemblance too….normal chocolate…hooray!
Turning my wheels towards the Vegan territory was the best thing I ever did with my life. I have become more thoughtful now and have started resenting everything that involves butchering animals. When insensitive people approach me and say “how does it feel to give up all the good stuff?” I tell them the good stuff’s still here. It tastes the same, even better than what a non-vegan is having, and most of all it doesn’t entail killing anybody to get what you want.
People look at me, I know what they are feeling, like a monster.
THE VEGAN CHOCOLATE STORY
I am having a blast ever since I turned towards the Vegan door. There is literally everything that plants give you. It makes me think maybe it was the intent of nature to place things like that. We should have consumed plants in the first place, it was our purpose.
As I dug in deeper, I found a gamut of vegan chocolate options waiting for me on silver platter. Yes, there were so many diary free chocolate options that I couldn’t help drooling. It led me to some of the best chocolates that I have ever tasted in my entire life, and I must say if you put them on a tasting competition with normal chocolate, the former are going to beat them hands down.
I take have them all the time in my bag, be it a daily trip or a vacation. I love to have them as my healthy vegan travel snack with all the other snacks!
DAIRY CHOCOLATE: GOOD AT WHAT COST?
If you have been eating chocolate made of dairy, I would want you to stop right there. You must be wondering what’s wrong with that? Some might be even wondering chocolate comes from a plant which makes it vegan? No.
I would like to break it to you, sadly the chocolate that you have been indulging in, probably all your life, isn’t vegan. You see, as it makes its way from a tree to the chocolate factory a lot of additives get added to improve its taste. That entails addition of sugar and milk.
As you know anything that entails these, isn’t vegan. I get it. You don’t want to hurt animals whilst you chew on your chocolate? There’s a better way. It’s the vegan way. It’s by eating a healthier vegan chocolate.
WHY YOU SHOULD EAT VEGAN CHOCOLATE?
If you try to count the benefits of vegan chocolate on your finger, frankly the list is huge. Here are some of the most important benefits to keep in mind.
- It doesn’t entail animal killing or bereave any animal of their innate rights.
- It plays on your mood to fill you up with happy feels owing to increase in serotonin levels.
- Everything you get in Vegan chocolates is natural, like homemade vegan milk chocolate which you can prepare easily.
- A vegan chocolate bar helps to supplement your diet with essential fats that help in regulating blood pressure
- Vegan chocolate helps to strengthen your immune system
- It facilitates proper liver functioning
- It is great for those who are planning to lose weight.
- Its low carbohydrate property is great for people with diabetic conditions.
- It is protein rich which makes it ideal for body builders and nutritionists.
- It brings down your stress levels.
- It increases intelligence, alertness and performance. It boosts your brain functions.
- It packs in nutrients like flavonoids and antioxidants.
- It reduces risks of heart attack and strokes.
- It fends off illness.
- It improves cell functioning.
- A perfect dessert alternative after a meal.
- It retains anti-ageing benefits.
- It has potassium, calcium, and plenty of vitamins and minerals.
- It is believed to mend broken hearts.
- It assists in arterial flow.
You would be surprised to find out that eating vegan chocolate such as Rescue Chocolate helps in actually rescuing animals. All the profit earned goes to rescue organizations. While we are discussing about chocolates, we also want to know whether our favorite candies are vegan or not. Check this article on Is sour patch kids candies vegan, Are Starburst Vegan and Are Twizzlers vegan in the vegan FAQs section.
If you wish to try some of the most heavenly vegan chocolates that are healthy as well and that reap in the aforementioned benefits, I suggest you try the tastiest and healthiest vegan chocolate options below!
BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE
“VEGAN, 100% NATURAL, DIARY FREE & GLUTEN FREE”
NUGO DARK DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE
Give me this any day and I will gorge upon it like a pig. I always keep 2 of them in my refrigerator. This is the best dark vegan chocolate you will ever have. All NUGO dark vegan bars make use of real dark chocolate in their making. It packs in plenty of antioxidants in the form of flavanols. The cocoa butter in this vegan chocolate reduces inflammation and lowers your blood pressure. It has a hormone-free protein that doesn’t entail any artificial sweeteners. To top it all it tastes heavenly. One handful has just enough bites in it to leave you completely satisfied. It is a perfect vegan snack to have when your tummy feels like it needs a ‘naughty hit’.
PURE BAR ORGANIC NON DAIRY CHOCOLATE BROWNIE
You get 12 bars of vegan chocolate in one box. What more could you desire? It is rich in dark cocoa, which as we know, is brimming up with numerous health benefits. Hints of walnuts can be found in it when you are chewing it down. It is a completely gluten free and soy free chocolate that will make sure people with soy allergies can eat it without any problems. The box can also be used as a gifting option to people. There was a small trivial occasion recently where I gifted this to one of my cousins. As a matter of fact, right after handing it over to him I ended up devouring the chocolates myself (he did eat them aswell, so don’t worry, I didn’t eat the whole packet) LOL They are non GMO and contain numerous spices and sweet fruits. You can always use it as a gift for your vegan friend.
As the moniker of this exotic vegan chocolate suggests, the company is trying to protect the natural habitats of endangered species. So if you are having this diary free chocolate, you are inadvertently doing something thoughtful. Also, the wrapper of the bar will be an exercise in knowledge as you get to know more about the animals that are endangered. Each purchase appends up as a support to wildlife. 10% of profits earned by the company get donated annually to fund animal saving projects. All vegan chocolates by Endangered Species are certified kosher-dairy. It is made using RSPO certified palm oil. Bittersweet chocolate, soy lecithin, cane sugar and vanilla are all contained in this vegan alternative to chocolate. The chocolate is delicious too. Just looking at its box get the juices flowing.
LARABAR FRUIT AND NUT BAR
This is the perfect dairy-free vegan snack! This gluten free, dairy free chocolate is probably the best thing that could happen to you. It has plenty of nutrients in it with a perfect blend of whole food and unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. It is like food made from food. Having one bar is like having half of cup of fruit. There are 6 flavor options that LARABAR gives you and I have tried them all. There is approx. 100 calories per bar, enough for you to get your sweet-tooth without too many calories. A great vegan breakfast alternative. Being a big chocolate fan, I don’t let any bar escape my appetite.
HEALTH WARRIOR CHIA BAR
Taking care of your health with all the necessary essentials is the sumptuous vegan chocolate bar. The main ingredient that constitutes this bar is chia seed, something that is quite rare to find in a chocolate bar. It has the least amount of sugar in it, around 5g and has been manufactured keeping in mind a healthy balanced diet. The taste is simply divine.
I am not finished here. As I keep finding new vegan chocolate that I like, I will keep updating this blog post! It’s of course, one of my favorites Don’t forget to check back here at VegansFirst for the latest from the vegan world.
VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIPS
“I USE FOR ALL MY RECIPES”
As you may have seen by now, I post a lot of vegan desserts on VegansFirst. And I mean ALOT! I do indeed have a sweet tooth, but hey, when you are vegan, you can easily incorporate vegan desserts in your life without feeling guilty. The reason for this is because most of the vegan desserts that I share on VegansFirst contain little to no sugar or contain natural sugar that is derived from plants or fruits or from chocolate derived from 100% cocoa (not the sugar filled milk chocolate that are contained in non-vegan recipes).
So following a lot of my vegan chocolate cake recipes, vegan no bake cookie recipes and vegan chocolate chip banana muffin recipes that I include vegan chocolate chips in, here is my go-to ultimate favorite vegan chocolate chips to buy. I wouldn’t recommend any other brands except these two.