Chocolate is that universal treat that puts a smile on everyone’s face. Whether we serve it as the decadent finish for a holiday meal, a daily pick-me-up, or just because you feel like it—chocolate is bound to make any day just a little sweeter.
Another great thing about dark chocolate is that is plays well with others. It can be served in form of cake, cookies, pudding, candy, brownies, sauces, pies—you name it. Chocolate also mixes well with nuts, seeds, fruit, caramel, marshmallows, even zucchini will partner well with this dark and velvety treat. Who would have thought that so much magic could come from the simple cocoa nib?
Did you know that there are many health benefits to dark chocolate? Heck yeah! It’s good for brain functioning, lowering blood pressure, and lowering risk of heart attacks and strokes.
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When it’s time to indulge, remember that dark chocolate is good for your body and your soul. Whether you make your own or seek to buy some Paleo-compatible options, dark chocolate is always available for us to enjoy and savor… .and keep savoring.
For all you Paleo chocoholics out there—rejoice! We have compiled a list of 61 diverse dark chocolate recipes to introduce into your kitchen and devour time and time (and time) again!
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Here’s a sneaky way to get some green veggies in your diet—in a tasty way. Did I mention that there is chocolate in this recipe, too?
Recipe: Elana’s Pantry | Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Chocolate Birthday Cake
Yes, birthday cake! You can indeed have your (Paleo) cake and eat it too when your special day rolls around! Hooray!
Recipe: Paleo Spirit | Chocolate Birthday Cake
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Chocolate Truffles—enough said. This cake is as moist as a brownie but as rich as a decadent truffle. I’m on board.
Recipe: Living the Crunchy Life | Chocolate Truffle Cake
Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Mousse
It doesn’t get much better than this rich and decadent dark chocolate mousse. It’s drizzled with a healthy amount of creamy almond butter for good measure!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Mousse
Paleo Molten Lava Cakes
Oh my molten lava, Batman! Try keeping your mind off of this recipe after taking a glance at this picture. You can’t, right? To the kitchen!
Recipe: Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind | Paleo Molten Lava Cakes
Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Icing
Buttercream icing? Gasp! Never fear, it is Paleo-friendly, and the perfect recipe to top off this chocolately slice of heaven!
Recipe: Deliciously Organic | Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Icing
Is it a cake? Is it a brownie? I don’t know and I don’t care. All I know is I want it in my belly now! Chocolate buttercream frosting too? Oh man…
Recipe: Slim Palate | Brownie Cake
Double-Layer Chocolate Coconut Cake
I’m just going to say it once, coconut vanilla frosting. If you aren’t scrambling to get your hands on this recipe—I don’t know what else will.
Recipe: Paleo in PDX | Double-Layer Chocolate Coconut Cake
Cookies and Individual Treats
Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons
Dark chocolate and Macaroons are like a dream come true! Channel your inner French pastry chef, and take this one on—you will be more than glad you took on the challenge!
Recipe: Fed + Fit | Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Need I say more than chocolate chip cookies? I think you get where I’m coming from here. Brings you right back to your parents’ kitchen, right? Yes, it sure does.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Anything boasting the words “double chocolate” always gets my attention. Chocolate chip cookies are clearly a cookie classic, and now the Paleo community can welcome these babies in with open arms!
Recipe: Ditch the Wheat | Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Cookies
Make these cookies during Thanksgiving for a fun treat for family and friends. Who could say no to this fun spin on chocolate chip cookies?
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Cookies
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
You know when you’re making chocolate chip cookies and you can’t licking the spoon? You end up making two less cookies because of all the dough you ate? Well this recipe is all dough—that’s it! Hallelujah!
Recipe: Ancestral Nutrition | Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Mexican Chocolate Macaroons
Well this is a kick of creativity to this culinary staple. A little cinnamon and a dash of chili pepper will carry the heat a long way here. Ay dios mio!
Recipe: Against All Grain | Mexican Chocolate Macaroons
Dark Chocolate Salted Truffle Cookies
Bring on some more truffles. Except this time—it’s part of the cookies. Who said the Paleo folk can’t have fun too?
Recipe: Paleo Parents | Dark Chocolate Salted Truffle Cookies
Almond Butter Cup Cookies
Obviously peanut butter is a no-go, but these cookies taste just like it without any trace of the stuff! Besides, chocolate and coconut is always a win-win situation no matter how you slice it.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Almond Butter Cup Cookies
Krispy Kreme—who needs ‘em? Make your own donuts that are fresher, healthier, and, might I say, tastier! Coconut cream frosting is pretty amazing too!
Recipe: The Spunky Coconut | Chocolate Donuts
Chocolate Pecan Tart
Get an individual serving of this Southern pie staple all to yourself. No objections there!
Recipe: Plated with Style | Chocolate Pecan Tart
Chocolate Pudding with Coconut Whip Cream
Velvety chocolate pudding is all you need some days. Just stick that spoon in, and the stressful world around you seems to disappear. It’s like magic or something.
Recipe: Multiply Delicious | Chocolate Pudding with Coconut Whip Cream
Earl Grey Chocolate Pots De Crème
You read it right—earl grey tea and chocolate. Before you ask, yes, it works very well together. This dark and complex flavor will leave you wondering how you haven’t heard about it before!
Recipe: Gourmande in the Kitchen | Earl Grey Chocolate Pots De Crème
Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops
This is a no brainer: Chocolate dipped bananas! Bananas, unsweetened cocoa, coconut oil, and maple syrup—it doesn’t get much easier and sweeter than that!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops
Samosa Girl Scout Cookie Pie
Are you jumping up and down in pure joy? I am! Let’s run this down together—this is essentially a gigantic Samosa that you can keep digging into over and over again (drool).
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Katie | Samosa Girl Scout Cookie Pie
No-Bake Hazelnut Butter Pie
No baking means—you get to eat it sooner! Not only is this pie creamy, but it is full of dark chocolate and nutty flavors too.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No-Bake Hazelnut Butter Pie
Chocolate Avocado Banana Silk Pie
A filling comprised of bananas and avocado has to be as smooth as silk. This chocolate pie puts velvet to shame!
Recipe: Petite Allergy Treats | Chocolate Avocado Banana Silk Pie
Welcome to the jungle! Well, Jungle Pie that is. Filled with Brazil nuts, dates, coconut, and chocolate—you’ll feel like you’re getting a full taste of the jungle with every bite!
Recipe: Vegan Yack Attack | Jungle Pie
Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie
It doesn’t look like it has chocolate in it but surprise — it does! Hidden inside of this creamy and delectable pie is a secret chocolate ganache!
Recipe: Against All Grain | Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie
Chilled Double-Chocolate Torte
You would never guess that this torte is Paleo, but it is — in so many dreamy ways. Impress your friends when you whip this one together, bring it for a family get together, or sweeten up date night!
Recipe: Oh She Glows | Chilled Double Chocolate Torte
This minty pie can now proudly make an appearance on your table for dessert! You’ll definitely impress grandma and great aunts with this one because this sweet treat was extra popular back in the ‘50s.
Recipe: Eat Beautiful | Grasshopper Pie
You knew this was coming! Of course brownies had to be part of the equation, but not just any brownies — dark chocolate brownies filled with rich depth and deliciousness.
Recipe: Homemade Mommy | Flourless Brownies
Brownies and caramel, it’s like Thelma and Louise—this partnership belongs together. Your taste buds will agree.
Recipe: Elana’s Pantry | Caramel Brownies
Paleo Monkey Bars
Do you want to take a walk on the wild side? Paleo Monkey Bars might just what the doctor ordered! This hybrid treat lies somewhere between an almond butter brownie and a banana coffee cake.
Recipe: Paleo Mom | Paleo Monkey Bars
Raw Caramel & Chocolate Slice
What have we learned today? Caramel and chocolate belong together, like star-crossed lovers that will never let go of each other after a lifetime of searching for each other’s warm embrace—only to be eaten by my hungry mouth. That’s a love that will never let go!
Recipe: Real Food Pledge | Raw Caramel & Chocolate Slice
Double Chocolate Banana Bread Bars
Typically banana bread comes as a loaf, but these bars make it even easier to individually portion them up. Tell me Grandma wouldn’t be proud of your inventiveness!
Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen | Double Chocolate Banana Bread Bars
Chocolate Avocado Protein Bars
Who knew chocolate could be part of a protein bar? Good news: It can! Get your protein in with these chewy energy revivers.
Recipe: Mama Eats Clean | Chocolate Avocado Protein Bars
Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar
These chewy chocolate bars come with a nutty crunch! It’ll be pretty hard to put these bars down.
Recipe: Living Healthy with Chocolate | Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar
Almond Coconut Bars
These Paleo candy bars come packing almonds, coconut, and 80% dark chocolate to offset all that sweet stuff!
Recipe: The Paleo Mom | Almond Coconut Bars
Salted Chocolate Nut Bites
Salt, nuts, and chocolate are always a good idea—especially when they are bite sized. The only thing you have to be careful about is losing count of how many of these delicious morsels you take down in one sitting.
Recipe: Tasty Yummies | Salted Chocolate Nut Bites
Homemade Ferrero Rocher
You get them all of them time during the holidays—Ferraro Rocher. Well, now you can make them as a gift for your loved one…or for yourself! Either way, they’ll bring a smile to your face.
Recipe: Living Healthy with Chocolate | Homemade Ferraro Rocher
Chocolate Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups
This is it! The candy everyone craves! We all had them around our house at one point or another, and we all shoveled them in our mouths one after the other! Now you can do it again and again—Paleo style, of course.
Recipe: Anya’s Eats | Chocolate Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups
Almond Butter Balls
It’s like you can create your own Sees Candy in your kitchen with ease! This recipe calls for homemade, grain-free graham cracker crumbs, almond butter and dark chocolate—yes please!
Recipe: Holistically Engineered | Almond Butter Balls
Chocolate Pecan Truffles
Chocolate and pecan truffles—it’s almost like a mini pecan pie that you can eat in one bite! Definitely nothing wrong with that!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Chocolate Pecan Truffles
Paleo Peppermint Patties
Remember when you went trick-or-treating and you always would dig through your bag for the most coveted candies? If the Peppermint Patty was your fav, then this is the recipe for you!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Peppermint Patties
Paleo Milky Way Bars
Ah yes, another Halloween classic and a personal favorite of mine. The Milky Way is one of those chocolate bars that would be hard to live without. Good thing we don’t have to.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Milky Way Bars
Paleo Almond Joys
No, Almond Joy fans, I didn’t forget about you. You get a recipe that’s Paleo-friendly too! You’re very welcome!
Recipe: Plaid & Paleo | Paleo Almond Joys
Paleo “Peanut” Butter Truffles
Another recipe that tastes just like peanut butter—sans peanut butter. It’s amazing how that can be done, right? I’m not going to question it—I’ll just eat it.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo “Peanut” Butter Truffles
Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark
As we all know, chocolate and bacon is a thing (stop the presses). However, this dark chocolate bacon bark is an easy treat to eat on the go…or on the couch…or just about anywhere.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bark
Another bark to bite into! No meat in this one, but you get pistachios instead! Not a bad trade either way.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bark
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Chocolate chip pancakes—who didn’t have them as a kid? Now you can keep having them as a health-conscious Paleo adult! So much yay!
Recipe: CopyCake Cook | Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Scones
Scones are one of those breakfast foods that always seem so happy. Dark chocolate makes them even happier. What a way to start the day!
Recipe: Whole Lifestyle Nutrition | Chocolate Chip Cookie Scones
Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Scones
Pumpkin scones are great for those cooler fall days where you just want to sit back and enjoy the morning. Well, now you can enjoy it just a little bit more.
Recipe: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen | Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Scones
Paleo Crepes Drizzled in “Nutella”
Thank your lucky stars because yes indeed we have Paleo-friendly crepes with “Nutella.” Do you hear that? I think it is a choir of angels singing from the heavens. Yeah, I’m pretty sure it is.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Crepe Drizzed in “Nutella”
Paleo Trail Mix
Maybe you aren’t a huge breakfast eater. That’s ok. Trail mix is an easy way to fill yourself up, and keep yourself full until lunch time hits—and this recipe has dark chocolate in it too. Maybe you shouldn’t skip breakfast after all.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Trail Mix
Paleo Apple Nachos
Whether you want to eat this dish as a snack, dessert, or just because—it works for really any occasion or any time of day. Not to mention the cashew butter will keep you full and it’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Apple Nachos
Easter No Bake Cookie Nests
A cute little Easter treat for the kids, or for the whole family—of course they don’t HAVE to be reserved for Easter. They could be a fun way to ring in the spring season!
Recipe: Living Healthy with Chocolate | Easter No Bake Cookie Nests
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
Thick, creamy hot chocolate. Throw some Paleo marshmallows in this mug of steamy goodness then wrap yourself up in your favorite blanket (and maybe your favorite book too).
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
Well hello there Nutella! Thank you for making yourself available to the hungry Paleo crowd! We sure appreciate your presence here.
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Paleo Nutella
Paleo Chocolate Banana Milkshake
Yup, you can have a chocolate milkshake. Nope, there’s no ice cream involved. Yup, it’s still as creamy and amazing as the real deal, thanks to coconut milk and bananas!
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Paleo Chocolate Banana Milkshake
Dark Chocolate Paleo Ice Cream
Speaking of ice cream—here is a decadent dark chocolate ice cream recipe! Add in some fruit or Paleo caramel to make a tasty sundae!
Recipe: Paleomazing | Dark Chocolate Paleo Ice Cream
Chocolate Almond Butter Ice Cream
Ice cream is so nice, we have it on this list twice. It’s like chocolate peanut butter ice cream, but a Paleo-friendly version of it. And, I must say, a very flavorful Paleo version of it.
Recipe: Primal Palate | Chocolate Almond Butter Ice Cream
Paleo Chocolate Sauce
This 3-ingredient simple chocolate sauce is easy to drizzle on fruit, cakes, bars, or directly in your mouth (it’s that good). The hardest part about this recipe is not eating all of it in one sitting.
Recipe: Radiant Life | Paleo Chocolate Sauce
These marshmallows are a great addition to your Paleo hot chocolate! Or you can just eat them by the handful. Either way, they’re delicious.
Recipe: Healthy Green Kitchen | Chocolate Marshmallows
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