There’s good news for chocolate lovers everywhere. Going paleo doesn’t mean saying goodbye to your favorite chocolate treats forever. The paleo diet might take cues from our primal ancestors’ eating habits of unprocessed, natural foods, but there’s always room for dessert — even for cavemen. To prove that eating paleo isn’t just bland meals of meat, vegetables, and nuts, we dug up 20 of the best paleo-friendly chocolate recipes. As desserts, these recipes are still calorie-dense and warrant moderation, but they’re packed with flavor and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
1. Double Chocolate Cookies
No stingy helpings of chocolate here! With key ingredients of cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and thick almond butter, this recipe creates soft and chewy cookies after a chocoholic’s own heart. These cookies are paleo-friendly, but you won’t miss a beat of this classic.
2. Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Everyone loves a chocolate-covered strawberry, and this cupcake recipe delivers the best of that combination, turning it into a delicious baked treat. Sweet potato flour combined with arrowroot powder yield the perfect rise and a fluffy product.
3. Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Fear dinner guests with allergies and dietary restrictions no more. This mousse is not only paleo-friendly, it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. While the recipe calls for avocado to achieve that silky mousse consistency, additional ingredients like medjool dates, dark chocolate, and maple syrup ensure that the only thing you’ll taste in the end is the rich, familiar flavor of chocolate mousse.
4. Chocolate Almond Haystacks
These chocolate almond haystacks make the perfect chocolate snack when you’re on the go. With only three ingredients, they’re easy to whip up — just make sure not to leave the almonds in the oven too long! Crunchy sea salt sprinkled on top rounds out the salty sweet flavor of this paleo treat. The recipe does contain refined sugar in the chocolate chips, but the small amount falls within the “85 percent paleo, 15 percent discretionary food” rule.
5. Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
A paleo twist on classic hot chocolate, this coconut milk hot chocolate calls for antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and full fat coconut milk in lieu of dairy milk. It also lends itself well to extra ingredients like cinnamon or peppermint, depending on your preference. With a quick and easy prep time, you’ll be reliving your childhood in 10 minutes flat.
6. Chocolate Amaretto Fondue
Who says you need to break your paleo diet to be a good party host? This fondue recipe incorporates amaretto, dark chocolate, almond butter, and more for a sophisticated dessert experience. Paired with fresh fruit and chopped nuts, this sweet course will have your guests melting by the time they reach the bottom of the fondue pot.
7. Coconut Chocolate Coffee Cake
There’s no simplifying this chocolate coconut dessert. With more ingredients than most recipes on our list, this cake is worth the extra effort. The almond and coconut flour baked into this sweet makes for an indulgent, paleo-friendly treat that’s great paired with coffee or even just eaten alone.
8. Chocolate Almond Butter
If you’re a fan of store-bought nut spreads (peanut butter, anyone?), you’ll love this homemade version of chocolate almond butter. This delicious spread is paleo-friendly, vegan, and doesn’t contain the hydrogenated oils and preservatives you’ll find in store-bought versions. Eat with fruits or straight from the bowl when that afternoon chocolate craving hits.
9. Homemade Chocolate Almond Joy
Can’t say no to those chocolate coconut candy bars by the grocery cash register? Here’s a paleo solution for you. This recipe makes a total of 25 mini chocolate bars, so sharing won’t be a problem — that is, if you can resist the urge to keep them all to yourself.
10. Double Chocolate Brownies
A chocolate recipe list just wouldn’t be complete without the warm fudgy dessert we all know and love: brownies. These double chocolate brownies bring the classic treat into the realm of paleo-friendly foods by nixing the flour, and using almond butter, agave-sweetened chocolate chips, and raw honey.
11. Flourless Chocolate Torte
This easy recipe proves that simplicity can be delicious. Grain-free, nut-free, gluten-free and completely flourless, this torte is mainly made up of chocolate and butter. With a smooth, fudgy interior and pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top, this recipe makes for a decadently rich dessert.
12. Chocolate Pudding Pie
Another grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly concoction, this recipe starts off with a natural, crunchy hazelnut crust. It’s filled with a light but sweet chocolate pudding center and finally topped off with some coconut whipped cream. Skip the cake after dinner tonight in favor of chocolate pudding in its best form.
13. Chocolate Bacon Bites
What’s better than bacon? Answer: bacon baked into bite-sized chocolate brownies. Bacon is placed in the oven with generous drizzles of raw maple syrup then baked again to create these salty, sweet mouthfuls. If you’re looking for breakfast and dessert in one delectable bite, you can stop your search here.
14. Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts
There’s double the chocolate in this tasty, paleo-friendly breakfast snack. The recipe itself is extremely flexible and adapts well to different variations in sweetness and toppings. Using lard or palm shortening, the resulting doughnuts are grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and refined sugar-free, but… not calorie-free. Wash down with coffee or coconut milk for a delicious start to your day!
15. Salted Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies
There’s a lot going on in these cookies. Whether you love dark chocolate, salty and sweet flavors, or smooth truffle chocolate, there’s something in this recipe for everyone. With the use of lard to achieve that velvety truffle texture, plus generous amounts of dark chocolate and chocolate chunks, this recipe is sinfully sweet.
16. Homemade Chocolate
Sometimes all you want is a good ol’ chocolate bar without all the fancy fixings. This simple recipe calls for coconut oil, organic cocoa powder, vanilla, and honey to create chocolate you can eat plain or shave on top of another paleo-friendly dessert.
17. Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
Although not dairy-free because this recipe recommends full-fat cream cheese or yogurt cheese, it is grain-free. A creative take on a classic brownie, there’s room for your artistic side too. Have fun swirling the cheesecake and brownie batters together or create a design of your own!
18. Coconut Butter Chocolate Cups
Give your boring old peanut butter cups a break. Using soy-less dark chocolate and shredded coconut, these chocolate snacks are a deliciously sweet alternative to their high fructose counterparts in the candy aisle. Share with friends or keep all to yourself — they’re even better frozen!
19. Chocolate Cake
We challenge you to find a more paleo-friendly chocolate cake than this recipe. Using organic black cocoa powder, coconut flour, and arrowroot, this dessert is a sweet fix to satisfy any palate. You can opt out of the stevia or replace the arrowroot with chia meal — this recipe is easily customizable to your preference or dietary restrictions.
20. Chicken Mole
The wildcard recipe of the bunch, chicken mole is a far cry from the sweet desserts on this list. Famous for its savory use of chocolate, this recipe enlists dark chocolate, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, and more for a spicy, complex flavor profile. Mole, a sauce that’s most commonly found in Mexican cuisine, showcases the diverse use of chocolate as an ingredient.