I’ve been looking for the best healthy dark chocolate bars for a while! Why? Because I love dark chocolate.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Bars
Dark chocolate is a rich, tasty snack. It’s low in carbohydrates and high in fat, making dark chocolate for keto a win.
For more info on chocolate and keto, check out my in-depth post, Is Chocolate Allowed on the Keto Diet?
And for the perfect milk or milk alternative to enjoy with your dark chocolate bar, take a look at What’s the Best Milk for Keto?
Is Dark Chocolate Good for You?
I’m often asked, “Is dark chocolate healthy?” Yes, thankfully for us all!
Types of Chocolate
There are a couple of different types of chocolate including milk, semisweet, and dark. I don’t include white chocolate here because it is primarily sugar, with little cacao.
After white chocolate, the next sweetest chocolate is milk chocolate. This chocolate is not dairy-free and contains a high amount of sugar and carbohydrates.
Semisweet chocolate is often dairy-free, depending on the brand. Of all the types of chocolate, this one is a compromise, in a good way, for most people.
Semisweet chocolate has a rich chocolate flavor and is quite sweet. This is the type of chocolate I grew up eating and using in chocolate chip cookies of my childhood.
I love dark chocolate, and it’s what I eat now. Healthy dark chocolate is low in carbohydrates and full of magnesium and other incredible nutrients.
Healthy Low-Carb Chocolate Bars
Below are my favorite healthy low-carb dark chocolate bars. Everything listed here is at least 85% cacao. That’s how I’ve chosen to define dark chocolate in this instance, at least dark chocolate for keto.
Not all of the chocolate bars below are organic. That’s because organic dark chocolate is not as affordable as conventional. I’ve listed the chocolate bars here in order of my favorite products.
Organic Dark Chocolate Bars
Here are the best organic dark chocolate bars. I try to stick to organic chocolate for snacking and baking because conventional cacao is a crop that is sprayed with highly toxic pesticides.
Since I have the MTHFR genetic mutation my detoxification is impaired and it’s not as easy for me to expel harmful substances as it is for others. Because of this, I also stick with clean products for beauty and household as much as possible.
Theo 85% is organic and my all-time favorite chocolate bar. I have no guilt nibbling on a square or two for a healthy snack, and at 85% cacao, it’s very low in sugar. This smooth, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate is expensive, so not great for using in recipes, but is a wonderful treat on its own.
I love serving this gourmet chocolate bar for dessert with a big bowl of berries when we have last-minute guests over and I haven’t had time to make a healthy Low-Carb Dessert like my Keto Brownies recipe. Buy on Amazon.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 13g • Carb 12g • Protein 3g
I love the Thrive 85% organic dark chocolate bar! Like everything the folks at Thrive Market do, it’s fantastic. Specifically, this low-carb dark chocolate bar has an incredibly rich deep flavor, with notes of coffee. You can’t buy it on Amazon or in retail stores.
Given that it’s organic, tastes impeccable, and has a low price point, it’s the best value item featured here.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 12g • Carb 11g • Protein 3g
Green & Black’s 85%
I’m chomping on a piece of organic Green & Black’s 85% chocolate as I write this and it’s pretty amazing. The flavor is intensely strong and bright with no acidic or bitter notes.
Its mouthfeel is super velvety and it has no chalky or grainy aspects to its texture, it simply melts in your mouth.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 15g • Carb 10g • Protein 3g
Alter Eco 90%
Alter Eco 90% is an organic chocolate that has a rich, dark chocolatey flavor with a nice smooth finish.
The texture is just a tad more grainy than the chocolates mentioned above, but it still melts in your mouth very nicely. It’s a strong chocolate with interesting notes of bitterness that blend into a good finish. Buy on Amazon or Thrive Market.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 17g • Carb 9g • Protein 2g
Non-Organic Dark Chocolate Bars
Below are my favorite brands of conventional dark chocolate bars. In general, these are more affordable than organic but, as I mentioned above I don’t love consuming chocolate that’s not organic.
Conventional cacao beans are a highly sprayed crop that can be dense in toxic pesticide residue.
Chocolove Extreme 88%
Chocolove Extreme 88% is my top-ranked conventional, non-organic chocolate. This bar has a fantastic flavor. It’s smooth, rich, and creamy and has an extraordinarily silky mouthfeel as it melts on your tongue.
I love that it’s a local brand made in Boulder, Colorado. I can strongly recommend this amazing bar for snacking in terms of flavor, texture, and overall experience.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 15g • Carb 10g • Protein 3g
Lindt makes a fabulous conventional dark chocolate bar. It’s a high-quality very dark chocolate that melts in your mouth.
With hints of vanilla, it tastes fairly sweet to me, but my husband and the boys won’t touch it. That’s ok when it’s all I can get my hands on, i.e., organic chocolate bars are not around, this simply means more for me!
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 16g • Carb 9g • Protein 3g
Endangered Species 88%
Endangered Species 88% chocolate is smooth and creamy with a strong cacao flavor that comes right through. I don’t know why but it makes me crave a big tall glass of chocolate milk.
I really like this chocolate for snacking. It has wonderful notes of vanilla and is a good bar of conventional chocolate.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 13g • Carb 11g • Protein 3g
Divine 85% is a very good chocolate bar. While its texture is slightly waxy, the flavor is strong and pure. It’s a lovely chocolate for snacking and has a slightly different taste than the Endangered Species brand chocolate above.
The texture is not quite as smooth, but really these two healthy chocolate bars are so close in quality that it may come down to individual preference and price points when making your decision. Buy on Amazon.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 14g • Carb 11g • Protein 3g
Healthy Baking Chocolate
Baking with chocolate is very different than snacking on it. Made of 100% cacao, baking chocolate is a very low-carb chocolate for purists.
Also known as “baker’s chocolate” it has absolutely no sweetener added, so fewer carbs and calories than any of the healthy chocolate bars above.
This Dagoba chocolate bar is 100% cacao as well as organic and has no added sweetener, making it the perfect keto chocolate bar.
I use it for baking. While perfect in my Chocolate Brownies recipe, it’s so dark that I don’t find eating it straight up is all that palatable. However, many of my hardcore healthy readers on the Keto Diet love snacking on this super healthy chocolate as a treat.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 15g • Carb 7g • Protein 4g
Dark Chocolate Benefits
If you’re wondering about dark chocolate benefits, they are numerous. Dark chocolate is not only low-carb and low in sugar, it is a good source of:
How to Make Chocolate
If you’re wondering how to make chocolate I have this healthy Homemade Chocolate recipe for you with seven ingredients total.
Healthy Chocolate Recipes
I have so many healthy chocolate recipes it will knock your socks off. Let’s start with my healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies below.
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
If you’re looking for cookies with almond flour I’ve got you covered.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
I love making this Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe for Valentine’s day, but this low-carb recipe is so tasty we make it year-round.
Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
My easy Chocolate Cake with chocolate frosting is chocolate heaven. But guess what? You’ll be thankful it’s a healthy Chocolate Cake as well! No guilt, total indulgence.
My easy Chocolate Mousse recipe is both rich and creamy, what more would one want out of a chocolate dessert?!
Chocolate Cupcakes are perfect for birthday celebrations, especially when everyone selects their own toppings –sprinkles, nuts, or chocolate chips anyone?
Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
These healthy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are a dark chocolate lovers’ dream. They’re a traditional healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe loaded with pecans and more dark chocolate!
Homemade Chocolate Candy Bars
The only thing better than chocolate bars is a customizable chocolate bar which I’ve done with my Chocolate Candy Bars.
This healthy chocolate bar has a selection of my favorite toppings, including Magic Spoon Keto Cereal.
What’s Your Favorite Low-Carb Chocolate?
There you have it, the best low-carb chocolate bars and my favorite healthy chocolate recipes!
Do you like dark chocolate? Or are you more of a milk chocolate fan? Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite type of chocolate is!
And what’s your favorite way to snack on your chocolate? Dark Chocolate Sorbet anyone?!
This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this Healthy Dark Chocolate Bars post in September 2019.