The best of chocolate: 10 fave gluten-free & vegan recipes

10-gluten-free-vegan-chocolate-recipes-bring-joy above, my raspberry black forest brownies

 Pregnancy cravings can be weird.

The other day I wanted leftover skillet potatoes, green olives, & siracha sauce–for breakfast.

Every day is a bit different, & I try to eat as intuitively as I can (even if it is “weird”).

Sometimes I just want a HUGE leafy green salad drenched in a lemon vinaigrette. Other times I crave a thick chocolate milkshake (vegan, of course). Or a big bowl of hearty chili. Sometimes I can eat a ton, other times I’m FULL after a few bites.

Pregnancy is roller coaster of cravings, emotions, & a rapidly changing body. It’s also a time, in my opinion, to relish the beauty of creating a new life. I’d like to think that what I’m feeding my body is helping to create a super-duper gorgeous & healthy baby, so I want to make sure I’m doing my best to feed it right.

Which brings me to chocolate.

Lately I’ve been craving chocolate anything. Also, did I mention avocados? I sometimes eat it straight out of the skin, with a sprinkling of salt. Or I throw them into salad, soup, spread it on a rice cake or bread. So chocolate & avocados. Though so hard, I’m going to trust my body when it says it wants those things.

Since I’ve been in a chocolate-loving mood, I thought it was time to do another best of (the last two were: pumpkin & autumn, if you missed them).


Here’s my 10 ten list–all vegan & gluten-free

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Want more chocolate-speration? Check out my sweet pinterest board.


One of my fave ways to eat pumpkin pie. (I love this recipe!)

chocolate pumpkin pie pumpkin chocolate pie, from Dreena at Plant-Powered Kitchen 

 Eat these, instead of your kid’s Halloween candy:

chocolate 3 layer bars 3-layer almond coconut chocolate bars, from Angela at Oh She Glows 

 Perfect! Combines my two current cravings–chocolate and avocados–from my friend Gena at Choosing Raw.

chocomole chocomole, a raw chocolate pudding

 Give me mint + chocolate + icecream + cookies, any day.

chocolate mint cookies chocolate mint ice cream sandwiches (with quinoa cookies) from my friend Wendy at Cooking Quinoa

On my “chocolate, now!” days, give me this:

chocolate salted tart salted chocolate tart, from Beth at Tasty Yummies

Fitting for fall:

SONY DSC pumpkin swirl brownies, from Ricki at Ricki Heller

These put the traditional Twix bars to shame!

chocolate twix bars chocolate twix bars, from Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie

Fudge season is approaching. Arm yourself:

chocolate fudge crazy-delicious chocolate fudge, from Kiersten, at Oh My Veggies

Only 3 ingredients! Simplicity at it’s best:

chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats, from Alissa at Girl Makes Food

Love the addition of orange:

chocolate milkshake double chocolate orange milkshake, from Allyson at Allyson Kramer 


Do you have a favorite way to eat chocolate? I love it combined with peanut butter, or mint. And with any kind of nuts.


  1. Marianne @ Ragdoll Kitchen
    on October 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm said:

    Thank you, I love this whole yummy collection! The chocolate/avocado mix is a special favorite 🙂

  2. Johanna GGG
    on October 27, 2013 at 2:46 am said:

    everything looks lovely – I love anything chocolate but when pregnant I was totally off it and just wanted salty food – as soon as no longer pregnant I just wanted chocolate again – odd how the body can change like that

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  4. Alanna
    on October 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm said:

    P.S. I enjoy almost every variety of dark chocolate. With nuts, fruit, mint, plain, with cocoa nibs. I’ve always marvel at the comment, “It’s too rich.” I don’t think I’ve come across a chocolate dessert too rich.

    • Janae Wise
      on October 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm said:

      I agree! I didn’t use to like dark chocolate (as a kid). My favorite brand of organic chocolate is Green & Black. I also love salted dark chocolate with almonds. Pretty much my fave (if there was such a thing 🙂 ).

  5. Alanna
    on October 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm said:

    Um, how did I miss this post?

    Chocolate is my soul’s muse, my nemesis, my obsession and my challenge.

    Thankfully I’ve always preferred dark chocolate so becoming vegan was no big deal for my favorite indulgence.

    Thank you for the recipe roundup. I’ll be trying several throughout the season. 🙂

  6. Emma
    on October 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm said:

    Your cravings sound like they’re balancing out the healthy with the not so so it’s all working out!
    I agree with Ricki, I’ll take all of these please 🙂

    • Janae Wise
      on October 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm said:

      “Your cravings sound like they’re balancing out the healthy with the not so so it’s all working out!”
      That is an attitude I believe has rubbed off on me from my husband. He believes a bag of cheetos should be followed up by a bag of carrots, & then all is balanced out 🙂

  7. Ricki
    on October 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm said:

    I certainly don’t need any encouragement to love chocolate. . . but these are just way over the top!!! Holy YUM! I think I’ll have the shake for breakfast, the fudge for a snack, the coconut bars for lunch, the pie for dessert. . . etc! Sounds like the perfect day to me. 😉 Thanks for including my brownie recipe, too! 😀 xo

    • Janae Wise
      on October 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm said:

      Of course!– that brownie recipe is on my must-try list (along with your WHOLE cookbook 😉 )