Vegan Ganache With Dark Chocolate Recipe

Vegan dark chocolate ganache

The Spruce


  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 portions (8-10 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
367 Calories
29g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8-10 portions (8-10 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 367
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 5g
Calcium 40mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Make your own truffles, top a vegan cake or pour over vegan ice cream for a dairy-free dessert that is to die for. This vegan ganache recipe is only as good as the dark chocolate you choose, but once you've found a high-quality dairy-free chocolate, whip up this rich and flavorful batch of the best vegan ganache you've tasted since leaving dairy-laden desserts behind. This recipe uses coconut milk instead of the heavy cream used in traditional recipes.


  • 16 ounces dark dairy-free chocolate (good quality, coarsely chopped)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk (not light varieties)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vegan Ganache With Dark Chocolate ingredients
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  2. Place the coarsely chopped dark chocolate in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

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  3. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the coconut milk until bubbles just begin to appear around the edges and steam rises from the surface.

    Coconut milk for vegan chocolate ganache
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  4. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chopped chocolate and let stand without stirring for 5 minutes.

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  5. After 5 minutes, whisk the chocolate-coconut milk mixture until glossy and smooth (this will take about 2 minutes of gentle stirring).

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  6. Add the vanilla extract and stir until incorporated. Use warm or slightly cooled.

    Vegan dark chocolate ganache
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  7. Enjoy!


  • Ganache is a flexible vegan chocolate sauce that can be used to make a variety of desserts with a few extra ingredients or to top an already amazing vegan dessert.
  • For best results, use a high-quality dairy-free chocolate.
  • While coconut milk is a tried and true ingredient, you may want to experiment with almond or cashew milk for a rich, nutty taste.

Recipe Variations

  • Add some pizzazz by topping your vegan ice cream with this chocolate ganache. Add nuts, a few vegan brownie pieces, fresh fruit and you've got a hefty, yet healthy version of what will taste like a decadent sundae. Add a few more scoops and two sliced bananas and voila, a vegan banana split is born.
  • To make your own vegan chocolate truffles, double the chocolate in this recipe. After preparing as directed above, let the ganache cool in the refrigerator until it's slightly soft but firm enough to roll into balls. After you've formed your truffles, roll them on wax paper with coconut flakes, chopped nuts or sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  • Get creative and top your ganache-covered desserts with vegan ginger chews or dried fruit such as cherries or raisins.