Vegan Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache Recipe

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Ratings (18)
  • Total: 16 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Yield: About 2 Cups (16 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
73 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ganache was created circa 1850, but there's speculation on whether Swiss or Parisian bakers developed it first. Rich, sweet and smooth, ganache is essentially a creamy, chocolate dessert topping that is typically prepared with chocolate and heavy whipping cream. This lactose-free version of the dessert topping is every bit as rich and delicious, and it is great for icing dairy free cakes like this dairy-free devils food cake or these scrumptious dairy-free chocolate cupcakes. You can also use it other sweet treats.

Ingredient Substitutions and Cooking Tips

Chocolate ganache is a go-to topping when buttercream frosting or whipped cream topping won't do. You can use this dairy-free chocolate mousse-like icing on a variety of vegan sweets. Here are seven ideas for making the most of your vegan chocolate ganache:

Vegan Chocolate Ganache-Filled Tartlets- Find a no-bake vegan tartlet base. Many use dates, rolled oats, walnuts or pecans and maple syrup. Fill the tartlet with the ganache and chill for 2 hours.

Vegan Chocolate Ganache Glazed Cake with Glaze- Glaze your favorite vegan chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Drizzle a vegan bundt cake with warm ganache for a chocolatey finish.

Vegan Whoopie Pies- Instead of the traditional coconut cream filling, use chocolate ganache as the filling to make a double chocolate dessert dream.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache- Treat the vegan ganache as a frosting on chocolate cupcakes. Cool completely before frosting using a cake spatula. Top with a Maraschino cherry.

Vegan Boston Cream Pie- To get the usual swirl that tops Boston cream pie, score the spiral lines with the point of a paring knife, starting at the center and pulling outward slowly to the edge.

Vegan Brownie Trifles- Layer vegan brownie bites with chocolate ganache and fresh fruit like berries to create a chocolatey vegan trifle. You can use a large trifle bowl or individual parfait cups.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups- Use cupcake molds to make your own vegan peanut butter cups. Simply pour a layer of ganache, add a layer of peanut butter mixed with a little-powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt), top with a layer of ganache and chill for 2 hours. Remove from the cupcake mold and voila.


  • 1 cup soymilk (unsweetened plain)
  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips (dark, dairy-free)

Steps to Make It

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the soymilk and chocolate chips.

Stirring frequently, cook until the mixture is well combined and the chocolate has a glossy finish. Remove the ganache from the heat. Use while warm or slightly cooled.