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Vegan Ganache (only 2 ingredients!)

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This Vegan Ganache recipe is just about as easy as it gets. It’s made with only 2 ingredients, which you may already have in your pantry, and takes just a few minutes to prepare! vegan ganache piped onto cupcake

Note: If you’d prefer a frosting that is naturally-sweetened, try one of my other frosting recipes:

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

Traditional chocolate ganache is made with just 2 ingredients: chocolate and heavy whipping cream. You use equal parts (by weight) to make the perfect chocolate frosting!

Making a vegan version of this rich chocolate frosting is easy enough, because you can easily buy vegan chocolate chips at the grocery store. The only swap you’ll need to make here is using coconut cream instead of heavy whipping cream.

vegan chocolate chips and coconut cream in a can

What is Coconut Cream?

Coconut cream is the solid part you’ll see when you open up a can of chilled coconut milk.

My kitchen is usually cooler than 76ºF, so my cans of coconut milk are already solid when I open them, but it’s a good idea to place a can (or two) of coconut milk in the fridge the night before you want to make this.

I always chill 2 cans of coconut milk, because the amount of coconut cream inside each can may vary. You’ll need a full cup of coconut cream (about 8 ounces) in this recipe.

Coconut milk does add a hint of coconut flavor to this frosting, but I don’t think it’s super-noticeable. My kids don’t love coconut, and they LOVE this frosting, so I think it’s a winner.

If you need a substitute for coconut cream, cashew cream might work, but I haven’t tested that yet, so I can’t be sure. (The results might be more similar to the coconut milk version below, since cashew cream is lower in fat.)

What Happens If You Use Coconut Milk?

I also tested this recipe using regular coconut milk, instead of just the coconut cream. To do this, I poured the whole can of coconut milk into my blender (both the liquid and solid parts) and blended it for about 30 seconds until it was smooth and creamy.

coconut milk in blender and poured into cup

Using the exact same measurements as the recipe below, the resulting chocolate frosting is light and airy. It reminds me of a fluffy, chocolate mousse frosting.

vegan chocolate mousse frosting

So, if you’re looking for something super-light and fluffy, you can make this recipe using coconut milk instead of coconut cream.

Note: This version made with coconut milk will melt much faster at room temperature, so keep that in mind. The version with coconut cream is sturdier for serving at a party, if you want to leave a birthday cake or cupcakes sitting out for a few hours.

When making this chocolate mousse version (using coconut milk instead of the cream only), it will need to chill in the fridge overnight. It doesn’t thicken up as quickly as the version made with coconut cream does, so be sure to plan ahead for this one.

How to Make the Best Vegan Ganache

This recipe makes a rich chocolate frosting, similar to a container of frosting you might buy at the grocery store. It’s hard to stop taste-testing it!

It’s important that you make this frosting at least 4 hours before you plan on serving it. I like to make it the night before so I don’t have to worry about it thickening up.

To make it, all you need to do is melt the chocolate chips (I use a double-boiler set up for this, but you can use a microwave if you prefer) until they are very smooth.

vegan chocolate chips on scale and in double boiler melted

Add in the coconut cream, and stir again until it’s totally incorporated. It should look very smooth, with no visible chunks.

You’ll see that the coconut cream becomes thin and runny when it comes into contact with the hot melted chocolate. It will thicken up when chilled again!

coconut milk added to the melted chocolate and stirred together

Chill the melted chocolate mixture until it feels firm to the touch. This can take up to 4 hours, depending on the bowl you use (metal bowls will chill faster) and where it’s placed in the fridge.

Once it’s firm to the touch, use an electric hand mixer (or a stand mixer, if you prefer) and whip the chocolate frosting until it’s slightly lighter in color. It should have a texture very similar to traditional frosting.

whipped vegan ganache and on the beaters

Use the frosting right away to frost your favorite cake, or transfer it to a piping bag and pipe it on your favorite cupcakes.

Pictured here is this vegan ganache on my Coconut Flour Cupcakes. (Which are not vegan, but they are oil-free & dairy-free.)

coconut flour cupcake frosted with vegan ganache

vegan ganache piped onto cupcake
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Vegan Ganache (only 2 ingredients!)

This Vegan Ganache is made with just 2 ingredients, and couldn't be easier to prepare! It's the perfect dairy-free frosting for a birthday party or celebration.
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword vegan ganache
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 116kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces vegan chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 8 ounces coconut cream (1 cup; the solid part from a can of coconut milk)

Instructions

  • Fill a small saucepan with an inch of water and place a heat-safe bowl over the top of the pot, creating a double boiler. Place the chocolate chips in the top bowl, then bring the water to a boil to gently melt the chocolate chips. Stir occasionally, until the chocolate is smooth. (Alternatively, you can use a microwave to melt the chocolate if you prefer.)
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and use a whisk to stir in the coconut cream. Transfer the melted chocolate to a larger bowl, if needed, for mixing.
  • Once the mixture is silky smooth, place the bowl in the fridge to chill until firm, up to 4 hours. (It can be ready in as little as 1 hour; you'll just need to check on it if you're in a hurry. You can also leave it in the fridge overnight.)
  • When you're ready to serve this frosting, remove the bowl from the fridge and use a hand mixer (or stand mixer) to whip the frosting until it's lighter in color and fluffy-looking. It will spread easily on your favorite cake or cupcake, or you can transfer it to a piping bag to be piped onto cupcakes.
  • This frosting is sturdy enough to sit out at a party for a couple of hours, but just like any frosting, it could start to melt if you place it in direct sunlight for too long. Keep any leftovers chilled in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

This frosting tastes like a traditional sweet version when you use semi-sweet chocolate chips, or you can make a darker chocolate flavor by using a brand that contains 70% cacao or higher. I like Enjoy Life brand for a vegan & dairy-free option, but you can also experiment with other brands. (Some now use coconut sugar as the sweetener, so I'll try that next!)

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Nutrition is for roughly 2 tablespoons of frosting. This information is automatically calculated and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.

Recipe Notes:

  • For a naturally-sweetened frosting, you can use a chocolate bar sweetened with coconut sugar (like Eating Evolved brand).
  • I just realized that I don’t have any vegan cake recipes on my website yet! My favorite vegan chocolate cake (which is also gluten-free) is in my second cookbook, if you have it.

As always, if you make any modifications to this recipe, please leave a comment below letting us know what worked for you so we can all benefit from your experience.

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite go-to frosting recipe? I’ve got a date-sweetened one coming at you next!

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Comments

Casey

Thank you so much for this so simple and delicious recipe!!!! Perfect topping for my yummy brownies:)

monika

Does it have to be CULINARY coconut milk or can it be box? or canned?

ALso … another frosting you should try: all it is is cocoa powder + dates + pinch o’ salt + vanilla. It’s really good and works well!

<3 Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    I think canned coconut milk would work, too, though you might just want to use the “cream” part for a thicker frosting. The boxed milk sold in the fridge section will not work as well.

Victoria Moffatt

you are an awesome cook I have tried so many of your recipes and I love them!!

thanks for sharing

Victoria

Amy

I added a couple tablespoons of sugar since I used 85% dark chocolate. Surprisingly, it mixed in really well once I added the coconut milk.
How many tablespoons, ounces, etc is in one serving? I was going to check the total amount but my husband already grabbed some of it lol.

Carla

Hi can i use unsweetened coca powder instead of the dark chocolate with coconut sugar and the coconut cream? I want to use it as a frosting of your date cake for my son’s first birthday. Can you please help with the quantities for those ingredients ?

    Megan Gilmore

    If you do a google search for “baking chocolate substitute” it will give you the proper ratios for using cocoa powder instead of the chocolate. You’ll need to add some sort of solid fat, like coconut oil, for the recipe to work properly.

Yoli

Why do you think cans are worse than than tetrapak boxes? Is it for health reasons? Cause cans as far as I know are much easier to recycle. Very few states in the world recycle tetrapak, cause it’s made paper, plastic and aluminium

    Megan Gilmore

    I recently read a study that noted how BPA is still being found in can linings, despite so many companies moving away from it, so I try to avoid the cans as much as possible for that reason. However, I think glass would be even better, since it’s easily recycled and non-toxic!

Melissa

I bought several cookbooks including: Inspiralized, The Autoimmune Paleo Ckbk, and Against All Grains, and they are good, BUT the one I use the MOST is <> YAY! Winner of the One I Love Most Award!!! 🙂

Kristin Bennecker

This was so delicious. Not too sweet and very moist. My kids devoured it!

JeSsica

I am looking forward to trying this recipe especially because it doesn’t require hours of refrigeration. But do you think that it would work for cupcakes after being chilled for a bit? Thank you!

GraceD

Do you think white cooking chocolate can be used? I want to try it with your date cake for my son’s birthday. Thanks.

Alma Cerratt

This chocolate frosting is to die for. I used on the birthday cake and the cake was just soooo delicious. I got so many compliments. Everyone thinks I’m a great cook!!! Thank you so much for your recipes. They are so easy to make and sooo healthy!!!

Carolanne

Hi!!

I would like to know if this recipe is hard enough for make a wedding caje with sharp edges and covered with fondant?

Thank youuuu

Amena H. R.

I had a qs. By using coconut milk, would the frosting have a coconut flavour ?

chaido

can we use another ingredient instead of coconut milk/cream?

Karen

Can cocoa powder be used in place of melting chocolate?

    Megan Gilmore

    Possibly? I would look up the substitute for baking chocolate– I imagine you’ll need a source of solid fat to go with the cocoa powder, along with sugar for sweetness.

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