Easy Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache recipe ready in less than 5 minutes! This rich and decadent topping levels up any dessert, and requires hardly any effort to prepare! 

Easy Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache Recipe made with just two ingredients! Paleo, keto, vegan.

As I mentioned in my Keto Chocolate Buttercream post, I recently made death-by-chocolate cake that just slapped me silly.

In addition to a rich, moist grain-free triple layer paleo chocolate cake, there was also that chocolate buttercream and this dairy-free chocolate ganache to really hit it from all chocolatey angles. 

Chocolate ganache is deceptively easy to make! It has that ulta fancy vibe to it, but truly it couldn’t be quicker or easier.

Adding ganache to cake, cupcakes, cheesecake, and/or using it as chocolate sauce for any of your baked good is a surefire way of sending the flavor profile through the roof.

Easy chocolate ganache in a mixing bowl

In fact, this is the exact ganache recipe I used for my Death by Chocolate Keto Brownies I showed you a couple months back.

At a minimum, all you need is two ingredients to make ganache: chocolate chips and heavy cream.

To make dairy-free ganache, I simply swap the heavy cream with full-fat canned coconut milk. This generates the same rich, silky amazing result, and you can’t even taste the coconut milk!

If you follow a low-carb ketogenic diet, you can use your favorite sugar-free chocolate chips to keep the ganache both dairy-free and sugar-free.

Before I get carried away, let’s chat about the ingredients so you know all of your options.

Amazing dairy-free chocolate ganache recipe made with only 2 ingredients. Vegan, paleo, keto

Ingredients for Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache:

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips: Use your favorite brand of dairy-free sugar-free chocolate chips for the chocolate portion of this recipe.

If you are neither dairy-free nor sugar-free, feel free to use regular chocolate chips!

If you’re looking for brand suggestions for dairy-free chocolate chips, I recommend Enjoy Life, Lily’s, Lieber’s, Chatfield’s, and Lakanto.

Full-Fat Canned Coconut Milk: In order to melt the chocolate into silky, smooth, pourable bliss, we use full-fat canned coconut milk.

This generates the same creaminess and richness as heavy cream but is a great option for those of us who are dairy-free or dairy-light.

Do note that you must use full-fat coconut milk from the can, or the recipe won’t work. Light coconut milk won’t generate the same richness and coconut milk from the carton will turn into a separated, watery disaster.

If you aren’t dairy-free, feel free to use heavy cream instead of the full-fat canned coconut milk.

Coconut Oil: While coconut oil is certainly not mandatory, it helps give the ganache that shiny essence. Without the coconut oil the ganache has a tendency to dry into a more matted finish rather than shiny. If you’re okay with that, feel free to skip the coconut oil! 

As an alternative, you can absolutely use butter instead of coconut oil if you aren’t dairy-free. Butter also gives the ganache that rich buttery flavor. Vegan butter also works here.

Pinch of Sea Salt: I love adding a touch of sea salt to enhance all of the flavors. It doesn’t take very much and you can always add more, so start very tiny!

Spoonful of ganache

How to Make Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache: 

Add the coconut milk, chocolate chips, coconut oil (or butter or vegan butter spread) to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 20-second intervals, stirring very well in between, for a total of 50 to 60 seconds.

microwave the ingredients for the ganache

Stir in a tiny pinch of sea salt, to taste.

Use the ganache immediately for a drippy, shiny consistency or allow it to cool for 15 to 30 minutes on the counter to thicken up. You can also refrigerate ganache for a thicker, spreadable consistency.

Pour ganache over the brownies
Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache Recipe with a Keto option. Vegan, sugar-free, easy to make with 2 basic ingredients
Dairy-free chocolate ganache recipe for chocolate cake

Use on cakes, brownies, cupcakes, ice cream, and more! Enjoy all of your ganache experiences. 😉

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache Recipe for cakes, brownies, ice cream, etc. Paleo, Keto, Vegan
Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache Recipe for cakes, brownies, ice cream, etc. Paleo, Keto, Vegan

All the Ganache!

Easy Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache Recipe made with just two ingredients! Paleo, keto, vegan.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

4.39 from 13 votes
An easy recipe for chocolate ganache with options for paleo, keto and vegan!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings: 1 .25 cups ganache

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the coconut milk, chocolate chips, coconut oil (or butter) to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 20-second intervals, stirring very well in between, for a total of 50 to 60 seconds.
  • Stir in a tiny pinch of sea salt, to taste.
  • Use the ganache immediately for a drippy, shiny consistency or allow it to cool for 15 to 30 minutes on the counter to thicken up. You can also refrigerate ganache for a thicker, spreadable consistency.
  • Use on cakes, brownies, cupcakes, ice cream, and more! Enjoy all of your ganache experiences. 😉

Notes

*Replace the full-fat canned coconut milk with heavy cream if you aren’t dairy-free
**Use sugar-free chocolate chips for a low-carb keto option or use regular chocolate chips. If you aren’t dairy-free, you can use regular chocolate chips.
Author: Julia
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate ganache, dairy-free ganache, keto ganache recipe, paleo ganache
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Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache - vegan with paleo and keto options. All you need is 3 basic ingredients to make this delicious ganache recipe!

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Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

    1. Hi Linda,

      Yes, absolutely! If you use coconut cream you probably won’t have to wait as long for it to thicken, too, which would be nice 🙂 xoxo

  1. Does the dairy free ganache have to be kept refrigerated?

    I’m looking for a ganache that can stay at room temp.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Lisa! After the ganache cools to room temperature, it will remain the same thickness and can stay at room temp. I like refrigerating the ganache for a few minutes just after preparing it to help it set up quicker but to answer your question, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated 🙂

  2. Hi will this harden up in the fridge I would like to dip sugar cones in the chocolate ganache and then use sprinkles ontop…is this ganache suitable for dipping or will it slide off? Thanks Liz

    1. Hi Liz! Ooh this is a great question. I haven’t tried dipping anything in the ganache, but I think using it for dipping or drizzling will work when it is still warm. Once it has cooled, the ganache does set up but it doesn’t become as hard as a magic shell. I’m actually wondering if a magic shell recipe will be more suitable for dipping cones. I hope this helps, Liz!

  3. Hi! How long does this ganache stay fresh? I’d like to make ahead for a party in two weeks. Thanks!

    1. Hi Holly! For the best tasting result, I’d make it no more than 5 days in advance and be sure to store it in an airtight container 🙂 If you need it to be runnier when you use it, you can microwave it for 20-second intervals (stirring in between each interval) until it reaches your desired consistency. Enjoy! xo

  4. Used full fat coconut milk with this, and followed the recipe as written- this ganache is amazing!!!! (I drizzled it over a chocolate zucchini cake. It was PERFECT!)

    1. I love hearing that, Emily! Now I’m craving chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate ganache! Thanks so much for sharing!