Vegan Ganache – Connoisseurus Veg

This vegan ganache is rich, sweet, and silky smooth! It’s also super easy to make with just two ingredients! Perfect for everything from drizzling on cakes, pies and ice cream, to making truffles, to eating by the spoonful.

Spoon held over a bowl of Vegan Ganache on a table with fresh strawberries.

Ganache is a basically a must-have for any chocolate lover, and that includes vegans!

Chocolate ganache is a rich, thick chocolate sauce that’s perfect for dressing up all kinds of desserts. It can be drizzled over just about anything that you want to add some chocolaty flavor to. Try it on ice cream, vegan chocolate cupcakes, vegan chocolate cake…even vegan crepes or pancakes!

Traditional ganache is made using a very simple two-ingredient recipe, with those two ingredients being chocolate and heavy cream. Obviously heavy cream is a no-go for vegan ganache. But that’s okay!

In this recipe we’re replacing heavy cream with my favorite vegan substitute: coconut milk. Coconut milk supplies the same richness as heavy cream, but it’s totally dairy-free. And if you’re worried about your ganache tasting like coconut, don’t. With all the rich chocolate flavor in there you’ll never even taste the coconut milk.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

You only need two ingredients. Seriously!

  • Vegan chocolate chips. While any type of vegan chocolate chips will work, I recommend going with smaller ones, as they’ll melt more easily. Use mini chips if you can. I’m using Enjoy Life brand in the photos, which are great if you need to keep your ganache allergy-friendly and gluten-free, but any brand will do. You could even finely chop up a vegan chocolate bar.
  • Coconut milk. We’re using full-fat coconut milk from a can for maximum richness. Will other types of non-dairy milk work? Probably, but your ganache might be thinner and lacking body.

How It’s Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

Step 1: Place your chocolate chips into a small bowl.

Hand stirring coconut milk in a saucepan.

Step 2: Slowly heat up the coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Just barely bring it to a simmer.

Hot coconut milk being poured over a bowl of chocolate chips.

Step 3: Immediately pour the hot coconut milk over the chocolate chips. Now let everything sit for 5 minutes.

Hand stirring coconut milk and chocolate together in a bowl.

Step 4: Once five minutes have passed, you can begin stirring the coconut milk and chocolate chips together. At first it will seem like nothing is happening.

Hand stirring Vegan Ganache together in a bowl.

Step 5: Keep stirring. Eventually the chips will all melt and the mixture will become smooth.

Step 6: Let the ganache cool completely. This will take about 2 hours. It will thicken up as it cools, due to the chocolate resolidifying.

Tip: This vegan ganache recipe makes a thick but pourable ganache. If you need a thicker consistency for making chocolate truffles or piping, cut the amount of coconut milk down by as much as half.

Hand dipping a strawberry into a bowl of Vegan Ganache.

Shelf-Life & Storage

Vegan chocolate ganache can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the fridge for up to five days. Refrigerating it may change the texture though.

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Hand dipping a strawberry into vegan ganache.

Vegan Ganache

This vegan ganache is rich, sweet, and silky smooth! It’s also super easy to make with just two ingredients! Perfect for everything from drizzling on cakes, pies and ice cream, to making truffles, to eating by the spoonful.

Total Time 2 hours 17 minutes


  1. Place the chocolate chips into a small heatproof bowl.

  2. Place the coconut milk into a small saucepan and set it over medium-low heat. Slowly bring it to a simmer, stirring frequently.

  3. Remove the coconut milk from heat as soon as it starts to simmer and immediately pour it over the chocolate chips. Let the coconut milk and chips sit for 5 minutes.

  4. After five minutes, begin stirring the coconut milk and chips.

  5. Continue stirring until all of the chips have melted and the mixture is smooth.

  6. Allow the ganache to cool completely. This should take about 2 hours.

  7. Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container for storage.

Recipe Notes

This amount of coconut milk will give you a thick, but pourable ganache. For a thicker ganache that’s suitable for piping or making truffles, reduce the amount of coconut milk by up to half.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Ganache

Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)

Calories 159
Calories from Fat 94

% Daily Value*

Fat 10.4g16%

Saturated Fat 7.1g36%

Sodium 17mg1%

Potassium 53mg2%

Carbohydrates 15.3g5%

Fiber 1.9g8%

Sugar 13.4g15%

Protein 1.9g4%

Calcium 3mg0%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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