Learn how to easily and quickly make this decadent 2 ingredient chocolate ganache! Coconut free and dairy free, this vegan ganache is the perfect cake topping, cupcake filling, and ice cream sauce!

vegan chocolate ganache

What is ganache?

Typically, chocolate ganache is a mixture of chocolate and cream, with the chocolate melted into the cream. It’s absolutely delicious and so decadent; not to mention, extraordinarily easy to make.

However, I wanted to show you my favorite vegan ganache recipe that’s entirely coconut free. That’s right, no coconut cream needed here! Instead, we’ll be using melted vegan butter and vegan chocolate.

Chocolate ganache is a wonderful topping and filling for cakes, cupcakes, and even muffins, along with a decadent way to make truffles or top fresh fruit. You can even use this vegan ganache as a vegan chocolate sauce for ice cream!

bowl of vegan chocolate ganache

How to make the easiest vegan ganache in two minutes

You’re going to be shocked at how easy this vegan chocolate ganache is. You only need two ingredients as well:

  • vegan butter
  • vegan chocolate

Now for vegan ganache, we’re making this entirely coconut free. But guess what? You can also make this ganache entirely Paleo friendly, keto friendly, and nut-free.

vegan ganache ingredients

I go over my specific vegan butter options down below in the recipe card (where you’ll find the full written recipe, along with measurements). There are some vegan butters that are Paleo friendly, and others that are nut-free.

In terms of making this a sugar free chocolate ganache, the key is using sugar free chocolate. I like to use Lily’s Sweets, which is stevia-sweetened, but you can also use 100% dark chocolate (which should have no added sugar- always check the ingredients list if you are following a Keto diet).

When I say that this vegan ganache takes only 2 minutes, I truly mean it. You’ll simply need to do the following:

  1. Heat the vegan butter until hot.
  2. Add in the chocolate chips.
  3. Stir until melted.
  4. Allow the ganache to come to room temperature according to how you’ll use it.

How to use ganache in recipes

Once you’ve made your vegan ganache, you can use it an array of recipes!

My favorite way to use ganache is as a vegan chocolate drip to a cake, such as my vegan Black Forest Cake and my vegan Buche de Noel. It’s also wonderful to add as a filling to vegan cupcakes.

For using as a drip for cakes, you’ll absolutely need to make sure that the ganache is not piping hot, as it will immediately melt your vegan buttercream. That would be so sad! Give the ganache a few minutes to cool, or pop it into the fridge to cool faster (just not too long or it will harden!).

For integrating into a chocolate buttercream, you’ll need to again allow the ganache to come down to room temperature for a bit, or it will melt the vegan butter. The ganache should be pourable but slow to drip.

Other ways to use ganache:

  • vegan chocolate sauce on top of ice cream or pancakes
  • vegan chocolate spread over cinnamon rolls
  • chocolate glaze over cupcakes or muffins
  • vegan chocolate covered strawberries or bananas (or any fruit!)
  • to make a vegan chocolate nut and seed bark
  • to top vegan fudge brownies
  • an easy and elegant topping to vegan chocolate cheesecake

I hope you love this homemade easy vegan ganache as much as I do! If you try it out, let me know how it goes by leaving a comment down below, as well as a rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so that others may find it!

As always, I absolutely love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest so be sure to tag me there!

Happy ganache making!

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bowl of thickened ganache

How to make the best 2 ingredient vegan ganache in 2 minutes! (No coconut cream!)

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  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 1
  • Cook Time: 1
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 32 tablespoons 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Diet: Vegan


Learn how to easily and quickly make this decadent 2 ingredient chocolate ganache! Coconut free and dairy free, this vegan ganache is the perfect cake topping, cupcake filling, and ice cream sauce!


  • 1 cup (225 g) vegan butter or vegan heavy cream* (see notes on heavy cream)
  • 1 cup (170 g) vegan chocolate chips (see notes for choices


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the vegan butter for 45 seconds until melted and hot.
  2. Remove from the microwave and add in the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips have completely melted into the vegan butter (about 1 minute). 
  3. Allow the ganache to cool before using on top of a cake or cupcake, or adding into vegan chocolate buttercream. If using on top of ice cream as a vegan magic shell, you can just pour the ganache as is!
  4. Store in an airtight container and in the fridge for up to a week. To reuse, simply heat in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until you reach the original texture.


Vegan Butter: for regular vegan ganache, I recommend using Miyoko’s vegan butter. For Paleo vegan ganache, I recommend using Miyoko’s vegan butter. For nut-free vegan butter, I recommend Violife Plant Butter or Miyoko’s oat milk vegan butter.

Vegan heavy: For a really soft ganache, I use Plant Crock Vegan Heavy Cream (or Califia or Silk both work great too). You can also use cashew cream. I would do 1 1/2 cups (360 mL) vegan heavy cream and same amount of chocolate if you’re using for a frosting on a cake. A two-tiered 6″ cake will need 1 batch, while a three-tiered 8″ cake will need 2 batches.

Vegan Chocolate: I use Lily’s Sweets vegan dark chocolate chips. Other options that work great here are Enjoy Life, Pascha chocolate (100% for Paleo vegan version and keto version), or a 72% or higher grade high quality chocolate (that’s dairy-free).