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Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache Recipe and How to Serve It

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Updated on March 22, 2024

Chocoholics rejoice! If the mere mention of chocolate ganache sets your taste buds aflutter, but you’re faced with lactose intolerance or simply adhering to a dairy-free regimen, guess what? You’re certainly not alone.

We’ve journeyed down that road before and spent ample time experimenting in my kitchen. As delightful as it sounds, we stumbled upon a very satisfying solution – a dairy-free chocolate ganache recipe! This blog post will be your guide, detailing each step for this indulgent yet allergen-friendly culinary wonder.

So, let’s immerse ourselves in the deliciously decadent world of non-dairy desserts without further ado.

What You Need to Make Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache
Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

Craving that rich, decadent chocolate ganache but avoiding dairy? This recipe is your answer! Ditch the store-bought stuff and whip up a batch at home using simple, accessible ingredients like your favourite dairy-free milk chocolate buttons, sunflower margarine, icing sugar, and soya milk.

Dairy-Free Milk Chocolate Buttons

Dairy-Free Milk Chocolate Buttons are a top part of our Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache mix. You melt these sweet treats with margarine to get a rich taste. They give the ganache the right creamy feel without using milk. These chocolate buttons make it easy for food lovers who avoid dairy to enjoy tasty desserts. So, if you crave that smooth chocolate feel and do not want dairy, go for these special buttons!

Dairy-Free Sunflower Margarine

Sunflower margarine is a must for our Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache! It’s an amazing plant-based butter. We love using it because it has no milk in it. This is perfect for you if you want to avoid milk or are lactose intolerant. You swap normal butter with this sunflower oil spread when baking.

Our recipe needs this special vegan margarine. It gives the ganache a smooth and velvety texture without any dairy. This non-dairy margarine also tastes great too! Mix it with Dairy-Free Milk Chocolate Buttons, icing sugar and soya milk to make your delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache.

Icing Sugar

Icing sugar is vital in our Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache. It gives the ganache a smooth, sweet taste without using milk or eggs. Icing sugar, or powdered or confectioners’ sugar, differs from granulated or caster sugar.

This fine powder blends well with our dairy-free chocolate and margarine. Because it has added sweeteners, we need less of it to get that perfect sweet note in our ganache recipe. The result is a tasty treat that every food lover will enjoy!

Soya Milk

Soya milk is the key part of this dairy-free chocolate ganache. It takes the place of heavy cream that most ganaches use. This makes it a great choice if you can’t have milk or want to avoid dairy products.

The soya milk blends well with non-dairy chocolate buttons and sunflower margarine. Plus, vegan baking makes for a smooth and creamy texture! You can even make different versions of this tasty treat with soya milk.

Now that we have all our ingredients let’s get cooking!

How to Make Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache
Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

Making dairy-free chocolate ganache is very easy! You have three options for making dairy-free chocolate ganache: microwave, stovetop, or bowl. All options are pretty simple. Just choose the one that works best for you!

Option 1: Microwave

You can use your microwave to make this Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache. Here’s how:

  1. Get a microwave-safe bowl and add the chocolate mixture.
  2. Heat it for 15 seconds. If the chocolate does not melt, do it again until it’s melted.

Now, let’s add more taste to our recipe with non-dairy butter.

  1. Melt the butter in another microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Mix it with vegan chocolate chips. You’ll have a smooth and creamy vegan Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache!

Making ganache can be quicker, too! Break the chocolate into small bits and pop them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes—that’s all there is to making fast ganache.

Hold on! There’s more fun stuff you could try—almond milk!

  1. Just warm up some almond milk (using a saucepan or handy microwave)
  2. Blend with your desired amount of chocolate until it’s gooey and delectable, just like those fluffy frostings smeared on cakes, but much healthier!

Enjoy this easy method using your daily kitchen ally, your microwave!

Option 2: Stovetop

Let’s look at making Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache on a stovetop. It’s simple and quick!

  1. Put your dairy-free milk chocolate buttons in a pan.
  2. Add sunflower margarine to the pan, too. Warm them up over low heat until they start to melt.
  3. Stir it all together so it mixes well.
  4. Add in icing sugar and soya milk slowly as you keep stirring.

Soon, you’ll have creamy, Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache for your sweet treats! This vegan frosting is perfect for those who love chocolate but can’t have dairy products. Plus, if you pick the right kind of chocolate, it can even be paleo or keto-friendly!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache
Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

Option 3: Bowl

We love making my dairy-free chocolate ganache in a bowl. It’s easy and mess-free! All you need is your favourite mixing bowl to get started.

  1. Put the dairy-free milk chocolate buttons in first.
  2. Melt them down slowly.
  3. Add the soya milk bit by bit.
  4. Stir it gently until it blends well with the melted chocolate. Patience is key here because you want a smooth mix without any chunks of chocolate left behind.
  5. Finally, whisk in some sunflower margarine to give it a glossy touch.

In just 5 minutes, my lactose-free alternative to traditional ganache frosting is ready to glaze or frost any dessert! It’s also quick and handy for food lovers looking for vegan options!

Serving Suggestions For You Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache
Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

Enjoy this dairy-free chocolate ganache with various delicious treats such as dairy-free chocolate chip cookies, dairy and egg-free chocolate ice cream, dairy-free chocolate mousse, and even a decadent dairy and egg-free chocolate cake.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love making dairy-free chocolate chip cookies because they are just as delicious as the traditional ones! These cookies are soft chewy, and have the perfect balance of sweetness.

Plus, there are plenty of vegan cookie recipes out there that offer gluten-free options, too. So whether you’re avoiding dairy or following a plant-based diet, these cookies are a sweet treat everyone can enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream melted butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add the dry and wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Don’t overmix!
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Leave about 2 inches of space between cookies.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dairy and Egg-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Dairy and egg-free chocolate ice cream is the best because it’s a delicious frozen treat for vegans and those with dairy allergies. It’s made without dairy or eggs, but you won’t miss them! Using coconut milk as the base is the key to the creamy and rich texture.

You can also top your ice cream with a dairy-free chocolate ganache. This dessert is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while accommodating dietary restrictions.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (13.5 oz each) full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional: ½ cup chopped roasted nuts, chopped dates, or chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Pour the chilled coconut milk into a large bowl and use an electric mixer to whip until stiff peaks form, like whipped cream. This can take several minutes.
  2. Mix cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the whipped coconut milk until combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can deflate the whipped cream.
  4. Gently fold any desired mix-ins like chopped nuts, dates, or chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse

We love making dairy-free chocolate mousse! It’s such a rich and creamy dessert that you won’t believe it is completely dairy-free.

This mousse can be enjoyed alone, topped with fresh berries, or a dollop of non-dairy whipped cream alternative for extra indulgence. It’s the perfect treat for anyone who loves chocolate but wants to avoid dairy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or fruit for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Pour the chilled coconut milk into a large bowl and use an electric mixer to whip until stiff peaks form, like whipped cream. This can take several minutes.
  2. Mix cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the whipped coconut milk until combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can deflate the whipped cream.
  4. Immediately spoon the mousse into individual serving bowls or glasses. Garnish with desired toppings like chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or fresh fruit.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the mousse to set further. Enjoy your cool and creamy treat!

Dairy and Egg-Free Chocolate Cake

We love making dairy and egg-free chocolate cake because it’s a delicious and allergy-friendly option for those with dietary restrictions. This recipe is perfect for vegans, people with lactose intolerance, or anyone looking for a healthier alternative to traditional chocolate cake.

The best part is that you can pair it with the dairy-free ganache we discussed earlier. Whether serving this cake on a special occasion or craving something sweet, it will satisfy your chocolate cravings without guilt. So go ahead and indulge in this tasty treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brewed coffee or strong black tea
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease an 8×8 inch baking pan.
  2. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Mix sugars, oil, coffee, vinegar, and vanilla extract separately.
  4. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips (optional).
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes clean.
  7. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Coconut Flour Chocolate Donuts

Dairy-free chocolate ganache
Dairy-free chocolate ganache

Coconut flour chocolate doughnuts are another great addition because they’re vegan, gluten-free, and perfect for those following a paleo diet. These doughnuts have a wonderful cake-like texture that is satisfying and delicious.

The best part is that they are grain-free and nut-free, making them suitable for people with dietary restrictions or allergies. Each serving has 158 calories, with 63 of those calories coming from fat. They’re a healthier option when you’re craving something sweet!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (unsweetened almond, oat, or dairy-free for vegan)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a doughnut pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: eggs, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and milk.
  4. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisking until combined. Don’t overmix!
  5. Transfer the batter to a piping or Ziploc bag with a corner snipped off.
  6. Pipe batter into the greased doughnut pan, filling each mould about halfway.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes clean.
  8. Let the doughnuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

You can serve countless vegan and dairy-free desserts with your dairy-free chocolate ganache for a perfect pairing of sweetness! Whether you use one of the recipes above or create your own, don’t let your diet stop you from enjoying every chocolatey dish!

In conclusion, this dairy-free ganache recipe is a game-changer for those who can’t have dairy. You can create a rich and smooth ganache perfect for glazing or frosting your favourite desserts with just a few simple ingredients. Whether lactose intolerant or following a dairy-free diet, this recipe will satisfy your chocolate cravings without compromising taste. Give it a try and indulge in the deliciousness of dairy-free ganache!

FAQs

Can you use any type of dairy-free milk for ganache?

Yes, you can use various types of dairy-free milk, such as coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or even rice milk. However, the milk’s fat content and consistency may affect the ganache’s final texture and flavour.

How do you store dairy-free ganache?

Dairy-free ganache can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Before using it, let it come to room temperature and stir it gently to restore its creamy consistency.

Can you freeze dairy-free ganache?

Yes, you can freeze dairy-free ganache for longer-term storage. Place it in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to three months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using, then let it come to room temperature and stir gently before using.

Can you flavour dairy-free ganache?

To customise the flavour, you can flavour dairy-free ganache with various extracts, spices, or liqueurs. Popular options include vanilla extract, peppermint extract, coffee extract, or orange liqueur.

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