Chocolate Ganache {using coconut oil}

Cupcake with chocolate ganache

I eat cupcakes for breakfast. There. I said it. I don’t drink coffee, I don’t drink alcohol (much), I don’t do drugs (if I can help it), and I get a lot of exercise. I wish I got more sleep. And if I had to admit to one vice (I have more), I’d say it’s chocolate.

Double chocolate trouble

Since I’ve don’t eat much dairy other than yogurt and a bit of cheese occasionally (Gromit), I like to make things that have little or no dairy in them. So here’s a very simple recipe for chocolate ganache, using just three ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. For me, the ganache is quite good just like this, but if you’re feeling the need to add stuff, a bit of salt and vanilla does the trick. And feel free to substitute your sweetener of choice.

And in case you’re getting an urge to eat what’s in the picture, here are some chocolate cupcake recipes to drizzle your ganache over:

I imagine you could use another oil/fat that is a solid at room temperature, like vegetable shortening. I just haven’t tried it yet, but if you do, my favorite is Spectrum Shortening.

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    Posted in Dairy-Free, Desserts, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian, Wheat-Free  |  11 Comments

    11 Responses to Chocolate Ganache {using coconut oil}

    1. Damion says:

      Brilliant! Now if I can just figure out a way to make an SCD-legal peanut butter mousse, I can throw it all into a nutty crust and call it dessert! Thanks for posting!

    2. joan litsky says:

      You always liked chocolate.

    3. A says:

      I make these (with the salt & vanilla) and pour the batter into little candy molds and pop in the freezer. After they harden, I remove to a container and keep in the fridge for a bite of healthy chocolate when I need it. I also like to stir in hemp hearts — tastes (kinda) like a crunch bar.

      Just found your blog today – it’s beautiful! and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

    4. Bev says:

      Eeeeasy! Yummy! Just got done licking the spoon!
      Thanks for sharing!

    5. Mel says:

      does this harden at room temp? I am looking for something to use to coat cake pops.

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