Decadent Dairy-Free Chocolate Glaze Recipe for Chocoholics

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Today, we’ll be making a delectable Chocolate Glaze that is not only dairy-free but also gluten-free and vegan. This glaze is so versatile that it can be used to coat cakes, donuts, cupcakes or even drizzled over your favorite fruit. The best part? This recipe is incredibly easy to make with only a handful of ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry.

With just the right balance of cocoa powder and powdered sugar, this delicious glaze will satisfy all your chocolate cravings! Whether it’s for a special occasion or simply to indulge in a sweet treat after dinner, this dairy-free and vegan Chocolate Glaze will not disappoint.

Not only is this recipe free of dairy and gluten, but it’s also made using organic and natural ingredients; allowing you to enjoy the rich flavor of chocolate without any added preservatives or artificial sweeteners. So whether you’re looking for a guilt-free indulgence or culinary inspiration for your next plant-based dish, this recipe will become your go-to choice.

Who says eating healthy has to be boring? All you need are the right ingredients and a little bit of creativity to create mouth-watering dishes that are good for you too! So let’s roll up our sleeves and get started on making this heavenly chocolate glaze!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Glaze - Dairy Free
Chocolate Glaze – Dairy Free

You can never go wrong with chocolate, and this dairy-free chocolate glaze recipe is no exception. Whether you’re vegan or lactose intolerant or simply looking for a healthier alternative to traditional chocolate treats, this recipe has got you covered.

Made completely dairy-free, this chocolate glaze boasts a rich and decadent flavor that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Its smooth and velvety texture glides over your favorite desserts – macarons, doughnuts, cake, cupcakes – elevating them to the next level of indulgence.

What’s more, this vegan chocolate glaze recipe uses only a handful of readily available ingredients – cocoa powder, coconut oil, and powdered sugar – making it budget-friendly and incredibly easy to whip up. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be paired with just about any dessert of your choice.

So indulge guilt-free with this dairy-free chocolate glaze recipe that promises to win over your taste buds and your heart.

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the chocolate-y goodness of this glaze!
Indulge in the chocolate-y goodness of this glaze!

Here are the ingredients that you will need to create this delectable and indulgent chocolate glaze:

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup boiling water (depending on the consistency you prefer)

These ingredients are all dairy-free, making this recipe a perfect choice for those with dietary restrictions. And if you’re looking to go vegan, simply make sure to use vegan chocolate chips in place of regular chocolate chips.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect topping to satisfy your sweet craving.
The perfect topping to satisfy your sweet craving.

Gather Ingredients and Supplies

Before starting with the recipe, make sure to gather all the ingredients and supplies that you will need. For this easy and simple dairy free chocolate glaze, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Make sure that your ingredients are all fresh and of good quality so that the end result will be a delicious and indulgent chocolate glaze.

Mix Cocoa Powder and Powdered Sugar

Start by mixing together 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar or powdered sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. Use a whisk or a sifter to make sure to remove any lumps.

Add Boiling Water

Add 3 tablespoons of boiling water to the bowl, stirring constantly with a whisk until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny. Make sure to scrap the sides of the bowl as you mix.

Add Coconut Oil and Vanilla Extract

Next, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the mixture, whisking continuously until everything is well incorporated.

Check Consistency

The consistency should be thick yet pourable. If it is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of boiling water. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Pour over Doughnuts or Cakes

Once you have achieved a perfect consistency, you can pour this vegan chocolate glaze over your doughnuts, bundt cakes, cupcakes, or anything else baked that would taste just divine when covered in chocolate!

Try it on your favorite baked goods and enjoy the rich and indulgent flavor without any dairy.

Substitutions and Variations

 Keep things dairy-free with this chocolate glaze recipe.
Keep things dairy-free with this chocolate glaze recipe.

You can always modify a recipe to cater to your tastes, allergies or dietary preferences, and this chocolate glaze is no exception. Here are some substitutions and variations you can experiment with.

– Sugar: You can use different types of sugar such as coconut sugar, brown sugar, or granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. However, keep in mind that the texture may vary slightly, and brown sugar will yield a caramel-like flavor.

– Coconut Oil: If you don’t have coconut oil on hand or would rather use something else, you can swap it for vegan butter or margarine in equal amounts.

– Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips or Chunks: To add more chocolate flavor to the glaze, swap out some cocoa powder or powdered sugar for dairy-free chocolate chips, chunks, or shavings. Simply melt them together with the other ingredients until smooth.

– Cocoa Powder: The amount of cocoa powder used in the recipe primarily determines the intensity of chocolate flavor in the glaze. For a richer taste and darker color, use dark cocoa powder instead of regular unsweetened cocoa powder.

– Vanilla Extract: A teaspoon of pure vanilla extract adds a lovely aromatic essence to the chocolate glaze. In addition, you could try substituting vanilla extract with almond extract or peppermint extract for a unique twist.

These variations would also come in handy if you need to adapt this recipe according to your dietary restrictions or preferences. Just remember to stick to the basic ratios of ingredients and adjust accordingly if necessary.

Serving and Pairing

 Elevate any dessert with a richness like never before.
Elevate any dessert with a richness like never before.

When it comes to serving and pairing this delicious dairy-free chocolate glaze recipe, you have several options to choose from. This glaze is so versatile, it can be drizzled over any dessert to enhance its chocolatey goodness. It’s perfect for adding that extra touch of indulgence to a simple batch of cupcakes or doughnuts.

For a classic pairing, try serving it with a rich and decadent chocolate bundt cake recipe. The glaze’s smooth and glossy texture makes your cake appear like a true masterpiece– so good-looking that you’ll almost feel guilty digging in!

Another delicious way to pair the vegan chocolate glaze is to use it as a topping for protein donuts. The glaze not only adds an extra layer of chocolate flavor, but it also serves as a great pre- or post-workout snack! With this treat, you can indulge in your chocolate craving whilst keeping fit at the same time.

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider adding some crushed nuts or coconut flakes into the glaze before drizzling them over your dessert. These toppings will not only enhance the texture of your dish but also provide an added scent of sweetness.

This vegan chocolate glaze has been my go-to recipe for many years now, and I’ve experimented with various desserts that would go beautifully with it. Trust me when I say it’s a true crowd-pleaser!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take your dessert to the next level with this decadent glaze.
Take your dessert to the next level with this decadent glaze.

Making a chocolate glaze in advance is a smart time-saving strategy whether you plan on adding it to doughnuts, bundt cakes, or cupcakes. The good news is that this dairy-free recipe does not actually require much time to prepare, so you can easily make the glaze on the day of if you prefer.

However, if you want to get ahead of your baking game, there are options: The chocolate glaze can be made and stored for up to two weeks in advance. Simply follow the same preparation steps and store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

To reheat the ready-made chocolate glaze, all you need to do is let it come to room temperature and then stir it or warm it gently over a double boiler, using a spoon or spatula until smooth. This should revive its smooth texture once more after being chilled.

Alternatively, if you would like to make things even easier for yourself, you could save yourself the hassle of reheating and simply freeze the finished chocolate glaze. This can be done by preparing the whole batch and then portioning it into ice cube trays before freezing until needed.

When ready to use, let it thaw at room temperature until it reaches your desired consistency.

Overall, this dairy-free chocolate glaze recipe is perfect for busy bakers who want top-quality results without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Whether baked treats are for Easter brunch or just a special Sunday breakfast with family friends – we’ve got you covered!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Satisfy your inner chocoholic with this easy-to-make glaze.
Satisfy your inner chocoholic with this easy-to-make glaze.

As a food blogger, I know that even a small adjustment in the recipe can make a huge difference in your final product. Hence, here are some tips to help you create the perfect chocolate glaze every time.

First and foremost, ensure that all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting to make the glaze. If you use cold ingredients, they won’t mix well with each other, and your glaze may end up lumpy.

When making the glaze, it is important to whisk the ingredients thoroughly to get a smooth texture. You can use a hand whisk, electric mixer or blender to mix the ingredients well. I prefer using an electric mixer as it makes the process much faster.

For a thicker consistency of the glaze, add more powdered sugar to it. If you want it to be thinner, then add more boiling water or plant-based milk slowly and mix well.

If using cocoa powder in the recipe, make sure that you sift it first so as to avoid lumps in the glaze. This will give you a smooth finish and a silky texture.

To make it even more decadent, you can add chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks to the recipe while making the glaze for that rich chocolaty flavor. But if you want it completely dairy-free and vegan, opt for vegan chocolate chips instead.

Finally, if you’re planning to drizzle this chocolate glaze on cakes or doughnuts, let them cool completely before doing so. This will prevent your glaze from melting and dripping off from your desserts.

By following these tips, you can easily create a delicious and perfect chocolate glaze every time. Don’t forget to experiment with different variations of this recipe and find what works best for you!


As we near the end of this recipe article, I’m sure you may have some questions that have arisen regarding the chocolate glaze recipe, its ingredients, or substitutes. In this FAQ section, I will address the most commonly asked queries with detailed answers that will hopefully clear up any confusion and ensure you can enjoy a delicious and dairy-free chocolate glaze without any hitches. So, let’s get started!

What is chocolate glaze made of?

In this recipe, we will be working with some common culinary ingredients: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream (although milk can be substituted), vanilla extract, and water. These ingredients will come together to create a delicious and healthy dessert that is gluten-free and dairy-free. So, let’s get started on this sweet adventure!

What is the difference between chocolate ganache and glaze?

When it comes to dessert toppings, there are noticeable differences between icings and glazes. Icings, which include the well-loved ganache, are in between frosting and glaze in terms of thickness. As they dry, icings become stiff and set quickly. On the other hand, while glazes do set, they don’t become hard because they contain less sugar.

What is chocolate glazing?

When making pastries, it’s common to add a decorative layer to the surface, known as glazing. Glaze recipes vary widely, and typically feature ingredients such as couverture chocolate, Valrhona Absolu Cristal, and cream to create a classic glaze.

Do dairy free chocolate chips melt?

If you’re looking to melt some dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips, the stovetop double boiler method is a great way to do so. Simply chop up a bar of dark chocolate, or grab some vegan chocolate chips, and place them into the top of a double boiler that’s set over some gently simmering water. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can also use a metal bowl set over a saucepan. Just make sure to stir the chocolate frequently and slowly until it’s fully melted.

Does chocolate glaze need to be refrigerated?

No need to refrigerate the chocolate glaze. However, if you decide to chill your cake, be aware that the glaze might lose some of its shine.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this dairy-free and vegan chocolate glaze recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves chocolate and is health-conscious. With ingredients like unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut oil, and confectioners’ sugar, this glaze is not only delicious but also guilt-free. These ingredients provide the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess without any dairy or unnecessary additives.

Whether you pair it with a vegan chocolate bundt cake, protein donuts, or glazed donuts, this chocolate glaze will elevate your desserts and leave everyone wanting more. Moreover, the recipe is easy to follow and requires only a handful of staple pantry ingredients that you might already have on hand.

Incorporating healthy and organic ingredients into our diets is more important now than ever before. And with this recipe, you can enjoy your favorite chocolate dessert while staying true to your dietary requirements. So go ahead and indulge in this delicious vegan chocolate glaze without any hesitation!

Chocolate Glaze - Dairy Free

Chocolate Glaze - Dairy Free Recipe

A dairy free chocolate glaze, perfect addition to your desserts
No ratings yet
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Calories 749.2 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons melted dairy-free margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water


  • Mix cocoa powder and margarine in saucepan, stirring constantly over low heat until well blended.
  • Stir in sugar and vanilla until crumbly.
  • Add 1 tsp of water at a time until glaze pours well, add more water if necessary.
  • Pour quickly over top of cake or spread evenly.
  • Make enough for a 9 inch layer cake.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 244gCalories: 749.2kcalCarbohydrates: 189.5gProtein: 3.2gFat: 2.2gSaturated Fat: 1.3gSodium: 8.7mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 176.9g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dairy Free, Dessert, Easy, Free Of..., Lactose-free
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Recommended Recipes Just For You

None found