Vegan Chocolate Frosting (paleo)

This vegan chocolate frosting is super easy and just requires three ingredients! Can easily be made paleo.

This is the same frosting I used on my vegan chocolate cake, which has been a big hit both online and with my friends and family.

I made it for myself for Björn’s first birthday (he got a healthy oat-based date-sweetened cake :D) and then I made it again for Mother’s Day. And my mother-in-law’s birthday. And every other special occasion since then!

I guess it’s safe to say it’s my favorite cake. Or maybe tied with another one that I’ll be posting soon.

This amazingly delicious vegan chocolate frosting is super easy and just requires three ingredients! Can easily be made paleo.

If you want something a bit healthier to slather this vegan chocolate frosting on, these paleo cupcakes, this paleo chocolate strawberry cake or these coconut flour brownies are great options!

And if you eat grains, you can make these amazing whole wheat chocolate cupcakes with whole wheat, whole spelt or all-purpose flour.

The frosting portion of the vegan chocolate cake recipe has always called for coconut milk but I keep seeing people on social media make it with coconut cream. I have no idea why as I never mention using that as an option, chilling the coconut milk, or anything like that.

This amazing vegan chocolate frosting is super easy and just requires three ingredients! Can easily be made paleo.

And then they’re confused that it’s too thick. So here’s a whole post dedicated to the frosting. It deserves its own post, anyway!

So this recipe is super easy but doesn’t look or taste like it. It’s just chocolate, coconut milk and salt. If you’re paleo or vegan, I’m guessing you probably already have that in your pantry.

This vegan chocolate frosting is super easy and just requires three ingredients! Can easily be made paleo.

You just melt the chocolate and coconut milk together, chill and then whip. So this frosting is actually a whipped chocolate ganache but I’m calling it frosting because… it’s just simpler.

I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on this recipe and how it’s not too sweet. If you want it even less sweet, then using dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet would do the trick.

This vegan =chocolate frosting is super easy and just requires three ingredients! Can easily be made paleo.

I don’t think that almond milk or another type of milk would work in place of the coconut milk but if you can have dairy, I think heavy cream would be fine. But I haven’t tried it.

If you don’t want to whip it, you don’t have to. Without doing that, you have a plain but very delicious chocolate ganache! And it really tastes just like traditional ganache.

So what are you going to put this on first?! Feel free to leave links! I’d love to see your favorite cake recipes.

Paleo Vegan Chocolate Frosting

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Vegan Chocolate Frosting (paleo)
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  • Yield: 2 cups


  • For the whipped ganache frosting:
  • 1 2/3 cups (283 grams) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or chips (make sure to use vegan / paleo chocolate, if desired)
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) canned full-fat coconut milk - not coconut cream!
  • up to 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium or large sauce pot (one big enough for you to use your mixer in), mix together the chopped chocolate and coconut milk. Turn the heat to low and while stirring occasionally, melt the mixture. When no more lumps remain, stir in the salt (I like 1/4 teaspoon but you may want less). Place the pot on a trivet and put in the refrigerator to chill for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours or until the mixture is cold and has thickened quite a bit (so that it's no longer pourable).
  2. Remove the chilled ganache from the refrigerator and using an electric mixer (you could also transfer it to a stand mixer), beat the ganache until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. If making an 8" cake - spread about 2/3 cup of frosting between the two layers of cake, 1/2 cup on top and the remaining on the sides. There's about 2 cups of frosting. The frosting is stable at room temperature and doesn't melt but should be kept refrigerated (it's fine to keep the cake out for about 8 hours at room temp). Keeps refrigerated about 4-5 days.

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  • Carrie says
    August 21, 2019 @ 5:34 am

    Looks and sounds amazing! What have you found for Paleo AND vegan chocolate chips? It’s so hard to find any without sugar

    • Erin replies to Carrie
      September 6, 2019 @ 12:24 pm

      I’m so sorry for just now seeing your question! I just got back from vacation. Enjoy Life chocolate chips are certified paleo-friendly by the Paleo Foundation. But they do have sugar. Pascha chips are 100% organic cocoa mass so those would fit your requirements! You’d need to then add a bit of sweetener to this recipe, though.

  • Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    May 30, 2019 @ 2:56 pm

    I’m going to have to try this.

  • Jules Shepard says
    May 29, 2019 @ 5:58 pm

    So do you think I could eat this with a spoon?!

  • Taylor
    May 29, 2019 @ 4:09 pm

    Love how simple and delicious this is! Perfect for cakes, cupcakes and more!

    • Erin replies to Taylor
      June 3, 2019 @ 9:50 pm

      I agree! And sooo tasty.

  • Beth Pierce
    May 29, 2019 @ 4:35 am

    I can not believe how easy this was! My daughter is just getting into baking and really enjoyed making this…and eating it too, of course!

    • Erin replies to Beth Pierce
      June 3, 2019 @ 9:50 pm

      Aww, yay! I love it when kids can make my recipes. :) I’m glad she had fun! Thanks for your comment.

  • Chrissie Baker
    May 28, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

    Thank you so much for this so simple and delicious recipe!!!! Perfect topping for my yummy brownies:)

    • Erin replies to Chrissie Baker
      June 3, 2019 @ 9:48 pm

      Yay! I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for the feedback. :)

  • Paula says
    May 28, 2019 @ 6:13 pm

    I’m absolutely a sucker for good frosting. This look delish.

    • Erin replies to Paula
      June 3, 2019 @ 9:46 pm

      Thanks so much! :)

  • Julia says
    May 27, 2019 @ 4:10 pm

    What does full fat coconut milk mean? In my grocery store there are cans ranging from 60-80 % coconut and the rest water. If I use any of these should I shake the can so it gets mixed or do I only use the cream part and discard the water?

    • Erin replies to Julia
      May 30, 2019 @ 7:29 pm

      Hello and sorry for just now seeing your question! Unless it says light / lite / low-fat coconut milk, then it’s full-fat. :) What you see sounds right! You don’t need to shake it or use only the cream. You melt the full contents of the can with the chocolate.

  • Maureen Fergusson
    May 27, 2019 @ 1:46 am

    Hi Erin
    This is a great recipe. I would like to make a white frosting too. Do you think it would work if I used white chocolate for this?

    • Erin replies to Maureen Fergusson
      May 27, 2019 @ 9:43 am

      Hello! I haven’t used white chocolate in a few years (can’t have it anymore) and I’m not 100% sure it’d work, but I think it would. If I were you, I’d make a tiny taste batch to see. If you try it, please let us know!

  • Laura says
    May 27, 2019 @ 1:15 am

    Does this need refrigeration for health, safety reasons or to keep it from melting or softening?

    • Erin replies to Laura
      May 27, 2019 @ 9:41 am

      The part was totally missing! Thanks for pointing it out. It doesn’t melt but should be refrigerated after about 8 hours.


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