Paleo Chocolate Ganache- Easy & Fast, 5 minutes to make, no cooking! *Made with cocoa* {Paleo/Primal, GAPS Diet, Keto, Low-carb option}

Paleo Chocolate Ganache- Easy & Fast, 5 minutes to make, no cooking! *Made with cocoa* {Paleo/Primal, GAPS Diet, Keto, Low-carb option}

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I created this recipe out of necessity! SO many ganache recipes use chocolate bars or cream. I needed one that uses cocoa powder, not too much sweetener, and was versatile for different wellness diets. I also wanted one that didn’t require lots of stirring and cooking.

Ta-da!

I LOVE that this one has just three ingredients, not including that bit of lovely sea salt! The recipe uses melted fat, but there’s no cooking– basically you just stir the ingredients together, and it’s ready to eat or serve. It can be used warm and thin to create a lovely drizzle, like over the surface of brownies; or it can be used room temperature for spreading on a breakfast waffle…

The first time I made this recipe was for our staff (at the cafe we recently sold). A lot of them are vegan, but I wanted something that was Paleo too– no sugar, no cream, (and for my sake, no double boiler).

The reason I list the version below with lard (you can also use coconut oil or butter, depending on your diet) is that I LOVE the end result, the texture, when it’s chilled. I use it in a couple of cheesecake recipes as the topping [soon to be published!], and it’s a really nice texture. You can slice right through it after it’s been chilled, instead of having to break through a hard surface, but it doesn’t run either; it behaves like ganache!

With butter the recipe’s just a bit firmer, and with coconut oil, chilled, it is a bit harder still. BUT at room temperature this ganache is crazy good spread on bread or waffle, or eaten straight off your spoon! Our staff was eating it straight like pudding! 🙂

Enjoy the fast, easy preparation, and the outcome! You may find you’re making ganache weekly once you have this recipe in your arsenal.

Paleo Chocolate Ganache- Easy & Fast, 5 minutes to make, no cooking! *Made with cocoa* {Paleo/Primal, GAPS Diet, Keto, Low-carb option}

Paleo Chocolate Ganache- Easy & Fast, 5 minutes to make, no cooking!

Easy Chocolate Ganache {Paleo/Primal, GAPS Diet, Keto, Low-carb option}
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Servings Prep Time
1-1/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-1/4 cups 5 minutes
Easy Chocolate Ganache {Paleo/Primal, GAPS Diet, Keto, Low-carb option}
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Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1-1/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-1/4 cups 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup cocoa fair trade (see link below)
  • 1/2 cup lard OR coconut oil OR butter, melted and partially cooled
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey for GAPS; OR stevia, to taste, for low-carb/keto option
  • 2 pinches sea salt
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Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine cocoa and melted, cooled fat. Stir well. (Make sure no water gets in the bowl.)
  2. Add maple syrup or preferred sweetener, and stir well to combine. (If you use only stevia, your ganache will be thicker. Warm it gently to drizzle or spread more easily.)
  3. The ganache is now ready to eat right out of the spoon! (...IF you used coconut oil or butter, not lard. Lard is excellent when you're topping something soft, like a cheesecake that's chilled!, and you don't want a hard topping [...BUT not as yummy all by itself when made with lard.]) Or slather on bread, waffle; use as a topping for cheesecake; drizzle over brownies etc.
Recipe Notes

Find Fair Trade Cocoa here.

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  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I wish I could reach through the screen and get a big spoonful of this gorgeous ganache!!! It looks so good!

  • Kari Peters

    I could just eat this by the spoonful, it just looks so silky and delicious!

  • Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

    Yaaaas perfect for my chocolate cakes! Thanks for sharing!

  • Love how simple and easy this is to make. I would totally just eat spoonfuls of this.

  • Renee Kohley

    Gah! Lard – of course! What a simple solution! This is SO easy too! I think I would use it on pie for sure – maybe some cupcakes!

  • Jessica DeMay

    This ganache looks perfect! I love how easy it is and it looks good enough to eat with a spoon 😉

  • Megan Stevens

    Renee, I still need to try the recipe with double the sweetener. It’s very dark, so perfect on a cheesecake or brownies, but I don’t know if it will work on cupcakes like this, maybe too strong. I’ll give it a go with more maple syrup and report back/update the post if the recipe works both ways. Thank you for your comment! 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Yes, me too! Thank you!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yes! It was so much fun seeing our staff do that with the coconut oil version. 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Great!! You’re welcome!

  • Megan Stevens

    Likewise. Thank you Kari! 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    I wish you could too! 🙂 Thank you!

  • Oh wow, I need this ganache in my life. It’s so easy too!!!!

  • Cristina Maria Curp

    Ganache is soooo good! I could eat this by the spoonful! Yum!

  • ChihYu

    I can never say no to chocolate so this is right up my alley ! YUM !!

  • Stacey Crawford

    Drooling over the luscious chocolaty eye candy! I want it!

  • Katja Heino

    I love how easy this recipe is. It looks delish! Drooling over here.

  • Holley Marth

    This would be great with fruit, cookies, on GF cake! YUM!

  • Melissa Schollaert

    Wow- I never knew ganache could be so easy! Thank you!

  • Yes! I’ve been wanting a cocoa ganache recipe for when I’m out of cream. Thank you!!