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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.
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!
- 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
In a small bowl combine cocoa and melted, cooled fat. Stir well. (Make sure no water gets in the bowl.)
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.)
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.
Find Fair Trade Cocoa here.
How will you use this ganache?