Indulge guilt-free! Easy Vegan Chocolate Fondue recipe, with sugar-free options! Just in time for my favorite holiday, Halloween! Who says Halloween is just for kids? This dairy-free chocolate fondue is the perfect treat that brings out the kid in adults and keeps the little ones grinning, too. Whether you're after a fun family activity or looking to add a touch of sophistication to your adult Halloween gathering, this deliciously versatile fondue ticks all the boxes!
Hey there, Veginners! I know, I know - making fondue might sound like a culinary high-wire act, especially if you’re just starting your Veginner Cooking journey. But fear not! We're sticking to a simple chocolate fondue recipe that's perfect for anyone, whether you're a newbie in the kitchen or just looking for some delicious dairy-free recipes. We’ll also chat about how to make your chocolate fondue sugar-free, and what to do if you don't have a fondue pot. So keep reading, get that fondue fork ready, and plunge into this gooey goodness! 🤤
Vegan Chocolate Fondue Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut cream (the thick part from a can of full-fat coconut milk)
1/4 cup almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: 1/4 tsp of cinnamon or pumpkin spice
Vegan graham crackers
Fresh fruits like strawberries, bananas, and apple slices
Any other vegan treats you fancy!
In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the vegan dark chocolate chips. Make sure to stir frequently to avoid burning.
Once the chocolate starts to melt, stir in the coconut cream until well combined.
Gradually add the almond milk and keep stirring until the mixture is smooth and has a fondue consistency. You can add more almond milk if needed to achieve your desired consistency.
Stir in the vanilla extract, and if using, add the cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
Once everything is well combined and smooth, transfer the mixture to a fondue pot (alternatives below).
Arrange the dipping items around the fondue pot, and you're all set for a vegan Halloween treat!
Remember to always check the labels when purchasing ingredients like chocolate chips, graham crackers and marshmallows, as some may contain non-vegan ingredients. There are several brands available that produce vegan versions such as Enjoy Life & Dandies (affiliate links). 🎃🍫🔥
Nutritional Information (per serving, fondue only):
Calories: Approximately 210 kcal
Saturated Fat: 8g
If you don't have a fondue pot, here are a few alternatives:
Use a Ceramic or Glass Bowl:
After preparing the fondue on the stovetop, transfer it to a warmed ceramic or glass bowl. The bowl won't keep the chocolate hot for as long as a fondue pot would, but it will work for a shorter duration.
Warm the bowl by filling it with hot water, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then dumping out the water and drying it thoroughly before adding the chocolate.
If you have a small slow cooker or a dip warmer, it can serve as an excellent alternative to a fondue pot. Simply set it to the "warm" setting. Stir occasionally to ensure even heat distribution.
Transfer the fondue to a microwave-safe bowl. When the chocolate starts to solidify, give it a quick stir and microwave for 20-30 seconds to melt it back to the desired consistency. This method is more hands-on as you might have to reheat a couple of times during your fondue session.
For a DIY touch, you can place a tea light candle under a ceramic or metal bowl. This will provide some warmth to keep the chocolate melted. It might not be as effective as a fondue pot, but it can work in a pinch and adds a cozy ambiance.
Remember, the goal is to keep the fondue warm and at a smooth consistency for dipping. Whatever method you choose, make sure to consistently stir the chocolate to ensure it doesn’t overheat or burn.
In my kitchen, I'm all about making life easy and using what I've got. So when I'm out of chocolate chips for fondue night, I just grab what's on hand. Whether it's cacao or cocoa powder, I pair either with monkfruit sugar substitute (affiliate link) to keep things sweet and sugar-free.
Going the cacao route gives a rich and indulgent taste, perfect for when you feel a bit fancy. If I'm leaning towards cocoa powder, it's all about that classic chocolatey flavor, just lighter. Both ways are super simple and totally tasty.
And remember, a dash of something fatty like cacao butter or coconut oil can really amp up the creaminess. These alternatives are not just easy and delicious but also cater to our sugar-conscious Veginners. So, let’s keep our cooking fun and flexible, because whipping up dairy-free deliciousness with whatever’s in the pantry is what Veginner Cooking is all about! Enjoy your Vegan Halloween Fondue! 🍫🎃 Love, Cheryl