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During the holidays, there are delicious treats at every gathering.  When you’re a gluten and dairy free kid–like my son however, you typically can’t eat ANY of those yummy treats.  Sometimes it just breaks my heart to see the sadness in my son’s eyes at dessert time…

So as busy as the holidays are, I always make sure to try to make a special treat for my son to eat.  For one party, I made gluten and dairy free Russian teacakes (his favorite Christmas cookie) to bring.  For another, I made his favorite gluten and dairy free chocolate chip cookies.  And for another holiday treat, I made quick and easy gluten and dairy free chocolate ganache to top a homemade chocolate cupcake that I had in my freezer.  I try to make his treats look as festive as I can–adding a heart shaped strawberry for example.

Gluten and dairy free chocolate ganache is made of two ingredients:  70% cacao (or higher) chocolate and almond milk.   (70% cacao chocolate usually does not contain dairy–please check the label)  I ALWAYS have these two ingredients in my pantry.

Gluten and dairy free chocolate ganache is so simple and quick to make.  It’s luscious, decadent and rich and I hope it will come in handy as a last minute holiday recipe.

And please visit others in our Holiday Blog Hop who are sharing last minute holiday recipes:

*  Vegetarian Holiday Recipes  by Moogielight

*  Gluten Free Holiday Cookies by Waldorf-Inspired-Learning

*   Soup, Bread and a Giveaway by Sure as the World

Have a joyous…and delicious…Christmas everyone!



*  8 ounces 70% cacao chocolate

*  1 cup almond milk (you can also use organic soy “creamer” or cashew cream)

1)  Using a knife, cut the chocolate into fine shards as pictured above.  Put in a heat proof bowl.

2)  Bring almond milk to just below boiling.

3)  Pour almond milk over the chocolate and let it set for a minute.

4)  After a minute start stirring until smooth and creamy. *  You can then dip or spread on cupcakes, brownies, muffins, or even fruit.


*  If I’m going to dip items into the ganache, I keep it warm using a double boiler method.


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  1. Is that a Fire King double boiler?? I might have to fly to Hawaii and steal that from your kitchen!!
    Oh, and while I’m there, I may as well gorge myself on that ganache. YUMMY!!
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    • Hmmm…it could be Fire King. I was lucky to get it from a dear aunt (along with her large collection of depression glass) many years ago. I use it ALL of the time, but maybe shouldn’t use it on top of a boiling pot of water since it’s so old! And yes, please come to Hawaii…I’ll give it to you! Aloha, Lori

  2. Yum! We attended a cousin’s wedding this past summer and were told there would be gluten free cupcakes. At the reception, we asked which ones they were and the bride couldn’t remember.. My daughter was sort of heartbroken she couldn’t enjoy with everyone. This ganache topping a cupcake would clearly feel like a party. Thank you for such an easy go to special treat. We have a few more gatherings coming up, I will have to stock the pantry. Thank you!

    • Hi Alison,
      Oh how nice to hear from another Mom with a gluten free kid–you totally understand those sad eyes at dessert time! A bit of ganache does make everything festive. For emergencies, I always have frozen cupcakes, brownies, or muffins in my freezer (some store bought) to top with ganache and a little decoration. Have you tried Amy’s gluten and dairy free chocolate cake in the freezer section! It’s really delicious and once while traveling, it became my son’s birthday cake–topped with ganache and berries of course! Have a wonderful holiday season Alison. Aloha, Lori

  3. I always have these two ingredients in my pantry too! This ganache looks so easy and yummy too! Could be just the icing for my holiday cookies; I can see another batch is in the works today! Love that we can share recipes, Lori. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    • Hi Jean,
      I was just thinking that your cookies would be delicious with a bit of ganache! I’m definitely going to try it–thank you. Warmest holiday wishes to you too! Aloha, Lori

  4. So funny, Lori! I replied to your comment over on my blog with the same sentiment – your ganache recipe and my GF cookie recipe were made for each other! I’m going to try them together tonight! I’m thinking I’ll take them to our New Year’s party. Warmest wishes to you, too!
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  5. Great recipe and thanks for sharing! I have an uncle the loves chocolate but is gluten intolerant, so it is really hard for him to enjoy it. I’m really looking forward to try your recipe and surprise him.
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  6. Yum! Can’t wait to try this – I always have these in my kitchen too and never thought to turn it into a simple dessert, looks gorgeous!
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  7. I generally have the vanilla unsweetened 30 calorie almond milk. Would that work?

    • Hi Dezerie,
      I haven’t used unsweetened 30 calorie almond milk, but I think that it will work. Please heat the milk slowly with the chocolate. If you’re using dairy free (70% cacao) chocolate, it is a little bitter so you might want to taste it and add a few drops of stevia or some other sweetener that you can eat. Thanks so much for being here and much aloha, Lori

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