Vegan Chocolate Sauce
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Vegan chocolate sauce is super-easy to make. This version uses balsamic vinegar for a bit of tang and extra flavor. This post is sponsored by Pompeian. Thanks to Pompeian’s ongoing commitment to quality and innovation, home cooks can depend on Pompeian’s high quality olive oils and vinegars as a great-tasting base while exploring new flavors and ingredients.
Recently I went to a yoga retreat that serves primarily vegan food. I was surprised by how delicious everything was. I came back inspired to make more vegan dishes. This inspiration has fueled my sweet cooking as well as my savory cooking, which is how I ended up making this decadent vegan chocolate sauce.
The trick to making this chocolate sauce vegan is to use cocoa powder instead of chocolate. A lot of chocolate (although not all) has whey or milk ingredients add to it, making it not vegan. Pure cocoa powder, which you likely have on hand in your pantry, does not have these added ingredients.
The other trick to making this sauce is the balsamic vinegar, which is the main liquid used. It has a rich flavor but also acidity, which cuts the richness of the chocolate flavor a bit and adds a lot of depth. I used the Pompeian Organic Balsamic Vinegar. The grape juice used for this vinegar is slowly cooked and then placed in barrels for refining and aging, which adds a complex flavor. It’s also caramel-color-free and naturally gluten-free.
I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this twist on chocolate sauce. Stay tuned for Monday when I share a really quick dessert that uses the sauce.
Here how to make this easy and delicious vegan chocolate sauce.
Pour 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar into a small sauce pan.
Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and stir.
Heat over medium-low stirring frequently until it reaches a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until sauce is thick and reduced to 1/3 of a cup, 8-12 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa.
Whisk until smooth.
Add a pinch of salt and taste it. Add another 1-2 tablepoons of brown sugar if you’d like the sauce to be sweeter. Here you can see how it’s thick and shiny.
Serve immediately or put into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
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This vegan chocolate sauce uses ingredients you probably have in the pantry and will be ready in minutes.
- 3/4 cups balsamic vinegar (I used Pompeian’s Organic Balsamic Vinegar)
- 2 –4 tbsp. packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. pure cocoa powder
- A pinch of salt
- Pour the vinegar into a small saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar.
- Heat over medium-low stirring frequently until it reaches a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until thick and reduced to 1/3 of a cup, about 8-12 minutes.
- Whisk in the cocoa and salt. Taste. Add more brown sugar if desired.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pompeian. All opinions are my own.