Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue

By Anne-Marie Nichols

Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue

If you’re looking for something indulgent for Valentine's Day, Mother’s Day or another festive holiday party, look no further than this Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue recipe!

Unlike other chocolate fondue recipes, this easy chocolate fondue uses coconut cream instead of whipping cream. So if you have a food sensitivity to dairy like me, you can indulge in as much chocolate fondue without worrying about a tummy ache the next day!

This Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue is so rich and creamy that you’ll find it very filling. After dipping a few strawberries or marshmallows, I go into chocolate overload and feel that I’ve had enough.

That’s why this dessert fondue is the BEST chocolate fondue recipe for parties. A little goes a long way!

An Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue recipe for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, or a romantic evening!

Best chocolate fondue dippers for easy chocolate fondue

So what are the best chocolate fondue dippers for this easy chocolate fondue recipe?

I like the following:

● strawberries

● blueberries

● grapes

● slices of bananas

● dried banana chips

● dried fruit (papaya, apricots, pineapple, etc.)

● marshmallows

● gluten free cookies

● pieces of gluten free cake

If you’re not gluten free, pieces of Sara Lee pound cake (cut into cubes) are amazing.

(If you’re sharing the fondue pot with gluten free people, don’t dip your pound cake into the pot. Don’t want to cross-contaminate the fondue! Instead, put some chocolate fondue on a plate and dip your cubes into it.)

Best chocolate for fondue

To keep your chocolate fondue recipe dairy free, not only do you have to use coconut cream (not milk), you also have to find the right kind of chocolate.

My favorites are dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips like Guittard or Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Vegan Chocolate Chips. Chips work best in fondue recipes since they melt quickly.

This easy chocolate fondue is made with dairy free chocolate and coconut cream. What to do with easy chocolate fondue leftovers

When I’ve made Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue for Mother’s Day and Halloween, we ended up having leftovers.

If that happens to you, just keep the chocolate fondue in the pot, cover it with aluminum foil, and put it in the refrigerator.

The next day, just reheat the chocolate while you’re eating dinner. Then you’ll have more easy chocolate fondue the next night (or two) for dessert.

You can also put leftover Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue into a square cake pan and chill to make an easy refrigerator fudge. Just cut off a piece when you want to indulge in some creamy chocolate – awesome!

Buying a fondue pot for Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue

I used to have an old green aluminum fondue pot from the ‘70s that I found at a thrift store. It was good at keeping both cheese and easy chocolate fondue recipes warm with a candle even though it was pretty ugly!

Luckily, I received a Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Fondue Pot as a Mother's Day gift. It's gorgeous and works great with my induction cooktop.

I love using it for chocolate fondue since you can prepare any fondue recipe in the fondue pot right on the stovetop. This saves you the step of using another pot and then transferring the chocolate fondue.

But if you’re looking for a more reasonably priced electric fondue pot, I highly recommend the Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker.

Here are more electric fondue sets that will also work for cheese fondues. All get good ratings and are under $50:

Nostalgia 6-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Fondue Pot

Cuisinart 13-Piece Cast Iron Fondue Set 

Oster Fondue Pot

You should also check out the personal fondue mugs. These would be fun for a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day or an anniversary:

Kovot Personal Fondue Mugs (Set of 2)

Swissmar 4-Piece Nostalgia Chocolate Fondue Mug Set

Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue

Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue


  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut cream (not milk)
  • 1 (20 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (dairy free & gluten free)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (gluten free)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Goodies for dipping: strawberries, marshmallows, fruit, and pieces of gluten free cake or cookies


  1. In a medium sauce pan or stovetop safe fondue pot, heat coconut cream over medium heat until hot.
  2. Add chocolate chips. Lower heat.
  3. Stir until chocolate is fully melted.
  4. Transfer to fondue pot, if needed and serve warm with favorite dippers.
  5. Add vanilla extract and salt. Stir frequently until chocolate is fully melted
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: Makes about 4 cups
  • Serving size: Up to you!

Originally posted on February 28, 2014 and May 5, 2016. Updated with new pictures.

Photo credit: Adobe Stock

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12 thoughts on “Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue

  1. Melissa

    This is the most delicious substance I have ever eaten! I made it for a baby shower today and the guests loved it! Thank you so much for an amazing recipe! I will definitely be making it again!

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Coconut creamer, like So Delicious Coconut Creamer, is made with coconut cream. But since it’s made with mostly water and has added sugar, I wouldn’t use it. You could try using full fat (not lite) coconut milk. But it won’t be quite as creamy.

      1. Drue Gray

        Thank you for the reply. I’m going to try it (why not live on the edge, right?) and hopefully I will remember to post my results here.

    1. Chef Elizabeth

      I would say you could use it with a fountain the key with fountains is that there is enough oil in the mixture to make it thin enough to go through. So add a little warm Canola oil to thin it out a bit and then it should work. You may have to test run to see how much oil to add. I would only start by adding 2 TBSP to 5 lbs of chocolate.

  2. Johanna

    Amazing. This will quickly be moved from my recipes to try folder into my favorites folder. The chocolate stays more liquid than when use dairy cream so you can have a party without having everyone crowded around your outlet, if you have an electric fondue pot. Definitely my new go to fondue recipe.

    1. Rachel

      I tried this – absolutely delicious! I was afraid it would taste like coconut or something. It totally didn’t. Chocolatey and delicious. Don’t change a thing! (I did not use any salt.)


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