Vegan Chocolate Syrup

This rich vegan chocolate syrup is better than anything you can buy at the stores! It has only 6 ingredients and it’s ready in only minutes, which means you’ll love making your own homemade chocolate syrup.

A hand holds a spoon over a bowl of vegan chocolate syrup. There's a bowl of vegan ice cream behind it.

I love drizzling vegan chocolate syrup over just about everything, including my favorite banana nice cream. I once thought it was an indulgence, but it’s so easy to make at home, so I keep it around all the time. Besides, I store mine in glass jars, meaning it’s one less throw-away plastic bottle to buy.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Simple cocoa powder adds lots of chocolate flavor to this syrup
  • Vegan butter is the secret ingredient for adding flavor and richness
  • Minimal sugar adds just enough sweetness but still allowing the rich flavors of the chocolate to shine through

What You Need

Ingredients are on a white counter. the labels read, "vanilla, water, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and vegan butter."

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Cocoa Powder — You’ll need either natural or Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Sugar — I typically use granulated sugar, but you can substitute coconut sugar.
  • Water — If your water has flavor to it, I recommend using filtered water.
  • Butter — Any dairy-free butter or margarine will work.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt

How to Make This Recipe

  1. Combine the cocoa powder and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the water and stir until combined.
    Water is being poured into a saucepan with cocoa powder.
  2. Add vegan butter and stir until it’s all melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

Marly’s Tips

This chocolate sauce is thin when it comes off the stovetop. It will thicken as it cools.

A close-up of a spoon of chocolate sauce drizzling it into a bowl with more of it.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Can I make it sweeter?

Taste the syrup while it’s still warm and if you’d like it sweeter, add a tablespoon or two of additional sugar. Then stir it over the heat until the sugar dissolves.

What chocolate syrup is vegan?

Hershey’s chocolate syrup is vegan, however, the ingredients include high fructose corn syrup and it comes in a single-use plastic container. You can avoid both of these issues by making your own.

Serving Suggestions

Drizzle vegan chocolate syrup over your favorite desserts, shakes, and smoothies, such as:

You can also use it to make vegan chocolate milk by combining it with cashew milk or pecan milk.

Storage Tips

Store chocolate syrup in a lidded glass jar (like a mason jar) and keep it refrigerated. It will keep for up to 3 weeks in the fridge. It will thicken as it chills so bring it to room temperature and then heat it in the microwave until it thins out.

A glass bowl has ice cream with chocolate syrup over the top and the bowl behind it has a spoon in it.

Vegan Chocolate Recipes

That’s it for this vegan chocolate syrup recipe. Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Syrup

Vegan chocolatey syrup.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the cocoa powder and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the water and stir until combined.
  • Add vegan butter and stir until it's all melted.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

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Notes

Store the syrup in a lidded glass container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. 
This chocolate sauce is very thin when comes off of the stovetop. It will thicken as it cools. 
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Syrup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 66mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 53IU1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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