Paleo Chocolate Frosting

This Paleo Chocolate Frosting is super easy to make. It’s so rich and delicious that you might find yourself eating it by the spoonful! Made with just 3 ingredients –dark chocolate, coconut oil, and vanilla, it is a rich and creamy topping that will take your paleo desserts to the next level!

I designed this chocolate frosting recipe for my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes, which my children, and their friends, have been gobbling up. I know I’ve got a good dessert on my hands when my children’s gluten eating pals scarf down my gluten-free, paleo desserts, and then ask for more. These healthy paleo cupcakes smothered in Paleo Chocolate Frosting didn’t last long at all!

Paleo Chocolate Frosting

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Servings 1 cup



  • In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and coconut oil
  • Stir in vanilla extract
  • Place frosting in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to thicken
  • Remove from refrigerator and whip frosting with a hand blender until thick and fluffy
  • Serve
Prep Time 5 mins
Fridge Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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I began creating this dairy-free frosting recipe a few weeks ago. While I was in the middle of working on it, I received a comment from a reader named Reggie, that contained a similar recipe to mine. At that point, I knew my recipe was going in the right direction.

If you’re allergic to coconut, try my Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe, made with real butter, it’s incredible! If you have a birthday coming up, make sure to use either of my incredible chocolate frosting recipes to top my Paleo Birthday Cake recipe!

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An excellent chocolate frosting that is so easy to make. It tastes decadent and pairs perfectly with the vanilla cupcakes.


164 responses to “Paleo Chocolate Frosting”

  1. Dear Elana, I’m from the UK and stumbled across your website about 6 months ago. I’ve made your orange cake so many times and it is always a huge success with my family and friends. Thank you so so much for your amazing recipes x

    • Amanda, it’s so nice to meet you here! I’m happy to hear you are enjoying this cake and my other recipes :-)

  2. Does this frosting melt if key at room temp for a couple outs . Going to make the vanilla cupcakes and use this as a frosting to bring for my son’s birthday party at school. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes I’m excited to make these and they’re so simple win-win

    • Jennifer, I used to make cupcakes with this frosting for my boys’ birthday parties all the time and did not have any trouble with it melting :-)

  3. Hi Elana!
    I’m going to be making the Paleo chocolate frosting for the vanilla birthday cake for my fiancé. How many cups of the chocolate chips do I need for the whole cake?

    Thank you!
    – Jenna

  4. Hi Elana- I just made the chocolate frosting! It is delicious and so easy!! I made cupcakes.
    Even my non paleo hubby likes them. Thank you

  5. Hi Elana, it’s me again, so sorry, just wondering:-
    1) Can I use unsweetened chocolate bars? I can’t find any that is without addictives or added sugar.
    2) How do I go about it? Can I just add honey or coconut sugar into the melted unsweetened chocolate, will it work?
    3) Do I need to add some coconut oil or butter to it? If so, how much do I need to add? Thanks so much, you are saving my life!

    By the way, love your recipes, especially your paleo birthday cake, my daughter is not into paleo but when she ate the first bite, her exact words “mum, this is legit”. When your teen tells you the cake is “legit” you k ow that you are doing it right! Thanks again!

    • Connie, thanks for your comment! I haven’t tried that so not sure. If you experiment, I hope you’ll let us know if it works! Thanks so much for your kind words about my Paleo Birthday Cake, I’m so happy to hear that you and your family are enjoying my recipes :-)

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