DIY Gluten-Free Vegan Magic Shell

DIY Vegan Magic Shell {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Raw, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw, Refined Sugar-Free}

Making your own dairy-free or vegan magic shell is probably one of the easiest things ever. It basically comes down to three key ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa powder, and some sweetener — and you’ve probably got all these ingredients in stock in your gluten-free vegan pantry already!

It’s actually not that different from the store-bought kind anyhow, since the base for that is coconut oil as well. That’s what makes it “magical” since coconut oil has the special property of liquifying when warmed and solidifying when it comes in contact with cold. So by making your own vegan magic shell, you’re essentially getting the best of both worlds because you get that magical chocolatey shell you’re looking for, but with control over the ingredients and the option to make it a healthier recipe tailored to your diet {i.e. make it dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, raw, etc.}.

DIY Vegan Magic Shell Recipe {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw, Refined Sugar-Free}

* {UPDATED DIRECTIONS:} I’ve been making this recipe so much lately, that my method of making it has become lazier and lazier {double boiler… blender… BE GONE!}, and to my surprise it’s been working waaaay better this way. So I’ve updated the directions on here to make things easier for you as well — follow my lead…


DIY Gluten-Free Vegan Magic Shell

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 ¾ cups


  • 1 cup coconut oil, liquified
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (or carob powder)
  • 6 tbsp liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup), at room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional – 1-2 tsp tapioca starch for a thicker mixture (I only do this if I’m using this as a drizzle over cakes).


  1. Make sure your coconut oil is liquified, but not hot. If you need to heat it up to melt it, then allow it some time to cool first.
  2. Place all ingredients in a glass bowl (I use a tall measuring cup). Mix with a spoon (I actually use a wooden stir stick) until all the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth. This can take a few minutes — just keep stirring until there are no clumps left behind.


Can be used right away for dipping frozen desserts, chilled treats, or for drizzling over your favorite desserts.

You can halve or even quarter this recipe if you only want a bit of drizzle. I make it in the quantity I outlined above because if you want to dip things like frozen pops in it you need a bit more substance for coating. I usually have leftovers this way, which I simply store in a glass jar in the fridge.

If you do store this in the fridge, it will solidify, so when you want to use it again just bring it back to room temperature (either by leaving it out of the fridge overnight, microwaving, etc.). It melts back into a liquid state fairly easily, and then just give it a stir and it’s ready for use again.

You can easily flavor this recipe by adding in some mint flavor or a bit of Kahlua, or any other flavors you’d like.
UPDATE: I recently made this magic shell with carob powder instead of cocoa powder, and it was AMAZING! Give it a try for a change sometime.

DIY Vegan Magic Shell Recipe {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw, Refined Sugar-Free}


xo Audrey

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