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Coffee and ice cream with a caramel drizzle and chocolate sprinkles served in blue cup.

Decadent Vegan Affogato Dessert Recipe

Let's make Affogato vegan! A scoop of dairy-free ice cream drowning in a warm shot of bitter espresso, topped with a big dollop of sweet caramel and a sprinkle of chocolate curls makes a melty, dreamy vegan dessert. Easy and indulgent!
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword affogato dessert recipe, coffee dessert, dairy-free dessert, easy vegan dessert, gluten-free dessert
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Tracy Halasz


  • 2 scoops dairy-free ice cream*
  • 2 shots espresso
  • 1 recipe caramel sauce*
  • 2 oz vegan chocolate, melted (optional)
  • vegan chocolate, grated or chopped
  • pinch of salt


How to Make Vegan Caramel Sauce

    150 grams coconut cream powder (~⅔ cup)
    150 grams coconut palm sugar (~⅔ cup)
    120 ml warm water (~½ cup)
    2 tablespoons refined coconut oil (melted)
    pinch of sea salt
    Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes until thick and gooey.
    Place in airtight container in fridge - it gets thicker as it chills.

Chocolate Drizzle or Chocolate Sprinkles

  • Melt your favourite vegan chocolate for drizzles.
  • To make sprinkles, finely chop a small piece of vegan chocolate.
    For a fancier version, slightly warm the chocolate chunk and then grate on the larger side of a box grater.

Assembling the Affogato Dessert

  • Scoop your favourite dairy-free ice cream (this is the one I love) into a pretty mug. One scoop per serving.
  • Make a shot of espresso and pour over the scoop of ice cream.
  • Drizzle/dollop caramel sauce over ice cream.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate, add a pinch of finishing salt, and a sprinkle of chopped chocolate.


Caramel Sauce - the caramel sauce can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for a couple weeks. It thickens up in the fridge so if you want to thin it out, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, stir and repeat until desired consistency.
Ice Cream - use any type of dairy-free ice cream. I do love the flavour and texture of the So Delicious vanilla or salted caramel cashew based ice cream. It's spectacular!