Chocolate Salami Recipe - Vegan on Board (2024)

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This decadently delicious chocolate salami is always a hit! Surprise your guests with this no bake dessert when you reveal the rich chocolate, fruit and nut filled inside. It makes a great edible Christmas gift too!

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Where does chocolate salami come from?

In Portugal the salame de chocolate is a very popular tea time treat. They traditionally make it using Maria biscuits, a plain, slightly sweet round biscuit that originated in England, but became very popular across Europe. The recipe classically uses butter and raw eggs.

And in Italy the salame di cioccolato is very popular family treat served with coffee. It's especially enjoyed at Christmas time.

Vegan Chocolate Salami

It's not often that we try and make a recipe that looks like meat on purpose! But it's the time of year when baking is at it's most whimsical, so we decided to throw ourselves into creating a vegan version of chocolate salami that's just as indulgent!

Our chocolate salami is eggless and dairy free, so perfect for anyone who is allergic, or anyone who wants to avoid raw eggs. And all our plant based friends too!

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Ingredient tips

Our vegan chocolate salami has just 7 everyday ingredients:


Use good quality vegan dark chocolate. For a sweeter chocolate salami use 50% cocoa content chocolate, often called 'cooking chocolate'. Or for a darker, more rich flavour, use 70% cocoa content.

Biscuits / Cookies

We used rich tea biscuits, but you can also use any other plain biscuits. Look for Marie or Maria biscuits if you are in Spain or Portugal. For our German and Austrian friends vegan Butterkeks will be the most similar. And for our lovely friends across the pond try you can use vegan graham crackers or other vegan cookies.

You can also get experimenting and try other biscuits for a fun twist! Why not try Oreos, Biscoff or even our favourite Austrian cookies Mannerschnitten.

Fruit and Nuts

You can easily customise this chocolate salami recipe by varying your choice of fruit and nuts. Try cranberries and pistachios for a very festive red and green combination. Try almonds and raisins, coconut and cherry, or just a mix of anything you fancy!

Step by step

Here's a visual overview of how to shape the chocolate salami, for more help watch the video too!

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It's pretty easy to make, but our top tip is to finely chop up your biscuits, fruit and nuts. That way the salami will roll and hold together best.

Variations and substitutions

If you are making this chocolate salami as a gift, then you can wrap it in parchment paper and ribbon, with a handwritten tag. You could also print out the recipe to include with it!

For gluten free, just use vegan gluten free cookies or biscuits.

For a nut free version, use seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin.

If you do vary the fruit and nuts, try to stick to the quantities listed in the recipe, otherwise you will find you try and add too much filling and your salami won't hold together well. (Yep, we learnt that from experience!)

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We hope you have fun making our chocolate salami! Come back soon and try our other vegan sweet treats that also make great edible gifts.

These No Bake Chocolate Cookies (with just three ingredients!)
Our festive Vegan Rum Truffles
And these melt in the mouth Vegan Vanillekipferl Crescent Cookies

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Vegan Chocolate Salami


This chocolate salami is filled with dried fruit, nuts and biscuits for a fun no bake sweet treat.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Chilling Time: 1 hour hour 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes

Makes: 1 chocolate salami

Course: Sweet

Cuisine: Italian, Portuguese, Vegan


  • 4 (½ cup) rich tea biscuits or crumbled digestives or vegan graham crackers
  • 20 g (2 tbsp) nuts walnuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds...
  • 30 g (2 tbsp) dried fruit cranberries, cherries, raisins...
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate use 50% or 70% cocoa content depending on desired sweetness
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp plant milk
  • icing sugar for dusting


  • Crumble the biscuits up with your hands. Aim for pieces about 5 to 10 mm in size, but not so small that they've turned to dust.

    4 (½ cup) rich tea biscuits

  • Finely chop your chosen combination of dried fruit and nuts.

    20 g (2 tbsp) nuts, 30 g (2 tbsp) dried fruit

  • Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a hot water bath, or in a microwave at 30 second intervals.

    100 g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate

  • Add the olive oil and plant milk to the chocolate and stir until smooth.

    1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp plant milk

  • Add the biscuits, dried fruit and nuts to the chocolate mixture and mix until combined.

  • Set the mixture aside for approximately 20 minutes, until it has solidified enough to hold its shape well, but hasn't become so solid to that you can't mould it.

  • Cut a piece of baking paper about 20cm wide, and spoon the mixture lengthwise onto the centre and then use a spatula to form it into a rough salami shape.

  • Fold the bottom edge of the baking paper up and over the mixture and roll it into the paper. Gently press with your hands to get smooth surface and round salami shape. Twist the ends of the paper together at each end.

  • Chill the chocolate salami in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until fully set.

  • Unwrap and dust with icing sugar on all sides.

  • Slice, serve and enjoy!


Store in the fridge well wrapped, or in an airtight container. It will keep for 2-3weeks.


Serving: 1chocolate salami | Calories: 1165kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 1177mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 16mg

This information is calculated per serving and is an estimate only.

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Chocolate Salami Recipe - Vegan on Board (2024)


What is chocolate salami made of? ›

Chocolate salami is an Italian and Portuguese dessert made from cocoa, broken biscuits, butter and sometimes alcohol such as port wine or rum. The dessert became popular across Europe and elsewhere, often losing alcohol as an ingredient along the way. Cocoa, broken biscuits, butter, sometimes nuts.

What is vegan salami made of? ›

The Vegan Salami

Add vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and red pepper flakes (chili flakes) and mix together.

Where did chocolate salami originate? ›

As mentioned, chocolate salami is considered both a Portuguese and Italian dessert. It's likely that it was originally created in Sicily. However, the chocolate treat has even more to its rich history as well.

Where does chocolate salami originate? ›

Originating in Italy and Portugal, this crunchy treat has become a quintessential, iconic Italian dessert. In Bologna, Chocolate Salami is traditionally a sweet passover recipe, while in Emilia-Romagna, this dessert is popular during the Easter holiday.

What is vegan fake meat called? ›

A meat substitute, also called a meat analogue, approximates certain aesthetic qualities (primarily texture, flavor and appearance) or chemical characteristics of a specific meat. Substitutes are often based on soybeans (such as tofu and tempeh), gluten, or peas.

Does vegan salami exist? ›

Flavorings and Spices: Vegan salami is seasoned with a variety of herbs, spices, and flavorings to replicate the taste of traditional salami. These can include garlic, paprika, fennel seeds, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and other aromatic ingredients.

Is there a vegan version of prosciutto? ›

What Is Vegan Prosciutto? Vegan prosciutto replicates the gossamer cured ham with a subtly seasoned brine, leaning on Sugimoto shiitake powder for an unmistakable umami flavor. Purely savory and rich, there's no overt mushroom character to detract from the experience.

What part of the animal is salami made of? ›

Salami is generally made from lean and fat cuts of pork from the shoulder and back that are ground together, stuffed into a sausage casing, and then usually air-cured for a period of weeks or months, a process that is aided by Italy's dry climate.

What is sweet salami made of? ›

Known as salame dolce (literally translating as sweet salami) in Italian, it's typically made with biscuits, butter, eggs, chocolate and sometimes a little liqueur like rum.

Is salami from donkey meat? ›

Salami has also been made from horse meat. In the Provence region of France and in the Veneto region of Italy donkey meat is used for salami, as well, the product being sold in street markets.

What's the difference between pepperoni and salami? ›

Yes, pepperoni is a type of salami. Pepperoni is made with a mixture of beef and pork, leaning heavier on the beef side. Pepperoni is packed with red pepper and paprika giving it a much spicier kick than other relatively mild salamis. Pepperoni can also include black pepper, garlic, and sometimes mustard and fennel.

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