Vegan Tahini Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce + Gluten Free Teff Waffles

Creamy, thick, gooey, warm, vegan chocolate sauce: homemade hot fudge sauce spiked with toasty tahini and a hit of salt can be in your face with just 8 ingredients and 10 minutes. Pour it over ice cream or make these luxurious gluten-free teff waffle sundaes! 

pouring Vegan Tahini Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce {refined sugar-free} on waffles

This vegan tahini hot fudge sauce is, like this miso soup, another regular feature of our annual ladies’ retreat with Sarah, Emma, Erin, and Amanda. If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen us cooking up a storm together at an Airbnb in Nevada City last month. Emma is to blame for getting me hooked on hot fudge sauce several years ago, and I’ve been making this salty vegan tahini version ever since. So I’m especially excited to share the recipe with you all today.

During our first retreat, we enjoyed this hot fudge sauce on brownies and ice cream for decadent hot fudge brownie sundaes. For years 2 and 3, Amanda made the most delicious waffles for us to pour it over, waffle sundae style. Amanda’s sharing the recipe for her heavenly gluten free teff waffles over on her blog today. With malty flavor from protein-rich teff flour, a hint of tang from yogurt, and tender, fluffy middles, they’re the ideal vessel for this hot fudge sauce. Add a scoop of melty ice cream, a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts, and a few pinches of flaky salt, and you’ll be in waffle sundae heaven.

waffles with Vegan Tahini Chocolate Sauce Recipe {refined sugar-free} on plate

Tahini + Chocolate = A Perfect Pairing

If you’ve never tasted chocolate and tahini together, you’re in for a treat. Like a more nuanced version of classic chocolate peanut butter, tahini brings warm roasty notes along with floral, bitter, nutty undertones. Think marbled chocolate halva. As a fan of this combo, I’ve paired it in brownies, vegan chocolate tahini tart, cookies, and ice cream. I’m dying to try Amanda’s gluten free tahini swirl brownies and Sarah’s chocolate banana tahini popsicles too.

And now I’m sharing an extra simple way to get your chocolate tahini fix: an easy hot fudge sauce that comes together in minutes.

My Best Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

I’ve made this recipe at least a dozen times over the years, making little tweaks until I got it just right. This homemade hot fudge sauce is richly chocolatey, not too sweet, and just salty enough to keep you coming back for more. Thick and gooey with a toasty tahini taste, you’ll want to drizzle it on everything.

Healthy Chocolate Sauce on waffles

Vegan Chocolate Sauce

Traditional hot fudge sauce is full of butter and cream, but I kept this version vegan. I’ve used both almond milk and my current favorite plant milk – a cashew-almond-oat blend – in place of dairy milk. Some classic hot fudge sauce recipes call for butter, but here tahini adds all the necessary richness. I’ve even made this with water instead of plant milk, adding a little more tahini, and it works nearly as well. I’ve also made this with whole dairy milk and it’s equally delicious.

Ingredients for Vegan Tahini Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce {refined sugar-free}

8 Ingredients for Vegan Hot Fudge Sauce

This vegan hot fudge sauce uses just a handful of ingredients that you may already have in your pantry:

  • plant milk (or regular milk if you prefer; I’ve even made this with water!)
  • maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
  • brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • tahini
  • chocolate
  • vanilla
  • salt

Vegan Tahini Chocolate Fudge Sauce {refined sugar-free}

How to Make Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce with Cocoa

Once you’ve made your own hot fudge sauce, you’ll be hooked on the super simple process. Just combine the plant milk, cocoa powder, and sweeteners together, bring to a boil, then whisk in the tahini, chocolate, and flavorings. Dive in!

Vegan Tahini Dark Chocolate Sauce Recipe {refined sugar-free}

Refined Sugar-Free Chocolate Sauce

If you’re avoiding refined sugars, you can make this hot fudge sauce refined sugar-free using maple syrup and coconut sugar. Look for chocolate that’s sweetened with maple or honey. Alternatively, use half the amount of unsweetened chocolate and increase the maple syrup and coconut sugar to taste.

What to do with Your Homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce

hands holding plate of waffles with Vegan Hot Fudge Sauce with Tahini {refined sugar-free}

Homemade Hot Fudge Waffle Sundaes

Whip up a batch of the gluten free light and fluffy waffles pictured here for a luxurious sweet brunch or decadent dessert. Top with toasted nuts, scoops of vanilla ice cream, and a few pinches of flaky salt. Get the waffle recipe over at Heartbeet Kitchen.

Vegan Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce with Cocoa & Tahini on waffles

Peanut Butter Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

If tahini isn’t your jam, swap in peanut butter for that classic pairing. Thin with additional plant milk if needed.

Hot Fudge Sauce = Edible Gift

Make a hot fudge sauce mega-batch, pour it into cute jars, add labels, and give the DIY gift of homemade hot fudge sauce. Just be sure to tell your recipients that it needs to be kept refrigerated.

top down shot of Vegan Tahini Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce and waffles {refined sugar-free}

We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we enjoyed creating (and eating!) them!

Looking for more healthy vegan chocolate recipes? Try these:

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Vegan Tahini Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce {refined sugar-free}
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Salted Tahini Hot Fudge Sauce {vegan}

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Vegan homemade hot fudge sauce spiked with toasty tahini and a hit of salt can be on your ice cream and in your face with just 8 ingredients & 10 minutes. Pair them with the gluten free teff flour waffles shown here for luxurious waffle sundaes, or drizzle it over vanilla or coffee nice cream for an easy weeknight treat.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings (1 pint)


  • 1 cup (235 ml) plant milk (or dairy milk, or water)
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) packed dark brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons (42 g) maple syrup (more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons (12 g) dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons (110 g) well-stirred tahini (I like Sadaf brand; more to taste)
  • 2 ounces coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, dark brown sugar, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Remove from the heat and whisk in the tahini, chocolate, vanilla, and salt.
  • Taste, adding more tahini if a stronger flavor is desired, more maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter, or more chocolate if you want it a bit thicker. The chocolate sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Let cool slightly, then drizzle it over your dessert of choice. Store refrigerated airtight for up to several weeks; warm before using.


Nutritional values are based on one of twelve servings.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Vegan Tahini Homemade Chocolate Sauce and waffles with ice cream {refined sugar-free}

Vegan Tahini Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce and waffles {refined sugar-free}

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12 thoughts on “Vegan Tahini Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce + Gluten Free Teff Waffles”

  1. Hi, this looks tasty and I’d like to try it soon but your first instruction says coconut nectar but I don’t see it in the ingredients. Thanks for sharing and for the clarification.

    1. Thank you for catching that! I’ve made it with coconut nectar and it works well, but I changed to maple syrup since that’s a more common ingredients, and then I neglected to change the instructions. It has been fixed!

  2. It was THE MOST FUN and delicious time, creating these waffles with your genius tahini hot fudge! I can still taste it’s goodness. I’m making a batch next week, and having the neighbors over. xoxo!