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Introducing Vegan Nama Chocolate! These Japanese-inspired chocolates are fudgy, creamy, and intensely chocolatey! Super fresh and prepared with just 3 ingredients, these dairy-free chocolates just melt in your mouth. You’re in for a treat!

Chocolate truffle squares with a bite.

🍫 What is Nama Chocolate

Nama chocolates are squares of chocolate ganache dusted with cacao powder. It was first created by the Japanese company Royce’ in 1995. Nama chocolate now comes in a variety of flavors like Mild Cacao, Bitter, White Chocolate, and Matcha, to name a few.

Here, we will be making nama dark chocolates, but check out the flavoring tips below to create different flavors!

Ingredients like dark chocolate, cashew cream, butter, and cacao powder.

🥣 How to Make It

Making Nama chocolate is surprisingly easy! It’s basically a chocolate ganache that is poured into square molds and then cut into squares.

Here is what you will need:

  • Dark chocolate – While you could use chocolate chips, I highly recommend using a bar of very high-quality dark chocolate. Chocolate is a key ingredient here, so for the best flavor, go for the quality. The chocolate you will pick will also determine the sweetness of the Nama chocolates. Personally, I went with a 70% dark chocolate bar.
  • Cashew cream – Cream brings richness and gives the chocolates a soft consistency. If you don’t have time to make your own cashew cream, check out the FAQ for substitutes.
  • Vegan butter – For a richer mouthfeel and, obviously, a slight buttery flavor.

With that being said, let’s make Nama chocolates! First, finely chop the dark chocolate and transfer it to a bowl.

Chopped dark chocolate on a cutting board.

Next, heat the cashew cream (or your favorite plant-based cream) over medium heat. Just before it starts to boil, remove it from the heat and pour it over the chopped dark chocolate.

Add the vegan butter and slowly whisk until the chocolate is fully melted and combined with the cream.

Chocolate ganache in a bowl.

You should end up with a very smooth and slightly thick batter.

Pour the ganache into square molds and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until the ganache has firmed up. Here, I used two 3-inch square molds that I lined with parchment paper.

Pouring chocolate ganache into a mold.

Finely cut the ganache into 9 even squares and dust with cacao powder! It’s that easy!

☕️ Flavoring Nama Chocolate

The best thing about this recipe? There are hundreds of ways you can flavor Nama chocolate! Here are a few ideas on how to take your chocolate to the next level:

Extracts

Use your favorite extracts to flavor the chocolates! I’m thinking caramel, orange, vanilla, or even coffee. Stir in 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of extract just after pouring in the cream.

Liqueurs

Amaretto, cherry liqueur, strawberry liqueur, or even Grand Marnier. Use about 1 tbsp of liquor. A quick tip: make sure the liquor you are using is vegan, which is not always the case.

Spices

Spice up the chocolates with cinnamon, cardamom, or even ground chili for some heat. You can also use espresso powder for a delicious coffee flavor!

Nut Butters

Feeling like having Nutella-flavored chocolate? Replace 1/4 of the cream with hazelnut butter! And if you are not into hazelnuts, use peanut butter, almond butter, or pistachio butter!

Chocolate truffles dusted with cacao powder.

📔 Tips

  • Before cutting into squares, run your knife under hot water and pat it dry. It will make it easier to cut the ganache and prevent the knife from sticking too much to the chocolates.
  • If you don’t want to leave thumbprints on the sides of the chocolates, handle them with gloves.
Nama chocolate squares on a plate.

💬 FAQ

Can I use coconut cream for this recipe?

If you don’t mind the coconut flavor, feel free to do so!

What else can I substitute for the cashew cream?

Use your favorite plant-based cream. I tried this recipe with soy cream, and it worked like a charm!

How many chocolates does this recipe make?

This recipe yields about 18 squares of 1-inch.

Can I adjust the softness of the chocolates?

Yes, you can play with the ratio of dark chocolate and cream. Use less cream for firmer chocolates, or add more for a softer texture.

What is the best way to enjoy Nama chocolate?

Nama chocolates are best enjoyed straight from the refrigerator. It’s fresh, creamy, and it melts in your mouth!

How to store Nama chocolate?

Since the chocolates contain cream, store the chocolates in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

How long can I keep Nama chocolate?

It will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

If you like truffles, you will definitely love this vegan nama chocolate recipe!

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Let me know in the comments, and leave a rating if you try this recipe!

Nama chocolate truffle with a bite.
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Recipe
Vegan Nama Chocolate

Vegan Nama Chocolate

5 from 3 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
A vegan take on this classic Japanese treat! These rich and creamy chocolate truffles literally melt in your mouth!
Prep Time : 15 minutes
Chilling Time : 3 hours
Total Time : 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 18 chocolates
Calories 61 kcal

Ingredients
 

Cashew Cream

  • 1/2 cup cashews soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup water

Nama Chocolate

  • 150 g dark chocolate
  • 90 g cashew cream
  • 1 tbsp liqueur of choice optional
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 tsp cacao powder for dusting

Instructions
 

Cashew Cream

  • Drain the soaked cashews and transfer them to a blender. Add the water and blend until fully smooth, about 1 minute.

Nama Chocolate

  • Line two 3-inch square pastry cutters or one 3×6-inch rectangle cutter with parchment paper. Another option is to use a small baking dish.
  • Finely chop the dark chocolate and transfer it to a small mixing bowl.
  • Heat the cashew cream (only 90g, not the whole batch of cashew cream) over medium heat in a small saucepan. Just before it comes to a boil, pour the hot cashew cream over the chopped dark chocolate and stir until the chocolate is fully melted.
  • Stir in the liqueur if using, and the vegan butter. Once fully combined, pour the ganache into the lined pastry cutters, or baking dish. Tap the baking dish a few times on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until the ganache has firmed up.
  • Remove the chocolate from the baking dish. Run a large knife under hot water and pat it dry with a kitchen towel. Repeat this step before every cut. Cut the chocolate into 1-inch squares.
  • Using a fine sieve mesh, sprinkle cacao powder all over the top of the squares of chocolates. Transfer the chocolates to a plate or box and store them in the refrigerator.
  • Nama chocolates are best served chilled. It will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

You will have leftover cashew cream, use to make more nama chocolate or stir in curries, soups, etc. Cashew cream will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 nama chocolate | Calories: 61 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.7 g | Protein: 1.1 g | Fat: 5 g | Fiber: 0.6 g | Sugar: 2.5 g
Course : Candy, Snack, Sweets
Cuisine : Asian, Japanese
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About the Author

Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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There’s no sweetener at all for this chocolate nama recipe

5 stars
If you are a fan of nama chocolate, this recipe is perfect for you. I tried and it was surprisingly easy to make. Plus, it tasted soooo good. Thank you for the recipe!!!😁👍🏼

5 stars
Nama chocolate is my love, nama chocolate is my life. After being a vegan, this is the thing that haunted me the most. I couldn’t find good ones in the areas near my place. Thanks to your blog, now I have good nama chocolate to eat and I also can gift them to my family and my friends. Next time, I’ll try to make a different flavor 🙂

Is there a way to do this without any fat/ oil? Thank you!

5 stars
Bonjour à tous les deux …
Absente, depuis juillet dernier, heureuse de vous retrouvez ! Que de découvertes en prévision, Génial !
J’ai réalisé ta recette de Nama végan, c’est sublime *****
Comme j’ais supprimé le sucre rapide de mon alimentation, j’ai pris du chocolat 85% et le résultat est Top, charnu et surtout à peine sucré pile poil comme j’aime !!! Ce sera donc ma version, de mon Nama préféré.

Par contre, je dois en faire pour des amies, qui eux préfèrent le chocolat au lait,

A ton avis, je procède de la même façon, que pour le chocolat noir, juste en changeant le chocolat, ou y a t-il d’autres modifications à faire ?

Merci beaucoup pour cette fabuleuse recette, qui va rester dans le cœur et la mémoire de tous ceux qui vont la réaliser. C’est un plaisir addictif mais totalement maitrisé …