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Chocolate Vegan Babka

This chocolate vegan babka needs just 9 ingredients and is super easy to make despite it's intricate details. Serve for dessert or breakfast! 
Course breads
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free bread, dairy free recipes, vegan bread, vegan recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 539kcal
Author LarishaBernard


  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups flour (we prefer bread, can use all-purpose or whole wheat - see post for details)
  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dairy free milk (we like oat - can use any non-strongly flavored dairy free milk)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (see post about other sugar source options)

For chocolate filling

Simple Syrup


  • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 1/2 cups flour, yeast, and salt. 
  • Then, add in the dairy free milk and maple syrup. 
  • Using a spatula, fold until mostly combined.  Sprinkle a little more flour if needed to not be sticky and form a ball.  
  • Once ball is formed, grease the same bowl mixed in and place the dough ball back into the bowl. 
    *If you are oil free, then just make sure sides of bowl are floured, or use a silicone bowl to easily get it out
  • Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let sit for 60-90 minutes in a warm, draft free place until doubled.

For the filling

  • Preheat oven for 350 degrees
  • In a small bowl combine the sugars and cocoa powder together.
  • Once risen, lightly flour a surface and roll dough out until approximately 12×15 rectangle.
  • Brush the butter across the entire surface.
  • Evenly sprinkle the cocoa powder and sugar mixture across the dough. If adding, chocolate chips, evenly sprinkle across.
  • Starting on one side, roll the dough into a log.
  •  Cut the log length wise carefully so there are two long pieces. 
  • Starting at one end, pinch the ends together and then braid the two pieces together and pinch together again at the end.  
  • Carefully place in a well greased loaf pan.
    *If your babka is not at the top of your pan, cover it and let it rise until it is. If it is, proceed with baking.
  • Place in oven for 35-40 minutes or until done.

For Simple Syrup

  • While baking, add sugar and water to a small pot and bring to a boil. 
  • Stir and let boil until all sugar is dissolved.  Set aside. 
  • When the bread is done, brush the simple sugar syrup onto the bread. Let cool and serve. 



*See post for notes about Top 8 Allergy Free variation
**Nutritional facts are just estimates. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 427IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 5mg