Chocolate salami is a traditional Italian no-bake treat, a blend of cookies, dark chocolate, butter, and often eggs that come together to resemble a rustic salami.
The classic Chocolate salami with eggs is one of the most popular desserts in Italy, probably because it’s easy to make and because it’s a no-bake dessert.
However, for those who prefer or need to skip the eggs, whether due to allergies, dietary restrictions, or other reasons, there’s a wonderful alternative.
The eggless version retains the rich flavor and intriguing texture that fans adore, while being accessible to a wider audience. Definitely lighter than the traditional, and just as delicious and flavorful!
Like our eggless tiramisu recipe, this easy chocolate salami without eggs is a reinterpretation of a great classic Italian dessert.
This recipe is characterized by the simplicity of the ingredients and the ease of execution, as well as the originality of the final result: it really looks like a salami!
In fact, chocolate salami owes its name to its resemblance to a real salami. Both because of the shape and because of the white powdered sugar coating that looks like the skin of a salami.
So let’s see how to make this fantastic dessert in a few simple steps. We will also suggest some tasty variations to make this chocolate salami without eggs even richer, more delicious and more original!
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- Prep Time: 30 Min
- Cook Time: 0 Min
- Cooling Time: at least 4 H in the fridge
- Servings: 6-8
- 220 g (~8 oz) of plain cookies (such as Oro Saiwa or digestive biscuits or vanilla tea biscuits)
- 50 g (1/2 cup) of bitter cocoa powder
- 100 g (3.5 oz) of dark chocolate 70% cocoa. We recommend 70% Deliciously Rich Dark Chocolate by Divine Chocolate
- 60 g (~1/3 cup) of granulated sugar
- 100 g (~1 stick) of unsalted butter at room temperature
- 50 ml (3 1/3 tablespoons) of milk
- 40 g (~1 1/2 oz) of pistachios
- 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of Rum, Brandy or Marsala wine (optional)
- icing sugar for decoration
How to Make Chocolate Salami Without Eggs Recipe: Instructions
Step 1) – Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler, stirring occasionally with a spoon.
Step 2) – In a bowl, crumble the cookies with your hands. Alternatively, you can put them in a food bag and crumble them with a rolling pin.
PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to grind the biscuits to a powder, just crush them coarsely. When you cut the salami into slices, you should see some larger and some smaller cookie pieces.
Step 3) – Now add the bitter cocoa powder and the peeled pistachios (either sweet or salted, it will taste great either way). Finally, add the sugar and mix all the ingredients together.
Step 4) – Now add the melted chocolate, the butter, the milk and the liqueur (optional) and mix.
PLEASE NOTE: This step requires a little patience. You will need to stir for a few minutes and try to compact the ingredients. If you feel they are not compacted, add another tablespoon of milk.
Step 5) – Transfer the mixture to a work surface covered with a sheet of baking paper and use your hands to form a sausage. As you form the cylinder, squeeze it well and compact it again.
Step 6) – Wrap the “sausage” in parchment paper, pressing the ends together. Then wrap it in aluminum foil and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Step 7) – After cooling, remove the cake from the paper and roll the chocolate salami in powdered sugar.
Serve the eggless chocolate salami cut into slices.
How to Store Chocolate Salami
Chocolate Salami without eggs will keep for about 10 days in the refrigerator, wrapped tightly in foil or parchment paper.
Can I freeze it?
You can freeze it whole or in slices and use it within 2 months of preparation. We recommend that you defrost it in the refrigerator, as it should be eaten cold and not at room temperature.
How to Serve Chocolate Salami Without Eggs
Serve this Eggless Chocolate Salami cold, straight from the refrigerator. If it heats up, it loses its texture and you will have difficulty slicing it.
It’s great for a snack or breakfast, but it’s also perfect for an after-dinner treat. If you serve it on a wooden cutting board, it will look just like real salami!
Eggless Chocolate Salami Recipe: Some Variations
The chocolate salami recipe is very versatile and lends itself to many modifications according to your taste and imagination. We suggest a few ideas to make your eggless chocolate salami unique and different from time to time.
- DRIED FRUIT: We have enriched the eggless chocolate salami with pistachios, but you can also add hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts if you like. Depending on your taste, you can add whole dried fruit, or chopped or crushed dried fruit. This will change the appearance of the slice of salami. On the contrary, you can even do without them.
- LIQUOR: You can add some liquor to the chocolate salami mixture if you like. The classic recipe calls for rum, brandy or Marsala wine. But classic limoncello, if you prefer a sweet liqueur, will do just fine. If you are making this dessert for children, skip the liqueur!
- ANISE: If you like anise, you can use Sambuca as the liqueur or add a teaspoon of aniseed to the mixture.
- ORANGE: Orange or lemon zest also goes well with dark chocolate and gives it a fantastic flavor.
- CHILI: Finally, if you like it spicy, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of hot chili powder to the batter. This is also a perfect combination with chocolate.
Vegan Chocolate Salami
In addition to not using eggs, you can easily substitute milk and butter to make a very good chocolate salami without animal derivatives.
Of course, instead of cow’s milk, use vegetable cookies and vegetable milk (oat or rice).
For the fat part, which in the traditional recipe is butter, we recommend using 40 g (~3 tablespoons) of coconut oil.
Chocolate Salami with Peanut Butter
We offer a curious variation of the chocolate salami. Without eggs, sugar and butter, but with a special ingredient: peanut butter.
This variation allows us to make a delicious dessert without adding sugar. Peanut butter is very sweet and gives the chocolate salami a very special taste.
Crush the cookies and mix them with 150 g (3/4 cup) of peanut butter.
Then add the melted dark chocolate and 2 tablespoons of milk (vegetable or cow).
You can also add dried fruit and liqueur to taste.