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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing

Chocolate Cupcakes With Avocado "Buttercream" Icing

Happy birthday to you! OK, so maybe it's not your birthday, but it's somebody's birthday somewhere, so there's a good reason right there to immediately bake a batch of these chocolate cupcakes smothered with homemade chocolate icing. And when you have your first decadent bite, you just might drop the rest of your cupcake when you realize that they're low calorie, totally vegan, and the icing is made with avocados instead of butter!

The healthy fats in the avocado make these cupcakes as healthy as a bowl of kale and bean soup! OK, maybe not that healthy, but healthy enough to feel good about reaching for more. Each cupcake offers almost six grams of fibre and is just 200 calories. A real-deal chocolate cupcake is 459 calories! That's a crime when you can make these chocolate gems.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes With Avocado "Buttercream" Icing

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Notes

Be sure to use ripe avocados for the frosting.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing

Ingredients

  1. For the cupcakes:
  1. 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 bananas
    1/2 cup apple sauce
    1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. For the frosting:
  1. 2 ripe avocados
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    3 tablespoons maple syrup
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper or silicone cups.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the apple sauce, almond milk, and vanilla extract, and mix well.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet to form a smooth batter.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 cupcakes.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and after a few minutes, move cupcakes to a cooling rack.
  7. While the cupcakes bake, make the icing. Scoop out the avocado flesh, and place in a food processor.
  8. Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla, and puree until smooth.
  9. Frost the cooled cupcakes, and enjoy!

Source: Calorie Count

Nutrition

Calories per serving
204
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