Buttercream is the king of frostings, and there’s nothing quite like it! It’s that silky texture that I had in mind when I created this recipe. The avocados make an amazingly smooth frosting that’s not too sweet. As a bonus it gives you a boost of healthy fats and vitamins. Not something you can say for just any frosting. Now, I’m not saying this is going to replace buttercream (there’s a place for everything). But it’s really scrumptious, even delectable, and perfect for cookie sandwiches!
I used cacao butter for this recipe because it enhances the chocolate flavor and keeps the frosting nice and thick. You can substitue coconut oil, but your frosting will be slightly thinner with a hint of coconut (not much of a problem really).
I bought my cacao butter at a local health food store. You should be looking for one that says it’s ‘food grade’ on the label, not just cosmetic use. If anyone has a good source for bulk cacao butter, let me know because I think I’m addicted to this stuff!
This frosting is really quick and easy to make. Just place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. The frosting is ready to use right away, or you can refrigerate it for a few days and use as needed.
I love the silky texture and deep chocolate flavor of this frosting. In fact, it’s so good that you can just eat it by the spoonful – like a thick pudding.
Tip: As I mentioned above, this frosting is more chocolatey than sweet. If the occasion calls for a sweeter frosting, increase the amount of honey to 1/2 cup. If you’re increasing the maple syrup, add and additional tablespoon of cacao butter to keep the frosting thick.
Also, Grade A Maple Syrup is my favorite natural sweetener because it doesn’t interfere with the chocolate flavor quite as much as honey. However, I really liked the honey version of this frosting because, honey + peanut butter = Good!
I used my frosting on Peanut Butter Cookies (recipe later this week). If you can wait long enough for Chocolate Fudge Skillet Cake to cool, this frosting would be perfect in place of the Coconut Ice Cream. Or… maybe frosted and served with ice cream!
Slather it on generously and enjoy!Print
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
This healthier chocolate frosting is silky smooth and no one ever knows it’s a healthier option made without any refined sugar!
2 avocados, pitted and peeled
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup honey or 1/2 cup Grade A maple syrup
2 Tablespoons cacao butter, melted
Place all ingredients into a food processor fitted with the chopping blade.
Process until smooth, scraping down a couple of times.
Frost your cookies, cake, or simply eat by the spoonful!
For a Vegan frosting, use Maple Syrup.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Healthy Chocolate Frosting, Chocolate Frosting No Refined Sugar, Vegan Chocolate Frosting, Chocolate Avocado Frosting
27 thoughts on “Chocolate Fudge Frosting”
Hi what can I substitute the advo with?
Avocado is the base for this frosting so there really isn’t a good substitution for it. I would try using my Chocolate Buttercream Frosting instead. I sure hope this helps, and be sure and let me know if you have anymore questions!
I made this frosting with raw honey, and much more of it than called for, for a kid’s birthday cake! It was great. Everyone accepted it just fine and I served the leftover as a pudding the next day. Mixing it up was like magic. I respect avocados so much now.
I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it, and good call on adding more sweetener for a kid’s b-day cake!
I found this recipe as a link from the Simple Coconut Flour Cake over at Savory Lotus. Just made it and I’m so impressed! It’s delicious and hands down the easiest frosting recipe I’ve ever made. I used the 1/3 c honey as a sweetener, and I think it’s delightful as is- very “adult” though; doesn’t taste sweet, only intensely chocolatey. I did add about 4 extra Tbsp of maple syrup to get it sweet enough for a child’s birthday cake. No harm done to the texture. So shiny and pretty. Will definitely make this again!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and yes adding a bit more sweetener is usually a hit with kids! 🙂
i know i’m super late with this comment, but does the frosting taste like avocado or does the cocoa powder mask it??
the frosting looks amazing!!!
The cocoa powder totally covers up the avocado flavor unless your avocado is overripe. Overripe avocados have a really strong flavor. Look for an avocado that has give, but is still firm not mushy.
OH MY! Found this frosting recipe yesterday via Pinterest and I am so in love with all of the recipes and your site! Beautiful photos, wonderful recipes (drooling the entire time), and it just has a very comfortable layout. Keep up the good work and thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks so much – it’s great to hear from you 🙂 and I hope you’re enjoying the recipes. Our latest favorite it the Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies – they’re perfect for a serious sweet tooth!
Any substitute for cocao butter? I do not get it here
I use coconut oil in place of cocoa butter. Coconut oil isn’t quite as hard as cocoa butter, so sometimes my final product turns out a bit softer. Since this is refrigerated you probably won’t notice any difference, it will be more like my chocolate tart and not quite as stiff as frosting but still spreadable.
ok thanks! Will try.. looks very tempting..
I see someone asked, what can those of us who can’t have the sugar use instead of honey and maple sugar?
Unfortunately, I don’t have much experience with alternative sweeteners such as xylitol, but I’ve heard that birch syrup is a good alternative because it’s natural and it’s supposed to be good for diabetics? I’m curious to know what you can have and maybe I could make a recommendation!
wow, I wouldn’t have thought to use avocados in frosting. i’d like to try it!
The avocado makes it silky-smooth and so delicious!
I love how silky-smooth this looks. I was seriously JUST thinking that it’s almost like a pudding when I read your words saying the exact same thing. I’m pretty sure I would be eating this by the spoonful, but since it’s way healthier then your typical frosting, that’s fine by me!
Funny, I just made Avocado Brownies today. I LOVE putting avocado in desserts, especially with chocolate. It justs makes everything so fudgy and awesome! I could seriously eat that frosting with a spoon 🙂
It’s the fudgyness that I love too!
Wow, this looks delicious! I love sweets that aren’t too sweet. This sounds perfect and I love that you made it healthier by adding the avocado 😀
I ‘m going to have to search for that cacao butter.
OMG I just made my very first avocado chocolate pudding this week and was amazed. Now you’ve taken that “up a notch” as Emeril says…FROSTING with avocados! Man that looks creamy and tasty. Thanks a bunch for your creative recipes!
Does this have to be used straight away or does it keep in the fridge for a few days?
I’ve kept mine for 4 days in the fridge, it’s never lasted longer than that!
for those of us with blood sugar issues sure wish there was substitute for honey and maple sugar?
I’m not sure which sweeteners to use, I’ll email you and see what we can’t do!
Genius!! Can’t wait to try it and hopefully find myself some cacao butter!