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no butter – chocolate buttercream frosting

Who doesn’t love the rich taste and silky texture of buttercream frosting? What if I were to tell you that you can make a healthier version without butter, no margarine either, that is damn tasty?

Just hear me out.

In many places of the world, namely Asia, avocados are called butter fruit. I have seen recipes for avocado ice cream, avocado and it’s silky texture and mild flavor can blend easily into many savory or sweet dishes. Here I am suggesting that by replacing the butter in the “buttercream” you can get something equally as delicious. I have only tried it with chocolate, but why not other flavors?

butter cream 1

Yes, that's an avocado there

Chocolate Avocado Buttercream

  • 1 medium, ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • small splash of vanilla

Scoop out the avocado flesh, rough dice it and put into food processor or blender.  Here I used a mini food processor.  Add the cocoa powder, half the powdered sugar, tiny pinch of salt and a little splash of vanilla.  Blend, scrape down sides and blend again.  Taste, add more sugar if you want, blend again.  Taste, again, adjust seasoning like more cocoa if you want a stronger hit.

Spread it on anything you like.  A frosting that you can feel a little better about, sure it still has sugar, but avocados are good for you!

chocolate butter cream

mmm... chocolatey


no cupcakes, use graham crackers

My boys like to take it to school and spread it on graham crackers.  I find that it lasts a few days in the refrigerator.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy February 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm

YUM!!! Will you come here and make it?


Kristen February 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

I am petitioning for it! Dre wants to come take the TexASS challenge at VooDoo doughnuts so we will HAVE to!


Charles G Thompson February 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

I love your ingenuity and adventurousness — wouldn’t have thought of this but now that I see it, it makes total sense. Nice!


Amber February 12, 2012 at 1:32 am

This is absolutely GENIUS! Thank you so much! I’m on the way to being vegan, but it’s so hard to find NICE chocolaty substitutes. Ahhhh so yummy!


Kristen February 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thank you Amber and good luck to your new vegan adventures!


Mel September 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Loved this!Great idea! I’m allergic to dairy so I love it when I can find recipes like this! I also tried it with my family for a get together. I made some brownies and used this to frost them. They all loved it and had no idea that they were eating avocado! Thanks for the great idea!


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