When you think of chocolate frosting, you may immediately think of chocolate cake which is a Worldwide favourite treat.
When you convert to plant based eating you will gradually want to find healthy plant derived alternatives to all the things you love and this chocolate frosting may be one of them.
In this post we will show you how to make healthy chocolate frosting, which is one of those delicious discoveries we made whilst experimenting for healthy alternatives to the average high fat, high sugar counterparts .
How do I make frosting without dairy?
We LOVE this frosting because it contains all things coconut. Coconut also happens to give it a fantastic taste and creaminess to rival butter and milk whilst being WAY healthier.
And being as coconut has healthful properties (yes, even its fats in moderation) it’s ok to add into your diet in moderation, or at least use it as an alternative to other fats.
Here are some of the great reasons you should consider adding more coconut oil into your life in moderation.
What is a healthy substitute for butter in frosting?
We have found that coconut cream and oil are fantastic substitutes for butter in your average frosting.
Coconut products are creamy and satisfying. They will fil you up without any of the negative side effects or dairy. Coconut is also found to be an inexpensive, healthy food when eaten in moderation and as part of a healthy diet in general.
Coconut oil Benefits:-
- WEIGHT LOSS – Yes, sounds crazy right? But no, coconut oil helps the body to burn fat more efficiently. This includes that dangerous middle fat that seems to accumulate around the stomach, especially as you get older. You know the stuff that seems to be really hard to get rid of, even with diet and exercise?
- CALORIE BURNER – Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides. These may help boost calorie burn by up to 5%. This NCBI study showed that at 1-2 tablespoons per day coconut oil produced the burning of an 120 extra calories. It is not, however, recommended that you eat more than this amount daily as it is still a saturated fat, albeit a healthier one.
- APPETITE SUPPRESSANT – Studies show that coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids have an ability to increase feelings of fullness, unlike most other fats. This in turn leads to less hunger pangs, which of course means less snacking.
Raw Cacao Powder
This gorgeous, decadent recipe also contains raw cacao powder. This world famous bean is not only abundant in nutrition, but also is a seriously indulgent treat for all chocolate lovers.
You can use raw cacao powder in lots of raw food recipes and this frosting is one of them.
Just be careful not to cook or over-heat your raw cacao (and this goes for whatever recipe you are using your cacao in) as this will render it no longer raw and could destroy a lot of its nutrition which you are paying a premium for. Or if you do heat it, it should not reach temperatures above 42 degrees Celsius if you want to keep all its healthful nutrients and enzymes in tact.
Just use normal (and much cheaper) cacao powder if you plan to use it in your cooked bakes as it still contains lots of nutrition, but raw is definitely superior.
Raw Cacao Benefits:-
- HIGH MAGNESIUM CONTENT
- GREAT SOURCE OF PLANT BASED IRON
- ANTIOXIDANTS – Raw cacao powder contains a whopping 40 TIMES more antioxidants than raw blueberries. Antioxidants are needed for anti aging of the body both inside and also out. They also help neutralise free radicals in the bloodstream to keep you in tip top condition and looking radiant. What better excuse to eat raw dark chocolate do you need?
- HIGHER CALCIUM CONTENT THAN COWS MILK
- GIVES YOU ENERGY – The high magnesium levels in cacao will give you a long lasting energy boost. Great if you need a hit of energy mid-afternoon or before a gym session. Word of advice: if you are easily stimulated it is not advisable to eat too much cacao before bedtime for obvious reasons.
- GREAT FOR SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS – Cacao’s source of sulfur will help get you glowing. This is due to its ability to build keratin and collagen, both of which are the building blocks to your skin, hair and nails.
- HEALTHY GUT – Cacao can help improve your gut microbiome. A healthy gut microbiome is associated with a strong immune system.
- REDUCES STRESS – Yes, chocolate when you’re stressed isn’t just for comfort. It has been found in this Swiss study that dark chocolate (aka the cacao powder that it contains) has been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Too make cacao even better, the same study says they also found it to boost metabolism.
What can I use instead of sugar in frosting?
There are lots of sweet alternatives to sugar for your frosting.
We have used either stevia or xylitol in this recipe because it really is a sugar free alternative that is also okay for diabetics. These sweeteners won’t spike your blood sugar and are great if you are watching your calorie intake.
Other sweeteners you could potential use for your dairy free chocolate frosting recipe are:-
- Maple syrup
- Agave nectar
- Brown rice syrup
- Date syrup
- Finely ground coconut sugar
What Can I Use This Dairy Free Frosting For?
So now you have seen all the fantastic reasons to try out this tasty treat, why not give it a go?
This frosting is SO simple, you literally just need a blender or food processor to whip it up (or even a fork and a strong bicep) and it’s done and ready to go in less than 5 minutes. And once made, it will keep for at least 3 days in your refrigerator to use as you please. Here are some great suggestions for its use:-
- Cake or cupcake topping.
- A chocolate pudding or desert in itself! Add chopped fruit, nuts or shaved chocolate for added texture and MORE nutrition.
- Use it as a dip for sweet crackers and fruits.
- Make it a little runnier with extra coconut cream for a delicious chocolate sauce for ice-cream, homemade waffles or anything else you would normally use chocolate sauce for.
- Just leave it in your fridge to scoop out and eat a spoonful as and when you have a sweet craving (our favourite method).
You can make this frosting absolutely sugar free if you use xylitol or natural stevia as your sweetener. It’s best to grind down these sugars to a very fine powder (the consistency of icing sugar) before adding them to stop any graininess otherwise. You can do this in a spice or coffee grinder, or even a pestle and mortar.
How to Make Healthy Chocolate Frosting - Plant Based Recipe
- 1 400ml can very chilled coconut cream all excess water drained out.
- 50 grams of dark chocolate.
- 2 x tablespoons of raw cacao powder.
- 2 x tablespoons of coconut oil.
- 1-2 x tablespoons of finely powdered xylitol or stevia to taste.
- Melt broken up dark chocolate and coconut oil in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water. It doesn't need to get too hot: keep all ingredients as cool as possible. Make sure your bowl doesn't touch the hot water as this may burn your chocolate.
- Whisk in coconut cream until smooth.
- Add your cacao powder and sweetener to taste. Mix until smooth. You should be able to do this with a whisk or fork alone; but you can also use a blender or Vitamix for even more fluffiness and smoothness.
- Leave to chill in the refrigerator for an hour or so. Use your yummy frosting whichever way you choose.
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