Healthy Vegan Chocolate Frosting: Two Ways

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Frosting: Two Ways

You’ll love these healthy vegan chocolate frosting recipes, no butter required. Dates and avocados provide a creamy texture with a nutritional punch. 

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You’ll love these vegan chocolate frostings, no butter required!

Looking for the perfect chocolate frosting to top your vegan brownies or cake? I’ve got you covered! 

These two recipes have become my go-to frosting recipes, regardless of whether I’m using them on a healthier recipe or over an indulgent chocolate cake. 

And while they’re both wonderfully fudgy, I can’t decide which one I like better. So I figured, why not share both? 

While the avocado vegan chocolate frosting has a slightly richer texture, the date frosting lasts longer and uses ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand.

But again, you really can’t go wrong with either one!

Why you’ll love these recipes

  • Made with 5 ingredients or less.
  • Vegan and kid-friendly. 
  • Nutritious, yet silky smooth and perfectly chocolatey.
  • Delicious over cakes, brownies, cookies, or even just as a dip for fruit. 

Ingredient notes for healthy chocolate frosting recipes

Both of these healthy chocolate frostings are made with 5 ingredients or less (if you don’t count salt). 

While I don’t recommend changing the recipes too much, two ingredient substitutions that you could make include:

  • Peanut butter instead of almond butter in the date recipe. But only do this if you want that hint of peanut butter flavor as it will be more overpowering. 
  • Raw cacao powder instead of unsweetened cocoa powder. 

You can also adjust the flavors by using various flavor extracts. Love chocolate and orange? Add a tiny splash of orange extract. In a minty mood? Try pure mint extract. 

How to make avocado chocolate frosting 

The key with making chocolate frosting using avocados is to get the avocado as smooth as possible. 

To do this, you want to: 

  • 1. Make sure your avocado is nice and ripe.
  • 2. Pulse it in your food processor until it’s smooth before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Once your avocado is super creamy, simply add the remaining ingredients into your food processor and pulse away! 

bowl of avocado fudge frosting

How to make plant-based chocolate frosting with dates

Similar to making the avocado version, the key for making frosting using dates is to get your dates nice and smooth. 

To do this, you’ll want to remove the pits and then let the dates soak briefly with ½ cup of hot water in a high-powered blender.

While you can use boiling water, I usually just use hot tap water. 

After the dates have soaked, add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. You will likely need to stop a few times to scrape down the sides. 

How to store

The avocado frosting should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than 3 days. So I recommend making it the day that you plan on using it. 

Once you add it to a recipe, like brownies or a cake, store the frosted baked good in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

For the date frosting, you can store leftovers at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the fridge for up to a week. Use these same parameters for the finished frosted baked good as well. 

If you can freeze whatever treat you just made, then the date frosting will keep for at least 4 months in the freezer. 

No-Bake Fudgy Vegan Brownie on spatula

Ways to use vegan chocolate frosting 

You can use these recipes on pretty much anything that you’d put frosting on, such as cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies. You could also use them as a dip for strawberries or apple slices. 

Here are a few vegan dessert recipes that I regularly use them on: 

If you tried these healthy frosting recipes or any other recipe on the blog let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment/rating below! 

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Healthy Vegan Chocolate Frosting: Two Ways

You’ll love these healthy vegan chocolate frosting recipes, no butter required. Dates and avocados provide a creamy texture with a nutritional punch.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Healthy Chocolate Frosting, Vegan Chocolate Frosting
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 30kcal


For the avocado frosting:

  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado
  • 5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the date frosting:

  • 1 cup Medjool dates (about 10 datepitted
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


For the avocado frosting:

  • Place avocado in a food processor or high-powered blender. Pulse until the avocado is mostly smooth.
  • Add the maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until the mixture is silky smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the food processor once or twice. Use immediately.

For the date frosting:

  • Place 1 cup of dates and ½ cup of warm water in a high-powered blender and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cocoa powder, almond butter, and salt into the blender and blend on high until creamy. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides once or twice. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.


Nutrition for ~1 tablespoon of avocado frosting: 30 calories, 1 gram fat (0 grams saturated), 5 grams carb, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams sugar, 0 grams protein.
Nutrition for ~1 tablespoon of date frosting: 50 calories, 1 gram fat (0 grams saturated), 12 grams carb, 2 grams fiber, 10 grams sugar, 1 gram protein.

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  • Cathleen AvatarCathleen2 years ago

    I LOVE the avocado one!! It is so creamy, I am going to have to make it on the regular now. Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the avocado frosting Cathleen!

  • shanna Avatarshanna2 years ago

    This was so yummy. Who would have thought that avocado would taste so good in a dessert.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Right? Avocado and chocolate is a surprising yet delicious combo 😉 So glad you liked it Shanna!

  • Tara AvatarTara2 years ago

    Oh yum! Love the idea to use avocados or dates to create that texture. Looks perfect! Also love that slice with the sprinkles on top.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Thanks Tara! Hope you give them a try soon!

  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry AvatarBintu | Recipes From A Pantry2 years ago

    This sounds like such a delicious frosting – I love that it is healthy and vegan too!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Thanks Bintu! I make both of them on a regular basis and they’re always a hit 😉

  • Nathan AvatarNathan2 years ago

    I never would’ve thought to use avocado or dates to make a frosting, this is such a great idea!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Thanks Nathan! They’re both so good – I hope you give one or both a try!

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