Healthy Paleo Chocolate Frosting (No Sugar Or Butter!)
Only four ingredients in this healthy chocolate frosting! This paleo frosting is made in just five minutes and contains no processed ingredients. The perfect option to ice cookies, top cupcakes, or lick off a spoon
A simple, indulgent, paleo chocolate frosting made minimal, real food ingredients. This chocolate frosting is a healthy dessert that you can feel good about giving to your kids.
Moreover, it's loaded with healthy fats, calcium and sweetened only with a hint of honey. Use it for:
- cookie frosting (like these chocolate frosted cashew cookies)
- to top cupcakes with
- in smoothie bowls
- to lick off a spoon and curb a craving
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Why Avoid Traditional, Store-Bought Frostings
Most packaged frostings contain unhealthy ingredients for kids.
Even organic frosting has:
- Palm oil (which has a host of negative health effects)
- Icing sugar
- Natural chocolate flavor
None of these ingredients are healthy let alone health-boosting.
Cacao Or Cocoa Powder
There are a few subtle differences between cacao and cocoa powder. Mainly, cacao powder is much less processed, contains calcium and magnesium but also has a slightly more bitter taste.
Thus, for this healthy chocolate frosting, cacao powder was used. However, you can easily substitute it for cocoa powder.
If you're doing that, you may not need as much honey.
What Can I Use Instead Of Cashew Butter?
Cashew butter is used in this chocolate frosting because it's very neutral-flavored nut butter. Likewise, it's also very creamy.
However, if you don't have cashew butter on hand, feel free to use a different one! Almond butter or peanut butter both work.
Keeping that in mind, changing the nut butter will also change the flavor of the frosting.
Another thing to remember when shopping for nut butters is to make sure to purchase all-natural nut butter. Some companies add sugar into their nut butters and it's not necessary.
Need a nut-free frosting?
Simply use Sun Butter in place of cashew.
How Can I Make The Frosting Vegan?
This healthy chocolate frosting can easily be made vegan by subbing out the honey for maple syrup.
However doing so will alter both the flavor and the texture of the frosting. The flavor will be slightly less sweet (but still delicious). Similarly, the texture will be a bit thinner and not harden as well.
Texture Of The Frosting
This frosting recipe is both light and thick. It does spread onto cookies or cupcakes but it's dense. Thus, make sure your cookies are not too delicate!
The nut butter in the recipe plus the honey makes this frosting thick and sticky. Though you can spread it, you cannot pipe it. You can thin it slightly by adding some coconut milk to the recipe if you need to. Just add it in teaspoon by teaspoon until you reach your desired consistency.
Healthy Chocolate Frosting
Don’t forget to pin this healthy chocolate frosting!
Use this healthy chocolate frosting in place of store-bought. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, and the perfect topper to cookies and cakes. It contains no processed sugars and it’s still decadent. Small swaps matter.