Avocado Chocolate Frosting (Paleo and Vegan)

Paleo Avocado Chocolate Frosting

Today’s post is by my husband G who did a great job making a beautiful, delicious, healthful (uh, yes, I think it is – at least relatively speaking!) birthday cake for me recently. 

My wife’s birthday always falls near – and sometimes on – Mother’s Day. This often makes for a fun and enjoyable weekend as we celebrate both events, but it can also be kind of hectic as the boys and I shop for gifts and attempt to divvy them up appropriately and in secret.

Well, this year I vowed to get an early and efficient jump on things. The boys and I did our shopping, wrote our birthday and Mother’s Day cards, wrapped our gifts, and were busy clapping each other on the back for our efforts when my wife suddenly asked the dreaded question:

“Are you making me a cake?”

A cake?!?!


I forgot the cake!

After hemming and hawing about whether she REALLY wanted a cake (lame, I know), and whether I had enough time to make one, she said “Just look at my website. You know I’ve posted cake recipes!”

My eyes quickly darted back and forth like a deer caught in the headlights. “Ummm…yeah! Duh! Of course I…hee-hee…of course I know that, Sweetie!”

She rolled her eyes, handed me my iPad, and said “Here. Get busy!”

And I have to admit it…it WAS easy. And it DID have avocado in the chocolate frosting. An avocado chocolate frosting. And it WAS delicious!

Paleo Avocado Chocolate Frosting

We’ve had this cake (Chocolate Paleo Snack Cake) before, but it’s the first time I’ve actually made it myself. Now, I’m fairly competent in the kitchen so I wasn’t wary of the task…but I was a tad skeptical when my wife told me that avocado was a primary ingredient in the frosting.

Paleo Avocado Chocolate Frosting


Isn’t that for guacamole? I mean, I love guacamole but this is chocolate frosting! Well, what it all comes down to is trust, and I trust my wife. After all, she’s like the Professor on Gilligan’s Island – she can make ANYTHING with coconut! – so I had to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Paleo Avocado Chocolate Frosting

Not only is this frosting really tasty, but it doesn’t taste anything like avocado! It tastes exactly how it’s supposed to taste – like rich, creamy chocolate cake frosting. In fact, when you serve it to your friends don’t tell them it’s made with avocado until after they eat a piece! Just enjoy their surprised expressions.

Avocado Chocolate Frosting

Paleo Avocado Chocolate Frosting

Avocado Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 perfectly ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup good unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate mini chips (optional)


Place all three ingredients in a food processor and mix together, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice. Stir in the chocolate chips (if using). The frosting is ready to spread immediately but you can refrigerate if you think it needs to firm up. Add a little water if it is too thick. (We didn’t need to add water)

Makes enough frosting for one single layer cake.

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If you are interested in other recipes that use healthful avocado in creative ways check out Paleo Key Lime Pie (if you dare!)

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Thanks to Urban Cottage for use of the cake stand!

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39 thoughts on “Avocado Chocolate Frosting (Paleo and Vegan)

  1. This looks awesome and it’s perfect timing my brother’s graduation party this weekend! Should the leftovers be kept refrigerated due to the avocado in the frosting?

    • Thank you. We didn’t refrigerate it but then again the cake did not last too long. If the cake will sit around for more than a day I think you should refrigerate it. And if you are in a warm environment you might be better off with it in the fridge.

    • Rebecca,
      It can be tricky to time it just right. I usually buy them firm and leave them on the counter a day or so until there is some give to them. If you can remove the little remnant of stem on the top of the avocado and it is a light color underneath then the avocado is probably just right. If it is brownish then it is most likely too ripe.

      • I find that you can prolong the just right period for avocado by putting it in the fridge once it gets to that point. Since they are tough to purchase in advance and age to that just right point this makes it a much easier task since some ripen faster than others.

  2. Yummy! I used half the maple syrup and half stevia liquid. I also added some sea salt and 2 tablespoons coconut oil…super thick and creamy AND delicious, reminds me of my avocado fudge sickles we make all through the summer!

    • Tessa,
      I tried to keep it as simple as possible. But I think your additions would really optimize the recipe. Next time I make this I’m going to try it your way!
      Thanks, Lea

    • The frosting gets most of its chocolate flavor from the cocoa powder. The mini chips are just an optional addition to the frosting -not to be melted.

  3. I’m new to Paleo-land, and if this frosting is any indication, I’m going to want to stay awhile. :) Thanks for sharing — my sweet-toothed family votes two thumbs up.

  4. Thank you for this! I needed an icing recipe for a b-day cake and would have preferred to stay away from coconut b/c she has 1 star next to coconut on her IgG ELISA test. I’ve already found a very yummy and simple almond flour chocolate cake

  5. I made this frosting, added about a half a cup of powdered sugar, and then stuck it in the fridge. It piped beautifully on vegan chocolate cupcakes with coconut cream inside. Yum!

  6. This looks so yummy! I have some avocados that are ready now. Do you think it would keep for two days in the refrigerator before my son’s birthday party this weekend?

    • Hi Erin,
      I think so. If you make it now while they are ripe I think it will be fine for a couple of days. That is the tricky thing about this recipe – the timing of it to coincide with the perfectly ripe avocado. Happy birthday to your son!

  7. I made this for my BF’s bday, along with a vegan cake.
    I did 1/4C honey and 1/c maple syrup and added a pinch of salt…so good I had to leave the kitchen while waiting for my cake to finish baking!! The consistency is amazingly smooth!!

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  9. This was amazing, I can’t believe it tasted as good as it did. My kids even devoured it. I halved the recipe and used the other half to try my hand at turning it into a pudding. It worked GREAT! I just mixed 1/3C of coconut milk with 1tsp of chia seeds (let seeds soak for 5 minutes) then added it to the frosting in the food processor, it made it fluffy and it had the perfect ‘pudding’ texture! Thanks for the recipe!! :)

  10. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this frosting! It is soooooo rich and amazing! My question is how long do you think it would last in the fridge once made? I live by myself and so when i make a cake or cupcakes it may take a whole week to get through them (if I have good self control!).
    I’m new to paleo and just a little lost with how long things will last without all those nasty preservatives!

    • THanks Steph! The information I have been able to find about avocado indicates it keeps about 1-2 days in the fridge. Of course, I think part of that short timeframe is because avocado, especially in the form of guacamole, turns brown. If it turns brown in this frosting we don’t really care because we can’t see it. So I kind of think it would last longer. But I wouldn’t go more than 3 days. I have made it and frozen the frosting. It should last 3-4 months frozen. I hope that helps.

    • I use pure maple syrup. You could substitute honey – just might need to thin it out a bit. You could use agave even though it’s not the best thing from a nutrition perspective.

  11. Unreal. I realised the ratio of ingredients gotta be followed. I was just whinging it, and the avocado taste can stand out if not balanced correctly with cocoa and maple syrup.

  12. Made your chocolate cake with this frosting tonight and my boyfriend and I both agree… it was FAN-flipping-tastic! :) Looking forward to trying SO many more of your recipes!

  13. Will definitely have to give this a try, both my kids have bad dairy allergies but love chocolate flavor in things, and always thought id never be able to see them enjoy a proper gooey Chocolate Cake. Thanks.

  14. I will be trying this frosting on my daughter’s first birthday cake :). She has a dairy sensitivity and this recipe sounds great!

  15. My grandmother that loves pastry and eats horrible stuff (Little Debbie, twinkies, dunkin donuts) said this frosting was wonderful! I was shocked! I told her it was made with avocado and she didn’t believe me!!! lol My husband liked it too and he doesn’t like coconut oil. Of course my 7 year old and 4 year old loved it too. My daughter (7) said it was the best birthday cake she’s ever had! Definitely a winner!!!!!

    • Hi Sarah Jean,
      I’m visiting my mother this week and read your comment out loud to her and she and I both had a giggle over the story of your grandmother. lol I’m glad she liked and it and that you totally rocked her world with the news about avocado in the frosting. Thanks for the comment and I’m happy to hear the kids like the cake too.
      Best, Lea

  16. This has become a favorite in my house! My newly 6 year old just requested it for his birthday! Thank you for your yummy paleo treats!

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