What better way to garnish your sweet bakes than with a luscious chocolate frosting? But if you're worried about the excess sugars and fats that come with it, our vegan healthy chocolate frosting comes to the rescue! It's silky, glossy, and indulgent — only two ingredients needed.
Classic frosting consists of softened butter beaten with lots of icing sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Although quite tasty, it's not so healthy, as it's high in fats and sugars. Plus, it's unsuitable for those with dairy allergy or following a vegan diet.
Instead, in our healthy glaze, we used only applesauce and dark chocolate — that's it. You can use store-bought sugar-free applesauce or make it from scratch following the steps below. Then, combine it with melted dark chocolate in a bowl, and your delicious glaze is ready.
The great thing about this recipe is that the frosting is a cross between buttercream and ganache. You can chill it for 10-15 minutes and use it as a spreadable filling or topping for layered cakes, like this applesauce cake. Alternatively, you can let it harden in the fridge for longer, about 30-40 minutes, and then pipe it onto cupcakes; it will retain the piping patterns wonderfully.
We chose applesauce as a vegan substitute for butter to give structure to the frosting while keeping the fats low. Applesauce is a great fat alternative in bakes like cakes and cookies and works really well in this glaze too. For the chocolate, make sure to use a dark variety, at least 70% or higher to avoid too many sugars and fats.
What makes this chocolate frosting healthier than other recipes is that we didn't use any added white sugars. All the sweetness comes from naturally occurring sugars in apples and the small fraction of sugars found in dark chocolate. Sweet!
NOTE: With the default ingredients, you can frost 12 medium cupcakes or a two-layer 20cm (8 inches) cake.