Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake and Chocolate Frosting

Who else doesn’t like butter? (please, raise your hand!)

Unfortunately, with baking, the ingredient is seen so often–from cookies to cakes, and truffles to frostings. So, what can be used as a healthy substitute for butter?

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Frosting


They are moist, “buttery,” and best of all, healthy.  Avocados help lower your cholesterol, protect against cancer, and are full of vitamins and beneficial fat.  These fruits sound a lot better than butter, right?

*nods head*

During my weekly (okay… dailyFoodGawker-forage for tasty recipes, I landed upon some sugary, chocolatey goodness…     Chocolate Avocado Cake

Most of the recipes I found had 2 cups of sugar (and c’mon, is that really necessary? no) and only half an avocado. If the name of the recipe is “Chocolate Avocado Cake,” then avocados should be the main ingredient. So, I decided to make my own recipe using a lot less sugar and a lot more avocado.  So the journey begins…

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Trial #1:

Ew. This was dry and not chocolatey at all. I used a chocolate protein powder made for protein shakes which provided no flavor whatsoever, along with a horrid texture.  It was very dry, too airy, and did not smell of chocolate. Even with one whole avocado, the cake had no moisture.

Trial #2:

This was… surprisingly good! Well, I mean, it was texture-wise. I revised the recipe completely, adding more liquids like pureed tofu, one more avocado, an egg replacer and some applesauce (I tend to bake things that always end up dry, so I accidentally overcompensated on the moisture level). The middle was soggy and very chewy… not exactly something I look forward to in a cake. Along with that, this was unbelievably bland. It wasn’t sweet at all, the avocado was overpowering, and the chocolate went unnoticed… on to the next batch.

Trial #3:

Mmmm  🙂

This was sooo good. I omitted the silken tofu from the previous trial and increased the chocolate from 2oz to 4oz, doubled the honey and whey protein concentrate, added 1 more teaspoon of white vinegar and 1/2 tsp of baking powder. Unfortunately, the cake turned very dense and chewy the next day. It tasted a little more sweet and chocolatey the next day too, but the texture was just too fudgey for me. Maybe it was too much liquid? Or maybe the baking temperature was too low (I baked it for 35 minutes at 325).

Trial #4:

Much better! I baked this at night, covered it with foil overnight, and ate it for breakfast (yes, chocolate cake for breakfast).  This is moist, dense, still a little fudgey, but good.  I increased the white vinegar to 1 tablespoon and honey to 1/2 cup for more sweetness. Yummmmy  🙂

Chocolate Avocado Cake & Chocolate Frosting

Yield: one 9 inch cake


  • 4oz 60% Cacao Chocolate
  • 40g (1/2 cup) Regular Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • 14g (1 tbs) Coconut Oil
  • 210g Avocado (2 Medium, ripe)
  • 168g (1/2 cup) Honey
  • 62g (1/4 cup) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 7g (1 tbs) Egg Replacer + 3 tbs Water (equivalent to 1 egg)
  • 1 tbs White Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 150g (1+1/4 cups) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 48g (1/4 cup) Sucanat (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 40g (1/2 cup) Whey Protein Concentrate
  • 1+1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/3 cup Boiling Water
  • Frosting:
  • 2oz 60% Cacao Chocolate
  • 1 tbs Unsweetened Soymilk
  • 1 tbs Date Sugar (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tbs Honey
  • 10 drops Stevia Extract


    For the Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 335 (yes, 335) degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9" cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Chop the chocolate and put into a medium bowl. Add the cocoa powder and coconut oil.
  3. Put the avocado, honey, applesauce, egg replacer+water, vinegar and extracts into a blender and puree.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sweetener, whey protein, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Pour the boiling water over the chocolate/cocoa/oil mixture and stir until smooth (it should look like thick ganache, pictured below). Pour in the blender mixture and stir until smooth
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir. It will be somewhat thick. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-60 minutes, or when the center of the cake springs back when touched.
  7. For the Frosting:
  8. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted.
  9. In another small bowl, stir together the soymilk, sweetener, honey and stevia. Add to the melted chocolate and stir together. Pour over the cake.


This recipe is: high fiber, high protein!

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Frosting

^^ See the little avocado chunk? 🙂

I might be alone on this one, but to me, there is no better feeling than unwrapping a chocolate bar… especially these fancy shmancy Ghirardelli ones. Every time I open one I feel like Charlie from the Willy Wonka movies who is destined to find a golden ticket. Figuratively though, my “golden ticket” is just a successful, healthy and tasty recipe that will not give me a lifetime supply of chocolate, but give everybody a lifetime supply of fitness and well being.
… a lifetime supply of chocolate doesn’t sound too bad though.

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This cake is super chocolatey, naturally sweet, and nutritionally balanced–it has healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and lots of fiber and protein.  Here are the nutrition facts for one large slice of cake (does not include frosting):
Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake - healthy dessert blog
The fat in this cake comes from healthy fats only, like the coconut, avocado and dark chocolate.  This recipe contains lots of fiber, low glycemic sweeteners and a fair amount of protein.  This balance in nutritional components will keep you fuller for longer and provide a steady and sustained energy, not a sugar-high and sugar-crash.

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Enjoy!  I think you will  😉

11 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cake and Chocolate Frosting

  1. Wooow … this is such a fabulous idea of substituting Avocado’s to Butter ….. guilt free eating if I may say so 🙂 The chocolate cake looks delicious !


  2. Why use coconut oil and not a different vegetable oil which would be much lower in saturated fat?

  3. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

    Coconut oil is a butter replacement, and it is much healthier. Saturated fat is still necessary in one’s daily diet, just in moderation, and the type of fat in coconut oil is a healthier type than the fat you would find in a steak. Here are some links for more info:

    Personally, I just feel that I would rather consume saturated fat from a plant product rather than animal, because I also skip out on all the cholesterol.

  4. This cake sounds so cool! I’ve never tried avocado in a chocolate cake, but I can definitely see how it would work wonderfully. Plus it’s healthy! Definitely a win-win. 😀

  5. Can I order this from?

  6. Jessica… My two favorite recipes so far have been this one (it will be my birthday cake this year) and the buckwheat personal protein cake. Any way you could think of a personal avocado cake? I think I’m not alone in saying it would be an awesome idea!!

  7. Hi Jessica,

    First, I want to say that I love your website! I just finished making the Chocolate Avocado cake…the cake came out moist, super moist, maybe too moist?! Normally, my oven bakes everything too fast (gaz stove)I would have thought the cake would come out too dry, quite the opposite. Maybe, it was the avocados, I’ll use smaller ones? I baked the cake for 60 min. and it still came out fudgey rather than cake like. I took a bite and I was turned off by the texture, it looked soo good. 🙁 I think the issue was that I used “Hemp Protien” powder? Unfortunately none of the health food store(in my area)carry Bob’s “Whey Protein Concentrate”. Either way, I think I will elimate this ingredient for my next attempt at this cake. What do you suggest Jessica?

    • Jessica | Desserts with Benefits

      Hi Laura!
      I’m so sorry the cake didn’t work out for you 🙁 Maybe you can salvage it by cutting the already-baked cake into smaller pieces, rebaking for about 10 minutes maybe (or you can microwave the cake if you are short on time), and using the cake as a decadent topping for cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, or even an addition to smoothies. I have plenty of tips to salvage “cakes gone wrong” because it happens all the time to me during recipe development 😉
      I would suggest weighing out your ingredients with a kitchen scale, using smaller avocados (if not using them by weight) and using whey protein concentrate. In my experience, whey protein concentrate acts like a flour, providing texture, lift and structure in baked goods. I haven’t used hemp protein powder before but I have used soy protein powder and brown rice protein powder, both of which absorb a lot of water (kind of like coconut flour or peanut flour)… this could be the main reason why the cake was too moist.
      Also, I have only seen whey protein concentrate in ONE grocery store in my entire life… I always buy it online from (plus, it’s way cheaper online too!)
      Sorry again for the failed cake, I hope you get to the try the recipe sometime again and hopefully the next batch works!

  8. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for the suggestions! I will definately try the cake in a smoothie! I will let you know how my 2nd batch came out! 🙂

  9. Keep DWB going please! Great job!

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