While in one of my wandering around the internet moments, I happened to stumble across a vegan blog that had an interesting chocolate cupcake recipe. The secret (or, actually, not at all secret but wouldn’t it be cooler if it was called a secret?) ingredient was avocado. Basically, the avocado combined with coconut butter replaces the milk in the recipe. Interesting, right? Right? Ok, well, I thought it was.
Either way, for some reason, after I saw the recipe, I just kept dwelling and thinking (some might say obsessing, but I wouldn’t personally call it that…) over this recipe. I finally had to just make it. The original recipe is here, on a site called Choosing Raw. (To anyone who is wondering, no, I’m not choosing raw or vegan or vegetarian. However, I’m also not afraid to try new and interesting looking recipes, either. 🙂 )
I made a couple changes, because, well, I’m not vegan and I don’t have all the fancy ingredients on hand. I used honey in place of agave, white cooking wine in place of apple cider vinegar, and egg in place of egg replacer (that sounds funny, but I think I said it right). One fun thing I did find was white whole wheat flour, which I’d been watching for my local store to start selling. The health food stores are so expensive! Also, they had Truvia baking blend that I used for sweetener (the item still had the “New Item” sign by it in the store; does this mean I’m cutting edge?!).
This is what the avocado blend looked like in my food processor. After seeing this, I bet everyone’s going to be jumping at the change to try these. 😉
Some of my friends and family have had the
misfortune opportunity to taste these, and even my husband agress, they’re pretty good.
I made chocomole to ice them with. Chocomole is another vegan recipe pulled from this site. It uses avocado and dates to make a pudding like dessert. I added coconut butter to make it more of an icing texture and voila! Cupcakes!
*Side note: I’m not one that generally worries to much about healthy vs unhealthy, but I will say this: in addition to be dairy free and low sugar, these puppies packed a wallop of healthy fats (thanks again to the avocados). A normal cupcake in Weight Watchers with icing is about 10-12 Points+. One large one of these with chocomole icing is 4-5. The mini cupcakes, again with icing, are only 1. So, not sure if it’s “healthy” as that depends on everyone’s individual perspective. However, I’m definitely thinking these would cure a chocolate craving without destroying the diet, which counts as a win in my book*