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Best Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting

These healthy cupcakes without refined sugar are an amazing guilt-free dessert you’ll make again and again. The Greek yogurt, honey, and coconut oil combine to form a super moist treat that both kids and adults won’t even know is healthy!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

For The Cupcakes:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature (flax eggs for vegan)
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt (vegan Greek yogurt for vegan substitution)
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 3-6 tbsp honey or maple syrup (for a vegan option) Note: Use 3 tbsp for these cupcakes to have 8 grams of sugar a piece. Use up to 6 tbsp for a sweeter cupcake.
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour (1:1 gluten free baking flour for gluten-free option)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

For The Healthy Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1 large, ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-4 tbsp honey (maple syrup for a vegan option) Note: Use 2 tbsp for these cupcakes to have 8 grams of sugar a piece. Use up to 4 tbsp for a sweeter frosting.
  • 1 tbsp almond milk

Instructions

To Make The Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix together melted coconut oil and eggs.
  • Add Greek yogurt, almond milk and honey. Mix to combine.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, wheat flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
  • Scoop cupcake batter into each section of the muffin tin, filling it about 2/3 of the way.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes. Allow to cool before adding frosting.

For The Frosting:

  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat on low speed until smooth.
  • Use an offset spatula to frost each cupcake.

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Notes

Top Tips for Making Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes
  • These cupcakes are not meant to be overly sweet - they taste more like dark chocolate. If you use 3 tbsp of honey for the cupcake and 2 tbsp honey for the frosting, these cupcakes will have more of that bitter/dark chocolate feel, but they will be super low in sugar (only 8 grams per serving). If you want a sweeter, more traditional cupcake, use 6 tbsp honey for the cupcake and 4 tbsp honey for the frosting. If you do that, these cupcakes will have 16 grams of sugar and 180 calories per serving. 
  • Make sure to spray your cupcake liners with cooking spray so the cupcake doesn't stick to the liner after baking!
  • Spoon and level your flour and cocoa powder into your measuring cup vs. using your measuring cup to scoop out the flour. You'll get a more accurate measurement that way and a lighter/fluffier cupcake!
  • Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature for easy mixing and for a better tasting cupcake.
  • Don't overmix! Mix the batter together just until the wet and dry ingredients are combined. Overmixing results in a tough cupcake!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g