Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes.  I was on Facebook the other day and I came upon this recipe.

I really liked the idea of using avocado in desserts.  I have had success using it in my flourless brownie bites and my chocolate chip avocado cookies.

So I thought I would attempt cupcakes.  The orginal recipe had way to much sugar and it was also not gluten free.  I came up with a version that has less sugar, is oil free and is gluten free.  It’s also vegan of course!


Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes - My Whole Food Life


These cupcakes are super rich!  You would never guess they were made healthier.

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 12 cupcakes     adjust servings

Super rich double chocolate cupcakes.


    For the cupcakes

    For the frosting


    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. In a medium sized bowl , add all the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt.
    3. In a blender , add the avocado, maple syrup, applesauce and vanilla extract. Blend until it's smooth. You don't want avocado chunks in this. Once it's smooth add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. You will have to scrape down the sides a few times.
    4. Spoon batter into lined muffin cups .
    5. Bake for 10-14 minutes.
    6. For the frosting, mix all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Wait until the cupcakes have cooled completely before frosting them.
    7. Keep these cupcakes stored in the fridge.


    Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

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    42 thoughts to “Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes”

    1. Cupcakes look awesome ! Where would you say they are on spectrum from light and fluffy to denser ? Also, for avocado - small one ? Thanks
      1. Not vanilla cupcakes yet, but I do have a few recipes for vanilla frosting. Here are the links.
    2. Hi Melissa. I plan on making these, they look great. Do you think I can use Sorghum flour, or should I stick with the oat flour? I made your strawberry cheesecake bites and they were excellent. Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes.
    3. Do you think almond flour or regular flour would work as a substitute for oat flour? Trying to use what I have in the pantry already. Thanks!
      1. Thank you! Coconut flour is not an easy sub. It's best to use it only in recipes written for it specifically.
    4. I hate to be the one to make a negative post but I did not have success with recipe. I was really excited to make them and the pics look great, but turned out pretty disappointed. The first time I made it I forgot the almond milk and they would not bake thru; it was just totally wet inside even after baking them extra long and I had to throw them away. But the 2nd time thru I followed all the instructions exactly and had very similar results; had to bake them extra long and it was still wet inside but not as bad. I wonder if the recipe needs to be tweaked a bit?
      1. I am sorry that you didn't have success with the recipe. :( I might depend on the size of the avocado? I used a small avocado. What size did you use?
    5. This recipe was recommended to me by a friend who raved about these cupcakes. Sorry, but everything about this recipe is a hot mess. The cupcakes had to stay in the oven for an additional 10-12 minutes and still aren't totally cooked through even after resting 10 minutes. Something is wrong with the chemistry in this recipe because nothing about this is fudgey. It's far too moist and I fear the cupcakes will never actually finish cooking through. Too many moist ingredients and not enough flour and sugar to balance. The icing... I don't know what on earth would make this icing good but it too was a hot mess, even more so than the cupcakes. Made as written, all I can taste is cocoa powder and an aftertaste of avocado, nothing sweet about it and definitely not "icing". Doubled the honey and still no flavor besides the strong cocoa powder. Finally gave up and added vanilla and icing sugar to try and make it edible and its still not working. Nice texture once the icing sugar was added, but horrible taste in every iteration I've tried. You noted that the original recipe had too much sugar but you've taken too much out of this recipe. Put more sugar back in an actual form of sugar, not maple syrup or honey, because they can't provide enough sweetness to this dish. A suggestion to the author - instead of putting "one small avocado" it would be best for you to measure out exactly how much avocado you used instead of us having to guess at the measurement. I'm sure this may have had something to do with the failure of the recipe but it certainly is not the only reason these cupcakes didn't turn out. Incredibly disappointed with these, will not make again. Should have heeded the other negative review.
      1. I am sorry you did not have luck with the recipe. I understand not everyone is going to like every recipe I post. They seemed plenty sweet to me. Are you used to healthy desserts or more traditional desserts. Most healthier desserts are not super sweet. Again I am sorry they were a fail for you.
    6. Good morning! I am making these cupcakes for a friend's birthday today and I am very excited about it. I was wondering--- do you think it would work to substitute amaranth flour for the oat flour? I have made several of your cookie recipes and have been very pleased (and so have the cookie recipients, too!). I think chickpeas as a base is a stroke of culinary genius! Thank you, Hillary
      1. Thanks Hillary. I am not very familiar with amaranth flour, so I am not sure if it works. If you try, I would love to know the results.
    7. I literally stayed up until midnight just to make these! I have been on a " lifestyle change" for almost a year that made me drop most all refined sugars, sweeteners etc and have since then severely deprived myself of anything even remotely sweet. But I have to say thank you so much for this recipe and adding a little 'spice', or shall I say sweet back into my diet while still being healthy and not making me feel sick and guilty! I only wish I would have tried this a lot sooner, I can't wait to try your other recipes too! Thanks again!

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