How to Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting without Butter or Cream by Cleo Coyle

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This "buttercream" frosting has no butter or cream, yet it tastes like a chocolate fudge dream. So what's the mystery ingredient to this frosting? It's one that vegans and vegetarians may have guessed by now...avocado. 

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Here are a few reasons to consider
replacing the butter in your
chocolate frosting with avocados*...

1. Less calories: Avocados will lighten up your frosting by reducing calories. 2 tablespoons of avocado flesh is 50 calories compared to 200 calories for the same amount of butter. 

2. Less fat: 3.5 oz. serving of butter contains 81 g of fat while the same serving of avocado contains 14.66 g of fat.

3. Better fat: Avocados will replace animal fat with vegetable fat. (Avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.) You'll find 20 essential nutrients in avocados, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.

*Source of nutritional info: California Avocado Commission 

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Finally, our Coffeehouse Mystery readers may recognize this recipe from our culinary mystery A Brew to a Kill, in which our amateur sleuth Clare employs a dietitian to help her lighten up some of the items on her coffeehouse menu. Does the dietitian die? You'll have to read the book to find out.

As for the brownies in my photos, they are gluten-free FLOURLESS CHCOLATE BROWNIES (no flour, no butter, just chocolate fudgy goodness). Get the recipe with a free, downloadable PDF by clicking here









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Cleo Coyle's 

Chocolate Fudge 

Avocado Frosting


For every 1 cup of frosting, you will need...

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mashed Hass (aka Haas) avocado (1 medium or 2 small)
1/2 cup natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar (aka confectioners' sugar)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Directions:  Cut, pit, and scoop the flesh out of a ripe avocado. 

NOTE #1 on the avocado's ripeness : The avocado should not be over-ripe. Do not use avocado flesh that is brown, bruised, or mottled. Conversely, do not use flesh that is under-ripe and hard. For tips on choosing a perfectly ripe avocado with soft, green flesh, watch the video below. For the best tips on ripening an avocado (or a banana) that is still too green and hard, or keeping a ripe avocado from becoming over-ripe too quickly, jump to the middle of this video..

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Mash the avocado with a fork or puree it in a blender or food processor until the flesh is completely smooth and without even small chunks or lumps. It's important to be sure you've pureed it well. You'll need 1/2 cup of this so measure it out. If it comes up short, your avocado was too small and you'll need to process another. 



Place the 1/2 cup avocado, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and pinch of salt into a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the ingredients. 

At first, the mixture will seem very dry and powdery but continue beating the ingredients. DO NOT ADD LIQUID. As you beat the mixture, the avocado will penetrate and moisten the dry ingredients until, almost magically, a silky smooth chocolate frosting forms. 





NOTE #2: If you live in a very dry climate, and the frosting is too dry after a reasonable amount of beating, then add a very small amount of liquid (1 teaspoon at a time). What liquid you use is your choice--try coffee or milk (to keep it dairy-free use almond milk) OR you can add a touch more vanilla and even complement the vanilla by using another extract such as almond, hazelnut or rum.






Avocado Frosting FAQs...


* Q. Will I taste avocado? 

A. No. This is a delicious, chocolate fudge frosting that closely resembles chocolate buttercream in flavor and texture. If you properly puree the avocado making sure there are absolutely no clumps or lumps and follow the recipe directions, you will not taste avocado.

* Q. Can I use another kind of avocado? 

A. I would not. I use Hass avocados because they are richer and creamer than Florida avocados. I'd stick with Hass.

Q. How much frosting will I need for my cakes, cupcakes, brownies?

A. This recipe will make 1 cup of icing, which will frost...

     - 1 pan of brownies, including my Black Bean Brownies
       (those are the brownies you see in my photos today) or 


     - 12 cupcakes or 

     - the top of a 13 x 9-inch sheet cake.

To frost a 2-layer cake, I would double or even triple this recipe (because I hate to get stuck with less frosting than I need).

Q. Can I make a glaze instead of a frosting?

A. Yes! And here's how I do it...


CHOCOLATE
BUTTERCREAM




First, let me assure you that the buttercream version of this recipe produces a thick, smooth icing, like a typical chocolate frosting (as in my photo above)...


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MAKING
CHOCOLATE GLAZE

For a looser chocolate glaze (like the one in my photo below), simply add more liquid to the frosting until you get the consistency you like. Start with 1 tablespoon of milk (or nut milk) or coffee or rum or a liqueur (e.g. Kahlua, Amaretto, a chocolate liqueur). Add more if needed to reach the glazing consistency you like, and...




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