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Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake
A Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake topped with a Vegan Avocado Chocolate “butter cream” icing to satisfy one of the most stringent diets and the familiar chocoholic.
Today is Friday and you know what that means: Cupcake time!
Who is Aimee and what is Be Bold and Free?
Aimee is the inspirational author of the blog Be Bold and Free. Though she documents her journey with health and maintaining a plant-based diet, her site is really more about taking risks and finding new adventures. In many ways, I feel like her message of “be bold to live free” goes hand in hand with my message to make life taste sweeter.
In the spirit of Aimee’s message of taking chances and exploring life outside of my comfort zone, I decided to experiment with my first intentionally vegan recipe. Aimee has removed meat from her diet and found that her health and mood have both drastically improved. Keeping meat out of a cupcake may sound like a pretty easy feat for some folks but that isn’t so easy for the creator of the Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes.
The other challenge with veganism is also abstaining from animal byproducts like eggs, milk and even honey. That part is a little more difficult but certainly not impossible.
Do vegan chocolate cupcakes have to be made with avocados? Absolutely not! The avocados were just an extra challenge.
Captain Cupcakeasaurus hates avocados. He will not touch the guacamole or the chunky Mexican shrimp cocktail. Making a dessert that I know he would not be able to resist like a chocolate cupcake and then filling it with his least favorite food was both torturous for him and hilarious for me. I knew he wouldn’t be able to resist and would end up loving these Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes.
Avocados Are Cool
They are also an awesome fruit with twenty or so essential vitamins and minerals. Some people even call them a super food because of all of their healthful benefits.
Avocados are sometimes called Alligator pears. How appropriate is that name for this Floridian baking endeavor? They are green and pear shaped and often have a scaly outer skin. My Florida avocados were quite large and actually had a smoother skin than their Mexican counterparts.A Chocolate Cupcake is a Chocolate Cupcake, with or without avocados. Click To Tweet
A Chocolate Cupcake is a Chocolate Cupcake
To be completely honest, these chocolate cupcakes are just regular chocolate cupcakes with a few substitutions. If you are really that scared of using an avocado in your chocolate cupcakes, you could easily use an oil equivalent. I’m telling you though, these cupcakes are perfect just the way they are.
If you are looking for another chocolatey vegan cupcake recipe, you can always try Black Bean Chocolate Cupcakes with Date Syrup. Just remember to use agave instead of honey for that recipe.
The cupcake batter may seem a bit wet when you are spooning it into the cupcake tin but I promise it works out just fine out of the oven. Sometimes when I bake, I have a couple cupcakes that want to swell more than others and create that dreaded muffin top. This batter stays put and all the cupcakes come out even and beautiful. They are chewy and moist like every favorite chocolate cake you’ve ever eaten.
A vegan cupcake was not so difficult. A vegan icing on the other hand proved to be a bit more challenging. You try making a delicious icing that doesn’t use milk, butter or cheese!
Originally I was going to just make an avocado “butter cream” but frankly the color put me off enough that I decided to make it chocolate icing instead. I can’t ruin a beautiful chocolate cupcake by putting an avocado green icing on top.
I used a little bit of a coconut spread to help the “butter cream” hold together. If you have a vegan butter on hand, it would probably work as good if not better.
Just remember when you are making a recipe that has strict dietary restrictions make sure to read all of the labels. Even ingredients that you would not expect, like sugar, might have animal products or by products included. Typically, if a product is vegan it will be labeled as such. Reading the ingredient list on the packaging is helpful too.
Everyone Needs a Chocolate Cupcake Sometimes
It is even better when you are also receiving healthful nutrients from avocados. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone to create this Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake. I hope you are also inspired by Aimee’s message and take a risk by giving them a shot.
Let me know in the comments what you think of these vegan alligator pear chocolate cupcakes. Then head over to Be Bold and Free and let Aimee know how much you loved her custom cupcake.