Are you looking for a sweet treat without all the guilt? This Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake might just fit the bill. I used avocados to create a rich, velvety chocolate cake. I think you’re gonna love it. If you’re into vegan cake as much as I am, you should think about making my Vegan Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting. Oh, and don’t forget my Vegan Coconut Cake. It’s a dreamy, delicious cake!
I remember the first time I saw someone use an avocado in a cake. I’m glad there wasn’t a camera pointed at me because I’m pretty sure the expression on my face wasn’t pleasant. I’m not one to hide my feelings on my sleeve, particularly when it comes to food.
But then I finally tried a cake with avocado in it, and it wasn’t too bad. In fact, it was pretty good. I decided to make my own cake with avocado. My first one was this Lemon Avocado Cake (see link below the recipe). That was pretty darn good.
So I figured a Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake had to be the next, natural step in my avocado-loving progression.
Why You’ll Love Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake
I think we’re all paying a little more attention to the food we eat these days, particularly when it comes to fats. I know it can be confusing, understanding nutrition and it’s role in our health, but one thing we can say for sure, getting healthy fats from plant-based sources is a good idea. And that’s where the avocado comes in. I once read that eating an avocado is better than taking a vitamin. Let’s talk about the health benefits of Avocados:
- They’re loaded with vitamin K. And as I mentioned on my Green Smoothies post, Vitamin K is important because it helps transport calcium from your blood stream (where it…calcifies), to your bones, where you actually want it to be
- Bring on the Folate. It’s complicated to explain why folate is important, but let me just sum it up this way: your body needs folate for proper DNA functioning; without it you can experience DNA damage similar to being irradiated.
- Potassium a Plenty. Avocados are actually a better source for potassium than bananas and that matters because around 97% of us are not getting adequate amounts of it. Proper levels of potassium can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of kidney stones.
- Vitamin E can be found in Avocados and this can be an important factor for helping reduce atherosclerosis.
- Monounsaturated Fats. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats which can help your body better absorb carotenoids (otherwise known as pigments in fruits and veggies that act as antioxidants).
So how exciting an avocado can be? Don’t even get me started on dark chocolate! 🙂
This vegan chocolate avocado cake is moist, rich, and a perfect indulgence any day of the week!
I happen to love this vegan chocolate avocado cake exactly the way it is, but that doesn’t mean you have to. In fact, I encourage you to think, no dream, about the ways you might want to change this recipe. Make it your own. Take it for a spin. If you need some ideas to get the ol’ ball a rolling, well, here’s some ideas I have for changing up this recipe:
- If you’re into it, add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon. The good news is it will add a little spice and cinnamon plays a role in keeping blood sugar from spiking
- I could see adding a tablespoon or two of peanut butter powder
- How about shaving some dark chocolate over the top? It would look so dramatic!
- Play around with the sugar quantities to find the perfect level of sweetness for you
- Try coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar for a healthier twist
- To make this gluten-free, simply use gluten-free baking flour
Go ahead, run with these ideas or come up with others to make this Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake something completely unique!
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This moist and delicious Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake uses the fat from an avocado to create a dense, chocolate cake with just the right amount of sweetness.
- 3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup Cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoons Baking powder
- 1/4 cup Vegetable oil
- 1 cup Avocado Mashed
- 2 1/2 cups Water
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
- 2 cups Dairy-free Chocolate Chips
- 4 - 5 tablespoons Plant-Based Milk Vanilla
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar
Heat your oven to 350F. Spray two round cake pans with vegetable spray.
Pour the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
In a food processor combine the vegetable oil, mashed avocado, water, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Pulse until smooth.
Add avocado mixture to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
When done, remove the cakes from the oven. Allow to cool about 10 minutes, and then invert each cake on a plate or wire rack to cool completely.
In the meantime, make the frosting placing the chocolate chips in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Pour about 1/4 cup plant-based milk over the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Microwave for one minute. Place a plate over the top of the bowl to cover and set aside for a minute. The chips should be melted. If not, heat for another 30 seconds until melted.
Once the chocolate chips are melted, add the powdered sugar and stir to combine. Add additional plant-based milk until you achieve a nice, spreadable consistency.
Once the cakes are cooled, spread half of the frosting on the top side of one of the cakes. Place the second cake on top of the bottom, frosted cake. Then add the remaining frosting on the top cake and spread evenly across the top.
If you’re into vegetarian or vegan avocado dessert recipes, check these recipes out:
- Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding Pie by Ambitious Kitchen
- No-Bake Chocolate Avocado Pudding by Jessica in the Kitchen
- Avocado Mint Fudge Bars by iFood Real
- Or what about this Vegan Avocado Lemon Blueberry Cake by yours truly? Mmmm!
Whatever vegan dessert you’re dining on, enjoy!