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Healthy Chocolate Frosting

Don’t you kinda want to make this healthy chocolate frosting your computer’s screen saver?

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE FROSTING - NO corn syrup, NO shortening, NO trans fat - just creamy, dreamy, rich chocolate frosting you can slather on absolutely everything! @choccoveredkt


Yeah, me too. Be right back…

Okay, it’s done. Now I can stare at chocolate all day.


chocolate peanut butter frosting

reeses pieces

This healthier alternative to store-bought frosting tastes like what you’d get if you melted a Reeses peanut butter cup and slathered it thickly onto the top of a cupcake. Or ate it straight off the spoon.

NO corn syrup, NO shortening, NO trans fat – just creamy, dreamy, rich chocolate frosting you can slather on absolutely everything!

Chocolate Covered Katie Frosting

(This is the frosting recipe I use on the chocolate cake in Episode 2 of the USA Today cooking show, What The Fudge.)


Healthy Chocolate Frosting

Healthy Chocolate Frosting

Yield: Yields almost a 1/2 cup
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Healthy Chocolate Frosting


  • 1/4 cup peanut butter or allergy-friendly alternative
  • 4-8 tsp pure maple syrup (click for a sugar-free version)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp milk of choice, or more for thinner frosting
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional: handful of chocolate chips (the "pieces")


*Feel free to try this recipe with almond butter, cashew butter, sunbutter, or even coconut butter! Agave can be subbed for the maple syrup. I haven’t tried a stevia version, nor have I tried the healthy frosting recipe with pb2 or better’n pb, but you can try those substitutions at your own risk. This healthy frosting recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and also free of refined sugar.

To make the frosting: blend everything (including chips, if using) in a small food processor or Magic Bullet. If you have a bigger processor, it might be best to double the recipe so everything blends more smoothly. Best to store uneaten frosting covered in the fridge.

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Try this frosting on a One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake.

What’s one thing that’s made you smile today?

If you can’t think of anything, take another look at the first photo of this post. If chocolate doesn’t make you smile, there’s no hope for you! 😉

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Published on May 4, 2012

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  1. Jennifer says

    You make me smile, Katie. This is the first time I’ve commented, but I just wanted to let you know that I heart you and your blog 🙂

  2. Sinead says

    omg that looks so lush, will def be trying this – anything with peanut butter and chocolate makes me ridiculously happy 😀

  3. Brianna says

    i’ve tried quite a few of your recipes with pb2 and they’ve all worked great! Sometimes you need to adjust the water a bit. the fact the sun is out this morning after a week of rain makes me smile!

  4. Danielle says

    Hi CCK,
    I recently found your blog through pinterest and I love it! I’ve been gluten free for about 6 years, but recently just found out my body doesn’t like dairy either. I figured it was good bye to good tasting food. I have made several of your recipes and they have all turned out great! Even my traditional meat and potatoes husband has asked me when we are making your deep dish chocolate cookie pie again! Thanks for all of your hard work and sharing your amazing recipes with us!

    p.s. my dog makes me smile. He is a silly APBT who always manages to make me laugh with his crazy antics 🙂

  5. Danielle says

    Sounds wonderful, will have to give this a try… and I only use pb2 so I’ll let you know how that substitution works out! 🙂

  6. Michelle says

    Watching my kids at swim lessons this morning and now this. I was waiting to see this. YUM!!!!

  7. Claire says

    Made me smile: boyfriend serenading me with Sinatra over Skype. 🙂

    Makes me smile all the time: your recipes! I also saved one of the pictures of this to send him – he’s a choco-pb fiend.

  8. lyss says

    Mmm…this looks good. Will totally be eating this by the spoonful. I often mix up coconut oil, maple syrup, and cocoa powder for a quick I-need-chocolate fix. 🙂

  9. Haylee says

    Oh my gosh seriously right now? That looks AMAZING and I’m not even a fan of frosting. You’ve definitely impressed me again creative Katie.

  10. Brooke says

    Love love love this recipe! I Made it for 1 minute chocolate cake and had extra so I put it in the refrigerator then put it on toast later. It was sooo good! Then I made more and put it in a bowl and froze it and it tasted like peanut butter chocolate fudge! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  11. Jules says

    One thing that made me smile? My husband’s been wrapped up in a video editing project, so I took myself to the park with a blanket, a good book, the most recent issue of Vegetarian Times, and a bubble tea. I loved watching the parents playing and running around with their kids in the afternoon sunshine!

  12. Sahar says

    Just made this and put it on top of a chocolate chip peanut butter blondie cake for my vegan guests tonight! You’re a genius Katie! I’m obsessed! Thank you for all your amazing recipes 😀

  13. Allison says

    I love frosting! So now I officially kind of love you..
    Besides this recipe, my kitty Hester made me smile.

  14. Katie (Sweet Tater) says

    girlfriend, reese’s pieces are chocolate-free. i point this out because i get in fights with my friends about it all the time. reese’s pieces are peanut butter with a candy shell. peanut butter m&ms have PB AND chocolate (the greatest combination on the planet) and are therefore superior. just saying.

  15. Patricia @ thecastironvegan says

    A long time ago, when I first became vegan, a friend of mine who lived in a very hippie-vegan area gave me a similar recipe: equal parts cocoa powder, nut butter, and maple syrup. I’ve played with the porportions a bit, but it’s always delicious!

  16. Jen says

    I cut this recipe in half and made it today–and it is amazing! Completely cured my chocolate craving. It is a million times better than the dark chocolate dreams peanut butter in a jar. I know I’ll be making it again–what an awesome option for frosting that isn’t drowing in butter and powdered sugar. Thanks!

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