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Healthy Chocolate Frosting

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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. Monique says

    You’re adorable little puppies made me smile, they remind me of my old dog.
    I also got so excited for a split second. I saw the first picture without reading the title and it looked like the cover of a cookbook. I thought you’re big announcement this month might be a cookbook ( that would have made me really smile)

  2. Taina says

    The taste of this frosting made me smile! As soon as I saw the picture I smiled, then the realization that I had all the ingredients had me bolting to the kitchen. 5 minutes later… BIG smile! I love your blog Katie! (I’m a longtime lurker and firsttime commenter ^_^)

  3. Taina says

    also, my food processor is of the tiny and cheap variety… this may have been the first time it was the right size for a recipe lol 🙂 I’m thinking of getting a Magic Bullet, just because you seem to love yours and get such nice results from it! btw, some of my faves among your recipes are the cookie dough dip and the oatmeal raisin breakfast cookie. For the latter, I usually sub chocolate chips for the raisins 🙂 and add ground flax, a little nutmeg and a bunch of toasted nuts & coconut. soooooooooooo good!

  4. Debbie Groll says

    Katie, Katie, Katie!! I made this today with PB2…omg… it is still amazing!!! I also made it yesterday with regular pb and added greek yogurt! This is a keeper! You are the best! This might finally be my healthy chocolate fix!!! Yippeee!!!

  5. Ashley says

    Katie!!! I found your blog just recently… I LOVE YOU! ♥ haha I am currently trying to lose weight, and your recipes are so healthy, and best of all….you have chocolate chocolate CHOCOLATE! 🙂 I was super happy to see all these healthy alternatives and they were smaller portions which is really nice for me because I don’t like to have a ton of something because i will eat it all…not good! I’ve made this frosting twice now. Amazing! I just wish i could finds me some unsweetened coconut soon so i can make your recipes that call for it!

  6. Larisa says


    It would be great if your recipe can be added throug ZipList..There are so many things I would like to try, but I dont always remember what exactly 🙂

  7. evelyn says

    i made this like a couple of minutes ago. THAT made me happy. it was beyond delicious. oh my goodness. mmmmmmm. if you havn’t made it….MAKE IT NOW! it’s so good!

  8. Kat says

    It seriously has to be you. I’ve completely changed my eating since October, and I get through some of the low times looking at your recipes. Sometimes I make them, but most times just knowing that there’s desserts that I can have readily accessible helps me out. I can’t explain it – it’s like I calm down/get through just knowing it’s there. So thanks, my dear, for this great blog and helping so many of us out.

  9. Elizabeth says

    I made this today also. Put it on CCK’s BrowniePpancakes. Nothing could have been more perfect!
    Since I am trying to get used to things less sweet, I used 2 Tbs of syrup and it tasted phenominal. I might even start with 1 Tbs next time.

  10. Andrea says

    I made this without a blender, just mixing everything with a fork. It was so delicious! And then I didn’t want to dilute the flavor by putting it on anything, so I just ate it as is 🙂

  11. Kris says

    This was awesome, similar to the fudgies my mom used to make us when we were kids. So I made a second batch to put on a cake for my mom, for Mother’s Day.

    Oh, and I found an easier way to make the “pieces:” crunchy peanut butter!

  12. Pete Nott says

    That looks so good!
    I love Reese’s though I find the added sugar to the peanut butter an overkill, I quite like the whole saltiness of the nut butter vs the sweetness of the chocolate. This looks perfect, will add it to my recipe box.

  13. Tiffany says

    I made your chocolate cake into mini cupcakes and topped with the Reeses frosting and gave them to my sister for mothers day. She loved them, and the frosting is scary good! Thanks so much for the recipes. Oh and my non vegan husband actually liked the protein fries! I had just taken them out of the oven and left them on the counter. He didn’t know what they were but he said they smelled good so he ate them!

  14. Karen says

    Sorry, but I think you made a mistake with this recipe. You posted it like it was any old recipe, not giving enough attention to how amazing it is and stressing that each reader really should try it! I think you should amend it. 🙂
    I only have a large food processor, so I heated it until just warm in the microwave so it would mix well. No blender/mixer/bullet/processor needed. We love it!

  15. laura says

    Okay, so I substituted the maple syrup for powdered sugar and extra milk, and it turned out perfectly. Except, I just saw that this was supposed to make 8 servings? I feel kinda like a chub now because I used most of it on the one minute chocolate cake, then ate the rest with a knife. Although, I didn’t make as much as in your picture, so I may have done less of something. I was able to just stir this together with a knife(without the choc chips) then I stuck it in the microwave for 15 seconds. After that, in the chips went! The consistency was perfect, and totally like a melted reese’s.

    • Alanna says

      Lol don’t feel bad… I just made a half batch (4 servings)? and ate it all on a pizzert! Oink, oink, oink’ haha. This frosting is awesome, and so easy to make (even easier since I was lazy and stirred everything in a bowl instead of the blender!).

  16. queenoffitness says

    something that tastes this good should be considered illegal in all 50 states. OMG. i could have swam in this frosting. i used choc PB2 and it worked great. you just need to reconstitute it and turn it into pb before mixing it. i used my magic bullet short cup. i had to double the recipe because i added more cocoa powder than i needed. mine was really fluid so i just added more of the pb2 powder to thicken it up some. i smothered my one-minute cake it and with that my chocolate craving was squashed.

  17. Kylie says

    I did a stevia version of this and It worked out just dandy for me!! It definitely does have a taste of reeses pieces to it when you think about it! I think its yummy..but I’m like you I like stuff really rich so it didn’t much stevia to hit the spot…even with unsweetened chocolate chips and unsweetened peanut butter!! 🙂

  18. Mallory says

    I just made this and it tasted JUST like Reeses Pieces!!! So delicious! Even my bf loved it! And best of all its vegan!!! 😀

  19. Randomly Fascinated says

    My baby made me smile 🙂 It is easy to think of something that makes me smile these days 🙂

    I have a question. Is it the maple syrup and peanut butter that thickens the frosting? My family loves chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. I found your recipe for cauliflower chocolate cake and I would love to make a healthier peanut butter frosting, but I don’t know what to substitute for the powdered sugar.

  20. Pam says

    There is no powdered sugar in the recipe. This frosting is yummy made exactly the way Katie describes in her recipe above.

  21. Jessasaurus says

    We have nut allergies so I used Sunbutter, and instead of the maple syrup I used some mashed banana–it was totally delicious!!!! my mom used to keep chocolate frosting in the fridge and we would sneak bites of it when we were craving chocolate (from a chapter in my life i like to call “how to gain a million pounds without even trying”) this was every bit as delicious and satisfying with NONE of the guilt (and none of the bloaty fatty feelings afterward.) THANKS!!!

  22. Jordan says

    Just made this. Used sugar-free maple syrup and chocolate Soy Slender for the milk. Left everything else the same, and it turned out great! I ate a few spoonfuls right away, but I’m planning on slathering the rest on some baked oatmeal tomorrow morning. 🙂 Thanks Katie! You’re wonderful!

  23. Christy says

    Just made this using Cashew butter and Almond Breeze Almond Milk/Coconut Milk blend and omitted the chocolate chips. I added one packet of NuNaturals sweetener so I could use less maple syrup and it is fantastic! Tastes just like chocolate frosting but so much healthier! I will definitely try it again sometime with peanut butter….when I am having one of my peanut butter cravings! Thanks!!!

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