The more I eat fresh fruits and veggies, the less I crave sweets or salty treats. But I must say, I do love me some chocolate. To be able to make a healthy version of it for myself, while creating a mess in the kitchen, is one of my favorite ways to spend the day.
A dear friend was coming to visit around the time of his birthday. You know that means I gotta make cake, light a candle, and sing birthday praises. Can't have cake without frosting! I perused the isles of health food stores, noting the simple ingredients in the pricey frosting boxes. Why not save packaging and put a homemade spin on it?
The past few months have included lots of experiments with baked goods, once I discovered that I can have grain free delights (forever grateful to Elana's Pantry for illuminating this). My kitchen is pretty well stocked with key ingredients, and once you learn how to work with them, that's when the experiments actually turn out to be quite good.
This chocolate frosting turned out much better than my "Hmmm, interesting," comment in the video below. It was rich without being overly sweet or too much. It had a frosting consistency with a dark chocolate bar taste, which matched perfectly with the vanilla cupcakes I made with coconut flour.
★ Vanilla powder (the spice)
★ Brown sugar (I normally go for agave or other more natural options, but this is what was in the house)
★ Cacao powder (dark, organic)
Blend it all together with a hand mixer. Don't have measurements for you, as I used my intuition and didn't write it down. My philosophy is start with small amounts and keep adding more until it tastes good. Then you're done!