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Spiced Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

I am a terrible blogger. My last post was way back in August!? Not cool, Ashleen. Not cool.

My apologies for the lack of consistency over the last few months. What can I say… life happens.

Anyways, let’s not dwell on my slacker ways and get right to the recipe.

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Cakes, Vegan ·

Avocado Ganache

Avocado Ganache

This is not a true ganache recipe because real ganache consists of just chocolate and heavy cream (for more info, check out my Ganache 101 post.) While this version may not be the real thing, it is a healthier version that can be enjoyed by people who don’t do dairy. I used this “ganache” to frost my spiced chocolate avocado cupcakes but you can also eat it on its own like a pudding.

If you aren’t an avocado addict like me, this probably isn’t the ganache for you. On the other hand,  if you do have an avocado addiction, you’ll love this chocolate-avocado combo. The avocado flavour is subtle, but if you have super-sensitive taste buds you can try using just one avocado instead of two.

Ingredients

2 avocados, mashed (~250 g avocado meat)
1/2 cup maple syrup OR honey (125 mL)
2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (90 g)
Pinch of salt
1 can full fat coconut milk- my fave brand is Thai Kitchen (400 mL)

Directions

In a food processor, puree the avocados until smooth.

Add the maple syrup,cocoa powder, and salt to the food processor.

Melt the chocolate chips and add to the food processor.

Open the can of coconut milk and transfer the thick coconut cream from the top of the can to a separate bowl. Add the remaining liquid to the food processor and mix until completely blended.

Using an electric mixer, beat the coconut cream until light and fluffy. Beat in the chocolate mixture until you have a nice fluffy consistency.

Allow to cool in fridge for 2 hours before piping onto cupcakes.

Chocolate, Candy & Fudge, Fillings, Frostings & Spreads, Vegan ·

Homemade Speculoos Spread

If you are a little unsure about what exactly Speculoos spread is, then you are in for a treat! It looks a little bit like peanut butter (it has even been marketed as Europe’s alternative to peanut butter) but it is actually very different. It tastes like cinnamon cookies, but in spread form. A ‘cookie butter’ if you will.

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Fillings, Frostings & Spreads, Vegan ·

Homemade Nut Milk

I have decided that hazelnut milk is the best dairy-free milk there is. It makes cereal taste like dessert, is delicious in tea and coffee, and makes the best hot chocolate ever (hot chocolate that tastes like Nutella anyone?) Continue Reading →

Vegan ·

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