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I felt like I had died and gone to Heaven when I took my first taste of this frosting. This was just a concoction I thought up one day with the hopes that it would be somewhat edible. And it turned into something DELICIOUS. Y’all are going to go nuts when you try this frosting. Because it tastes SO good. And you can make it as sweet as you want, that is completely up to you! Plus it has so many health benefits from the apples, sweet potato, and cashew milk. There is not much more I could want from life than an easy, healthy, delicious chocolate frosting 😛
So let’s get started!
Tips To the Perfect Topping
Start by adding all the ingredients as-is in the recipe below. Then we can start playing around with amounts to get you to YOUR perfect frosting. Because our tastes are all unique!
First we will start with your apple sauce and sweet potato. These are your two main ingredients that are going to create the bulk of the frosting. I’d stick to one cup of apple sauce and not much more because you want the final texture to be smooth, and not have any of the “lumps” that apple sauce tends to have. Plus it can make it too thin. As far as the sweet potato, you can add a little more if you want! It is an art not an exact science, so feel free to play around! The sweet potato is a key addition to this because it adds both a creamy texture and sweetness – without any added sugar! So start with 1/2 of a potato first but then if you think you want more, feel free to slowly add to that. (But add small amounts and pulse the processor in between to keep an eye on what it does to the texture!)
I use unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder. Because dark chocolate is my fave. Plus it is considered a health food! Any plain dark chocolate that is 70% or more cocoa is really quite good for you when eaten in moderation. It is full of antioxidants that protect against our daily exposure to free radicals, enhances cognitive function, and even help with cholesterol! But if you prefer milk chocolate, feel free to switch it up! However, as for the amount you use, I recommend sticking to what is stated in the recipe – no less no more – it creates the perfect flavor!
I used agave for my sweetener because it is one of my favorites and I always have it on hand. Plus it is a lot sweeter than sugar so less of it goes a long way (great for saving calories!). I also think it helped that it was a “sticky” sweetener to add to the smooth texture of the overall frosting. But if you don’t have agave or don’t like agave, feel free to switch it up! For some other sticky sweetener ideas, you could try honey or maple syrup.
As far as the amount of sweetener – start with two tablespoons and decide after mixing if you want more. I will be honest, if you follow this exact recipe, this is not a frosting that will give you a sugar rush. If you want yours really sweet, you will probably want to add a little more agave. Or maybe switch it up and add agave and then some regular sugar (or this sugar blend – I love using this in my baking). But keep in mind the sticky sweeteners will enhance the texture. The regular sugar won’t hurt it, but it won’t make it smoother either. Just add a little at a time and do some taste tests so you don’t make it too sweet too fast! You can always add more sweetener, but you can’t get it back out 🙂
Lastly, the milk. First of all you probably don’t need to use any milk if you don’t want to. I thought the consistency was pretty good without it, I just thought it might help. And in my opinion it did! It made it just a little bit smoother and I liked that. And I used cashew milk because A – it is lower in calories than dairy milk and B – it has a sweet taste to it. Anything to add sweetness to a frosting that is not piling in extra pure sugar is a great option in my mind! Plus it is a great option for anyone with a dairy intolerance! But you can feel free to use whatever milk you have on hand, or no milk at all. Maybe you could even try using chocolate milk (just thought of this idea and my mind is kind of blown by it – if you try this you have to let me know!)
Time to get frosting!
I LOVE to have this frosting on top of my Secret Ingredient Chocolate Brownies, my Skinny ish Funfetti cake, or even for just some straight up strawberry dipping! What is your favorite treat to add a little frosting to??