Oh avocados, what can’t you do? Aside from putting avocado on sandwiches, salads, and lunch bowls, I’ve also used it in soft pretzels, key lime pie, and potstickers. But probably my all-time favorite avocado trick is substituting them for oil or margarine in cupcakes! Today I’m sharing my avocado chocolate cupcakes recipe.
These are my favorite vegan chocolate cupcakes, period. They are nice and moist and just a bit fudgy, and they’re sooooorta healthy. Sorta. So it’s the best of both worlds!
You can even make these cupcakes completely oil-free if you fancy – though, I do recommend adding just a touch of oil for the best possible texture. I’ve prepared them both ways with successful results. They’re also whole grain and modern wheat-free thanks to the use of spelt flour. (That does NOT mean they are gluten-free, but some people have a sensitivity specifically to wheat so these may be appropriate for those folks). You can use all-purpose flour instead if you want.
To top them off I sprinkled more vegan chocolate chips – I cannot get enough of the Enjoy Life chocolate chips. I feel like I steal a few from the bag to munch on every time I walk past the kitchen… and I also frosted the cupcakes with a peanut butter chocolate ganache that I’ve been playing with. If you really want an airy topping then I would stick with your favorite vegan frosting/buttercream recipe, but I am more than happy with a layer of rich, peanut buttery chocolate.
I actually shared this recipe back in the dark early days of my blog, aka 2013. I’ve come a long way since then, in many aspects of blogging ranging from photography to recipe writing. But seriously, those pictures though.. *Shudder*. I have disappeared them from the internet forever and don’t regret my decision. These days I still find chocolate exceedingly difficult to photograph nicely. The updated pictures were a still struggle, BUT, at least now (unlike in that old post) you can get a basic sense of the appearance and texture of the cupcakes.
Over time I have also made a few more tweaks to the recipe, including reducing the baking powder, measuring the volume of the avocado, specifying temperatures of certain things, and changing the way the batter is mixed. These things lead to a slightly more delicious avocado chocolate cupcake than ever before, which is saying a lot because I already loved them.
- ¾ c. plain, unsweetened nondairy milk, room temperature (I used soy milk)
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- ¼ c. brewed coffee, room temperature
- ¾ c. cane sugar (I used Florida Crystals brand)
- ⅓ c. avocado puree or very well-mashed avocado, room temperature (about one small avocado or ½ of a large avocado) (puree preferred for the most precise measurement)
- 1 and ½ tb. neutral oil (or substitute applesauce or additional avocado; I used sunflower seed oil)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. almond extract
- 1 c. + 2 tb. spelt flour (or substitute all-purpose flour)
- ⅓ c. cocoa powder
- ¾ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ c. vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
- 2 tb. natural creamy peanut butter
- 1+ tb. plain, unsweetened nondairy milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line or grease a cupcake tin.
- Stir together the nondairy milk and apple cider vinegar and let sit while you mix the dry ingredients.
- Sift together all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl until fully combined.
- In a blender, combine the milk and vinegar with the rest of the wet ingredients and blend until smooth. Alternately, mix the ingredients together with a fork or whisk until very smooth.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a smooth batter forms.
- Fill the cupcake slots most of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes before frosting them.
- In a double boiler or with indirect heat, melt the chocolate chips. Add the peanut butter and nondairy milk to the pan and fold together using a rubber spatula until combined into a smooth mixture. Let cool for a few minutes before using to frost the cupcakes.
Have a great weekend!