Chocolate Avocado Cake

A lightly sweetened and deliciously fudgy cake that you won’t believe is actually pretty healthy! Scrumptious avocados star in creating this dense snack cake and creamy frosting. It’s a super easy and quick cake that’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, and/or dessert!

Produce On Parade - Chocolate Avocado Cake - A lightly sweetened and deliciously fudgy cake that you won?t believe is actually pretty healthy! Scrumptious avocados star in creating this dense snack cake and creamy frosting. It?s a super easy and quick cake that?s perfect for breakfast, a snack, and/or dessert!
Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.
— Buddha

Most days I'm like, "Damn.. I'm pretty much the luckiest person ever. I'm so grateful for everything I have; a loving husband, supportive family, dream home, adorable furbabies, a general lack of needfulness, easy access to a variety of healthy foods, freedom from illness, etc." Then other days I'm like, "Dammit! I got wayyyyy too many avocados over here! How did this happen? I'm fairly certain I started with just two. Are they procreating? What the heck am I supposed to do with all these mofos?! Argh!" It's a good day when the majority of your stress revolves around fretting what to do with an aging, prolific agglomeration of gangster avocados.

It's also a good day when chocolate cake is involved. It's even better when almost half of said avocados are used in said cake! A win-win for everyone involved. 

Produce On Parade - Chocolate Avocado Cake - A lightly sweetened and deliciously fudgy cake that you won?t believe is actually pretty healthy! Scrumptious avocados star in creating this dense snack cake and creamy frosting. It?s a super easy and quick cake that?s perfect for breakfast, a snack, and/or dessert!
Produce On Parade - Chocolate Avocado Cake - A lightly sweetened and deliciously fudgy cake that you won?t believe is actually pretty healthy! Scrumptious avocados star in creating this dense snack cake and creamy frosting. It?s a super easy and quick cake that?s perfect for breakfast, a snack, and/or dessert!

I want to thank you all for the flood of heartfelt comments regarding my last post. You're all so incredibly kind. It's important to keep in mind that many people are going through the same thing you're going through. We can all lend support and love to one another in times of struggle and that's why I decided to share my stories with you all. I think it really helps. Thank you for virtual hugs and words of compassion and empathy, from the deepest chambers of my emo little heart. It means the world.

Okay so, when I was making this cake, we were having a crazy springlike day. It was so sunny and warm I had to keep all the doors open! Bailey and Anouk (our new furbaby) just hung out on the deck, basking in the Alaskan sun. Check out all their adorableness on my Facebook or Instagram pages. I also went for my first run in a month since breaking my foot! It was a good day, indeed. 

Produce On Parade - Chocolate Avocado Cake - A lightly sweetened and deliciously fudgy cake that you won?t believe is actually pretty healthy! Scrumptious avocados star in creating this dense snack cake and creamy frosting. It?s a super easy and quick cake that?s perfect for breakfast, a snack, and/or dessert!
Produce On Parade - Chocolate Avocado Cake - A lightly sweetened and deliciously fudgy cake that you won?t believe is actually pretty healthy! Scrumptious avocados star in creating this dense snack cake and creamy frosting. It?s a super easy and quick cake that?s perfect for breakfast, a snack, and/or dessert!

This cake uses three, count 'em three avocados! In addition, it also sports super healthy flaxseed, coconut oil, almond flour, cacao powder, and for an extra boost of antioxidant power I snuck in some chipotle chili powder into the frosting (optional). Sweet and spicy! This cake is just lightly sweetened, so I don't recommend skipping the frosting on this one. I've been eating a slice for breakfast everyday. Todd thinks it's a wee bit too healthy for him (he's not a reliable source when it comes to healthy desserts...). That means lots of cake for me... cake for daaaaaays. #noshame

Produce On Parade - Chocolate Avocado Cake - A lightly sweetened and deliciously fudgy cake that you won?t believe is actually pretty healthy! Scrumptious avocados star in creating this dense snack cake and creamy frosting. It?s a super easy and quick cake that?s perfect for breakfast, a snack, and/or dessert!

Chocolate Avocado Cake

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

A lightly sweetened and deliciously fudgy cake that you won’t believe is actually pretty healthy! Scrumptious avocados star in creating this dense snack cake and creamy frosting. It’s a super easy and quick cake that’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, and/or dessert! Cake adapted from Clean Green Eats by Candice Kumai.

Ingredients

  • - CAKE -
  • scant 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 ¾ cup gluten-free blend or all-purpose flour
  • heaping ¾ cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • meat from 1 large, ripe avocado
  • heaping ½ cup vegan granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups fresh water
  • ⅓ cup melted, unrefined coconut oil
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • - FROSTING -
  • meat from 2 large, ripe avocados
  • ½ cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp vegan powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 1 - 1 ½ tsp chipotle chili powder (optional)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • dash of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a blender or food processor, process the almonds until they become a flour (but not so much that you make almond butter). Pulse in the all-purpose flour, cacao powder, flaxseed, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the avocado and sugar to the empty food processor and process until smooth. Pulse in the water, oil, and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and baking soda then pulse into the wet mixture until well combined. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture until just combined. The batter should be quite thick.
  3. Line the bottom of an 8” round cake pan with parchment paper and spray the sides with a nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the cake batter into the pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake for about 20 minutes, until set. Remove the cake from the pan and allow to cool completely (at least 40 minutes) on a wire cooling rack.
  4. While the cake cools, clean out the processor. Add all the frosting ingredients to the processor and blend until smooth. Frost the top and sides of the cooled cake with a spatula. Slice and serve. Store in the fridge.

Yield: 1 8" round cake

Read this story from Mother Jones on how the meat industry consumes over 4/5ths of all antibiotic use. Superbugs, anyone? It'd be funny how hypocritical we are if it wasn't so shockingly terrifying. 

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Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin Icing

So the other day Todd tells me that he wants to make a snack for "Boss's Day"...and by snack he tells me, "I mean treat." And by him...he means, me. Okay, that's only sort of true. He's a pretty darn good kitchen helper. Bringing something to a non-vegan food fest is really your chance to say, "See? I eat real food. Good food! Delicious food. And it doesn't have to have any animal products in it." But mostly it's a cry of, "See? I'm not a weirdo! Everyone all up in this joint asking me for the recipe and I'm the weirdo. Yeah, riiight. Hah!" Well, at least that's how it goes for me anyway. Somehow I still end up the weirdo, but I'm certain that's due to my unmistakable discomfort in all social situations. I'm off track. Anyways, I pondered and pondered about what I could make that: A) I wouldn't have to go the store for to get some random ingredients and B) omnivores would enjoy, wholeheartedly.

I came up with cinnamon rolls. This is a pretty strange idea for me for several reasons. One being that most people buy cinnamon rolls from the store (I think). Two, I certainly had never made them before (case in point about my ignorance regarding cinnamon roll acquiring). The third reason, I had to learn the hard way. It's that after making fresh cinnamon rolls...you really, really don't want to part with them. I'm mean, just look at the them! Gah! 

Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin IcingThese easy rolls are layered with pumpkin pie spice instead of regular ol' cinnamon and the Autumnal (yea it's a word) icing is infused with pumpkin puree and topped with finishing salt. Oh so snobby! After Todd and I split one, I turned to him and said, "Well that was one of the dumbest things I've ever done." Next time I think I'll just make cookies or something...

Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin Icing

Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin Icing

Inspired By Minimalist Baker

Makes 9 rolls

  • --For The Rolls--
  • 1 cup vanilla coconut milk (carton, I like Silk)
  • 3 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 instant yeast packet
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vegan sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup vegan sugar
  • --For The Icing--
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Kahlua or vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla coconut milk (carton)
  • 3 Tbsp. pumpkin puree 
  • sprinkle of salt
  • flake salt to top (finishing salt) - optional

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and the butter together until the butter has melted and the it has reached 110 F. Do not let it boil. The milk should be about a warm bathwater temperature. If it gets too hot, allow it to cool slightly or it will kill the yeast. When the milk is 110 F, transfer to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top of the milk (do not stir) and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Then, add in the salt and 1 Tbsp. of sugar and stir gently to incorporate. 

Now, add in the flour in six steps, never stirring too much. Once combined, lightly flour a work surface and knead the dough a few times until it becomes a round ball. Wash out that large mixing bowl, dry it, and then coat with a small amount of grapeseed or canola oil. Place the ball of dough in the bowl, cover with saran wrap and place in a warm area to rest for 1 hour. It should double in size. 

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Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin IcingLightly flour your work surface again and when the dough is done rising, punch it down once or twice and then roll it out into a large, medium-thin rectangle. 

Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin IcingBrush evenly with the melted butter, then sprinkle on the pumpkin pie spice, followed by the sugar. Make sure it's scattered evenly across the entire rectangle. 

Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin IcingCoat a 8 in. x 8 in. clear baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray. Wait to preheat oven. Gently and evenly roll up the dough into a long log.

Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin IcingUsing a serrated knife, gently cut it into 9 even slices. Then, place each slice into the greased baking dish and cover with saran wrap. Okay, now preheat the the oven to 350 F and place the dish on that spot on your stove where the heat from the oven likes to emit. It's where I have exploded a can of Pam, and most recently where Todd melted a purple onion shaped onion keeper. You know the spot. Let the dish sit there while the oven preheats.

Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin IcingOnce the oven has reached temperature, unwrap the dish and place in the oven to bake for about 25 minutes, or until the tops of the rolls are just barely golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before glazing. 

To whip up the icing, combine everything excluding the flake salt in a small bowl or pyrex measuring cup and whisk well to incorporate. Add more milk as is needed.

Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin IcingIf the icing begins to harden by the time the cinnamon rolls are ready, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. Drizzle over the cinnamon rolls and finish with flake salt.

Produce On Parade - Spiced Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin IcingEnjoy! Horde them all yourself or be super nice and share like I did.

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 I'm totally listening to my beloved Zee Avi – Honey Bee

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Coconutty Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

I tried kickboxing today. I'm still not sure how I avoided paralyzing myself. It was pretty tough, and it really made me realize how impossibly uncoordinated I am. Kickboxing is surprisingly very satisfying...especially if you're having a bad day. I knew if anyone saw me doing this activity they would think I was suffering from a seizure or transforming into a zombie or something, so I definitely did it on my lunch hour...in my office...in my scrubs. I have no dignity. I am sure it was a sight to behold. I have to say I was exceedingly delighted and terribly grateful to have somehow had the entire hour of flailing limbs to myself, without any interruptions...obviously.  I wanted to tell you all, one of my most beloved things about having this blog are all the emails I get from readers. I don't might actually keep them all stashed away like a super creep or some obsessed teenage girl. Yes, every single one of them. I treasure them! On average, I get about two or three per day. Readers email me with questions regarding different food items or to tell me that they love the blog and the recipes or just to plain chit chat.

I love them all. So keep them coming my friends! I'd love to post some of these emails because some of them are so incredibly lovely and sweet, however, since they were emailed to me personally, obviously, I couldn't do that. So I will just have to hoard them instead. My preciousesss. Oh and please, please, please for the love of god, use the voicemail feature! It's my favorite! 

Okay, enough sappiness! Onto the greatest recipe that has ever graced my lips! Coconutty Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. Unrefined coconut oil and coconut milk flavor these pancakes with a creamy, rich coconutty flavor in addition to all the gooey deliciousness of a fresh, hot cinnamon roll and drizzled with a sweet, coconut flavored icing. 

Produce On Parade - Coconutty Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

LORD ON HIGH. Alright, I don't know what that means really (I am not a religious person) but a friend used it in an email to me and it somehow seemed incredibly appropriate here. This is one mind-numbingly delicious breakfast.

Ehhhh...let's be real here. At this point it's pretty much just a cake. If you thought Todd and I had this for dessert though, you'd be wrong. Oh, for breakfast right? That makes sense. Pancakes = Breakfast. No, still wrong. We had these delicious mofos for dinner cus that's how we roll, yo! It's like having dessert and breakfast for dinner and seriously, what is better than that? Nothing. It's heaven on earth. Now let us thank the food gods for this unbelievably delicious meal. 

Prepare yo self!

Produce On Parade - Coconutty Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Coconutty Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Inspired by Recipe Girl and McCormick

Serves 2-3

  • --The Egg--
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • --The Cinnamon Filling--
  • 4 Tbsp. vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon 
  • --The Icing--
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut milk (carton, I like Silk)
  • 1/2 tsp. Kahlua or vanilla extract
  • --The Pancakes--
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1 cup carton coconut milk (I like Silk)
  • 1 Tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted

Flax is first. To make the flax egg combine the ground flaxseed and water in a small bowl and whisk very well. Place in the fridge until ready to use.

To make the cinnamon filling, add all of the ingredients to a small zip-lock bag and squeeze/knead until well mixed. Careful not to let it burst out the top! Once it is well mixed, cut a very small hole in one of the corners and place in the fridge until ready to use. 

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To make the icing, add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until very smooth. Add additional milk if needed. Set aside until ready to use. 

Produce On Parade - Coconut Flavored Cinnamon Roll PancakesTo make the pancakes, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Then add in the milk, the flaxseed egg, and the oil. Mix until just combined.

Produce On Parade - Coconut Flavored Cinnamon Roll PancakesOver medium-high, heat a large frying pan and coat with a nonstick cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup of pancake batter to the pan. Allow the pancake to cook until the edges start to form bubbles, about two minutes, then "pipe" a swirl of the cinnamon filling onto the pancake, as such. Careful not to let it get too close to the edges of the pancake.

Produce On Parade - Coconut Flavored Cinnamon Roll PancakesThen, flip the pancake over and allow the other side to cook for about 30 seconds. You don't want to leave it flipped for too long or else the filling may begin to burn. Some of the melted filling will seep out from beneath the pancake and that's okay. Remove the pancake from the pan once cooked through and place on a plate.

Before making a new pancake, take a paper towel and whip the pan, taking care not to burn yourself! This will help get some of the remaining filling off the pan so it doesn't burn. Continue with the rest of the batter.

Produce On Parade - Coconutty Cinnamon Roll PancakesServe the pancakes stacked high, hot and drizzled with the coconut icing. No need for maple syrup or butter!

Produce On Parade - Coconutty Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

What am I listening to? Kate Nash – Mariella

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