Gluten-free, Vegan, Sugar-free
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate icing? It gives so much texture and moisture to our cakes and brownies and cupcakes that finding different kinds is always a good idea! Especially when you are trying to look for one that is made without dairy, which is what I created in this naturally sweetened, whipped chocolate icing.
I used this icing on top of my Dark and Delectable chocolate cake- which is also made without dairy or gluten!
Try both together for the ultimate chocolate lovers dream.
Why this icing is so good for you
First of all, I wanted to try to sweeten this icing naturally, without using a ton of icing sugar that is traditionally found in most icings. Which makes sense, but sometimes I just don’t want that crazy sugar rush and crash.
I have talked alot about dates in my posts because of how nutiritous they are, they lend a nice caramel flavour in anything they are used in, plus add a good amount of nutrients, minerals and fiber into to your daily intake! The base of this recipe is dates, and here is why they are so good for you:
- Dates have a tremendous amount of potassium and help soothe sore muscles. This is why this paste is great to add to post-workout smoothies
- Fiber: they contain around 12% of your daily requirement for fiber- so they will make you poop. And thats a good thing 🙂
- They contain several trace minerals necessary for your body to function effectively, including manganese, copper, magnesium, iron and B6!
- HIgh in anti-oxidants
- They taste delicious
I added some tahini in this recipe to give it more creaminess, however any nut butter will do. Keep in mind the different flavours it will give depending on which nut butter you use. Peanut would be spectacular, but then it will taste like peanut butter and chocolate- which is actually really great!
The icing is really simple to make by adding all the ingredients into a blender and blending until it becomes really creamy and smooth. I used regular dates, not medjool dates, but I am sure either will work just fine.
If you want the health benefits of dates to use in other recipes, try my Date Paste, which I use as a sugar substitute in smoothies, lattes or baking. Or for an energetic snack try my Brownie Bites which are awesome too!!!
Whipped Vegan Chocolate Icing
An easy and naturally sweetened chocolate icing whipped to creamy perfection!
- 1 cup dates soaked in boiling water
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1/4 cup cacao
Boil water, and completely soak your dates, lettting them sit for 10-20 minutes, or until completely soft
Add dates, and remaining ingredients to blender
Blend really well, stopping and scrapping down the sides often
Place in bowl and refrigerate for up to one hour before icing your cakes
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