Healthy chocolate frosting with a nutty flavor and tons of nutrients from sunflower seed butter. An unexpected peanut butter flavor without the nuts, shown here in a cupcake with a creamy nutty filling. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.
Chocolate Frosting with Sunflower Seed Butter
Creamy chocolate frosting with a fun healthy twist, full of peanut butter flavor without the peanuts, and and pretty easy to make. I used my delicious frosting on my dairy free chocolate cake recipe, made into cupcakes.
What Does Seed Butter Bring to Frosting Texture?
This creamy fun chocolate frosting pipes beautifully, melts in your mouth and actually tastes like peanut butter but without the nuts which is great news for those with a peanut allergy.
Why Use Sunflower Seed Butter in Frosting
Frosting is a dessert, no question it should be eaten in moderation. But it's wonderful to find ways to make frosting healthier, and that's why I added sunflower seed butter.
So what's so special about sunflower seeds?
Wow, sunflower seeds are healthy. This article from Time Magazine spells it out for you but in brief, they are full of essential nutrients that support most body processes. That's a big bang for the buck, or seed.
Specifically sunflower seeds carries protein, fiber, zinc, folate and vitamin B6, and vitamin E. Sunflower seeds are also loaded with B complex vitamins, essential for the healthy nervous system, and also supply iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
The USA brand SunButter is my favorite sunflower seed brand. Their version is free of the top 8 allergens, namely peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soybeans.
And this year, as I have mentioned in other posts, they came out with a chocolate flavor. This chocolate flavor has 6gms of protein per 2 tbsp, and 3gms of fiber. Plus it tastes awesome - kind of like peanut butter meets Nutella, only healthy!
Now, I used their original flavor here, but you could also just swap in the chocolate flavor for an even chocolatey-er frosting.
What Are The Ingredients in My Chocolate Frosting?
- Sunbutter, their organic sunflower seed butter
- organic shortening (has healthier red palm oil)
- organic powdered sugar (has tapioca instead of corn starch)
- dairy free milk
How To Make Chocolate Frosting with Sunflower Seed Butter
Step 1: Blend up ingredients.
Step 2: Use frosting on cupcakes or in cakes, or just eat it with a spoon.
How Does Chocolate Frosting with Sunflower Seed Butter Taste?
- deep chocolate flavor
- nutty peanut butter flavor but without the peanuts
- melt in your mouth texture
- high in essential nutrients (you can't actually taste those haha)
How to Use Chocolate Frosting
I used the frosting here on cupcakes. I also filled the cupcake with more sunflower seed butter. To do this, just use the wrong end of a piping tip to pull out a plug of cake. Fill the hole with sunflower seed butter, and put plug back, then frost.
Or use this frosting on cakes, cookies, or even as a filling in chocolates.
More Healthy Frosting Recipes For You
If you like this frosting recipe, you might like to try these:
2 ingredient Chocolate Frosting (sweet potatoes)
Vegan Royal Icing (for Sugar Cooking Decorating)
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Chocolate Frosting with Sunflower Seed Butter
- Set the butter out to allow it to reach room temperature overnight or at least two hours before using.
- Put all ingredients in a large bowl and use a hand-mixer to mix the frosting until it is smooth.
- To keep it soft, put a soaking wet paper towel over the bowl until ready to frost. This will keep the frosting soft for about 10 minutes so plan your baking around this window.
- Store this frosting in the refrigerator for two weeks. To use it, let it sit at room temperature until it is soft. Normally I store it in frosting bags with a 2M frosting tip in the bag so it's ready to use on freshly baked cupcakes.
Make Cupcakes & Fill
- I used my Dairy Free Chocolate Cake recipe to make the cupcakes and I filled them with sunflower seed butter. To fill cupcakes, use the wrong end of a piping tip to scoop out cupcake center, pull out the plug, fill with seed butter, and put plug back.
This post is sponsored by Sunbutter. My opinions are my own.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients and another immunity-boosting smoothie shot book, 4-Ingredient Smoothies + Juices , due out in January 2021. On this blog you'll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism, editor at The Feedfeed and a nutritional expert at WikiHow. More about Dee Dine here.