Healthy Frosting


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This healthy frosting is made with refined sugar free ingredients and makes the most smooth and creamy chocolate frosting! No dairy and no butter needed, it’s perfect for ANY dessert calling for a chocolate frosting! 

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Frosting without powdered sugar!

Everyone needs a quick and easy frosting recipe to have on hand. It can often be assumed that frosting can be difficult and/or time-consuming to make. This leads to buying pre-packaged frosting, which can be delicious…but not particularly healthy!

Luckily, you can easily make your own healthy chocolate frosting using simple ingredients- just 4 of them!

Now this frosting isn’t like your traditional frostings. There is no butter, no refined sugar, and no milk needed, but you’d never be able to tell. In fact, it uses a secret ingredient to hold everything together- Unsweetened applesauce! Using unsweetened applesauce in a chocolate frosting recipe may sound a little odd, but hear me out.

Firstly, you won’t be able to taste it, as it is super mild and not overpowering. Secondly, it provides a silky and creamy texture, without the need for any butter, cream or sugar. Thirdly, it’s affordable and easy to find. Finally, it ensures this chocolate frosting is made WITHOUT powdered sugar!

This vegan frosting is so versatile, you can add it to anything- flourless fudge brownies would be a good start or perhaps these raw brownies. Granted, you could just eat it straight from the bowl, but maybe even frosting a keto cake or vegan cake would be great, too!

Ingredients for a healthy icing

  • Unsweetened applesauce– Be sure your applesauce is completely unsweetened, with no other ingredients in it besides apples. 
  • Dark Cocoa Powder– I used dark cocoa powder as I love the dark and rich flavor. However, standard dutch processed cocoa is perfectly fine too. 
  • Coconut Oil– Refined coconut oil, not unrefined coconut oil. 
  • Maple Syrup– Gives the frosting the sweetness, and the smoother texture. 

There are other sweeteners you can use instead of maple syrup. Agave nectar works well, and if you’d like this frosting to be sugar free, use monk fruit sweetened maple syrup. 

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How do you make a healthy frosting? 

Depending on what kind of recipe you are making (a cake or a brownie, for example), you will likely want your frosting to be either thick or a more silky smooth one. They both use the same ingredients but the proportions will differ a little bit! 


Start by using only 1 cup of the unsweetened applesauce and stir with the other 3 ingredients. Using a tablespoon or teaspoon, continue to add unsweetened applesauce slowly until the desired consistency is achieved.

Alternatively, if you want a sweeter chocolate frosting, you can replace the extra applesauce with more maple syrup/monk fruit maple syrup.


Use the full cup of unsweetened applesauce. Using a teaspoon, add more applesauce until it reaches the silky texture you are after. Please be cautious when adding your extra applesauce, as even a little extra bit can turn the frosting from smooth to soup-like!

Like the thicker option, feel free to swap out the extra applesauce for extra maple/monk fruit syrup.

Can I make this low carb or keto? 

This healthy frosting is best made without any substitutions.

For a low carb frosting, try keto frostings

Storing and Freezing Tips

  • To store– Leftover frosting should always be stored in the refrigerator, covered. It will keep for at least 2 weeks, usually longer. Let it sit at room temperature before frosting. 
  • To freeze– Place frosting in a freezer friendly container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

frosting without powdered sugar

Desserts to use this frosting on

vegan frosting

Healthy Frosting (NO powdered sugar!)

5 from 982 votes
This healthy frosting is so rich and creamy, and perfect to top ALL your favorite desserts with! No butter, no dairy and no refined sugar, it is made without powdered sugar!
Servings: 20 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes



  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your coconut oil, sticky sweetener of choice and cocoa powder. Mix until a glossy liquid chocolate texture remains.
  • Add your unsweetened applesauce. Start with 1 cup and depending on what texture you are after, increase. 
  • Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, to thicken slightly. If you need to use it immediately, add a tablespoon or two or coconut flour/cornstarch. 


* For a thinner, drippy frosting, add more applesauce (or maple syrup).
** Alternatively, refrigerate longer to firm up. 
TO STORE: Leftover frosting should always be stored in the refrigerator, covered. It will keep for at least 2 weeks, usually longer. Let it sit at room temperature before frosting. 
TO FREEZE: Place frosting in a freezer friendly container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 4g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars

    I’m going to try this recipe but want to know why it’s recommended to use refined coconut oil as opposed to unrefined? We use unrefined in cooking which is why we have it already.

    1. Hi Leann- only because there is some coconut flavor with the former 🙂 Use unrefined if you don’t mind the flavor of coconut.

  2. Hi there ! Super excited to try this recipe especially since Ive had to cut refined sugar and saturated fat from my diet . When making this frosting is there another oil I could use in place of the coconut oil. It has too much saturated fat for me . Thank you

  3. Can I replace the coconut oil with something else? Not a fan of coconuts (makes me think I’m eating sunscreen).

  4. 5 stars
    Maybe baby food applesauce will have a finer grain and use a tad less if it has more moisture? Either case if it is too thick, a fraction of tsp apple juice concentrate at a time might loosen it up without over-sweetening.

  5. Arman Liew is my favorite chef on the cooking channel. Her preparation and presentation is always pleasing to the eye and tasteful to the palate.

  6. 5 stars
    One of your reviews mentioned that it is not smooth enough so I ended up putting everything in the vitamix. Amazing!!!

    1. Hi, was the Vitamix able to blend it well? I always have trouble making things with this consistency in the Vitamix…

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