Chocolate-Avocado Cupcakes

Satisfy your chocolate cravings while benefiting from the heart-healthy goodness of avocado. This easy and delectable cupcake will surely become a favourite with your friends and family!

Dry Ingredients:

2-2/3 cups cake and pastry flour (650 mL)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (125 mL)
1 tbsp baking powder (15 mL)
1 cup sugar (250 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)


1 medium Mexican Avocado, pureed*
3 large eggs
3/4 cup melted unsalted butter (175 mL)
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (15 mL)
3/4 cup skim milk (175 mL)

Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Line cupcake moulds with paper cups.

In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar and salt.

In separate bowl, combine avocado, eggs, butter, vanilla and milk until well blended.

Add liquids to dry ingredients and mix with rubber spatula until dry ingredients are moistened. Batter may look lumpy. Do not over-mix.

Scoop batter and fill cups almost to the top. Bake immediately.

Bake cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick comes out clean when placed into the cupcake’s centre.

Allow baked cupcakes to rest in moulds for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Makes about 14 cupcakes.

Tip: For a lactose free version, substitute margarine for butter and soy milk for skim.

*Use a sharp knife and cut into the avocado straight down and around the hard pit inside. Twist into two halves—one half will contain the pit. Carefully and quickly hit the pit with the knife then with a twisting motion, loosen the pit and pull it out. To remove the avocado from the skin, ease a spoon between the flesh and the skin and scoop it out. Then, puree the avocado in a food processor.

Nutritional Information:

Per Serving (1 cupcake): 291 calories, 14 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 66 g cholesterol, 168 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 15 g sugars, 5 g protein. % RDI: Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 3%, Iron 18%.

Recipe created by Chef Juan Salinas on behalf of Avocados from Mexico.

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