Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing

Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing sounds like an oxymoron.
Wrapped in an enigma. Hidden in a labyrinth.
Ok, I digress but seriously, who puts quinoa in cupcakes and then puts avocado on top?!
Or so I thought…
quinoa chocolate cupcakes with avocado icing

Quinoa is a great substitute for ingredients like white rice, pasta, etc.

Kicking these foods to the curb and substituting with quinoa can help you manage your hunger and weight long term.

It adds much needed fibre, iron and a kick of protein to your diet to help kick start your metabolism.

Another cool thing is that when blended, quinoa can be used as a thickening agent in baking!  

That brings me to this recipe: Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing!

quinoa chocolate cupcakes with avocado icing

Gluten-free and super tasty, these Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing are a go-to for me if I’m having a get-together and want to serve a healthier version of the store bought cupcakes.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ll totally buy the store-bought cupcakes sometimes. 

Like for example, this past weekend at our Halloween party. I bought cupcakes from the store, with towers of white icing, complete with plastic eye-balls on top and I made this Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing.

A friend is gluten-free so I wanted a different option for her and I actually like these cupcakes better than the store bought ones.

Although, my 6 year old thought otherwise. He tried one (when offered both versions) and was visibly upset when he loudly proclaimed: THESE TASTE LIKE AVOCADO!

I really had to suppress my laughter for a few reasons: 

1. I couldn’t believe he could even taste the avocado in the icing

2. He hasn’t had avocado in years so he actually remembers what it tastes like(!) and,

3. He basically felt like I totally tricked him into eating one

Plus, his reaction was all THIS IS HORRIBLE so that’s just funny in itself.

It also requires you as a parent to not laugh at all.

But other than that, my friends’ 2 and a half year old ate one 🙂

And my hubby likes them without icing (he’s crazy like that) but no matter which way you eat them, it’s great to have a dessert with a bit of protein, fibre and healthy fats.

Hope you love you em’ like we do,


Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing
Yields 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
19 min
Total Time
39 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
19 min
Total Time
39 min
128 calories
15 g
17 g
8 g
3 g
2 g
64 g
142 g
8 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 17mg
Sodium 142mg
Total Carbohydrates 15g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2/3 cup water
  2. 1/3 cup quinoa
  3. 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  4. 1/4 cup liquid honey
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 1 large egg white
  7. 3 tbsp olive oil
  8. 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  9. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  10. 3/4 tsp baking powder
  11. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  12. 1/2 tsp salt
For the icing
  1. 1 ripe avocado
  2. 1 Tbsp liquid honey
  3. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. 2. First, cook the quinoa for the cupcakes. In a small saucepan, bring the water and quinoa to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let sit with the cover on for another 15 minutes. Make sure the quinoa is very fluffy with no excess water in it.
  3. 3. Using a hand blender, combine sour cream, honey, egg, egg white, oil and vanilla.  Blend until combined. Add 1/4 cup of the quinoa and blend until completely smooth.  Repeat adding 1/4 cup quinoa, pureeing after each addition, until all the quinoa has been added. It's ok if it's not completely smooth.
  4. 4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt until no lumps of cocoa powder remain.  Add the pureed mixture.  Stir just until blended.  Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners.
  5. 5. Bake for approximately 19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.  Cool in the pan.
  6. 6. For the icing, peel the avocado and in a small bowl, mash it with a fork until no big lumps remain. Then add the honey and vanilla and whisk by hand until smooth.  Add the cocoa powder and whisk again till smooth.
  1. Sometimes I'll make 9 larger cupcakes or the 12 smaller. Each time I make them, it's a bit different. If you make 9 instead of 12 large cupcakes, fill up the empty muffin cups in the pan with 1/2 of water and omit the cupcake liner.
Adapted from The Quinoa Revolution Cookbook
Adapted from The Quinoa Revolution Cookbook
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    Chrystal Keogh

    These were so good!! Just came on here to get the recipe and going to make them tomorrow 😀

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