Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup pure maple syrup
¾ cup plain almond milk
1/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Glaze:
¼ block soft silken tofu (from 14-ounce container), drained and patted dry
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 ounces semisweet vegan chocolate, melted

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Purée avocado in food processor until smooth. Add maple syrup, almond milk, oil, and vanilla, and blend until creamy. Whisk avocado mixture into flour mixture.

2. Spoon batter into prepared cupcake cups. Bake 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with some crumbs attached. Cool.

3. To make the Glaze: Blend tofu, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in food processor until smooth. Add chocolate to tofu mixture and blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Dip tops of cupcakes into glaze, pulling straight up from glaze to form peaks.

(Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times)