Almond Butter Frosting

This chocolate almond butter frosting is vegan, refined sugar free, and paleo diet friendly. It’s quick and easy to make too. Use this vegan chocolate frosting recipe to ice cakes, cupcakes, or cookies. It’s sweet, fudgy, and decadent yet nutritious.

Ingredients and substitutions

Smooth almond butter gives this frosting a rich, creamy consistency. Be sure to use almond butter with no added sugar or salt.

A slice of frosted white cake.

This almond butter icing recipe gets its chocolaty flavor from unsweetened cocoa powder. There are two main types of unsweetened cocoa powder – natural cocoa powder and Dutch process cocoa powder. Either type of cocoa powder is fine for this recipe.

This frosting is sweetened with maple syrup. I love the combination of maple and chocolate and think it works well as a sweetener in this recipe, but you can substitute honey if you prefer (and if you don’t need this to be strictly vegan).

This recipe calls for pure vanilla extract. Be sure to use the pure stuff if possible because artificial vanilla extract just doesn’t taste quite the same.

I like to include a bit of salt in this recipe. Salt enhances the other flavors and complements the sweetness of the maple syrup in this frosting. 

How to make it

Start by adding the cocoa powder, maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and salt to a mixing bowl and use a whisk to mix until the cocoa powder is dissolved.

Frosting ingredients being whisked in a bowl.

Next you’ll add the almond butter and use a spoon to mix until all the ingredients are well combined and a thick, smooth consistency is achieved. That’s all there is to it.

Frosting being mixed in a large glass bowl.


Store this frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days.

A blob of frosting on a butter knife resting on top of a dish.

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Almond Butter Frosting

This almond butter frosting is chocolaty and rich yet nutrient dense. This gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, vegan chocolate frosting is quick and easy to make.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 158kcal


  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Add the maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa powder, pure vanilla extract, and salt to a mixing bowl, then use a whisk to mix well.
  • Add the almond butter and use a spoon to mix until it has a smooth, thick consistency.
  • Use this frosting on cakes, cupcakes, cookies, donuts, etc.


  • Store the frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg
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