This healthy Vanilla Frosting Recipe is going to make some big changes for you. While there are healthy replacements for nearly every dessert out there, healthy frosting recipes have always been difficult to come by.
With only a few ingredients, and less than 10 minutes, you can whip up a thick vanilla frosting to top any dessert this holiday. Oh, and if you’re wondering, this recipe is paleo, SCD, vegan, gluten and dairy-free!
Conventional Frosting is Not Healthy
Like mentioned above, healthy frosting can be difficult to come by. This is because frosting’s main ingredients are basically just butter, powdered sugar, and milk. And then, of course, if you’re buying frosting off the shelf, there are many other concerning ingredients on that list.
However, here at Clean Cuisine, we don’t believe dairy has any positive impact on the body. Instead, we choose dairy-free alternatives to cheese, milk, butter, and other dairy-based products. Click here to read why we don’t believe milk does the body good!
While these ingredients are an easy way to make frosting, with a little creativity, you can create an equally as delicious version completely clean!
How to Make this Healthy Vanilla Frosting Recipe
The best thing about this Vanilla Frosting recipe is that it’s actually incredibly nutrient dense, all the while being equally as delicious as its sugary counterpart. Loaded with healthy fats, and whole foods, you can have your cake, and eat it too! Literally.
Here are the main ingredients:
Raw Macadamia Nuts Make This Frosting Creamy
Macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fats, which help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL), decrease inflammation, contribute to heart health, and so much more!
They’re a great option when searching for a clean, creamy rich base. It’s also how we made our Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe!
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Replaces Pounds of Butter
Extra virgin coconut oil contains healthy fatty acids, particularly medium-chain triglycerides which can help reduce inflammation, aid in weight loss, and contribute to brain health!
Plus, it’s just delicious, and offers a mild coconut flavor that is delicious in so many diverse recipes!
Yellow Raisins is a Natural Sweetener
Raisins are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are a great whole foods sweetener option for baked goods and other desserts! Look for organic, no added sugar, sulphite-free yellow raisins here!
Maple Syrup as a Second Natural Sweetener
Maple syrup serves as a nutrient-dense sugar swap in this icing. If vegan, stick to the maple, otherwise, feel free to swap for honey!
As a tip, look for the darkest pure maple syrup you can find. Not only is the flavor stronger, but it’s also packed with the most antioxidants and minerals!
Vanilla Extract is Essential to Vanilla Frosting!
Since we are making vanilla icing, vanilla extract is an essential part of what gives this icing it’s sweet, vanilla flavor. Only one tablespoon is needed for the perfect flavor!
If you’re ready to learn how to make your very own, homemade, healthy Vanilla Frosting, let’s get started!
Vanilla Frosting Recipe
- Prep Time: 7 min.
- Total Time: 7 min.
- 1 1/2 cups raw macadamia nuts, soaked in water for 2 hours
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons organic, extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup yellow raisins
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup can be swapped for honey (SCD)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of unrefined sea salt
- Place all ingredients and process on high speed to “whip” for at least 1 full minute. Transfer blender container to the refrigerator and refrigerate frosting for at least 1 hour before frosting the cake.