Healthy Chocolate Frosting: 3 ingredients!

Healthy Chocolate Frosting

This smooth & glossy Healthy Chocolate Frosting is simple and delicious;ย perfect for topping cakes! Paleo, Vegan, refined-sugar free, and containing no butter or cream! Made with only 3 ingredients,ย it takes just seconds to make, and tastes beautifully chocolatey.

Please note: This frosting is made using cocoa powder, so if you’re not a big fan of dark chocolate then you might find it too bitter. I really like the taste, but I can understand why some wouldn’t! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Healthy Chocolate Frosting

Looking for a healthy chocolate frosting to top a cake, or even to eat straight out of the bowl? You’ve come to the right place. This frosting is smooth, thick and glossy, and guilt-free!

Healthy Chocolate Frosting

It spreads so nicely – perfectly glossy and smooth, yet holding its shape and coating the cake beautifully.

Healthy Chocolate Cake

Chocolatey and sweet, made in 1 bowl in only 5 minutes, this healthy chocolate frosting is simple & indulgent!

Healthy Chocolate Frosting

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: Enough frosting to fill and top 1 8-inch cake

Healthy Chocolate Frosting

This smooth & glossy Healthy Chocolate Frosting is simple and delicious; perfect for topping cakes! Paleo, Vegan, refined-sugar free, and containing no butter or cream! Made with only 3 ingredients, it takes just seconds to make, and tastes beautifully chocolatey.


  • โ€ข 50 g [1/2 cup] cocoa powder
  • โ€ข 60 g [1/4 cup] Greek yoghurt *
  • โ€ข 2-3 tbsp honey **


  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. That's it!
  3. - After the cake has been iced, you will need to store it in the fridge as it contains Greek yoghurt. Any leftover frosting should also be stored covered in the fridge, for up to a week.


*Use dairy-free yoghurt for Paleo/Vegan version

**Or maple syrup or other runny sweetener, for vegan version

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  1. 50g of unsweetened cocoa with only 60 grams of yoghurt? I havent tried this and I already know that would be extremely bitter.

    1. Hi, you are right that it is more bitter than usual sweet icing – but I love this as it tastes like 70% or 80% dark chocolate! For those who don’t like it so bitter, you are welcome to add more yoghurt (especially vanilla flavour as it is sweeter) and more syrup/honey to balance out the cocoa powder. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I guess you meant cocoa powder sweetened for making cocoa? I used Hershey cocoa powder and it was tooo chocolaty. I added another 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt and honey. It was not edible.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that Gail – but thank you for trying the recipe and taking the time to let me know. Hershey’s cocoa powder should have worked fine as far as I’m aware, due to being natural cocoa powder (rather than Dutch-processed which can be richer).
      Perhaps the flavour combination just isn’t for you? I would say that the flavour of this frosting is typical of dairy-free, ‘healthier’ treats, so isn’t your normal sweet icing and will perhaps be a bit more bitter/more concentrated than your average buttercream. Maybe I could experiment at some point to try and make a version that isn’t as rich. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This looks awesome! Does it matter if you use unrefined cocoa powder vs Dutch processed cocoa powder? Which do you recommend?

    1. Thanks Natasha! I used unrefined cocoa powder when making this frosting – but it would be interesting to see how it would turn out with the Dutch processed! I’d imagine it would be darker, with a richer, earthier taste. As no baking is involved here, I would put it down to personal preference in flavour/colour. I’d be interested to know how it turns out if you try it with the Dutch processed cocoa powder!๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. Thanks Katie!

    2. We just made this frosting! Absolutely amazing, rich and dark chocolatey. Perfect frosting for our 4 year old’s chocolate cake! It spreads extremely easily too! Thanks for an easy, no frills recipe x

      1. That’s so wonderful to hear, thank you for taking the time to give such lovely feedback! I’m so pleased that the frosting passed the test for your 4 year old’s cake. Happy baking! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Given the base of yogurt, will this need to be refrigerated after on cake? Will it “melt”?

    1. The great thing about this frosting is that it will stay on the cake well after decorating, so it shouldn’t melt off the cake. However, you’re absolutely right that the cake will need to be stored in the fridge afterwards, due to the Greek yoghurt. Thank you for mentioning it Katie – I have now added the storage instructions to the recipe!๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The Greek yogurt- should it be plain? Or cannot be vanilla?….

    1. I used plain Greek yoghurt, but you can absolutely use vanilla! Thank you for the query Katie, and I hope you enjoy the frosting!๐Ÿ™‚

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