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Healthier Dessert Options: Avocado Chocolate and Coffee Ganache Cake Inspired by Skinny Cow

skinny cow ganache #shop My love affair with chocolate started at an early age.  Some of my earliest memories and happiest ones are of my grandma taking me to the ice cream shop and us sharing delicious chocolate ice creams and chocolate sundaes together. I don’t really have a sweet tooth but I have a soft spot for chocolate and chocolate ice cream.  If it where up to me I would have it all the time but both my husband and I watch what we eat and we are trying to teach the kids to have healthy eating habits so I don’t really have chocolate ice cream as often as I’d like to. That is why I am thrilled with the new Nestle Skinny Cow Ganache Ice Cream Cones available at Walmart stores.  These are low fat and have only 160 calories of melt in your mouth, soft as silk, creamy chocolate ganache ice cream.

My husband and I enjoyed these along with fresh berries and some light whipped cream.  They where deliciously soft, smooth and indulgent and the best part was that they are not high on fat or calories so we didn’t have to feel guilty afterwards.
skinny cow ganache #shop I have always believed that eating healthy is all about making healthier choices.  I don’t believe in dieting and neither does my husband but we are both very conscious of what we eat and when we do indulge in something rich and delicious like chocolate we still make sure to choose the healthiest options.

skinny cow ganache healthy chocolate cake#shop I have been feeling kind of homesick these last few days. It’s the holidays after all and this  year we will not be able to make it home to Guatemala to see my parents, my brothers and my friends.  So to lift up my spirits I decided to make something delicious and decadent that we could all enjoy.  The obvious choice was chocolate but I wanted it to be healthy.  I started off with a chocolate cake.

Tips for Making Boxed Cake Mix Healthier

For the cake I used a regular chocolate cake box mix but made some changes to make it healthier.  Here are tips and tricks to make boxed cake healthier:

  • Use egg whites instead of whole eggs. If a cake  mix recipe calls for three eggs, use four egg whites instead. This will eliminate the yolk, which is where a lot of the fat content of an egg is contained.
  • Substitute applesauce or nonfat plain yogurt  for cooking oil.
  • Spray your cake pan with nonfat cooking spray instead of using butter or oil.

Avocado Chocolate and Coffee Ganache Cake with Skinny Cow Ganache Ice Cream Cones

I frosted the cake with a healthy version of home made ganache (recipe below) and decorated it with the Skinny Cow Ganache Ice Cream cones.  The result was a luscious chocolate cake with an awesome presentation.  I added some extra whipped cream to the ice cream cones and garnished with a raspberry and some peppermint leaves. To put the ice cream cones on the cake I simply used some of the ganache frosting. Everyone loved the cake and my kids had no clue that there was applesauce and avocado in it.  Which was awesome. We did have to eat the Skinny Cow Ganache Ice Cream cones first as before they melted.  This dessert really satisfied my chocolate carving and now I am not feeling so blue.  Chocolate just has that amazing result, it just lifts up your spirits and after this ultimate indulgence I was feeling happy and looking forward Christmas where we will be sharing with the grandparents via skype.

So What is Ganache Anyway?

Ganache is a silky soft chocolate dessert used for glazes, icing and to make truffles. Created in the 1800s in France (some say Switzerland) ganache is made by mixing of melted chocolate and cream. The basic ratio used when making ganache is two parts chocolate (usually a semisweet/bittersweet chocolate) to one part cream. It creates a very smooth, glossy glaze with a luxurious and smooth texture. For this recipe I tried to reproduce the creamy smooth texture of the ganache but I substituted the heavy cream for a much healthier option: avocados. If you’ve never used avocados to make a dessert you do not know what you are missing!


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Making Healthier Choices with Delicious Chocolate Desserts
  • 2 small Hass avocados, room temperature
  • ¾ cup agave
  • ¾ cup coconut oil, melt over hot water bath
  • 1 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee liquor (I used Kahlua)
  1. In a blender, mix together the cocoa powder, coconut oil, agave, a pinch of salt.
  2. Emulsify well.
  3. Add the avocado and the coffee liquor and mix until smooth.
  4. Use to frost cake or cupcakes.

skinny cow ganache ice cream #shop The Nestle Skinny Cow Ganache Ice Cream Cones will be available at Walmart stores staring on December 17th.  This is the perfect healthy choice when you want to indulge on a delicious chocolate frozen treat and they are perfect for the holidays.

skinny cow ganache healthy chocolate cake#shop You can visit SkinnyCow.com to find out more about this luscious new skinny cow product and where you can learn more about their great promotions.  Connect with the Skinny Cow on Facebook and follow Skinny Cow on twitter and instagram to stay up to date with their latest news and learn about their other limited edition frozen treats.


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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. She is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on parenting, bicultural and bilingual education and disabilities. She is a passionate advocate for bilingualism, Latino familias and disability rights and the proudest mamá on Earth. In her spare time she likes cooking food from her native Guatemala and experimenting with healthy and kid friendly Latino inspired recipes.

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  1. Lori Pace

    Oh my gosh, I want this cake and the awesome cones! Thank you! #client
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  2. Pinx

    Whew! I am drooling and I am getting hungry just looking at this post. I have a love affair with chocolates too, I just can’t get enough of it!
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  3. Sofia

    Drooling!! What a great way to sneak in healthy food for picky eaters (aka my boys)!
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  4. Nova S

    the presentation is wonderful, the cake looks like being baked by a professional.
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  5. becca

    i’m all for desserts that are healtier and Ilove skinny cow so this is a win win kind of dessert
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  6. April McGregor

    those looks too pretty to eat! i love to try and make them.
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  7. Janeane Davis

    This dessert looks and sounds so decadently delicious! I almost wish my laptop had a taste-o-vision feature.
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  8. Adin B

    That looks really good. It is funny because I was actually thinking of making a chocolate cake with avocado and pureed beets in it. I am thinking of making it for the kids at school for the Christmas Party this Friday. I guess I will have to go to the store since I don’t have anything except the Avocados, which I eat one everyday as my snack or dessert. :) Skinny Cow sounds yummy and haven’t tried it before.

  9. Chubskulit Rose

    My golly, what a delightful treat!
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  10. Mommy Mhar @ Mom and Kids Blog

    Super love it! Looks yummy and I want to eat lots of them now. :) Thanks for sharing.
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  11. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks)

    What a clever idea to do with your Skinny Cow cones!! #client
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  12. Brandi

    Awesome cake, Paula! It would make a super easy to make but festive birthday cake! Brandi from Collective Bias
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  13. Heather {Brie Brie Blooms}

    Great recipe!

  14. JaimeLovesStuff.com

    Oh my goodness, Paula… I love avocados. I love chocolate. This is PURE heaven to me. Just heaven! Yum!
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