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Avocado Brownies

April 19, 2021

A healthy and delicious recipe for avocado brownies! Replace oil or butter with heart-healthy avocados for a delicious and nutritious dessert. These rich and chocolatey brownies are actually good for you!

 

The baking kick continues!! I’ve always loved baking. It all began with my easy bake oven as a kid. I played with that thing all.the.time. I’ve always told people that if I didn’t do this for a living, I’d own a bakery. The problem is that I am NOT an early riser so there’s no way that would work out. C jokes that he fell in love with me when he discovered I could bake. I would surprise him in Montreal with the most decadent desserts. In some ways I must have fooled him cause clearly the decadent desserts took a sharp turn into the healthy baking domain 😉

Some of you may remember back in 2013 when I took an intensive baking course. I learned how to make everything from cakes, to bread to cookies from scratch. To be fair, I’ve yet to tackle eclairs since we learned how to make them, but it did give me the foundation to experiment with baking in the kitchen. I always encourage people to get a little crazy with cooking – change up spices, add veggies, swap proteins – but unfortunately the same can’t be said for baking. Even the tiniest adjustment can change the whole thing. To be honest, that’s probably why I like it. It’s like a science experiment you get to master (or fail epically!).

These avocado brownies are not exception. First off, swapping avocado for more traditional fats like butter or oil is definitely a risk, but one that is so clever if you can master it! On top of that, when I first developed these avocado brownies I wanted a healthier version so I swapped flour for coconut flour making these brownies totally paleo. Not to mention using maple syrup for sweetener – honestly these brownies are delish!

Learn how to make Avocado Brownies Step-by-Step

Are these avocado brownies healthy?

Love it or hate it, these avocado brownies are healthy! Will these taste like Betty Crocker boxed brownies? Hell.to.the.no. But they will taste totally delicious! Better yet they’re made with super healthy swaps like:

  • Avocado for butter
  • Coconut flour for regular all-purpose flour
  • Applesauce for fudgier texture (you can also replace with 1 large banana if you don’t have any)

This is probably the most controversial recipe I’ve ever posted. If you read the comments you will see that people love them or absolutely hate them! At the end of the day it comes down to taste buds. Like I said, if you like a super decadent and sweet brownie, these are not for you. However, if your tastebuds are acclimated to not that much sugar and grain-free recipes, you will love these. Seriously, I’m obsessed with these avocado brownies (as many of you are too!) but they’re not for everyone…and that’s okay!

 

Tips for Making Avocado Brownies

  • Make sure your avocados are ripe – but not TOO ripe. They should be green and creamy inside
  • Coconut flour is essential to keep these brownies paleo – do NOT replace with another flour unless you know how to adapt flours
  • SIFT YOUR FLOUR! I’m a #lazybaker so I often skip this step but if you watch the video above you’ll see that these avocado brownies come out clumpy if you forget to sift your flour. Still delicious but the texture is off.
  • Use dutch-processed cocoa powder. Because these brownies are already rich, using unprocessed cocoa will make them too bitter.
  • Depending on how you like your brownies adjust the baking time for texture. At 25 minutes they come out on the fudgier side but if you prefer more fudgy bake for less or more cake-like bake for longer


A healthy and delicious recipe for avocado brownies! Replace oil or butter with heart-healthy avocados for a delicious and nutritious dessert.

How To Store These Brownies

I prefer to store mine in the fridge though they’ll last for 2 days on the counter in an airtight container.

My favorite way to eat these though is directly from the freezer! I know…sounds gross but it tastes like fudge. Just cut and once fully cool place them in a sealed bag to freeze. Take one out and enjoy right away or let sit for 5-10 minutes to thaw up a bit. They’ll last up to 6 months in the freezer (though they never last that long here!)

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Avocado Brownies

A healthy and delicious recipe for avocado brownies! Replace oil or butter with heart-healthy avocados for a delicious and nutritious dessert. These rich and chocolatey brownies are actually good for you!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (replace with 1 large banana if you don’t have any)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder**
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a blender or food processor combine avocado, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla.*
  3. Add these ingredients to a large bowl and whisk in eggs.
  4. Sift your coconut flour and cocoa powder.
  5. Add in coconut flour, cocoa powder, sea salt and baking soda to wet ingredients and stir until well-combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips
  7. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with coconut oil and add batter.
  8. Place in oven to bake for 25-30 minutes (slightly less for fudgier brownies or slightly longer for more cake-like brownies).
  9. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before cutting into 16 brownies.
  10. Keep them on the counter in an airtight container at room-temperature for up to 2 days or for a longer shelf-life store in the fridge or freezer.

*You can also mash these together by hand but make sure that you mash it up very well and there are no clumps.

** Make sure you use dutch-processed otherwise your brownies will taste bitter – this is the step that people often forget!

Keywords: avocado brownies, paleo brownies, grain-free brownies,

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  • Reply
    Tori
    March 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I, like a few of the other commenters, HATED these brownies initially, but I topped them with a little Nutella and they were completely fine. After about half the batch I was able to eat them and find them enjoyable without using the Nutella. Definitely an acquired taste, you just have to find what helps you to get accustomed to the taste, especially since it’s not a normal brown (shouldn’t expect it to taste like one).

    ANYWAYS Davida, I was wondering if you know about how many calories each brownie contains?

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    Sas
    March 3, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Made these tonight & no one in the family found them to be delicious. It was very bland

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    Kim
    March 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    These are the best paleo brownies I’ve tried by far. Now it’s a staple in my house. I added about a quarter cup of almond milk cream cheese by Kite and about 5 packets of Stevia in the Raw-Simply Delish! Just made another double batch tonight and topped one off with my homemade paleo double chocolate ice cream. <3

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    Mandi
    March 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Davida,

    I think this is my first time to your site… These look amazing! I am vegan, and wondering if you or anyone else has had luck making these with aquafaba instead of eggs? Or perhaps a combo of aquafaba and flax egg? Hmm… I see an experiment looming.

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    Kyle
    March 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Just made these. Literally one of THE most disgusting things I’ve ever eaten. Great ingredients but bitter as can be. I followed the recipe exactly and used premium ingredients. Completely horrific. I had to find something else to eat to get the taste out of my mouth. 100% nasty.

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    stephanie
    March 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    What can I use instead of coconut flour?

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      Kyle
      March 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Another recipe. Save yourself the time and other ingredients. These brownies are absolutely horrific. I just made a batch. And they are going in the trash can as soon as they cool enough not to melt the trash bag.

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    Sarah
    February 28, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I was just curious if the maple syrup cou,d be substituted for something else? Agave, honey, etc.?

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      Kim
      March 3, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I use honey from a local orchard.

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        Sarah
        March 7, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        Thanks! Thats the only kind of honey we buy, so we’re good!

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    Caryn
    February 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I LOVE avocados. I eat cacao avocado mousse almost daily. My dream partnership would be with Whole Foods. I really spend my whole life there. Everything I need from clean eats to non-toxic products are in the store.

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    Effe Kokonios
    February 17, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for the recipe Davida! I have just made them and am waiting for them to cool but they look amazing! I tested the mix before they went in the oven too haha 😉

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Hope you enjoyed! And thanks for your feedback on the cholesterol 😉 Divided into individual-sized brownies they certainly aren’t too high in cholesterol, but everyone has their own definition of what’s right. I always appreciate hearing from people who share a similar mentality!

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    Marni
    February 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Ok, I am trying to bake these and something is REALLY wrong. I’ve been baking these for over an hour and they’re still raw in the middle! I’m using a 8×8 glass pan – is that the problem? I’ve never had any issue like this before.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 14, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Marni. I doubt the pan would make such a drastic change in time! Can I ask what brand of coconut flour you’re using?

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    Mayra solis
    February 9, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I LOVE avacados !! And I LOVE donuts! I’ve been trying to find a good recipe that uses avacados but no luck( I know right crazy!) so do you think this recipe would work the same but in a donut pan ( I’ve newly discovered baking as something super fun! So I’m pretty new to it)

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 9, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Yes! You should be good to go in a donut pan! Definitely keep me posted on the results as I’m sure a lot of people would like to know 🙂

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    Robin
    February 6, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Very good
    I was wondering about the nutritional break down.

    • Reply
      calia
      January 3, 2017 at 9:21 am

      I just posted the nutrition below

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