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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

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  • 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
    Bri
    August 31, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Hey made these yesterday and I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out! They’re extremely moist and delicious!

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    Samantha
    August 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    this recipe calls for regular maple syrup, but do you think sugar free would work? Or is there a specific kind you used?

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    Allison
    July 31, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I was just Dx with Celiac Disease and craving brownies. I had a perfect avocado and the rest of the ingredients so I made them and waited for them to cool and then poured my coffee. I ate one and wanted to cry. The intensity of the cocoa with so little sweetness made them almost bitter even though the look and texture was so inviting. I sprinkled with raw brown sugar and had hubby try and he said, so disappointing, my tastebuds expected brownie and I am not sure what I just ate. Oh well, it was worth a shot.

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    Camila
    July 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I made it and tastes terrible 🙁 So bitter and I followed the recipe. Do you know why did it happen?

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    Erin
    July 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I made these today and they taste great!! I used 1 cup of avocado, and 1/4c honey plus 1/4c maple syrup.
    I will definitely make them again!!

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    Julie
    July 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    My daughter is in 4-H and went to a foods judging workshop this spring. They suggested trying a healthy recipe, so she looked online for a healthy brownie recipe to enter in the county fair and found these. We are not used to gluten free foods and did not care for the brownies but with a little chocolate frosting or perhaps salted caramel buttercream, we would probably like better. We actually were not going to take but at the last minute, decided to because she went to the effort and expense to bake them. Guess what?!! She received a purple! The judge said her son was gluten free and it was hard to find good recipes and thought her son would like them. Three different judges then judged all the purples for the different age divisions and drum roll…..she received RESERVED CHAMPION overall for juniors! Thank you for a good recipe and teaching us more about healthy foods!

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    Laura
    July 20, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Just made these tonight and will admit I was super nervous about them turning out, but they ended up working SO well! Thanks for the recipe – will definitely be making more! 🙂

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    Vanessa
    July 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    These are A-Maziiing! I saw a lot of people found they were sweet enough. I personally don’t eat a lot of sugar so I thought they were delicious (as did my 1 and 4 year old). My hubby on the other hand has quite a sweet tooth. If you find they aren’t sweet enough you can always make brownie icing on the side for those who need a little extra. But honestly I find this recipe wonderful as it is.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      July 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Vanessa! I think I’ve trained myself so very little sugar tastes sweet to me. Glad I’m not the only one out there who feels the same way!

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    Sarah
    July 16, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I made these a cople days ago. I made 20.
    They come over super mosit.
    When i bite into them they are super yummy, super light and so much healthier than stire brought. Not sweet which i love. This recipe is a keeper.

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    Erika
    July 13, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Sorry, but these were super nasty. Gross. Foamy and bitter. Everyone in our family spit them out.

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    Kiya
    July 10, 2016 at 1:35 am

    I just made these tonight and they were amazing! Especially topped with some almond butter ?
    I will definitely make these again!

    Thank you for the recipe!

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    Aditi Rao
    June 26, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Hey!
    I made your brownies a couple days ago and for some reason it’s coming through really bitter and didn’t cook at all. I stirred in a little sugar hoping that it’ll make it sweeter, but even so, there was an unpleasant aftertaste from the Avocados. I baked it for an entire hour and it STILL didn’t cook through. Any suggestions?

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