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Avocado Brownies

April 19, 2020

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

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 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!

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  • Reply
    Ellen Maas
    November 8, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    I was looking forward to trying something different, but frankly these turned out so bad I could not eat them. After I mixed the first three ingredients together, it smelled and tasted like I’d put a green olive in it. I will offer that I used honey (and half as much) instead of maple syrup, but I’m certain that none of my ingredients had olives in them! My husband encouraged me to bake them anyway, so I decided to make a very unhealthy batch of chocolate frosting to see if I could mask enough of the taste to eat it. Alas, that didn’t help. :-/

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    Carla
    June 17, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I made these and are absolutely wonderful! I am looking to make them more kept friendly. So no sugar. Any suggestions on how to do that? I don’t like Stevia. Thank you!

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      Carla
      June 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      I meant to say “keto friendly”

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    jane
    April 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    my brownies turned out wet, they were barely sweet, and had a gritty texture. I was very disappointed with the result.

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    Carrie
    March 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Davida! I made the avocado brownies recently and they are so moist,so chocolatey and soooo good! I noticed some people are asking if you can substitute the coconut flour with regular a.p. flour,I used cake and pastry flour,same amount called for in using the coconut flour.Also,can the recipe be doubled so I can make them in a 9×13″ pan next time? Thanks!

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    Bruninha
    March 16, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Where was this site hidden? Thanks, you have the best recipes.

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    Emma
    March 12, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I made these today and used 1 cup of whole wheat flour instead of 1/2 cup of coconut flour… they are amazing! For anyone without coconut flour! Shocked at how good these are!

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    Leah
    March 11, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    This recipe was delicious! Perfect healthy chocolate dessert!

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    Tiff
    March 9, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I was super pumped to try out this recipe but unfortunately the results were very disappointing. The texture was okay, but the flavour was lacking. I could still taste the avocado and there was even a slightly bitter aftertaste. Guess I could still eat them with peanut butter…

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    Katja
    December 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Hi! Are you using metric or us cup? 🙂 like, how many ml are in 1/2 cup of maple syrup? 115 or 125? 😉 Thanks so much, i can’t wait to try this brownies!

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    Maureen
    December 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Do you have an egg free version? My husband is allergic to wheat peanuts and eggs and I have the hardest time finding eggless recipes!

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    April
    September 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am on the whole life challenge and i made these last night. So good! I made a substitution for the maple syrup with coconut sugar (3/4 of a cup) and gluten/dairy free flour instead of coconut flour. So moist and fluffy! My new sweet tooth staple recipe over the next two months 🙂

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    Sara
    September 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    So I would really like tomake these brownies but I am vegan so I cant do the eggs. What could I use instead? Has anyone tried to cook these without the eggs or replacing the eggs with something?

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