Double Chocolate Fudgy Avocado Brownies made with avocado, cocoa powder, almond flour, maple syrup and chocolate chips to make it extra chocolatey! You’re going to love this extra moist, healthy version of a classic brownie.
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My Favorite Avocado Brownies Recipe
Brownies have always been a place of weakness for me. It is well known that I am a sucker for chocolate, thanks to my dear old dads sweet tooth which he has passed down to me. (unfortunately, fortunately)
The night before I got married to my husband I was a hot mess. What does one do when they are a hot mess or nervous? Correction, what do most girls do when they are nervous or anxious? They eat chocolate! So I made a batch of double chocolate Ghiradelli brownies and ate the ENTIRE pan by myself! It was glorious! And luckily I was young enough, that it didn’t effect me getting into my wedding dress. HAHA!
These days, brownies are still a weakness for me. But I’ve advanced to making them healthier than the boxed version. And today we are making avocado brownies! Don’t cringe, you’re going to love them!
Why Use Avocado in Brownies?
Most brownie recipes use either melted butter or oil in the batter to give it that “fudgy” texture we all know and love! However, Avocado can add that same texture to a brownie, while keeping the fat that you get from the butter or oil and adding in extra fiber. If you haven’t used avocado yet in your brownies I highly recommend it.
Are Avocado Brownies Healthy?
The quick answer is yes, they are healthy! Will they taste like Ghiradelli brownies? Um that is a big no. But they will be absolutely delicious, and fulfill the sweet tooth chocolate craving you have a 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
I sub the avocado for butter. The almond flour for regular flour which makes this recipe gluten free, and maple syrup for white granulated sugar. The avocado adds fiber and potassium while still giving your brownies that “fudgy” texture. The almond flour helped me not feel bloated, which I normally do after having gluten and the maple syrup is an easy sub I always use when baking to cut down on the sugar AND to keep my baked goods moist and not dry out!
Avocado Brownies Ingredients
What I love about this recipe is that it has less than 10 ingredients and they are all natural ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry! You’ll need the following for this recipe.
- Avocado: Using mashed or pureed avocado
- Egg: The eggs help keep the brownies moist while also acting as a leavening agent. Without the eggs your brownies will be flat, hard and dry.
- Cocoa Powder: When using cocoa powder I like to use the dutch processed cocoa powder because I find it gives a richer chocolate taste than the regular Herseys Cocoa Powder.
- Almond Flour: I used almond flour in this recipe. I did not test it with any other flour so I would recommend to NOT sub out the almond flour with other flours unless you know how to adapt your flour measurements and liquid measurements to make the recipe work.
- Maple Syrup: As a standard I use either honey or maple syrup in all my baked goods. I like that it keeps my baked items moist while still giving them that slightly sweet taste.
- Baking Powder: This leavening agent helps the brownie rise.
- Vanilla Extract: A staple in most baking recipes for that hint of vanilla.
- Chocolate Chips: More chocolate is always better, I added in a mixture of chocolate chunks and chocolate chips to this recipe because I just like the varying sizes. You could do all chocolate chips, or chunks or even mini chocolate chips. Just add the chocolate! 🙂
- Instant Coffee (optional): This part is totally optional. I only used a teaspoon because I don’t want the coffee taste, coffee just brings out the natural flavor of chocolate and really intensifies it. I used brewed coffee in my Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe and got addicted to the combo so thought I’d use it here too!
How to Make Avocado Brownies
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Next, line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil. This will help you get the brownies out of your pan without them sticking.
- To a food processor add avocado, maple syrup, cocoa powder, almond flour, vanilla extract, eggs, instant coffee, baking powder and salt. Blend until the mixture is smooth and there are no avocado chunks. Transfer your brownie mixture to a small bowl and fold in dark chocolate chips.
- Pour brownie batter into prepared baking dish and smooth out so it’s even.
- Place brownies in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Tips for the Best Avocado Brownies
- Use a food processor or blender to make these avocado brownies. This ensures that the avocados are pureed and you won’t end up with any random chunks of avocado in your brownie. Plus it’s way easier! (just sayin)
- Make sure your avocados are ripe. You definitely don’t want hard avocados or when you do puree them you’ll end up with chunks and the taste is different. You want a nice creamy avocado.
- I highly recommend using dutch processed cocoa powder. It’s honestly the only kind I use, it has a richly chocolate taste and isn’t as bitter. You can get it here.
How to Store these Brownies
You can store your brownies in an air tight container on the counter at room temperature or in an air tight container in the refrigerator. They will last a little longer in the refrigerator but I don’t like them cold. It’s totally up to you.
If you want to freeze them, then let brownies cool after baking. Once cooled wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer storage bag and store in the freezer for up to 4 months.
More Healthy Dessert Recipe Ideas:
- Healthy Chocolate Banana Split Popsicles
- Easy Edible Vegan Brownie Batter
- Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle
- Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Ice Cream
- Best Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Double Chocolate Fudgy Avocado Brownies made with avocado, cocoa powder, almond flour, maple syrup and chocolate chips to make it extra chocolatey! You’re going to love this extra moist healthy version of a classic brownie.
- 2 avocados
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil.
- To a food processor add avocado, maple syrup, cocoa powder, almond flour, vanilla extract, eggs, instant coffee, baking powder and salt. Blend until the mixture is smooth and there are no avocado chunks.
- Transfer mixture to a small bowl and fold dark chocolate chips in.
- Pour brownie batter into prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Serving Size: 1 brownie
- Calories: 101
- Sugar: 8 g
- Sodium: 96 mg
- Fat: 6 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 12 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Cholesterol: 23 mg
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