Time to earn some Avocado Brownies points! These decadent squares are extra chocolatey and shiny topped, and they fall squarely on the fudgy side of the brownie fence. The ingredients are wholesome, they’re gluten free, and the entire recipe is made in a single bowl. Prepare to lick your spatula. We are scoring big with this healthy brownie recipe!

Fudgy Avocado Brownies. Ultra moist, healthy with double the chocolate! Gluten free, grain free, and made in just ONE BOWL. This easy brownie recipe is my favorite healthy dessert.

This recipe is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

Using avocado for healthy desserts and baked goods has been a favorite trick of mine ever since making this Avocado Chocolate Mousse and, more recently, these avocado Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

Avocado is high in (good) fat and has a creamy, velvety texture. In baking, avocado can replace butter, shortening, and sometimes even eggs. It makes desserts incredibly moist and rich while contributing to their overall health benefits.

In the taste department, avocado is mild, meaning that by the time you’ve loaded up these fudgy Avocado Brownies with cocoa and chocolate chips, you’ll hardly detect it.

(And even if you are a super taster and can detect the avocado, though the combo may sound odd, avocado and chocolate make a surprisingly delicious pairing. Check out the Avocado Chocolate Mousse reviews if you don’t believe me!)

Healthy Avocado Brownies. Gluten free, grain free, and packed with chocolate!

How to Make Healthy Avocado Brownies

Since I’d already elected to add avocado to a brownie, I reasoned I might as well go all the way and make them the best tasting healthy avocado brownies on the interwebs. I used a few additional healthy baking swaps to make these a better-for-you treat, without taking things so far that they lost the signature chewy texture that properly makes a brownie a brownie.

My Healthy Avocado Brownie Secrets:

  • Avocado in place of *most* of the butter. We do still need some to make sure the brownies taste fab, but it’s a fraction of most classic brownie recipes.

If you’d like vegan Avocado Brownies, you can use coconut oil in place of the butter and experiment with flax eggs in place of the regular eggs (not yet tested, but this is my best guess!).

  • Pure Maple Syrup + Coconut Sugar. Two of my top picks to sweeten brownies more naturally. Using entirely maple syrup made the brownies too wet. A mix of the two is just right. (Coconut sugar is available in many grocery stores and online here. You can also swap it for light brown sugar if you prefer.)

For those looking for keto avocado brownies, I believe you’ll need to play around with a different sweetener. I haven’t tested any myself, but if you do experiment, I’d love to hear how it goes.

  • Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour. These Avocado Brownies are gluten free, grain free, and have extra servings of healthy fats, courtesy of this wonderful product. Almond flour is made of finely ground almonds, and thus it has all of the fabulous benefits that almonds do!

Fudgy Avocado Brownies. A treat that tastes decadent but is made with healthy fats!

IMPORTANT NOTE: You cannot swap almond flour for other flours as you please (and vice versa). Almond flour has totally unique qualities, especially in baking. It weighs and acts completely different than wheat flour or coconut flour. If you are looking for a healthy brownie recipe without almond flour, you can check out these Zucchini Brownies.

How to Make EASY Avocado Brownies 

Now that we’ve covered making these brownies healthy, let’s chat about keeping it easy. I don’t know about you, but when I want a brownie, I typically wanted it 10 minutes ago, so I’m all for speeding up the prep.

Are you ready?

Avocado Brownies. Fudgy, moist, and perfect for a special dessert!

  • Put all of the ingredients into your food processor. (I’ve owned and loved this one for the last 10 years, and it still works as beautifully as the day I bought it.)
  • Add more chocolate chips. We are going full-on fudge factor here.
  • BOOM! Healthy double chocolate brownie batter is ready to bake!

From here, you can bake the brownies as they are or go over the top and shower them with additional chocolate chips. I think you know the route I recommend.

Avocado Brownies. Fudgy and moist with double the chocolate!

I served a plate of these brownies at our Super Bowl Party last weekend and not a square remained. I next have them slated for Valentine’s Day. Brownies with ice cream are a forever favorite of both Ben and myself.

Fudgy Avocado Brownies. Everyone will love this healthy dessert!

Desserts like these Avocado Brownies that taste marvelous, have healthy ingredients, and keep things easy for the cook (yours truly) is a delish way to say “I love you” and “I love me” too!

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Avocado Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies, 1 (8x8) pan
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Easy Avocado Brownies. Healthy, extra fudgy, and gluten free! This healthy dessert recipe tastes decadent but is made of simple, wholesome ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 large avocado — peeled and pitted
  • 2 large eggs — at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar — or light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter — at room temperature (to make the brownies dairy free, use coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Blanched Almond Flour
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder — optional; will yield a more intense chocolate flavor but will *not* make the brownies taste like coffee
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips — divided (dairy free if needed)

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper so that two sides overhang like handles. Lightly coat with nonstick spray.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, place the avocado, eggs, coconut sugar, maple syrup, butter, and vanilla. Process until it’s completely smooth and combined, stopping to scrape down the bowl a few times as needed so that no chunks of avocado remain.
  3. To the food processor, add the cocoa powder, almond flour, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt. Process until smooth. Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips and pulse a few times so that the chips are roughly incorporated.

  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle over the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out mostly clean with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and let the brownies cool for 30 minutes. With the parchment paper handles, lift the brownies from the pan and place them on the rack to cool completely. If time allows, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. (I find that these taste their best and fudgiest the next day.) Slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • The almond flour can be swapped with hazelnut or cashew flour. It CANNOT be substituted with coconut flour, wheat-based flour, or any other flour.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or wrap tightly and freeze in a ziptop bag for up to 4 months.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado brownies, healthy brownies, healthy dessert recipes

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 brownie) — Calories: 139, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 3g

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