Avocado Brownies

These dense and fudgey brownies have a secret ingredient that’s packed with nutrients and healthy fats, and nobody will know it! Chocolate Avocado Brownies are the perfect sweet treat to end a meal or even to pack in the lunch box with the kiddos. They’re flourless and Paleo friendly without any refined sweeteners.

An avocado brownie on a plate with a bit taken out of it.Chocolate Avocado Brownies

We’re bringing this recipe out from the archives today because it’s worth it! These Chocolate Avocado Brownies, formerly known as Secret Ingredient Brownies are quite the treat! A super fudge-y brownie with a secret healthy fat, because nobody would guess there is avocado in here.

Avocado brownie batter made in a food processor.

Here is what you need to make them:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Grass-fed Butter or Coconut Oil
  • Ripe Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Maple Sugar or Coconut Sugar
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Sea Salt

Thick avocado brownie batter being smoothed out in a baking dish.

How to Make Avocado Brownies

Previously, this recipe was made by pureeing an avocado in a blender and then transferring it to a batter made in a bowl. We’ve found it’s easier to make the whole batter in either a food processor or a high speed blender. It makes for a smoother brownie and dirties up less dishes.

To make the brownies:

First Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare an 8″ baking dish by greasing it and lining it with a parchment paper sling.

Next, you’ll need to melt the butter and chocolate together! To do this: Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil with heatproof bowl over the top. Add the butter and chocolate to the bowl and slowly melt and stir the chocolate until all of it has melted. Remove from heat, let sit a few minutes and then whisk it all together. Alternatively you could melt them together in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.

Then make the brownie batter in a food processor or blender: Add ripe avocado to a processor and  blend until smooth. Add in eggs, maple sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.

Add in the slightly cooled chocolate mixture to the processor and pulse until fully combined.

Finally, transfer the brownie batter to the prepared baking dish and smooth over the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.

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A forkful of fudge-y and dense brownies made with avocado on a plate.

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Avocado Brownies

These dense and fudgey brownies have a secret ingredient that’s packed with nutrients and healthy fats, and nobody will know it! Chocolate Avocado Brownies are the perfect sweet treat to end a meal or even to pack in the lunch box with the kiddos. They’re flourless and Paleo friendly without any refined sweeteners.

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Gluten-free

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chopped, or chips
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One pinch fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare an 8″ baking dish by greasing it and lining it with a parchment paper sling.
  2. Melt butter and dark chocolate using a double-boiler method: Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil with heatproof bowl over the top. Add the butter and chocolate to the bowl and slowly melt and stir the chocolate until all of it has melted. Remove from heat, let sit a few minutes and then whisk it all together. Alternatively you could melt them together in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.
  3. Add ripe avocado to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add in eggs, maple sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  4. Add the slightly cooled chocolate mixture to the processor and pulse until fully combined.
  5. Transfer brownie batter to the prepared baking dish and smooth over the top.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 165
  • Sugar: 12.3g
  • Sodium: 40mg
  • Fat: 11.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.8g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 2.4g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg

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September 4, 2015

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  1. Made these to use up some avocado. Fantastic texture and really straightforward recipe 😀 You would never know there’s avocado in them! I found them a bit lacking in sugar though, but mainly because I used only date sugar and I have found it to be very unsweet in the past! However, the next day I spread a really thin layer of my own homemade coffee-infused caramel onto a slice and it was perfect 😃

  2. This is a great recipe. I used flaxseed eggs instead of regular eggs and it was amazing. The brownies were so fudgy! I like these as a weekday desert or something to calm that afternoon sugar craving.

  3. How big of an avocado? The bigger ones that you buy individually or smaller ones that come like 5 or 6 to a bag?

  4. These are AWESOME! Brought them in to work for people to try and everyone was asking for the recipe.

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  5. Oh my goodness!!! These are delicious! I’m recently trying to give up sugar with lots of resistance from kids who have grown up with me making choc chip cookies and saving them dough for an after school snack. My kids LOVED them! No one would ever know there was hardly any sugar in these.

  6. I am going to make the brownies today. Sounds so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. Do you know what the nutrition data is on the brownies?

  7. These were absolute heaven! My kids had no clue that there was avocado in them. My husband asked me what I put in them because I kept asking everyone what they thought…lol! This was my first time eating an avocado as well. I am trying to expand our menu. I have to say these topped any brownie I have ever eaten and that is saying something! If you are a gooey brownie lover..these are for you!

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