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.

Watch the video here:

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.


Yields 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi

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  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.

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September 4, 2015

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  1. These look soooo addicting! I love the added health benefits of the avocado, and I bet it keeps them so nice and moist. I’m ready for 87 of these in my lunch pail! 😀

  2. These look delicious and super fudgey–just the type of brownie recipe I’ve been searching for. The last ones I made came out super cakey, when I was craving dense and fudgey. I’m going to have to try them!

    Not to be nit-picky, but I think avocados are technically still a fruit. 🙂

  3. Lexi! These are amazing! I put a couple of dairy free Trader Joe’s organic dark chocolate bars chopped up in place of the chocolate chunks. So rich and dreamy but I don’t feel like I need to eat the whole pan. I’m an endurance athlete looking to fuel myself with better whole nutrition and less sugar but I LOVE my chocolate. These puppies did the trick! Thank you!!

    Kelley

  4. These look so so sooooo good. I have yet to make avocado brownies, but I have made avocado chocolate cookies. And they were DELICIOUS. This recipe looks too good not to try. I can’t wait to fill my (unborn) kid’s lunch boxes with healthy treats like this! Well, I suppose my husband would be just as excited.HA 😉

  5. Hi Lexi

    Can I replace butter with coconut oil and instead of baking them as brownies can this be baked as chocolate cake (say in 4 or 7 inches round pan)?

    Thank you 🙂

  6. Are the dark chocolate chunks that are melted down sweetened or unsweetened chocolate? Bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet?

  7. No flour? I kept looking for the flour, I thought I skipped it, so the avacado is the sub. for the flour? I am going to try this, I hope it works like everyone says, they sure do look delicious, any idead about calories?

  8. can regular white sugar be used in place of the maple or coconut palm sugar and have you ever doubled the recipe?

    1. Deborah, I don’t use white sugar, so I can’t say for sure. Let us know if you try it!
      I haven’t doubled it, but I don’t see why not.

  9. Would a cream cheese frosting with cocoa powder be good on these? I’m such a chocoholic. (sigh)
    I love that you are VERY LOW CARB (no sugar, flour, or vegetable oils). Thank you for all your hard work and research for the most delicious recipes ever!!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

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