Simple Avocado Brownie Recipe: A Guilt-Free Treat
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Who doesn’t like brownies?
Sure, they are not the healthiest thing you could be eating. But would you really pass up on a brownie if it was offered to you? If you can, you’ve got more willpower than me.
I’ve been obsessed for weeks with putting together a simple avocado brownie recipe and I think I’ve finally achieved it! It’s a fudgy, rich, dark chocolate brownie that incredibly easy and fast to put together. And because it’s got avocado instead of butter for the fat and no cane sugar, it’s a little healthier than your standard brownie. Plus, just replace the eggs with flax seeds and it’s completely vegan too!
And with all those Halloween parties (and potlucks) coming up very soon (and then Thanksgiving and Christmas), everyone will go crazy over your brownies when they find out that they are actually healthy! And you can have a little piece of mind about eating them too!
All the tools you need for this recipe is an oven, blender or food processor, an 8×8 baking pan, two mixing bowls, a spoon, whisk (or fork), and spatula.
Avocado as a Butter Substitute
I was first introduced to baked goods with avocado in them at my last restaurant where they sold one of the best cookies I have ever eaten before. It was a dark chocolate avocado cookie with coffee in it and it was amazing! In fact, that cookie is what I was trying to replicate when I started baking with avocado.
Now, how I went from cookie to brownie was just a simple accident in ingredient ratios. The end product had more avocado than it should have to make the cookies more like brownies than not. And that’s when it dawned on me that avocado is perfect for brownies and not just the cake brownies but the gooey, fudge brownies that I’ve always loved.
There’s a huge trend going on right now in baked good to use avocado instead of butter. I’m sure you need no introduction to the health benefits of that wonderful green fruit! And what better way to eat those nutrient dense avocados than in a decadent dark chocolate treat?
Now, when I was doing my research on the ratio of avocado to butter I found it to be 1:1. So theoretically, any recipe you like just replace equal parts butter with avocado (or only replace half). And from my experimentation, that seems to be pretty accurate at least as far as brownies. Cookies are next on my list.
You can mash the avocado that is to be used by hand but the problem with doing that is there will be chunks of avocado in the finished product. Now, if you are fine with that then, by all means, do it. But I felt like the chunks would mess up the texture in the finished brownies so I would recommend either using a hand blender, food processor, or a stand-up blender to make the avocado smooth as silk.
If you’ve been keeping up with any of my other recipes, you know that I love using my Vitamix. I use it for practically everything that needs blending. I’ve got a hand mixer somewhere but it’s been so long since I used it that I’m not sure if I pulled it out of a box from moving yet (and that was over a year ago). So if you are looking to buy a blender, this is the one I highly recommend!
So then the only other trick to using avocado as a butter substitute is to lower your baking temperature by about 25 degrees Fahrenheit but in return extend your baking time a little (according to a few baking sites I looked at). For example, if your recipe calls for baking at 375 F for about 20 minutes; bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes. I’ve not tried this suggestion myself. Most standard brownie recipes bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes already. That’s the temperature and time I used and they came out wonderfully. If you’re interested in reading more about this topic, go here.
Other Tips For Making Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Here are a few other tricks I’ve picked up over the years when making brownies, especially fudge brownies at home.
- Use a fat that’s solid at room temperature, i.e. butter or in this case avocado.
- Do not overbeat your eggs. The more your beat and aerate your eggs, the more cake-like the brownie will be. I try to gently fold the eggs into the batter and mix only until you no longer see any egg separate from the batter.
- If possible, let the eggs, maple syrup, and avocado (if in the fridge) sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before using.
- If you’d like to make them very dark chocolate tasting, add 1 tablespoon molasses but take out 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. This will really bring out a rich dark chocolate flavor in the finished brownies.
That’s it! Pretty easy, right?
So let’s move on to the exciting part: the recipe!
This is a simple, basic fudge brownie recipe that uses avocado instead of butter. Substitute flaxseed for the eggs and it's completely vegan too!
- 1 cup avocado mashed approx. 1 large
- 1/2 cup maple syrup -1 tablespoon*
- 1 tbsp. Molasses* optional
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup whole wheat or unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp. Baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
- 1/4 cup walnuts coarsely chopped optional
Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 8x8 baking pan.
In a small bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
Place your avocado, maple syrup, vanilla, molasses (if used), and coconut sugar in a medium bowl, blender pitcher, or food processor and blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into a medium bowl and gently fold one egg at a time into the mix until just blended.
Pour your dry mix into your wet mix about half at a time and gently stir until completely blended.
Then add your walnuts (or other extras) and fold into the mix until blended.
Pour batter into the baking pan and bake in oven for 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out mostly clean.
Let cool on a baking rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.
*If you are using the molasses, take out one tablespoon of maple syrup. This is a basic brownie recipe so all sorts of nuts will work as well as chocolate chips or cacao nibs for extras.
There you have it! I hope you give this recipe a try. These avocado brownies are delightfully simple but taste incredible. They have fewer calories and healthier ingredients so you and your family can enjoy these decadent treats without feeling guilty about it.
So what’s your favorite way to eat a brownie? Do you like them as they are or a la mode? Or do you like them with another topping?
If you have any questions or would like to share how this recipe worked for you (or even better, what way you dressed them), please leave me a comment below and I will gladly reply in about 24 hours.