(Last Updated On: November 14, 2023)
This fudgy avocado brownies recipe is quite amazing. These delicious brownies include an avocado in the ingredients. Now that’s a game changer from the traditional brownies, offering a different choice of dessert for those who want something sweet to eat without the added butter or vegetable oil. You heard that right, there is no need to add butter or vegetable oil to this recipe, thanks to the natural fat found in avocados. You are going to love these brownies.
If you’d rather have all the gooey chocolate goodness that brownies are known for, then you must try these triple chocolate brownies, which are so incredibly delicious. And then, if that’s not enough chocolate for you, let your taste buds explore these terrific desserts – Mississippi mud cake, dark chocolate cookies, and dark chocolate fudge.
🥄 Key Ingredients
This fudgy brownie recipe contains simple ingredients, and most all of them are found in your kitchen today, except for a fresh avocado you may not have. But if you buy a bag of diced frozen avocados found in the freezer section of your grocery store, you can make these brownies whenever you want to. Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of ripe avocado – peeled and pitted – approximately 1 small avocado
- 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips – optional
👩🍳 How to Make Fudgy Avocado Brownies (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)
Step 1. Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that a lot of ovens can bake differently, especially if the oven is an older one. With that said, the best way to assure the brownies are not over-baking is to check them towards the end of the baking time.
Step 2. Prepare the Avocado
The first thing we must do is remove the seed from the ripe avocado. To do that, cut the avocado in half lengthwise with a sharp knife all the way around the avocado. Then twist each half of the avocado in the opposite direction from each other. The seed will be left on one side of the avocado. After that, remove the seed using a spoon.
Step 3. Scoop out the Avocado
After you have removed the seed, use a spoon to scoop out the avocado flesh inside the peel and place it in a large bowl. Using a spoon is the easiest way to remove the avocado flesh from the peel. Next, mash the avocado with a potato masher or fork until smooth. You can also use a food processor or blender and blend until smooth with no clumps remaining.
Step 4. Prepare the Wet Ingredients
Use a measuring cup to measure 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1/2 cup of honey (or maple syrup). We used honey for this recipe. Add this to the mashed avocado in the large bowl. Then, add 2 large eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the avocado mixture.
Step 5. Combine the Wet Ingredients
With a spoon or spatula, stir the mashed avocado, cocoa powder, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract until all is blended well, then set aside for now.
Step 6. Prepare the Dry Ingredients
In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour together with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of table salt.
Step 7. Whisk the Flour Mixture
Use a whisk to mix the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and table salt until well combined.
Step 8. Add the Dry Ingredients to the Wet Ingredients
Then, add the flour mixture (dry ingredients) to the mashed avocado, cocoa powder, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract mixture (wet ingredients).
Step 9. Blend the Mixture Together
Blend the flour mixture together with the mashed avocado mixture until completely blended, but try to not over-mix.
Step 10. Add the Chocolate Chips
Add 1 cup of chocolate chips together with the avocado mixture. Mix thoroughly until all is blended well. Adding the chocolate chips is optional.
Step 11. Prepare the Baking Pan
Spray your favorite brand of non-stick cooking spray on a square baking pan (8x8inch), or if you so happen to have a brownie pan, you can use that. You can also line the pan with parchment paper instead of using the cooking spray if you prefer.
Tip: The advantages of baking with a brownie pan is each individual brownie has crispy edges, and also, you don’t have to cut the brownies into squares, it’s already done for you.
Step 12. Pour the Avocado Brownie Batter into the Baking Pan
Spread the avocado brownie mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Then, if you want more chocolate flavor, toss some extra chocolate chips or chocolate chunks on top of the brownies before baking.
Step 13. Bake the Avocado Brownies
Using heat-resistant oven mitts, place the avocado brownies in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean or slightly moist, depending on how you like your brownies.
Tip: If the toothpick is covered in avocado batter, the brownies will need to be baked for a few more minutes, so use your discretion on that.
Step 14. Cool the Brownies on a Wire Rack
Remove the avocado brownies from the oven after 30 minutes using the heat-resistant oven mitts, then place the pan of brownies on a wire rack (also known as a cooling rack) for a little bit to let them cool and let the brownies set properly. After the brownies have cooled, cut them into individual squares.
Tip: About five minutes after taking the brownies out of the oven, or when the baking dish is touchable, you can put the brownies in the refrigerator so they can cool faster.
🌟 Recipe Variations
- Add a bit more sugar, honey, or maple syrup if you want the brownies sweeter.
- Add 1/2 cup (or more) of chopped nuts, such as chopped walnuts, or chopped pecans, in the avocado brownie batter before baking or as a topping after baking.
- Add a half cup of peanut butter to the brownie batter.
- You can also add additional chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks for extra chocolatey brownies.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the avocado chocolate brownies after they are done baking.
- Use a different sweetener such as coconut sugar or light brown sugar instead of granulated sugar.
- Instead of all-purpose flour, try coconut flour or almond butter.
- Pour chocolate flavor syrup or spread chocolate fudge frosting on top of the avocado brownies after they are done baking and not until they are completely cooled.
These avocado brownies are fine sitting on the countertop at room temperature covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container for a couple of days. However, they are best when stored in the refrigerator. The brownies will last for about four or five days before the quality and texture of the brownie will diminish.
Yes, you can freeze avocado brownies for about four to six months in the freezer. Put them in an airtight container or freezer bags. What is ideal is to cut them into individual squares and put each one in a separate baggie. Then, when you feel like a brownie treat, take one or two brownies out of the freezer and enjoy. They thaw fast.
Everyone loves sweet, fudgy, and slightly crunchy brownies just the way they are, so why change a good thing, right? One good reason is these avocado brownies have natural fats from the avocados, so there is no need to use any kind of butter or vegetable oil in the recipe. As the saying goes, you can have your cake and eat it too, right? But, even though there are some benefits to these avocado brownies, don’t overdo a good thing, there are also extra calories to be considered.
💡 Final Thoughts
These tasty avocado brownies will surprise you with their creamy, velvety, and fudgy texture. If you don’t like avocados like me, the first time you try these, you may be surprised with how little avocado you actually taste in your first bite, but, then again, you may be one of the folks that can’t taste the subtle avocado flavor at all.
With its deep chocolate flavor from the cocoa powder together with the melted chocolate inside the brownie batter from the chocolate chips, these brownies are a super delicious treat. And don’t forget about the butter and oil you won’t be eating. These brownies are great to take to picnics, potlucks, luncheons, or holiday parties.
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Fudgy Avocado Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- With a sharp knife, cut the avocado in half and remove the seed.
- Scoop out the avocado flesh inside the peel with a spoon.
- Mash the avocado in a bowl with a potato masher, food processor, or blender until the avocado is smooth with no clumps in it.
- Add the unsweetened cocoa powder, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract to the mashed avocado. Set aside for now.
- In a separate bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well blended.
- Add the flour mixture to the mashed avocado mixture. Mix the avocado brownie batter until well blended, but do not over-mix.
- Fold the chocolate chips into the avocado brownie batter. (optional)
- Spray the baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the avocado brownie mixture into the prepared pan.
- Toss a few extra chocolate chips on top of the brownies before baking. (optional)
- Put the avocado brownies in the preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out slightly moist. If the toothpick is covered in avocado batter, bake the brownies for a few more minutes, or to your personal preference.
- After baking the brownies, put them on a wire rack to cool and set properly. Store the brownies on the countertop or in the refrigerator.
A wife, a mother to a son and a daughter, and a grandmother to three granddaughters. Flo loves sharing recipes passed down from her own mother, her mother-in-law, and her grandmother as well as new recipes created with her daughter, Tamara Ray.
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