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I’m a little reluctant calling a recipe “the best”. Even though I can’t resist doing it sometimes, who am I to say that there isn’t a better version out there? In this case, though, I feel fairly confident stating that this is the best chocolate avocado brownies recipe.
Recipe development is so funny. Sometimes I’ll make something once and know right away that it’s ready to post on the blog. Other times, I’ll prepare the same dish over and over, trying to find the perfect balance of ingredients and cooking method.
This was definitely the second situation. I made these fudgy avocado brownies six times! Needless to say, I had some pretty dismal versions as I was experimenting. I ate them all anyway, because you don’t throw away brownies!
Each time, the end result kept getting closer to what I wanted. And, I learned a lot along the way!
Paleo Healthy Brownies Made with Avocado
If you are skeptical about making brownies with avocado, don’t be. You won’t be able to tell it’s in there! At least not with this recipe.
Granted, I’m no stranger to recipes for healthy brownies. We have keto brownies and low carb brownies with almond butter on regular rotation. That’s even considering that my husband isn’t big on brownies, in general.
Healthy brownies made with avocado take it to a whole new level, though.
Avocado creates a super rich, fudgy texture. At the same time, the cocoa powder and chocolate are powerful enough to mask its flavor. No one will know there’s smashed avocado in these brownies. All you can taste is the chocolate!
If you want paleo avocado brownies, these will fit into that diet as well. Most people agree that grass-fed butter is allowed. Otherwise, you may be able to use ghee, but probably need to reduce the amount by 1-2 tablespoons. Ghee has a higher fat content than butter, which is why you’ll need a little less.
The Keys to Fudgy Avocado Brownies
As I found throughout my experiments, healthy brownies can be absolutely delicious or a disaster. Don’t worry, I’ll cover all the tips and tricks here:
- You still need butter. I know, I know. Isn’t half the point of putting avocado in brownies to make them healthy brownies? Well, yes, but flavor matters, too. For the best taste, you really need a blend of both avocado and butter in there. You can buy grass-fed butter for maximum benefits, but please don’t skip it. Believe me, I’ve tried!
- Do not alter the sweetener amount (too much). In a recipe like brownies, the sweetener does more than provide sweetness. It also affects the consistency and structure of the end result. So if you use too much or too little, you may end up with brownies that are too wet or too dry. You can certainly tweak the sweetener a little, just not too drastically. As the recipe is written, the brownies are not super sweet, so you can add a couple more tablespoons if you prefer a sweeter brownie.
- Most granulated sweeteners will work. The amount of sweetener matters, but the good news is you can use most types. Feel free to use coconut sugar for paleo. I like erythritol best in my sugar-free avocado brownies. Just don’t use anything super concentrated, like pure stevia, because the amount would need to change too much, requiring other recipe changes.
- Use both chocolate and cocoa powder. Some brownie recipes use cocoa powder, others use chocolate. So, which one to use? The chocolate is less dry, but the cocoa powder provides a deeper chocolate flavor. This recipe uses both, which had a better result than one or the other alone.
- Do not over-bake. This is probably the single most important rule for making fudgy avocado brownies. Or any brownies, for that matter. Take the brownies out of the oven when they are just barely set, and still very, very soft. If you insert a toothpick, it should come out with a tiny amount of brownie batter on it that you can roll into a ball between your fingers. If you wait until the toothpick comes out clean, they will be too dry!
Do you have other tips I should include? If you try this chocolate avocado brownies recipe, let me know and I’d love to add them here!
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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (163 degrees C). Line a 9x9 in (23x23 cm) baking pan with foil or parchment paper and grease lightly. Clip the edges of the liner to the pan with plastic clips. (This is temporary. They don't need to be oven safe.) Set aside.
Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler on the stove. (Boil water in a pot, place the butter and chocolate into a heat proof bowl, and place on top of the pot. Heat, stirring occasionally, until melted.) Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes. (You can also do this in the microwave if you prefer. Be careful not to burn it.)
- Place the avocado, eggs, and vanilla in a high-power blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Add the melted butter/chocolate mixture and puree again.
- In a smaller bowl, stir together the almond flour, cocoa powder, and sweetener. Add the dry ingredients to the blender or food processor and stir in with a spatula. Pulse a few times until just combined, scraping down the sides as needed. (Don't overmix.)
- Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. It will be thick, so the clips on the parchment or foil will help. Smooth the top with a spatula. Remove the clips.
Bake about 18-20 minutes, until brownies are barely set. The top should no longer be wet, but still be very soft. An inserted toothpick will come out with just a small amount of batter on it. Cool completely to firm up before cutting.
I use this stevia sweetened sugar-free dark chocolate. It doesn't have an aftertaste even if you don't like stevia. If you prefer to use completely unsweetened baker's chocolate, it should work, but you'll need to increase the granulated sweetener to taste.
Serving size: 1 brownie, or 1/16 of the pan
Video Showing How To Make Avocado Brownies:
Click or tap on the image below to play the video. It's the easiest way to learn how to make Avocado Brownies!
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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