Chocolate Chunk Avocado & Banana Brownies With Coconut Flour – Rich and fudgy avocado brownies that are every bit as good as “regular” brownies. Creamy, vitamin-packed avocados, decadent cocoa powder, sweet banana, gluten-free coconut flour, and chocolate chips come together to make a guilt-free mind-blowing brownie. These heart-healthy brownies are flavorful, dense, and packed with chocolate! Absolutely delicious! (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free + Paleo-friendly).
I am so excited to share with you one of my favorite recipes, avocado brownies! How much can you fall in love with a food? Because I’ve fallen into a deep, dark love affair with these double chocolate avocado brownies. I know, I know. Sounds weird, right? They are just so incredible! These avocado brownies have a rich, chocolate flavor with a light, fudge-like, almost custardy texture. SO good!
These brownies also include avocados which provide healthy fats as well as fiber and vitamins such as A, C, and E; bananas provide potassium and sweetness; chocolate chips add sweetness and texture; cocoa powder adds antioxidants; vanilla extract adds natural flavoring while baking soda acts as a leavener, giving your chocolate avocado brownie the perfect fudgy texture!
I’ve spent countless hours perfecting this avocado brownie recipe, and at the risk of sounding smug – they are absolutely the best. But don’t just take my word for it. Get to baking, and let me know what you think below! I hope you enjoy them.
Using Avocado To Make Brownies: What do avocados do in baking?
You’d never guess the star ingredient in this recipe just so happens to be avocados?! Bright, green and potassium-rich avocados.
If the idea of using avocado in a baked treat such as a brownie seems kind of, well, ludicrous to you, I totally get it. It may seem as odd as the idea of using black beans to make brownies – but it’s just as good (I even think better) than the regular brownies you might find in a box at the store or that your neighbor brings to a pot-luck.
The idea of using avocados in baked goods is really ingenious because it acts as an incredibly healthy substitute for butter and oil. To put it simply, avocados replace the fat in a recipe and add moisture to baked goods. Avocados are also packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamins A, C & E, potassium, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Interesting Facts: Avocados contain more potassium than bananas and even boast a little protein, which is excellent for vegetarians! They’re also very high in fiber and low in sugar!
The best part about using avocados to make brownies is that you can’t taste them. So, whether you’re baking for yourself or a crowd, no one will be the wiser, and you’ve saved yourself and everyone who eats them unhealthy fats from butter or oil!
Equipment You’ll Need To Make These Fudgy Avocado Banana Brownies
- 8×8″ baking dish
- Food processor or blender
- Large bowl
- Hand mixer
Ingredients For Your Avocado Brownies With Coconut Flour
- large avocado
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- large eggs
- coconut flour
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- sea salt
- baking soda
- chocolate chips
How Do You Make Avocado Brownies?
This recipe could not be easier! Here’s what you do:
- Blend avocado, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla in a blender or food processor.
- Next, combine the eggs, coconut flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, baking soda, and blended avocado mixture in a large mixing bowl.
- Transfer the brownie batter to an 8×8″ baking dish and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until set.
- Cool and cut into squares. Enjoy!
Tips For Making The Best Avocado Brownies
- Any variety of chocolate chips will work for this recipe. However, to keep the recipe dairy-free and paleo, be sure to use a dairy-free chocolate chip variety, like Enjoy Life Baking Chips.
- When cutting the brownies, try running a sharp knife in hot water, wipe it dry, and move it across the pan of brownies in a sawing motion. Repeat steps for each cut you make.
- These brownies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- I recommend cutting these brownies into small pieces as they’re quite rich!
Chocolate Avocado Brownie Variations
I typically make these brownies as written, but you can make small changes to the recipe to customize these brownies to your liking.
- Mint: Add 1/2 teaspoon mint extract to the brownie batter for a delicious mint chocolate brownie.
- Extra chocolate: As pictured, you can see that I like to add a sprinkle of chocolate chips over the top for a double dose of chocolate goodness.
How To Store Avocado Brownies
Avocado Brownies should be stored in the refrigerator for the best shelf-life. They will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge. They may last even longer than that, but it’s hard to say since they are so delicious and don’t usually stay around long enough for me to find out. 😉
To reheat your brownie you can put it in the oven on 300 until just heated through and enjoy it with a delicious nice cream like this matcha pistachio for an extra kick of flavor!
Can You Freeze Avocado Brownies?
Brownies are a great candidate for the freezer, so they are a perfect addition to your weekend meal prep. Simply wrap the bars individually with plastic wrap, then place them in a resealable bag in the freezer for up to about 2-3 months. You can thaw your brownies in the refrigerator or at room temperature when you’re ready to eat them.
Avocado Banana Brownies FAQs
What Makes These Avocado Brownies Fudgy?
These brownies are of the fudgy variety, which I prefer over the more cake-like brownies. Fudgy brownies have a higher fat to flour ratio than the cake-style variety. Cake-like brownies also tend to contain more eggs than fudgy brownies. The avocado in these brownies makes them super fudgy!
Can I use almond flour instead of coconut flour in this recipe?
Yes! If you prefer to use almond flour, you can swap out the coconut flour for almond. This will change the macros slightly, but it should still be delicious! You’ll just use a 1:1 ratio if you decide to swap out.
What if I don’t have any maple syrup on hand? What can I use instead?
If you are out of maple syrup, you can use another unrefined sweetener such as monk fruit or honey. The ratio is 1:1.
How many calories are in this avocado chocolate brownie recipe?
This recipe contains roughly 180-250 calories per serving (depending on how much cocoa powder & chocolate chips are used). There is about 5g of protein per serving.
Do these avocado brownies taste like avocados?
Not at all! They are entirely undetectable. So you don’t have to worry about people who say they can’t stand the taste of avocados not liking your brownies. They’ll never know!
Is there a way to make these chocolate avocado brownies vegan?
Yes! You can replace the eggs with flax eggs, which are made by mixing ground flaxseeds with water. For every egg, you would use in a recipe, mix together one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Let it sit for about five minutes to thicken before using.
Can You Freeze Avocado Brownies?
Avocado brownies are a great candidate for the freezer, so they are a perfect addition to your weekend meal prep. Simply wrap the bars individually with plastic wrap, then place them in a resealable bag in the freezer for up to about 2-3 months. You can thaw your brownies in the refrigerator or at room temperature when you’re ready to eat them.
Try adding these avocado brownies to lunch boxes or enjoy them as a late afternoon snack with a cup of coffee. You’ll be sure to get rave reviews when you serve up this treat. And no one will ever guess that they’re made with avocado!
More Healthier Chocolate Desserts To Try:
- Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Dark Chocolate Coconut Cranberry Bark
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies
- 1 large avocado
- 1/2 cup mashed banana or apple sauce
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease an 8×8" baking dish with butter, coconut oil or cooking spray.
- In a food processor or blender, combine; avocado, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- In a large bowl, combine; eggs, coconut flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, baking soda and avocado mixture.
- Using a hand mixer, blend all ingredients together until well mixed.
- Pour mixture into the greased baking dish and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. You can also mix some into the batter if you like it extra chocolatey.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until set through.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting. Cut into 9 squares and enjoy.