Avocado Brownies + Step-by-Step Tutorial {Vegan Brownies}

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These Avocado Brownies are fudgy, moist, and delicious vegan brownies that don’t taste a bit like avocado (promise). This is the healthy brownie recipe you NEED and you will not be able to stop at just one.

Suitable for a vegan diet.

Post Includes Weight Watchers Points.

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I know what you might be thinking. Avocado? In a brownie? Why ruin a good brownie?

Peeps, trust me on this one. These avocado brownies don’t taste a bit like avocado (just like these Chocolate Cauliflower Ice Lollies don’t taste like cauliflower… promise).

Nope, they’re just sweet, fudgy, and delicious brownies that you’ll want to eat down to the last crumb.

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These avocado cocoa brownies were so good that I’m having a hard time looking at the photos whilst writing this blog post.

I really want to jump out of my chair, race to the kitchen, and make them again – without anyone else knowing so I can have them all to myself. Just me, a cozy spot, Avocado Brownies, and a good book. Sounds like complete bliss.

Before I get too caught up in my dreamy brownies-and-a-book daydream, let’s talk about exactly why I chucked two whole green fruits (yes, avocados are fruits, not veg) into a sweet avocado brownie recipe…

Why Make This Recipe

  • It’s Veganuary. Veganuary, if you haven’t heard, is a campaign that encourages people to go vegan for the month of January. I thought I’d do my part by whipping up some delicious vegan eats, like Avocado Brownies.
  • Avocados make the perfect butter or oil substitute in baked goods. To make these brownies vegan, I couldn’t use butter, so avocados were the perfect choice. (This also means these are dairy free brownies.)
  • Using avocados lowers the calorie count. Butter has about 4 times the calories compared to an equal amount of avocado. Let’s face it, most of us could do with fewer calories in our daily diets.
  • These avocado cocoa brownies have the perfect texture. Baked goods made with avocado are soft and moist and amazing. Fewer calories with a better texture… sounds almost too good to be true (but it’s not).

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Ingredient Notes

  • Ripe Avocados: Act as a butter substitute, adding moisture and richness to the brownies. They also contribute to the fudgy texture.
  • Caster Sugar: Sweetens the brownies, providing the necessary sweetness for a dessert. You can also use coconut sugar, maple syrup, or light brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Grapeseed Oil or Canola Oil: Adds moisture to the brownies and helps achieve a tender texture.
  • Almond Milk: Enhances moisture and helps create a smoother batter. Any plant-based milk can be a substitute.
  • Smooth Peanut Butter: Contributes to the fudgy texture, adds flavor, and serves as a substitute for traditional butter.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the overall flavor of the brownies.
  • Ground Cinnamon and Ground Nutmeg: Add warmth and depth to the flavor profile.
  • Plain Flour: Provides structure and thickness to the brownies.
  • Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened): Adds a rich chocolate flavor without additional sweetness.
  • Salt: Enhances the chocolate flavor and balances the sweetness.
  • Almond Flakes: Decorative topping that adds a crunchy texture.
  • Freeze-Dried Raspberries: Adds a burst of fruity flavor and a visually appealing element.

Ready to learn how to make avocado brownies? Then gather up your ingredients, and I will show you…

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How To Make Vegan Brownies with Avocado

I love how easy it is to make these vegan and dairy free brownies, and I think you will too.

  1. Mash your beautiful green avocados in a bowl.
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  1. Add sugar, oil, almond milk, peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg to the mashed avocado. Mix with your spoon until combined.
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  1. Next, mix in the flour, cocoa powder and salt until combined.
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  1. Pour brownie batter into the silicon tray or prepared pan before baking.
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  1. Bake for 27-30 minutes (careful not to overcook) and remove from oven.
  2. Let brownies cool completely before sprinkling freeze-dried raspberries on top.
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Expert Tips

  • Ensure that the avocados are ripe but not overripe. They should be soft enough to mash easily with a fork, but not brown or stringy.
  • Lightly oil the baking tray to prevent the brownies from sticking. If using a silicone tray, it helps with easy removal.
  • Keep a close eye on the brownies towards the end of the baking time. Overcooking can result in a dry texture. The brownies are done when the edges start to pull away from the sides, and a skewer inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs.
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely in the tray before cutting. This helps them set properly, and cutting them too early may result in a messy texture.

Delicious Variations

  • Low Carb Brownies/ Keto Brownies: Swap out the plain four for almond flour, trade the sugar for a sweetener like erythritol, and swap the oil for coconut oil.
  • Double Chocolate Avocado Cocoa Brownies: Fold in dark chocolate chips or chocolate chunks into the batter for extra bursts of chocolate throughout the brownies.
  • Add a nutty twist: Add chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts to the batter for a crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
  • Add orange zest: Add the zest of an orange to the batter for a citrusy undertone that complements the chocolate.

Prep and Storage

  • Prep Ahead: You can bake the brownies ahead of time, let them cool completely, and store them in an airtight container. This is particularly useful if you’re planning for an event or need to save time on the day of serving.
  • Store: Store the brownies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Make sure the container is sealed well to maintain freshness. For longer storage, refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Freeze: Wrap the brownies tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and then place them in a resealable plastic bag. This method helps prevent freezer burn. Frozen brownies can last up to three months. To thaw frozen brownies, simply leave them at room temperature for a few hours or overnight.

FAQs

Can I use any type of avocado for these brownies?

It’s recommended to use ripe avocados for the best texture and flavor. Hass avocados, with their creamy consistency, work well in baking.

Are avocado brownies healthy?

Avocado brownies are a healthier alternative to traditional brownies. Avocados offer good fats and reduce the need for butter, resulting in a lower calorie count. However, moderation is key, as brownies, even with avocados, are still a dessert.

Can I substitute almond milk with another plant-based milk?

Yes, you can use other plant-based milks like soy, oat, or coconut milk as a substitute for almond milk.

Is there a gluten-free option for this avocado brownie recipe?

Certainly, you can use a gluten-free flour blend as a substitute for the plain flour to make the brownies gluten-free.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 6 Freestyle SmartPoints in a serving of these Avocado Brownies.

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Avocado Brownies

Avocado Brownies are fudgy, moist, and delicious vegan and dairy free brownies. This IS the vegan brownie recipe you have been waiting for.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Western
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 16
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup (175g) caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil or canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter, warmed to stirring consistency in microwave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (90g) plain flour
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder unsweetened
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons almond flakes
  • Freeze dried raspberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/fan-assisted 160 degrees C / 180 degrees C/ and lightly oil a 23 X 23 centimeter (9 inch by 9 inch) baking tray. (Silicone is good for this.)
  • Mash the avocados in a large bowl using a fork.
  • Then add in the sugar, oil, almond milk, peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix until combined.
  • Then mix in the flour, cocoa powder and salt until combined.
  • Pour the brownie batter into prepared baking tray, then scatter almond flakes on the top.
  • Bake for approximately 27-30 minutes, until brownie starts shrinking away from the sides of the tin, the centre feels a bit springy and a skewer inserted comes out cleanly. Careful not to overcook – the brownie will firm up as they cool down).
  • Take brownies out of oven and allow the brownies to cool completely.
  • Sprinkle on the freeze-dried raspberries before cutting and serving.
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Notes

  • Avocados make the perfect butter or oil substitute in baked goods. To make these brownies vegan, I couldn’t use butter, so avocados were the perfect choice. (This also means these are dairy free brownies.)
  • Using avocados lowers the calorie count. Butter has about 4 times the calories compared to an equal amount of avocado. Let’s face it, most of us could do with fewer calories in our daily diets.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 6 Freestyle SmartPoints in a serving of Peanut Butter Avocado Brownies.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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