Oh boy, do I like chocolate. How about you? And, thankfully eating some chocolate turns out to be pretty healthy for you. However, you don’t really want all of that fat and sugar, so what’s a chocolate lover to do? Try these delicious Vegan Avocado Brownies!
These are a healthier version than the typical recipe filled with butter, eggs, and sugar because some of the fat is replaced with avocado. Wow, it works really well and you never taste any avocado flavor, either. For the chocolate, we use unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder and for the sugar, we’re using maple and date syrup. If you want a sweeter brownie, add 1/2 tsp liquid Stevia.
The first time I made these, they were too dry, so I upped the avocado from 1/2 to 1 whole and added a mashed banana which also takes the place of eggs. A quick stir then spread into the pan and you’re ready to pop them in the oven. Oh, and I also added a few mini vegan chocolate chips which do have some added oil so if you are on a strick no-oil diet, you can easily eliminate these.
I even feel good about eating these for breakfast with a glass of my favorite non-dairy milk. However, chocolate does have caffeine and I recently have given that up. It’s only decaf coffee for me because I’m one of those people whose blood pressure is affected by caffeine.
Now, if you’re up for something different, you should also try my Black Bean Brownies which are super moist and gooey. It’s so refreshing to be able to eat foods we crave knowing that they are still healthy for us, wouldn’t you say? And, beans…. I can’t say enough about how good they are for us.
Enjoy more guilt-free plant-based desserts:
- Avocado Tofu Chocolate Mousse
- Spicy Molasses Bar
- Peach Crisp
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies
Did you know that they’re the cornerstone of every diet where people live very long lives? Check out this page from The Blue Zones about the power of beans and look around this website for articles and recipes for longevity.
And Dr. Joel Fuhrman, whom I love, recommends eating at least 1/2 cup of beans every day. In fact, on this page, Dr. Fuhrman gives his recommendations about all the foods you should be eating in a day– his G-BOMBS.
If you’ve tried this recipe for Vegan Avocado Brownies, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below! If you have a photo, post it on my Instagram page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking in your caption, and I won’t miss it!
Vegan Avocado Brownies
- 1 ripe avocado about 3/4-1 cup
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup date sugar
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/2 medium banana mashed
- 1/2 tsp liquid stevia (optional)* for sweeter brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease an 8 x 8″ baking dish.
- In a food processor, combine the avocado, banana, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, and date sugar. Blend until smooth.
- In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine. Pour the wet ingredients from into the bowl with the dry. Add the chocolate chips if you're using and stir together until well combined.
- Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top then bake in the oven for 20 minutes and check to see if they spring back. If not, bake for 10 minutes more, or until set.
- You should be able to stick a fork in the center and have it come out clean.
- Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.