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!
Vegan Avocado Brownies Recipe
Chocolate lovers, I’m here for you. If you’ve been looking for a healthier brownie as compared to traditional recipes that are full of butter, eggs, and sugar, I have good news!
This vegan avocado brownie recipe is more wholesome than others because some of the fat is replaced with avocado. Wow, I was honestly so surprised at how good they came out. Plus, you won’t taste any avocado flavor either. For the chocolate, I use unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder. For the sugar, I’m using maple and date syrup. If you want a sweeter brownie, you can always add ½ tsp liquid Stevia.
The first time I made these, they were too dry, so I upped the avocado from ½ to 1 whole and added a mashed banana — which also takes the place of eggs. All you need to do is give it a quick stir, then spread the batter into the pan and you’re ready to pop them in the oven. I even feel good about eating these for breakfast with a glass of my favorite non-dairy milk.
Oh, and I also added a few mini vegan chocolate chips! They do have some added oil, so if you are on a strict no-oil diet, you can easily eliminate these.
If you want more unique brownie recipes, you have to try my black bean brownies! They’re super moist and gooey. It’s so refreshing to eat the foods we crave knowing that they’re still good for you, wouldn’t you agree? And beans…I can’t say enough about how good they are for you!
How to Make Avocado Chocolate Brownies
Don’t miss even more detailed instructions on how to make vegan avocado chocolate brownies on the recipe card below. You’ll also find specific quantities, temperatures, cook times, and equipment needed. Before you get started, here’s what you can expect.
Step 1: Recipe Prep
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
Step 2: Blend the Wet Ingredients
Add the avocado, banana, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, and date sugar to a food processor and blend until smooth.
Step 3: Combine the Dry Ingredients
Place the whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
Step 4: Assemble Your Chocolate Avocado Brownies & Bake
Next, incorporate the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and fold in the vegan chocolate chips. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared dish, then sprinkle on some extra chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 20 minutes, check for doneness, and bake for 10 additional minutes if needed.
Let your chocolate avocado brownies cool for 15 minutes, then slice and serve!
Can You Use Avocados in Baking?
Yes, you can use avocados in baking. My chocolate avocado brownies recipe is living proof! They can replace butter, eggs, and oil in several recipes. If you want to try the switch in a different dish, keep this in mind: use 1 avocado for every ½ cup of oil, and ¼ cup for 1 egg. For butter, you can use a 1:1 ratio.
Can I Use Avocado Instead of Oil in Brownies?
Absolutely! Again, it’s one of the reasons why I wanted to share this vegan avocado brownies recipe with you. It is possible to make this tasty treat more wholesome with the right ingredients. Thanks to the addition of avocado and banana, you won’t have to worry about adding any oil or butter to the mix.
What is the Secret to Moist Vegan Avocado Brownies?
It all comes down to using milk instead of water! Of course, I am using non-dairy milk for my plant-based vegan avocado chocolate brownies recipe. The added fat goes a long way toward creating a perfectly moist and gooey brownie. Avocados help a lot as well, thanks to all of their healthy fats.
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!
Enjoy more guilt-free plant-based desserts:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
- Avocado Tofu Chocolate Mousse
- Tasty Oil-Free, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins
- Easy Peach Crisp With Oats
- Oil-Free Berry Crisp
Vegan Avocado Brownies
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- 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 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.
Instruction #3 is wonky but I figured it out the best I could.
I’ve updated it so it makes sense now. I missed that 🙄and thanks for letting me know.
I made these with gf all purpose flour. They were a little gummy but still very enjoyable. The flavor was amazing. Reminds me of lava cake when slightly warmed.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. 🙂 👍 Mmmm, lava cake. 😋
Can I us almond flour?
Hey Kim, I haven’t tried these with almond flour, so I can’t say how they’d turn out, but I’ve seen other recipes use it, so you might have a good result. Almond flour has more fat… may be something to consider. If you try it, let us know how it turns out. 👍