Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies

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Our Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies may sound a little unconventional, but we promise you will love this healthy, clean take on brownies! We’ve used whole wheat flour instead of white, and sweetened them only with maple syrup. Coconut oil and avocado add healthy fats and a nutritional boost. These brownies are super simple to make, and taste so good your whole family will be begging for more!


Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Yields: 12 servings | Serving Size: 1 brownie | Calories: 294 | Total Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 162mg | Carbohydrates: 36g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Protein: 4g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, optional almond flour for a GF recipe
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and mashed smooth
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, recommend Enjoy Life


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray an 8X8 inch pan with non stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, avocado, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix well until smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture to the avocado mixture and blend well, Gently fold in chocolate chips and pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

What did you think of this recipe? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments! We value your feedback!

40 Comments on "Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies"

  1. Lizelle  February 26, 2017

    This looks moist and delicious! Wondering if you’ve ever used gluten-free flour in this recipe?

    • Gale Compton  February 27, 2017

      Lizelle, We haven’t, but would love to know the results if you make it with GF flour.

      • Elena  July 25, 2017

        Hi Gale, not sure if you ever ended up trying these with GF flour, but I just made them using Bob’s Red Mill all purpose GF flower and they are delicious!!!

        • Elena  July 25, 2017

          *flour, haha

        • Nichole Furlong  July 25, 2017

          I’m glad to hear the Avocado Brownies turned out with the GF flour!

  2. michelle landryi  March 23, 2017

    I just made these…. very moist and rich! Since I’ve gone clean I haven’t had a good brownie recipe until tonight…THANK YOU!!!

    • Gale Compton  March 24, 2017

      Michelle, We’re so happy you enjoyed the brownie recipe. Happy Clean Eating! 🙂

  3. Joe  June 16, 2017

    Can you sub with coconut flour?

    • Emilia Horn  June 17, 2017

      Yes, Joe, you can sub with coconut flour.

  4. Katie  June 25, 2017

    I’m making these now! I used a glass pan though. Is that okay?

  5. Emily  September 22, 2017

    Can you substitute with almond flour?

    • Gale Compton  September 26, 2017

      Emily, You should be fine substituting almond flour for whole wheat on a 1:1 ratio. Keep us posted! 🙂

  6. Astrid  October 7, 2017

    I would like to know how much avocado to exactly use please.

    • Nichole Furlong  October 7, 2017

      Astrid, one ripe avocado is about 3/4 cup mashed.

  7. Chelsi  December 10, 2017

    I don’t have maple syrup, i have molasses and agave syrup. Which one would be better to use?

    • Jennifer Hanford  December 10, 2017

      Hi Chelsi, you can use either molasses OR agave syrup as a substitute (1:1) for maple syrup.

  8. Jade  January 14, 2018

    About the nutritional content…. it’s 294 calories per 1/12th of a pan? or in the whole pan? lol.

  9. Angel  February 2, 2018

    The sodium content seems to be a little high ?

    • Gale Compton  February 3, 2018

      Angel, Please feel free to decrease the salt.

  10. Amy  February 2, 2018

    So these are 100 more calories per serving then a boxed brownie mix??

  11. Brenda  March 6, 2018

    Seriously beyond amazing!!!

  12. karishma suchday  March 10, 2018

    Can I use oat flour and Brown rice syrup?

    • Gale Compton  March 11, 2018

      Hmmmm…we haven’t tried oat flour or brown rice syrup so I can’t say for certain how it would turn out. Please let us know if you try those tweaks and how it turns out. I’m sure our readers would be interested. 🙂

  13. [email protected] lover  April 2, 2018

    thx i needed something to give my dad for his b-day he loves avocados and dark chocolate 🙂 love you guys

    • Nichole Furlong  April 2, 2018

      You’re welcome! You will have to let us know how your brownies turn out!

  14. Catherine McGhee  July 8, 2018

    Can you sub regular all purpose flour? 1:1 ratio?

  15. Susan  September 22, 2018

    Are you supposed to use unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder?

  16. Tabbie Hale  January 14, 2019

    Has anyone made these using a sugar free substitute for the maple syrup? Being diabetic, I’m really looking for a great brownie recipe that doesn’t have a lot of impact on blood glucose levels. Would also substitute almond flour….

  17. Angela  February 6, 2019

    Do the dark chocolate chips melt? Or are they “intact”? Curious because I want to try these brownies but I don’t like crunching on chocolate chips in my brownies.

    • Nichole Furlong  February 9, 2019

      Hi Angela, the chocolate chips will not melt completely.

  18. Nikki  February 16, 2019

    Could use raw honey instead of syrup?

    • Nichole Furlong  February 16, 2019

      Yes, you can substitute raw honey.

  19. ANGELA  February 18, 2019

    what can I use in place of coconut oil? I want to make tomorrow and don’t have any on hand.

    • Chef Sallie  February 20, 2019

      Hi Angela! A melted vegan butter, melted regular butter, or a light tasting olive oil can be used. Be cautious when using olive oil, because the flavors may alter the taste of the brownies.


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