Healthy Dark Fudgy Avocado Brownies

When I want a brownie, I want thick, rich, fudgy, dense, and decadent.

I don’t want healthy. Unless it’s accidentally healthy, and I’d never know it from the taste.

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And that’s exactly what these are. They don’t taste healthy, and they don’t taste like avocado.

You truly cannot tell there’s avocado in them and you cannot taste it.

And in person, they don’t come off as blue as they’re translating on the screen. They’re just incredibly dark.

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I think avocado is quite flavor-neutral and takes on the flavors of what it’s seasoned or mixed with.

In the brownies, it serves to add moisture, density, and richness, without imparting flavor.

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They’re healthier than most brownies because they’re nearly butter-free. I replaced all but 1/4 cup butter with avocado.

Two tablespoons of butter has 200 calories, 23 grams of total fat, with 15 grams of saturated fat.

Compared to 2 tablespoons of avocado which has 50 calories, 4.5 grams of total fat, and only .5 gram of saturated fat.

Talk about a fat and calorie savings, which translates into having 2 or 3 of these brownies compared to 1 traditional.

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If you’re a stats person, I entered the significant ingredients here using the closest comparable ingredients the site lists as options.

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The brownies are gluten-free. I replaced all but 1/4 cup flour with dark cocoa powder, which is full of iron and fiber and ounce for ounce, has less than half the calories of flour. You can use regular unsweetened natural cocoa powder, but I like using the Hershey’s Special Dark for the ultra-dark color and taste.

For the small amount of flour, to keep them gluten-free use your favorite gluten-free blend, or regular all-purpose if gluten isn’t a concern.

There’s a splash of coffee and some espresso granules included; both are optional and don’t make the brownies taste like coffee, but enhance the chocolate intensity.

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Making brownies healthier so that I can have seconds – and thirds – is only a good idea if the taste is amazing. I’d rather have nothing than have something that tastes like health food masquerading as a dessert.

And these deliver. If you want to be a sneaky chef and trick people, or trick yourself, you definitely can with this recipe. Just make sure to mash the avocado very, very well so no stray little green blobs give you away.

The batter comes together in one bowl with a whisk, no mixer needed. They’re as easy as boxed brownies, but taste so much more amazing.

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They’ll likely be some of the fudgiest, gooeyest, moistest brownies you’ve ever had. No cakeiness whatsoever. All fudge.

Even transferring the batter from the mixing bowl to the baking pan, is a dense, fudgy, spatula-clinging experience.

They’re sweet enough, but not too sweet. They’re the type of brownie you’ll need to wash down with a glass of milk. Or with a Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee or some Homemade Baileys Irish Cream.

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I served them to my family without saying a word about the ingredients to see if they noticed anything usual. Nope.

When I say you cannot taste the avocado and it only serves to make the brownies moister, denser, and fudgier, I mean it.

It makes me wonder why I haven’t always been making brownies this way.

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Healthy Dark Fudgy Avocado Brownies (gluten-free)

These are some of the richest, densest, and fudgiest brownies you'll ever have. You cannot taste the avocado, and it only serves to make the brownies moister, denser, and fudgier. If you want to be a sneaky chef and replace nearly all the butter with avocado and fool everyone - including yourself - this is the recipe. They don't taste healthy at all, even though the recipe is gluten-free and nearly butter-free. The brownies are dark, decadent, intense, and very chocolaty. Perfect for choclaholics who are trying to lighten things up a bit, but you'd never know it. Makes me wonder why I haven't always been making brownies this way.

Yield: one 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


flesh from 1 average-sized ripe to very ripe Hass avocado, very well mashed
1/4 cup unsalted butter (half of one stick), melted
1 large egg
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons coffee or water (coffee leftover from the morning brew is fine)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder or unsweetened natural cocoa powder or (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules (make sure it's instant so it dissolves), optional but recommended
1/4 cup gluten-free flour or all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the avocado and mash very well with a fork. Really break it up and the riper the avocado is, the easier it'll be to smooth it out.
  3. Add the melted butter, egg, sugars, coffee, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Continue to whisk out any green streaks or lumps.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, instant espresso, and whisk until incorporated and free from lumps; it could take a few minutes if your cocoa powder is lumpy.
  5. Add the flour and stir until it's just incorporated; don't overmix.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until top has just set, isn't jiggly in the center, and the edges have firmed up and are set. A toothpick inserted in the center will not come out clean and there will be very moist and fudgy crumbs clinging to it, but no wet batter. They're meant to be gooey and fudgy; don't overbake. Allow brownies to cool completely in pan on top of wire rack.
  7. After brownies have cooled for at least 1 hour, lift out with foil overhang and slice. Brownie crumbs will cling heavily to your knife; wipe it with a paper towel in between slices. However, I prefer the brownies chilled and refrigerate them for at least 2 hours, or overnight, before slicing. Brownies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, or for up to 6 months in the freezer. I highly recommend storing them in the refrigerator because having a slight chill to brownies this rich and fudgy is almost imperative, and it will make slicing easier.

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What’s your favorite way to use avocado? Favorite brownie recipe?

I also have lots of avocado recipes, including savory options, linked in this post.


  1. Lara Richardson Reply

    Yum these are top of my list for this weekend! Do you think you could substitute the sugar for agave?

    • I wouldn’t use agave here because it’s a liquid and you need the solid-state sugar or these would become a soupy mess. If you don’t want to use real sugar, you could probably use a stevia baking blend or something that has the bulk/mass of real sugar. But honestly, I would probably just use real sugar because I loved them as is!

    • Lara Richardson

      Thanks so much for the advice, I will just suck it up and use sugar!

    • Enjoy them & LMK what you think!

  2. Nice! If you use avocados from Florida, you can probably save more fat in the recipe. They don’t taste as great (at all), but they get the job done.

  3. These are so fudgy they look black! I absolutely love to bake with avocado and it is great how the flavor does indeed take on the other flavors in the recipe. I have made chocolate pudding before for my kids and they did not have a clue that there was avocado in them. I can’t wait to try these. Avocados are such healthy fats and my boys are not crazy about them alone so slipping them into recipes is a great way for them to get it into their bodies!

    • As a mom, you can relate to wanting to give our kids healthy fats and sometimes slipping things in here, and there, how ever we can…is okay :) And they will LOVE these. I promise!

  4. Avocados in brownies?! How have I never done this before? I love the healthier spin on this too. My skinny jeans have been WAY too tight, although it’s been too hot to wear those anyway. Either way, I need to start slimming down soon!

  5. This looks amazing, especially the unusual colour.

  6. Ok, so I’m still a little traumatized from when I attempted avocado brownies (which yielded yummy, off tasting results) buuut….I feel like I can trust you when you say you can’t tell there is avocado. Plus they look SOOOOO gooooood!

    • 100% not off-tasting at all with these, I promise. Have already had a couple people get back to me saying they made them and they’re in love. So I promise, you’re safe with these :)

  7. Oh man! I just took my first bite…. these things are AMAZING! Fudgy beyond belief… perfectly as you described them! And I didn’t even have to add in the flour!


    • I love that you tried these already AND that you didn’t even need any flour AND that they’re amazing and exactly as I described. Thanks for LMK everything was a success!

  8. YEEEEEES. You are a genius. These look amazing! I’m a sucker for avocado… and brownies for that matter!

  9. OH MY GOD. So I saw these and immediately made them (they’re coming to the blog in a couple weeks). THEY ARE SO FUDGEY IT’S INSANE. You are a genius. Although the only thing is that I can taste the avocado, but that doesn’t bother me. They’re so fudgey and delicious, I can’t wait to photograph them!

    • I totally agree that they are ridic fudgy. Off the charts. The photos I took in no way, shape, or form do this recipe justice. I am glad you made them and discovered what I was talking about :) Thank you for trying the recipe and so glad you’re so EXCITED and loving them! And that’s funny you could taste the avo. I used a super ripe Hass avo and no one in my family or a friend could taste the avo, at all. I have heard that Florida avos have more ‘taste’ as well as some of the other types (there’s like 200-300 diff kinds I’ve read). Anyway, so glad you love them!

  10. Oh boy :)

  11. Wow! These brownies look so fudgey and decadent but they are kind of healthy. I will have to give them a try with carob since you raved about them so much.

  12. There is seriously nothing better than a DENSE fudgy brownie. I want to eat 10 of these right now!

  13. As IF I needed another excuse to eat brownies!!! These are awesome!!! I’ve used avocado in so much of my experimental baking– I mean it really is like a wonder food. I’m talking about a RICH chocolate chip cookie! And all the other ingredients don’t have to get all crazy health-food-storeish and hard to find to make up the difference! Totally trying these soon Averie!

    • I hate healthy-ish recipes that send you trekking out to health food stores or for online-only ingredients. No.way. I need to keep it real. And for my readers who live in BFE and don’t have access. I have a Whole Foods 4 blocks away and a million co-ops, etc within 2 miles but not everyone lives here!

  14. I have been dying to perfect an avocado brownie (WW approved) for my husband. This gives me a great idea Averie! :) He’s not a fudgy brownie person, so I’ll have to make two trays, one for him and one for me.

    Yeah, he’s weird. I really don’t know how we stay married. {Kidding}

    • LOL
      Okay these are SUPER fudgy. Not even sure if you can make them less fudgy. Maybe some WW flour rather than AP would sort of dry them out a bit? The avo adds so much density and moisture & they are so thick, rich, and…fudgy! I have another avo recipe coming this week, too. I am loving baking with it!

  15. Ok so this was my first baking experience with avocado, which I love anyway. This recipe has the perfect texture nailed, they are super dense and fudgy, just the way I like brownies. The flavor – well I’d be lying if I said it tasted exactly like regular brownies with butter, because they don’t, but they don’t taste like avocados either. I could tell there’s something different about them, but maybe others won’t if they didn’t know. Maybe that was because I used regular unsweetened cocoa powder (Trader Joe’s) instead of the dark? Next time I will either get the dark, or bump up the amount of espresso powder. Either way, I do like them, as I’m eating my third after just finishing them an hour ago! Thanks Averie!

    • Thanks for trying them and for the detailed report. The flavor – I honestly think the cocoa powder is key to really provide that extra, deep, choclaty taste. For most cookies and such, or chocolate cakes, I like TJs cocoa powder. No complaints. But for something like these, I do think the Hershey’s Special Dark is really nice and masks the avo flavor because honestly, we tasted NONE. My husband isn’t really a big fan of avo and he had NO IDEA and he eats a ton of stuff and normally knows when I’m trying to pull a fast one :) But he had no clue. I think your idea to add more espresso powder OR get the Special Dark will do the trick. If you remake them with the Special Dark, LMK how you think they compare!

    • That’s funny that you fooled your husband! lol… Just like I suspected, I should’ve gone with the dark. Thanks for the tips, I will be sure to let you know when I make them again! :-)

  16. Made these last night – So Fudgey!! They were delicious and I couldn’t taste the avocado. They were different than a normal brownie… I can’t put my finger on what but something was a little different… regardless they were good! And I really like them cold like you said. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Glad to hear you tried them and loved them and thanks for sharing you couldn’t detect the avo. I think what’s different is that the texture is so super dense and fudgy and there’s almost no flour – just 1/4 cup. However, I have had nearly flourless brownies in the past and these are somehow more fudgy than those were! And chilling them – perfect on hot summer nights (or days) :)

  17. I just made these this morning. All I have on hand is TJ cocoa powder. Unfortunately, not so great. The avo leaves an aftertaste so def use Special Dark when making these. I put them in the fridge to see if that helps. I’m thinking I will add some melted dark chocolate to the tops to help. Don’t get me wrong, I WILL eat these. :) But I may be the only one around here.

    • I think the melted choc on the top would probably help matters and I think that using Special Dark is probably the best call for these. It’s so dark that it really masks other flavors. Also, the type of avocado. Mine were really ‘clean’ tasting that I got locally here in San Diego; but like anything natural, huge variance, i.e. some bananas are more banana-ey than others. Thanks for trying them & if you re-try with Special Dark, LMK!

    • Making these again today. I am using Special Dark cocoa powder this time and some TJ 72% pound plus squares (chunks). I tried the dough and I can tell you already these are going to be divine! I KNOW the kids will love them.

    • Oh wow, adding some 72% TJ’s PP squares sounds divine! Enjoy them and wish I was having what you’re having! :) Thanks for LMK you’re making them again!

  18. wow, i’m amazed they appear so blue in the picture, but they’re really just dark. amazing! so cool.

  19. This may be the only way I make brownies from now on, Averie. I love baking with avocado and I totally believe you when you say you can’t tell they’re in here. These look so wickedly rich, fudgy and decadent – everything a perfect brownie should be but these are healthier! I NEED to get my hands on Hershey’s Dark Cocoa.

  20. I am super pumped to try these!
    I also have a bucket load of strawberries i need to use up so i might add them in

  21. I like my brownies super fudgy too! I have been wanting to try avocados in a dessert recipe but my avocados never seem to make it that long. I gobble them up too quickly!

  22. Wow, these look so dark and delicious!

  23. Hello Averie, I’m making three of your recipes today! :) I just made these and, what can I say, they are sooo fudgy, chewy, rich and yet they feel so light!!! I actually ate them when they were still warm, as I couldn’t wait to try them! :) Now I’m off to bake the vegan blueberry muffins and the cream cheese and herbs savoury donuts. I will surely let you know how they will turn out! :) Thanks again for your amazing recipes!!

    • I love that you’re making THREE of my recipes today! And so glad to hear you made these are enjoyed them right away.

      The vegan blueberry muffins are my fave muffins ever! Keep me posted! I hope you love them as much as I do!

      And they donuts are a savory twist on regular sweet donuts which is a nice change.

  24. Wait a minute. There are plenty of healthy, fudgy, you-can’t-tell-they’re-healthy brownies out there! Just saying. ;)

    Anyway, these look awesome! So fudgy and perfect. Love the ingredients list!

  25. These are so fudgy and dark–really yummy! I love the brown sugar and espresso in your version, and special dark cocoa is all I ever buy anymore. I think all 3 help mask any avocado flavor…I didn’t notice any. I must say, this is a “forgiving” recipe. I made these before replenishing some of my baking supplies so barely had 3 TBS of butter and only a heaping TBS of flour (it was actually spelt flour). I am loving baking with avocado–I also remember that wonderful avocado bread recipe of yours that was so good!

    • Thanks for trying these and the detailed report and that you think all 3 named ingredients help to mask the avo – I do too. Good to hear you didnt notice any; nor did I. Only 3 tbsp of butter and 1 heaping tbsp of flour (spelt flour at that) – and they STILL workout out perfectly – that’s awesome. I wish I could say I ever dwindled down my baking supplies like that – you would die if you knew how much butter I kept on hand. I get nervous with anything under 2 lbs. :)

  26. Made these today with a T of coconut flour instead of GF flour, a little coconut milk, an extra egg and some stevia extract instead of any sugar and they were amazing!!!! Thanks for the inspiration! Such a versatile recipe!!!!

    • Thanks for telling me you kept them GF by way of coconut flour and also sugar free by way of stevia. I have a friend who cooks like this and am going to send this to her, too! So happy you’re pleased with the brownies & thanks for LMK what you did – it helps others who are GF!

  27. These are the most delicious brownies I have ever made/tasted. Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe!

  28. Made these last night and they are delicious!! It makes me want to try other recipes that substitute avocado for butter or oil…

  29. Oh. my. goodness. I’m in need of slimming down (somehow all my clothes shrunk in the past couple of months… weird) and am looking for some health-ified dessert recipes… avocados in brownies?! Mind is blown! Thanks for the great looking recipe!

  30. These have been on my list to make for the past couple of weeks. Well, I whipped up a batch today and I am truly amazed ..I would compare it to eating chocolate silk, incredible!.

    First, they are super easy to make as they mix in one bowl and the ingredients come together quickly. Second, I dare anyone to try and tell there is an avocado in there!

    When I had just the avocado, butter, egg, coffee, sugar and vanilla in the bowl I ate a small spoonful. Just that part of the recipe was good too. Lol

    I told all the employees I supervise to get me out early tonight because these brownies were waiting on me.

    Everything thing you said about these brownies was right on point, even down to chilling them to slice them easier. I can’t wait to try your other recipes.

    • I am so glad you loved the brownies! I agree about the chocolate silk part for sure and that the batter itself is so good! Glad you found everything I said to be right on point and thanks for trying the recipe! LMK if you make anything else!

  31. Hey Averie, I was super eager to try your recipe as I have wanted to use avocado for baking for a really long time now! I was not disappointed! I made a couple adjustments to the recipe, using 1/2 cup of white sugar instead of a full cup and also using whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose! They are deliciously cocoa-y, fudge-tastically chewy, and just a bit cake-y (which is what I like in a brownie)! I chose to chill them based on your advice and I feel like that’s the best way to have them (though I am not opposed to making a second batch to see what they taste like warm haha).
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    • Glad they worked out great for you! These weren’t cakey at all for me but I think your using whole wheat flour and halving the sugar probably made the batter different but glad you still got the results you wanted!

  32. I had an avocado on hand and made these–I’m not a huge fan of avocado and you are right, I can’t taste it in this recipe. I think the coffee granules go a long way toward masking the avocado flavor and bringing out the chocolatey-ness. It’s funny that you used the same proportion of fat that I use when trying to slim down a recipe–I frequently tweak recipes, especially muffin recipes, to reduce the overall fat. Most of the time 1/4 cup of oil or butter per 12 servings seems to be about the right amount to me–the product doesn’t taste rubbery but is still “lighter”–and I substitute a fruit puree to make up for the rest of the fat. These are great and I don’t think anyone would know that they are “light”.

    • Of all recipes for you to try, had no idea these were on your radar screen but glad you tried them, enjoyed them, and that you agree about the coffee granules and that you couldn’t taste the avo AND doesn’t sound like you’re a fan so would be pretty sensitive to and aware of it! Well I am thrilled to hear you tried these! And great minds think alike with the fat reduction ratios :)

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