Chewy, rich and slightly gooey, these Vegan Avocado Brownies are your sweet chocolatey dreams come true! Whip up a batch of these in minutes and enjoy all the healthy decadence you could ever imagine!
I LOVE vegan brownies, but as we all know, brownies are typically not very healthy. Eggs, lots of oil, sugar etc.... Enter our best friend, the avocado, and the wonders of healthy fats!
These vegan brownies are still not oil-free or sugar-free, but they are 'healthier' and I feel like I can indulge in their chocolatey richness without too much guilt!
(But for an extra decadent treat, drizzle these brownies with vegan chocolate sauce before serving! No one is looking!)
This is a GREAT recipe to use up avocado that has gotten just a little too ripe and soft for your liking and is about to turn brown.
And don't be weirded out by desserts with avocado!! Avocado has an amazing creaminess that works great with desserts!
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Ready to make these brownies??
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Flax egg mixture:
- 1 tablespoon flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (or use white whole wheat flour for an even healthier brownie)
- ⅓ cup organic granulated sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional, but I really like the subtle cinnamon flavor it gives to these brownies!)
- ¼ cup ripe avocado, lightly smashed (you'll want to use an avocado that is soft enough to be smashed with a fork)
- ¾ cup chocolate chips (plus extra for topping, if you like!!)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil (use refined coconut oil for no coconut flavor, or unrefined coconut oil for a hint of coconutty flavor in these avocado brownies!)
You will also need:
- An 8x8 inch baking dish (I love this one with a lid for storing leftover brownies!)
- Parchment paper (kind of optional, but it makes life so much easier!! The brownies will never stick to the bottom of the pan!)
- The usual baking equipment: mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, a fork for mixing, silicone spatula, etc.
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How to make vegan avocado brownies:
Pre-heat your own to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 1: Mix up a flax seed egg (1 Tbsp flax seed meal + 3 Tbsp water) and set aside.
Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
Step 3: Cut/smash in the avocado into the dry ingredients with a fork - you will have a few lumps and that's OK.
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Step 4: Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vegan chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and melt together (~30 seconds to 1 minute). Stir to combine.
Step 5: Add the melted chocolate mixture and the flax seed egg to the dry ingredients and mix until the dry ingredients are well incorporated.
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Step 6: Line an 8x8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and gently press brownie batter into it. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on the top, if you want (and admit it, who doesn't??).
Step 7: Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool for a bit, and enjoy!!
Be careful not to over-bake your brownies especially if you like them a bit moist! These brownies get a nice light crust on top but are fudgy, gooey wonders on the inside! The best of both worlds in my book!
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Storing leftover brownies:
These vegan brownies are delicious warm out of the oven, but almost even better a day later after resting in a covered container on the counter.
You can keep these brownies in a covered container on the counter for a few days, and up to a week in the refrigerator. I LOVE this baking dish with a lid because I can bake the brownies in it and then keep the leftovers in there without transferring them!
Still have some left? Try wrapping them up and freezing them individually for a lunchbox treat down the road!
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If you love chopped nuts in your brownies, add ½ cup chopped walnuts (or other nuts!) to your dry mixture just after you cut in the avocado!
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Can I replace the avocado with something else?
Are you out of ripe avocado and want to make these brownies RIGHT now?!! I totally hear you. No need to worry, just double the coconut oil and leave out the avocado! Or, try replacing the avocado with smashed ripe banana instead (adds a light banana flavor!).
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Other delicious vegan desserts:
- Vegan Strawberry Scones with Chocolate Chips
- Vegan Mint Chip Ice Cream
- Vegan Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream
- Amazing Vegan Cheesecake
- Vegan Key Lime Pie
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Vegan Avocado Brownies
Flax egg mixture
- 1 tablespoon flax seed meal, (ground flax seed)
- 3 tablespoon cold water
- ¼ cup ripe avocado, lightly smashed
- 8x8 inch baking dish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Create a flax egg by mixing together the flax seed meal and cold water in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Cut/smash the avocado into the dry ingredients with a fork until the pieces are very small. It's OK if you still have a few lumps.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vegan chocolate chips together (30 seconds - 1 minute), and stir. Or do this on the stove-top in a small saucepan.
- Add the melted mixture and flax seed egg to the dry ingredients and mix until the dry ingredients are well incorporated.
- Line an 8x8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and gently press the brownie batter into it with a silicone spatula or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on the top, if you like!
- Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool for a bit, slice, and enjoy!