Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Moist and delicious, these Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies are full of healthy fat and green antioxidants.  They’re a luscious way to stick to your healthy resolutions and yet still have chocolate!

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Platter of dark chocolate avocado brownies, cut into squares and garnished with milk chocolate frosting drizzle.

Chocolate is one of those things that I cannot give up.  Wine would be the other, but I digress.  Since dark chocolate is actually full of antioxidants, it’s a healthy food choice.  So, why not incorporate the healthy fat in avocado instead of using oil or butter to bump up the nutrition content.  It also adds a little bit of fiber.  Bonus!

Health Benefits Of Dark Cocoa Powder

  • Dark cocoa powder has polyphenols, or antioxidants, that help to reduce inflammation in the body, reduce both blood pressure and cholesterol, and help stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Improves the nitric oxide levels in your blood, which relaxes and dilates your arteries and blood vessels.  It also thins the blood a bit.  Both reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • The polyphenols in the cocoa powder also improve blood flow to the brain, reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.  Better brain function is never a bad thing.
  • It makes you happy!  Dark chocolate or cocoa powder reduces stress and increases serotonin levels.
  • May protect against some forms of cancer.

How To Choose A Ripe Avocado

Did you know that avocados don’t ripen on the tree?  They become soft and ripe once they’ve been picked.  Who knew?

A quick rule of thumb in picking a ripe avocado is to look for one with a dar skin, free of large dents or divots, which may mean the fruit has been bruised.

Hold it in your hand and gently squeeze it.  A ripe avocado will feel slightly soft, but definitely not mushy.  This is what you want for this recipe.

For a more in-depth explanation of how to choose avocados, this website explains it all!

Close up of a platter of dark chocolate avocado brownies, cut into squares and garnished with milk chocolate frosting drizzle.

Ingredients Needed

  • Dark chocolate chips – I used Ghiradelli 76% cacao chips.
  • Avocados 
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Espresso powder – this is optional, but I highly recommend it.  The coffee flavor really enhances and brings out the flavors of the chocolate.
  • Dark cocoa powder – I used Hershey’s Special Dark.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Can of prepared chocolate frosting – optional, but looks pretty drizzled on top of the brownies.

Steps To Make Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies

  • Melt half of the chocolate chips in the microwave.
  • Mash the avocados.
  • Mix together the chocolate, avocado, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and espresso powder.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the avocado mixture. 
  • Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
  • Bake in a greased 8×8 pan.
  • Microwave the prepared frosting and drizzle over the cooled brownies.
  • Cut into 9 squares.

Plate with squares of dark chocolate avocado brownies with a milk chocolate frosting drizzle.

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Plate with squares of dark chocolate avocado brownies with a milk chocolate frosting drizzle.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies


Description

Moist and delicious, these Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies are full of healthy fat and green antioxidants.  They’re a luscious way to stick to your healthy resolutions and yet still have chocolate!


Ingredients

Scale

1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips, divided

2 ripe avocados

¾ cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon espresso powder

¼ cup dark cocoa powder

½ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon Kosher salt

½ cup prepared chocolate frosting (optional)


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a microwavable-safe bowl, melt ¾ cup of chocolate chips in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth.  Set the bowl aside to cool for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the avocados in half and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh.  Place the avocado in the bowl of an electric mixer.

Add the sugar to the bowl and beat together with the avocado until creamy.

Stir in the melted chocolate.

Beat the eggs, one at a time, into the avocado mixture.

Beat in the vanilla and espresso powder.

While the avocado and eggs are beating together, combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the avocado mixture until just combined.

Fold in the remaining chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 35 minutes until the brownies are set, but still, look fudgy.

Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

If using, place the prepared chocolate frosting into a glass measuring cup.  Microwave on 50% power until liquified.  Use a spoon to drizzle the frosting over the brownies.

Use a knife to cut them into nine squares.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Clean

Keywords: dark chocolate avocado brownies, healthy desserts, chocolate desserts, brownies, dark chocolate, avocado brownies

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