This gluten free avocado brownie recipe made with coconut flour, makes for a healthier brownie alternative!
If you're a fan of peanut butter brownies, you must try this twist on the classic recipe. Discover how adding avocado to your brownie batter creates a fudgy, velvety texture, while also increasing the amount of healthy fats in the dessert. This avocado brownie recipe will soon become your favorite way to make healthy brownies.
As you follow along with me on my baking journey, you're going to find that there are a lot of "firsts". Using coconut flour as an ingredient was the "first" in this recipe. I am blown away by how little of it you actually use. I can't believe that I only used 3 tablespoons! Using this flour is what helped me keep things gluten free.
I'll be honest. I had no idea how these were going to turn out and was slightly worried that I'd end up wasting ingredients. Luckily, that was not the case. These decadent brownies are delicious on their own but a scoop of ice cream or "nice cream" would be a great addition! Just saying! They have a fudge-like consistency. The peanut butter was used as the egg replacer and I loved getting some of that PB flavor with each bite. You can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!
To make these healthy avocado brownies, you'll need the following simple ingredients:
- Coconut flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cocoa powder
- Granulated sugar or coconut sugar
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- Ripe avocado
- Dairy-free yogurt
- Peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips
- Coconut oil
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Hint: Make sure your avocado is ripe and soft before starting the recipe. You can test the ripeness by gently pressing the fruit in the palm of your hand. If it feels soft, it's ready to use.
What are the health benefits of avocado?
Avocado is often referred to as a superfood, and for good reason. Not only is it delicious and versatile, but it also packs a powerful nutritional punch. Avocados are high in healthy fats, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. These nutrients work together to provide numerous health benefits, including improved heart health, better digestion, and lower risk of certain diseases.
Incorporating avocado flesh into your baked goods is a delicious way to reap these benefits. By swapping out some of the less healthy ingredients with mashed avocado, you can create treats that are not only indulgent but also nutritious. Plus, it adds a rich, creamy texture that pairs perfectly with chocolate and peanut butter. Hello match made in heaven!
Substitutions and variations
Now that you know about the wonderful health benefits of avocado, let's explore some substitutions and variations that you can try in this recipe.
Granulated sugar - instead of granulated or white sugar, you can use coconut sugar to not add any refined sugar. You can also use a keto sweetener like monk fruit to keep things low carb.
Peanut butter - instead of peanut butter you can use almond butter, sun butter or any other nut butter that you prefer.
Avocado is the secret ingredient that takes peanut butter brownies from ordinary to extraordinary. Try this avocado brownie recipe and discover the magic for yourself. Don't forget to share your experience with your friends and family, and encourage them to incorporate more healthy fats into their diet as well.
Looking for other vegan brownies to try? Check out out How to Make Ultra Fudgy Vegan Brownies
The Best Peanut Butter and Avocado Brownies
- 8"x8" baking dish
- 3 tablespoon coconut flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- pinch salt
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ripe avocado
- ½ cup unsweetened, dairy-free yogurt
- 6 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips for melting
- ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips to mix in
- 2 teaspoon coconut oil, not melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. You can line dish with parchment paper if you prefer. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sift all ingredients first if possible.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil and¼ cup chocolate chips together. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, smash ripe avocado with a fork or pastry blender. Mix in vanilla extract, peanut butter, yogurt, sugar, and melted chocolate.
- Add wet ingredients to bowl of dry ingredients. Fold in ¼ cup chocolate chips. Pour mixture into baking dish and bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes. Feel free to top off brownies with more chocolate chips before placing into the oven. Let brownies cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
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