Recipe by Sarah Ottino (@veganrecipesandvibes)
Yield: 16 servings | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Total time: 1 hour
Who knew that brownies could be creamy, fudgy, and healthy?! These vegan brownies have a secret ingredient in them that nobody would guess... avocado! Yes it sounds weird, but trust me you cannot tell that there is avocado in here. These vegan brownies turn out super dark, rich, and fudgy. This is perfect for when you have avocados that are a little too ripe to enjoy in tacos or on toast.
1 large avocado
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp water)
3 tbsp refined coconut oil (liquefied)
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350º F.
In a small mixing bowl, make your flax eggs by mixing 2 tbsp of ground flaxseed powder with 6 tbsp of water. Set aside for about 5 minutes to thicken.
In a large mixing bowl, add your ripe avocado. Mash it up with a fork.
Add in the wet ingredients: coconut oil, vanilla, and flax eggs (when ready).
Add in the sugar and stir to combine.
Add in the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
Mix well to combine. Then, gently fold in the chocolate chips.
In a greased 9x9 baking dish, pour in the batter and spread out evenly.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Slice into 16 squares and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks:
These DO NOT taste like regular box-mix brownies, so put that expectation to the side before making these. These brownies taste rich, dark, chocolatey, and real.
These are really good frozen! It sounds weird, but trust me. Cut them into small cubes, then stick them in the freezer for a few hours. You can enjoy these chocolatey treats right out of the freezer (they'll be chewy and a little hard) or let them sit out for a few minutes to thaw.
Refined vs. Unrefined coconut oil = refined does not taste like coconut, unrefined does. By using refined coconut oil, these brownies should not have a coconut flavor. If you do want a coconut flavor, use unrefined oil.
Coconut sugar should not give these brownies a coconut flavor. If you are worried about that, you can use palm or regular granulated sugar.
Nutrition & Servings: (calculated by MyFitnessPal)
Servings: 1 brownie (makes 16 brownies)
Total Fat: 8g
^ Nutrition facts do not include additional toppings like nuts or dried fruit. Nutrition facts may change slightly if additional ingredients are added.
For nutritional reference, Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix completely prepared (and cut into 16 brownies) equals: Calories 276; Protein 1g; Carbs 28g; Fat 11g