These flourless, sugar free, and vegan avocado brownies are rich, creamy, and fudgy! Perfect for any occasion, these are sure to please even the pickiest eaters!
It’s no secret that I love avocados. In fact, I probably know the reason your supermarket is always out of ripe avocados…because they’re all in my kitchen. My avocado toast, salads, buddha bowls, avocado wraps, avocado topped scrambled eggs, and even my avocado sandwiches are the culprits. I just need that green fruit in my life! If that makes me a criminal, arrest me! My unhealthy avocado addiction took control of my mind the other day. I needed a healthy dessert recipe to post for Valentine’s Day, but I was completely stumped! Then it hit me. If avocados taste so beyond delicious in everything, then they must taste good in a dessert! Was I crazy? Probably. Was I gonna try it out? You bet!
Avocados have made a name for themselves in the food world over the past few years. They’re praised for being incredibly nutritious, lowering cholesterol, containing a number of vitamins and minerals, being loaded with more potassium than bananas, preventing cancer, and so on. However, some people restrict their avocado intake (I know what you’re thinking: but…why?) because they’re scared of all the fat! First of all, this is not the 1990’s anymore, we’ve realized that “the fat you eat is the fat you wear” fad is totally and completely untrue. Secondly, avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (the good kind of fat)! This fat not only reduces inflammation and lowers cholesterol, but its been shown that it helps prevent cancer and heart disease as well.
It’s recommended that fat should take up 25-35% of our diet, and for a healthy lifestyle the majority of those fats should be good fats. Luckily, avocados are loaded with good fats! Studies have shown that replacing saturated fat with good fats (unsaturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated) is more effective in reducing your risk of heart disease than simply lowering your total fat intake. So, stock up and feast on those avocados (but make sure to leave some for me)!
This past weekend I was at the gym and the couple next to me wouldn’t stop talking to their personal trainer about these cookies that they’d made. That’s one way to motivate yourself to workout – make cookies! In all seriousness though, I was so confused as to why they were raving about these “cookies.” It wasn’t until I really tuned up my “eavesdropping ears that invade all privacy” that I finally understood what the big deal was. These weren’t just any cookies – they were avocado cookies! Inspired even more to make an avocado dessert, I found myself scrolling through Pinterest like crazy! I liked the idea of cookies, but I knew that avocado replaces butter best in more “bready” forms of baking, like cake and muffins. Boom! AVOCADO BROWNIES! How had I not thought of this before? Pairing creamy, smooth avocado with rich, flavorful cacao…mmmmmmmm…I’ll definitely be having
a few okay, most fine, all of these tonight!
I have to warn you, this may just be your new go-to recipe. You’ll pack it in your kids lunches (jokes on them – they don’t know there’s beans and avocados in there!), eat some on your way to work, munch on a whole batch for a mid-afternoon snack, and even keep a batch with you in your car! Before you know it, your kitchen will have turned into an avocado brownie producing machine! I’m warning you now. These will take over your life – there’s no turning back.
In these delicious fudgy brownies, I used a superfood known as “cacao powder.” Similar in taste to unsweetened cocoa powder, cacao powder is the highest plant-based source of iron, has more calcium than cows milk, is full of magnesium, and has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world! Best of all…when used correctly (like in this recipe), it tastes just like chocolate! I highly encourage you guys to give this a try – you can use it in smoothies, homemade “nice” cream, brownies, cookies, muffins, and more! It’s definitely worth the extra six bucks! If you don’t have cacao powder, you can definitely use unsweetened cocoa powder, which is just cacao roasted at a high temperature (which removes some of the benefits).
Most of these types of recipes on Pinterest call for some form of sweetener – which is totally fine! However, I like to be a little different (and healthier) and only incorporate natural sweetness in my recipes! Thus, I began replacing things like maple syrup, honey, and artificial sweeteners (gross!) that are typically found in “healthy takes” on brownies, with different kinds of fruit that already had a natural sweetness to them. Finally, I think these fudgy, moist, rich brownies are exactly what I was looking for! It tastes identical to a sugary, buttery, classic brownie, but all the ingredients are beneficial to your body! You heard it here – the more of these brownies you eat, the more nutrients you’re giving your body!
I’m so excited about this recipe, and I
hope know you’ll all enjoy these just as much as I did! As always, if you make this recipe I’d LOVE to see photos! Please send me pictures by emailing me at email@example.com, and tagging me on Instagram @myplantedplate! I’ll make sure to feature your photo in my next weekly newsletter (which you can subscribe to by clicking the button that says: “Click Here to be Updated with Every New Post!” On the top and bottom of this page – you don’t want to miss out)! Happy (and now healthy) Valentine’s Day! Enjoy your new Vegan Sugar Free Avocado Brownie Addiction!
Vegan Sugar Free Avocado Brownies
Yield 12 Brownies
These fudgy, rich, moist flourless avocado brownies taste so good, you won't believe they have absolutely no sugar! They're sugar free, sweeter free, vegan, gluten free, and just downright delicious! Indulge your sweet tooth in this protein filled treat!
- 2 ¼ cup oats
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup almond milk
- 1 large avocado
- ½ can black beans (about ½ cup)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375ºF and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper
- Blend oats until they form a powdery flour. Set aside. Rinse and drain the black beans, then mash with a fork until smooth.
- In a small bowl, combine the oat flour, cacao powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, avocado, mashed black beans, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth. Pour the flour mixture into the bowl with the avocado mixture, and mix together.
- Pour into the prepared pan, and bake in oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting (this will help it thicken a little more too)! Store refrigerated in an airtight container.
- You can replace the unsweetened apple sauce with the same amount of mashed banana, or half the amount of maple syrup or honey 🙂
- Feel free to add in walnuts, chocolate chips, or any toppings!
- Chickpeas can replace black beans in this recipe as well
- These brownies heated up and topped with almond butter is MY FAVORITE DESSERT EVER. (Just thought I’d let you guys know😉)
Serving Size 1 Brownie
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Sodium 64 mg
Total Carbohydrates 15.6 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Sugars 1.2 g
Protein 3.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.