Fudgy Avocado Brownies


When I came across these fudgy avocado brownies, I honestly thought it was too good to be true! I already had most of the ingredients. Plus, I must’ve blinked one too many times because the avocado I had just bought was now ripe and ready for use. I know avocado sounds weird for a dessert, but the healthy fat actually compliments the cocoa really well so it doesn’t taste like squares of guacamole. These brownies are gluten-free, fudgy and moist, and the perfect balanced dessert.

stack of two brownie squares



  • 1 medium ripe avocado (mashed)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ¼ cup gluten-free flour
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine avocado, coconut oil, egg, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a medium bowl and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine cocoa powder, sea salt and flour and mix well.
  4. Add cocoa powder mixture to avocado mixture and incorporate well.
  5. Add chocolate chips and mix until blended.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 33 to 36 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for an hour before cutting into sixteen squares.

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WRITTEN BY Liz Cambron-Kopco, POSTED 12/08/22, UPDATED 12/08/22

Liz has been living with type 2 diabetes since 2014, but grew up surrounded by it as a first-generation Mexican-American. With a bug for research, Liz pursued a PhD in molecular biology and spent her early career studying insulin signaling in invertebrates to understand how insects' tiny little bodies work. Along with advocating for women and girls in STEM, Liz shares her personal journey with diabetes on her social media platforms to help teach people to become their own advocates. Her passion for advocacy led her to join the Beyond Type 1 team. When she's not advocating, Liz enjoys hiking with her husband and their terrier/schnauzer mixed pup Burberry.