This post is sponsored by Produce for Kids and Publix. I was provided a gift card to buy the ingredients in the recipe, but no additional compensation. As always, all opinions are my own. I appreciate your support.
You'll never miss the butter and oil and these Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies!
If you'd peak into my grocery cart any week you'd see I spend the bulk of my time shopping in the produce section. I feel like a kid in a candy store going through the vibrant color filled isles. I fill up the cart with crisp fresh veggies, powerful greens and sweet fruits. I love eating fresh and feel blessed to be able to buy what I'd like to eat each week.
Not every family is as lucky though and many either don't have the resources to buy fresh food or don't know how to cook with it! Today I'm teaming up with Produce for Kids to tell you how we all can help families struggling to eat well. I know it's a cause close to many of your hearts.
And just for good measure I'm sharing this produce based Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownie.... because who says chocolate can't be veggie based. 🙂
Produce for Kids is a national organization dedicated to educating families on the benefits of healthy eating, providing simple meal solutions and raising money for children’s non-profit organizations. They are partnering with Publix from June 2nd to June 29th to encourage all of us to put more veggies in our carts to benefit local Feeding America food banks, including MANNA FoodBank in Asheville and dozens others.
I got my avocados for these brownie delights at Publix! You can help by buying their favorite products from these wonderful brands:
- Avocados from Mexico
- BUDDY FRUITS
- Coast Tropical Florida
- Crunch Pak
- Del Monte
- Fresh Express Salads
- HMC Farms
- Brandt Farms
- J&D Produce "Little Bear"
- Shuman Produce
- Marie's Dressing
- Wonderful Pistachios
When you buy one of these, Produce for Kids will donate to Feeding America. There will be signs in Publix to help you remember which ones. Last year's campaign raised over $200,000, which supplied over 2.2 million meals to children and families in need. Now that's some serious avocado power!
And by the way... have I seduced you with these brownies yet?
My Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies are da bomb. You'll never miss the fact that there is no butter or oil in these babies. They are rich, chewy and decadent.
You can even trick your family by pureeing the avocado even more, but I kind of like the green flecks. It's a good reminder that good food starts in the produce isle!
Don't forget to visit ProduceforKids.com for more than 200 registered dietitian-approved and family-tested recipes, meal planning tools, and healthy living tips from real parents.
I'd love it if you could share your own healthy recipes with the hashtag #ProduceforKids. Also follow the action on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 ounces dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup dark cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 2 Mexican Hass avocados
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x8 cake pan with cooking spray.
- Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until bubbly and fluffy.
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 15 second increments, stirring in between until melted.
- With the mixer running, add the cocoa, salt, vanilla and flour.
- Mash avocado until very smooth. Any lumps will show in the brownies. Add to batter and mix well.
- Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool before slicing! Enjoy!
Thank you to Produce for Kids for providing the inspiration for this Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownie recipe!
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Which type of produce do you buy every week?
Jessica Murphy says
Can you tell me approximately how much avocado (cups/ounces), I have some pretty big avocados but I don't know if they're Hass.
Hi Jessica! That's a very good question. I'm not exactly sure how much the ones I tested with weighed, they were just regular size. Next time I pick some up at the store I can weigh them. If you have really big ones just use 1 1/2 or 1 3/4. Any variety should work. Let me know how they turn out!
Laura Stailey says
I made these last night for our end of year choir party and I brought home an empty plate. They were delicious! I put a note with them that said they were made with a "secret ingredient" and could it be guessed. Many thought it might be applesauce, some guessed a hot or Tabasco sauce, others had no idea, but no one guessed avacadoes. Boy were they surprised to find out what it was! I'm going to make them again tomorrow for the reception after my daughter's vocal studio recital. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Awesome!!! That makes my day. Thanks for stopping back by to let me know how it went. Glad you tricked everyone :-)))
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life says
I never think about baking with avocados, but these look so good, I'm going to have to try it!
It's sooooo good and easy! I think you'd like it!
These are drool-worthy. I so wish I could have sugar right now!!
These are totally worth it!
Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com says
Yum1 These are going on my must try list. Thanks for sharing!!!
Thanks Rachel! I hope you enjoy them.
Chocolate and avocado are so yummy together! Perfect combo!
They are! I hope you enjoy them.
These look healthy and delicious! http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/
Thanks Karly and thanks for hosting!
Mary Beth Jackson says
Love this! Publix does such great things! Junior League does a Kids in the Kitchen project every year where we teach young girls how to make fun healthy snacks. I can't wait to try this!
They are a wonderful store! Sounds like another great project.
These brownies look so good! :O I've never tried putting avocado in em'! Noms! :]!!
Thanks Farrah! I hope you get a chance to make them.
Laura Stailey says
Julie, What microwave power level do you use to melt the chocolate chips? And do you really mean to melt then stir the chips in 15 minute increments or is it in 1.5 minute increments?
Hi Laura! I use regular power and 15 second increments. It will melt fast, so keep an eye on it!
Oooo these brownies sound absolutely delicious!!! I should make them to sneak avocado into Hubbies diet lol
If you mash it good enough, he'd never know!
I can never say no to avocado in chocolate recipes! It makes them so much richer <3 These brownies look amazing!!!
It does! It's really a miracle food.
These look absolutely delicious!
Thanks Carmy! I hope you get a chance to make them!
natasha Lamoreux says
I am in love with this recipe, never thought to add avocado to any sweets recipe. Thank you for sharing.
It's so good! I hope you get a chance to try it.
Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says
These look Fabulous! i can't wait to try them, Pinned 🙂
Thanks Angela! I hope you enjoy them.
Avocados are one of my favorite things. I've never tried baking with avocado but now I want to.
You'd love it! It's so easy Wendy!
Wow I've never thought about using Avocado in something sweet like Brownies. I have recently fallen in love with Avocados and I will definitely have to try this recipe.
They work so well and you don't taste them at all. Just makes it fudgy!
Christina Bauer says
Mmmm, I love a good brownie, and I love desserts made with avocados, so you hit the nail on the head here!! Saving this for later 🙂
Thanks Christina! I hope you enjoy them!
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
Pinned! Love this recipe. I can't wait to try it. And I love Publix. I wish we had it here.
They are fabulous. We just got one last year.
dixya @food, pleasure, and health says
what a great project. i am definitely making this ASAP.
I hope you enjoy it!
Emily @SinfulNutrition says
Dark chocolate and avocado?! You don't have to ask me twice, these are getting made!
Thanks Emily! Hope you enjoy it.
These sound like a good treat for my avocado loving husband! I may try this weekend!
Thanks Neely! Hope you enjoy it.
Lady Lilith says
I like avocado. I have not thought of adding it to my baked goods.
You don't even know it's there!
I made my first batch of Avocado cookies awhile ago, and let me tell you, they were divine! I was so skeptical, but seriously, you couldn't even tell that they were avocado based! Will definitely have to try brownies now! Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks Hollie! I know-- they work so well! Hope you get a chance to try these.
Oh boy Julie, these look fabulous and what a great cause!
Thanks Lauren! It is such a good cause!
Sami Moore says
Oooo these look so good!! I love using avocado in recipes like this and in my smoothies! Do you think it would work with gluten free flour too?
Hi Sami! I haven't tested it, but I think it would!
Mary Ellen @ VNutrition says
Isn't everything better with avocados lol? These look so tasty Julie!
So true! They are magic!
Oh my goodness. These look SO delicious! I can't have these until I'm done my pregnancy, but after I will for sure be trying these!
Congrats! Something to look forward to.
Sierra Bishop says
Yum! These really do look great. I don't make brownies very often but I think I will have to whip up a batch of these!
I hope you enjoy them!
amanda- runtothefinish says
hellllo beautiful!!! Wondering if I could use egg replacer for these? They look so good and I love how creamy avocado makes them!
Hi! 🙂 I haven't tested them that way, so no guarantees, but they don't seem finicky or delicate at all. My guess would be it would work! Let me know how it goes. I'd love to add that to the post 🙂
I keep hearing that avocado is great in baking but I have had the chance to try it yet. These look delicious!
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It's soooo good! Worth trying!
Heather Johnson says
I have been using avocado in my recipes in place of oil. Super yummy!
It's a straight up magical food in my book!
I just love dark chocolate. It's my favorite. I can't wait to make these.
Me too! Nothing like it!
Terri Hetzel says
Yum. Yum. They look incredibly moist. Thanks for the recipe.
I hope you enjoy them Terri!
Katie Crenshaw says
These look delicious! I can't wait to try them. I love that they are mostly healthy…. less guilt for my waistline. I am pinning this now to try out! Thanks for the recipe.
Thanks so much Katie! I hope you enjoy them.
GiGi Eats says
Thank you avocados for being TOTALLY amazing and lending your healthiness to the ever so indulgent BROWNIES!!
So true!! They really are the best!
My kids aren't a big fan of dark chocolate so do you think I could substitute milk or semi-sweet chocolate?
Absolutely! Just sub regular chocolate powder and their favorite chips. I hope they enjoy them!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
What a tasty treat these are. I am totally making these this weekend!!
I hope you enjoy them!
Yum!! These definitely look like the kind of treat I'd feel good giving to Ryan!
Totally! And as he gets older, he'll never know he's not eating veggies!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
I have not tried making desserts with avocado yet! Can you believe it? These look so good
Ohhhh... you'd love it :-)) Nothing not to love here!
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
I love how simple these are, and you know that they are without a doubt delicious. And I also love that they are sponsored by Pulbix (where shopping is a pleasure--I miss that store!)
Blane Sherer says
They certainly look good ( smile ).
Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!