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Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies

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!

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies- no butter or oil / Running in a Skirt

Hi friends!

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. πŸ™‚

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies- no butter or oil / Running in a Skirt

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.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies- no butter or oil / Running in a Skirt

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
  • Coast Tropical Florida
  • Crunch Pak
  • Del Monte
  • Discoll’s
  • Fresh Express Salads
  • HMC Farms
  • Brandt Farms
  • J&D Produce “Little Bear”
  • Shuman Produce
  • Marie’s Dressing
  • Wonderful Pistachios

Produce for Kids Brands

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!

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies- no butter or oil / Running in a Skirt

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!

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies- no butter or oil / Running in a Skirt

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- no butter or oil / Running in a Skirt

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Julie Wunder
Rich brownies that substitute avocado for oil and butter. Originally found on the []Produce for Kidssite.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amercian, Healthy, Vegetarian
Servings 8 brownies
Calories 401 kcal


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 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!


Calories: 401kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 8gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 563mgFiber: 7gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 192IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Avocado Brownies, Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies
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Thank you to Produce for Kids for providing the inspiration for this Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownie recipe!

Like it? I’d love it if you could pin this to your favorite Pinterest board! Thank you so much for the support. 

Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies- no butter or oil / Running in a Skirt

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing some reasons you should go on a hike this summer.

Your turn!

Which type of produce do you buy every week?

By | 2021-01-20T12:13:07-05:00 June 7th, 2016|All Vegetarian, Dessert, Food|85 Comments


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  2. Jessica Murphy June 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    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.

    • JulieWunder June 21, 2016 at 7:03 am - Reply

      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!

  3. Laura Stailey June 17, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

    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!

    • JulieWunder June 25, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Awesome!!! That makes my day. Thanks for stopping back by to let me know how it went. Glad you tricked everyone :-)))

  4. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life June 16, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

    I never think about baking with avocados, but these look so good, I’m going to have to try it!

    • JulieWunder June 25, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

      It’s sooooo good and easy! I think you’d like it!

  5. Rachel June 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    These are drool-worthy. I so wish I could have sugar right now!!

  6. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com June 13, 2016 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Yum1 These are going on my must try list. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. Annmarie June 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Chocolate and avocado are so yummy together! Perfect combo!

  8. Karly June 11, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

    These look healthy and delicious! http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/

  9. Mary Beth Jackson June 11, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

    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!

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      They are a wonderful store! Sounds like another great project.

  10. Farrah June 10, 2016 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    These brownies look so good! :O I’ve never tried putting avocado in em’! Noms! :]!!

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Farrah! I hope you get a chance to make them.

  11. Laura Stailey June 10, 2016 at 12:40 am - Reply

    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?

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Laura! I use regular power and 15 second increments. It will melt fast, so keep an eye on it!

  12. CourtneyLynne June 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Oooo these brownies sound absolutely delicious!!! I should make them to sneak avocado into Hubbies diet lol

  13. Lucie June 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I can never say no to avocado in chocolate recipes! It makes them so much richer <3 These brownies look amazing!!!

  14. Carmy June 8, 2016 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    These look absolutely delicious!

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Carmy! I hope you get a chance to make them!

  15. natasha Lamoreux June 8, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I am in love with this recipe, never thought to add avocado to any sweets recipe. Thank you for sharing.

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      It’s so good! I hope you get a chance to try it.

  16. These look Fabulous! i can’t wait to try them, Pinned πŸ™‚

  17. Wendy June 8, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Avocados are one of my favorite things. I’ve never tried baking with avocado but now I want to.

  18. Carrie June 8, 2016 at 1:54 am - Reply

    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.

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      They work so well and you don’t taste them at all. Just makes it fudgy!

  19. Christina Bauer June 7, 2016 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    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 πŸ™‚

  20. Pinned! Love this recipe. I can’t wait to try it. And I love Publix. I wish we had it here.

  21. what a great project. i am definitely making this ASAP.

  22. Emily @SinfulNutrition June 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Dark chocolate and avocado?! You don’t have to ask me twice, these are getting made!

  23. Neely June 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    These sound like a good treat for my avocado loving husband! I may try this weekend!

  24. Lady Lilith June 7, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I like avocado. I have not thought of adding it to my baked goods.

  25. Hollie June 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    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!

    • JulieWunder June 7, 2016 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hollie! I know– they work so well! Hope you get a chance to try these.

  26. Lauren June 7, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Oh boy Julie, these look fabulous and what a great cause!

  27. Sami Moore June 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    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?

    • JulieWunder June 7, 2016 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Sami! I haven’t tested it, but I think it would!

  28. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition June 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Isn’t everything better with avocados lol? These look so tasty Julie!

  29. Jeanine June 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    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!

  30. Sierra Bishop June 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    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!

  31. amanda- runtothefinish June 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    hellllo beautiful!!! Wondering if I could use egg replacer for these? They look so good and I love how creamy avocado makes them!

    • JulieWunder June 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Hi! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

  32. Nellwyn June 7, 2016 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I keep hearing that avocado is great in baking but I have had the chance to try it yet. These look delicious!

    Nellwyn | http://www.thecardinalpress.com

  33. Heather Johnson June 7, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I have been using avocado in my recipes in place of oil. Super yummy!

  34. DJ June 7, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I just love dark chocolate. It’s my favorite. I can’t wait to make these.

  35. Terri Hetzel June 7, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Yum. Yum. They look incredibly moist. Thanks for the recipe.

  36. Katie Crenshaw June 7, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

    5 stars
    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.

  37. GiGi Eats June 7, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Thank you avocados for being TOTALLY amazing and lending your healthiness to the ever so indulgent BROWNIES!!

  38. Autumn June 7, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

    My kids aren’t a big fan of dark chocolate so do you think I could substitute milk or semi-sweet chocolate?

    • JulieWunder June 7, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Absolutely! Just sub regular chocolate powder and their favorite chips. I hope they enjoy them!

  39. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) June 7, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

    What a tasty treat these are. I am totally making these this weekend!!

  40. Morgan June 7, 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Yum!! These definitely look like the kind of treat I’d feel good giving to Ryan!

    • JulieWunder June 7, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Totally! And as he gets older, he’ll never know he’s not eating veggies!

  41. I have not tried making desserts with avocado yet! Can you believe it? These look so good

    • JulieWunder June 7, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Ohhhh… you’d love it :-)) Nothing not to love here!

  42. Susie @ SuzLyfe June 7, 2016 at 6:34 am - Reply

    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!)

  43. Blane Sherer June 7, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

    They certainly look good ( smile ).

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