Fudgy Paleo Avocado Brownies

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Paleo Avocado Brownie Recipe
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There’s nothing like a rich and delicious dessert that you also know is good for you! Since avocado is filled with healthy fats, it’s the perfect sneaky substitute for butter in these fudgy brownies.

If you are skeptical about making brownies with avocado, don’t be. I promise, you won’t even be able to tell it’s in there! These dark chocolate brownies are super-moist, ultra-rich, and totally kid-approved.

The Best Grain-Free Brownies

These paleo-friendly, gluten-free brownies use a combination of almond and arrowroot flours instead of wheat. They also contain tons of antioxidants and healthy fats from pure cacao and fresh avocados. Combined with a little raw honey, you get just the right touch of sweetness and a soft, delicious brownie bursting with dark chocolate flavor.

Best of all, these brownies are quick to mix up and so simple the kids can make them. All it takes is 20 minutes in the oven, and you’re done! It’s the perfect recipe for when you’re in a hurry, but want to spoil your family (or company) with something fabulous.

I guarantee that once you try these gooey avocado brownies, you’ll never think about box mixes again.

How to Make Avocado Brownies

This recipe uses both raw cacao powder (that’s right, cacao — not cocoa) and melted chocolate. Cacao powder comes from the same plant as cocoa powder and can be used similarly in baking. The difference is that raw cacao powder is not heated to the temperatures that cocoa powder is in processing so it is much higher in antioxidants than traditional cocoa powder. This is a great article that goes into more depth on the topic.

For the chocolate, I used my homemade chocolate, but feel free to use any other high quality dairy-free dark chocolate you have handy.

Important note: Take the brownies out of the oven when they are just very slightly underdone. This is probably the single most important rule for making fudgy brownies. I bake mine in a 9×9-inch pan for 20 minutes, but an 8×8-inch pan will work too (just bake them for about five more minutes). Do not bake them any longer to prevent them from drying out.

Want more brownie recipes? Check out with this post for a whole list of ways to create delicious grain-free brownies with real food ingredients.

Paleo Avocado Brownie Recipe

Paleo Avocado Brownies Recipe

Get a boost of nutrition from these rich and fudgy avocado brownies, made from gluten-free flours, raw honey, and antioxidant-rich cacao powder.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Calories 376kcal
Author Katie Wells


9 brownies



  • Preheat the oven to 380°F. 
  • Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, use a fork to mash the avocados.
  • Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until light yellow and fluffy.
  • Add the mashed avocado and continue to mix for 2 more minutes, until well combined.
  • Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water, or you will burn the chocolate.
  • Add the coconut oil and stir until the chocolate and coconut oil are melted.
  • Remove the chocolate/coconut oil mixture from the heat and stir in the honey.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the almond and arrowroot flours.
  • Add the raw cacao powder and stir to combine.
  • Stir in the egg/avocado mixture and melted chocolate mixture until well combined.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
  • When cool, decorate with edible flowers and a sprinkle of cacao powder if desired.
  • Cut into 9 squares and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Paleo Avocado Brownies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 brownie)
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 231
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.7g40%
Saturated Fat 14.1g88%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 38mg2%
Carbohydrates 33.1g11%
Fiber 6.5g27%
Sugar 22.5g25%
Protein 5.5g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


This recipe uses both melted chocolate and raw cacao powder to deepen the flavor of the brownies. Don’t skip either ingredient!
If using an 8×8 pan, bake an additional 5 minutes. 

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


22 responses to “Fudgy Paleo Avocado Brownies”

  1. Rachel Avatar

    5 stars
    I love love love these brownies! You can kind of taste the avocado, but I don’t mind. With all the eggs and good fat, they actually are quite filling. P.S. I find that (at least in my oven) they take a good deal longer than 20 minutes to not be complete liquid in the middle!

  2. Jessica Flory Avatar
    Jessica Flory

    4 stars
    These turned out beautiful and the texture is spot on but they did taste like avocados to us unfortunately 🙁 But still pretty good! We like our brownies gooey so maybe I needed to bake them a little longer? Thanks for all the good work you do, Katie! You help us be healthier!

  3. Caroline Avatar

    These are AMAZING. I didn’t have any grain free flour so I just used whole wheat. Quick question: how long would you say these keep in the fridge?

  4. Katelyn Avatar

    Just tried them. Flavor is amazing! But they were soggy in the middle and even cooked 5 mins over. We live in a high altitude location so maybe this is part of it. Do you suggest I just cook longer or did I maybe mess something up? Would really love to make these a regular treat in our household if we can just troubleshoot the soggy issue… My two year old gobbled up the edges!

  5. Heather Avatar

    My daughter is allergic to almonds. What would be a good substitute for the almond flour in the brownie recipe?
    Thanks for your time!

  6. Shar Avatar

    Thank you for all the information and recipes you continually provide. Do you know if the same amount of maple syrup can be substituted for the honey without significantly changing the taste/texture? I have read concerns about heating honey. Thanks so much.

  7. Holly Avatar

    Is this a picture of the actual brownies from the recipe or just a stock picture? I can’t tell how fudgy they are from the pic.

  8. Kate Avatar

    Love this!! Can’t wait to make them. My son has to be egg free, so I’m wondering gelatin eggs would work in this recipe? Thanks! ?

  9. Selina Avatar

    Is there a suitable way to replace the eggs? Would flax or chia “eggs” work?

  10. Marcia Avatar

    I want to try these! But 380 degrees? My oven doesn’t do that. Would 375 work?

  11. Jamie Avatar

    15 hours of prep? 20 hours of cook time. These are a serious undertaking ?. For real, how do they compare to regular brownies in taste?

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