Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Yummy Brownies Made With Avocado and Dates!

6 WWPP Posted by 3 years ago 4 Comments

I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t make them myself, and even then I needed like a million people to try them to validate it — I made a healthy, TASTY brownie!

Yeah, yeah, “healthy” is super subjective, but these brownies are made with lots of accepted “healthy” ingredients like avocados, oats, almonds and cocoa powder.  They passed the kid tests (4 and 9 year old,) The Husband test, and even the friends-at-the-gym test who all immediately asked for the recipe.

Yummy Brownies made Avocado and Dates!Honestly, I can’t believe how good they came out on my first attempt. I made them a second time to validate the recipe and they came out exactly the same.

So here goes…

  • 8 oz pitted dates
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (56g)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (50g)
  • 1 cup oat flour (90g)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (40g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ripe California avocado
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (40g)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Slice the dates into small rings. This helps them soften quickly and allows you to find any pits that snuck in. I always get one or two in a bag.

cut pitted dates

Put the dates in a small saucepan with the vanilla, coconut oil, and salt. Heat over medium and stir occasionally. This will soften the dates to get them ready for the batter. Lower to a simmer once the oil gets warm.

While the dates are warming, combine the dry ingredients in a bowl (almond flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder) and set aside.

Dry Ingredients

Crack the eggs into a large bowl with the avocado and maple syrup. The easiest way to add the avocado is to cut it in half, make a checkerboard pattern with your knife using the skin and then scoop into the avocado peel.

Cut Avocado

Beat the eggs and avocado until smooth. There still may be a few small avocado bits, which is OK.

Egg avocado mixture

By this point the dates should be soft. Simply mash them with a fork.

Smashed dates

The first time I made them I left the larger chunks but it was the only thing the kids didn’t like (I did). The second time I smashed them more thoroughly so there’d be no date bits.

Add the smashed dates to the egg-avocado mixture and beat until well combined.

Mixed Avocado and Dates

Sift the dry ingredients in and fold in with a spatula. The batter will be thick.

Brownie Batter

Spread the batter into a greased 11-by-7 pan.

Brownie Batter in Pan

To make the brownies more traditional — and this is totally optional — scatter the chocolate chips on top.

Brownie before baking

Once baked they will melt allowing you to spread them on top making a traditional brownie crust.

Bake for 30 minutes — the kids couldn’t wait!

Brownies after baking

Spread the melted chocolate as soon as you take it out of the oven.

Finished brownies

It helps to wait until they cool to cut but I never have the patience.

Cut Brownies

Cut into 15 squares. It’s awesome warm out of the oven or room temp!

I’m still nodding in disbelieve on how good they are. Hope you like them!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
15 About a 2 x 2-inch brownie
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
205 11g 4g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
16g 5g 27g 5g

See other recipes using: almond flour, avocado, cocoa powder, coconut oil, dates, egg, oat flour

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    March 30, 2015

    Omg, omg, omg...can't wait to try this! Thanks so much!


    August 3, 2015

    Roni - these are not to be believed. I made them yesterday. I can't eat eggs so I substituted a "flax egg" and they turned out beautifully. So, can you believe it, these brownies are egg free, gluten free, soy free, dairy free (except choc chips) and refined sugar free? AND AMAZING. These brownies should win an award. Well done you!


    January 16, 2016

    What type of flour can I use instead of oats flour?


      January 21, 2016

      You could just pulverize oats in the blender or use wheat. It should be fine.