Problems.

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That’s what these are. Biiiiig problems.

Almost the minute I decided I was going to make avocado brownies? I was making avocado brownies. My hands were working before my mind could even fully comprehend this crazy mess. Mashing and melting and mixing and making mayhem.

Chocolate was NECESSARY.

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Man… it’s been a wacky week. Remember how my husband came home on Saturday and I surprised him with a meal he had already eaten and then we had to go back to cohabiting like normal people? Dude… it’s a challenge.

Even though we spent a week on vacation together, we had a KING bed. I cannot stress how important a king bed is for this marriage. OMG. We do not have one because I spend the money we should use for a bed on impractical shoes and he swears that we couldn’t fit it up our windy steps. And he tosses all the covers on my side and then I’m weighed down and almost fall out of bed and then I’m kicking him in the ribs and he can’t get a good night’s sleep to save his life and we have both been sleeping in the middle of a bed for a few weeks off and on and seriously, was this snoring EVER this bad before? and yes I must must must sleep with the TV on or a monster will come eat me plus the Olympics are still on and by the way I also need to keep the ceiling fan on high because I’m constantly hot like a blast furnace but also find it necessary to cover myself with six layers of blankets because of that whole monster thing.

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And what do you MEAN that I need to eat dinner with another person and prepare something normal that is not cheese and crackers and clean up after myself and not leave piles of laundry scattered throughout the house and not leave my makeup all over the sink and not leave four pairs of shoes in the living room and not leave dishes in the sink for days on end and not spend 12 hours writing in my pajamas and not eat my dinner of cheese and crackers to the blasting Taylor Dayne Pandora station and not burn three different candles at once that smell like cupcakes and lilacs and root beer? What? You don’t think our house smells pretty yet floraly yet good enough to eat?

Yeah. See? Chocolate.

It was a must.

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And I do this thing… this thing that consists of me buying many, many avocados at once because um, it’s not like I live in the avocado capital of the world or anything. It is an absolute and unfortunate requirement that if you need four avocados in this town, that you may as well buy six or seven because chances are that one or two will be complete yucky mush. And have a bunch of those avocado hairs.

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OMG, wait. Can we talk about this for a minute?? What are those little avocado hair-like string things? I hate them. Utterly loath. I am a texture person – in the sense that I love texture in my food… lots of crunch and cream and silky mousses – not in the way that textures ever weird me out like they do with a few people. Well, except for really crunchy vegetables. I just can’t do that so give me a bag of chips and stop trying to convince me that the celery you are eating has curbed your craving for honey mustard pretzel nuggets. Not buying it.

But these hairs. Ugh, these hair things drive me crazy. And I should probably stop calling them hairs because they really are stringy things and I’ve said “hairs” more than once in the presence of others who think I’m insane and they get all freaked out thinking I found actual hairs – like people hairs – in my avocados. Um no.

Oh wait! I just googled and learned that the strings are a result of the thickening of vascular bundles. Hmmm. Sort of wished I never googled that to begin with. Sounds gross.

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Anyhoo.

Point is (finally?): I had eight avocados. Sunday night, I turned to my husband and said you know what we haven’t had in the LONGEST time?

Note: you probably should not ask your husband that question and expect a serious answer.

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But my answer was brownies. I hadn’t made brownies in forever. He wasn’t really interested. And he was even less interested when he saw what type of brownies I made, given his fierce dislike for avocados in general.

[However, I secretly watched him take down a good cup of that summer chopped salad I shared on Monday, only later to tell him that there were avocados in it, to which he said “oh that’s okay… avocados are a superfood. I saw it on the Subway commercial.”]

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The brownies are dense. They are not light and fluffy – they are dense and thick and fudgy and pretty rich. I believe they stay moist because I not only added eggs, but also avocado oil and a lot of additional chopped chocolate. But the frosting compliments the richness perfectly because it’s light in flavor – YES, the frosting tastes like avocado. No, the brownies do not taste like avocado. I really love them paired together though, and am not sure I’d enjoy the brownies as much without the green stuff on top that looks like something Slimer created. Yes, the frosting stays green. I have no idea why, but it did so when I made the brown sugar banana cupcakes too. I’m thinking it has to be the sugar. But what do I know?

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Oh I do know one thing. I’m obsessed with these. And about to go buy a king-sized bed.

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Avocado Brownies

Yield: makes 16 brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hours (includes brownie cooling time)

Ingredients:

For Brownies
2 large ripe avocados, mashed as well as you can (about 1 1/8 cups)
8 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons avocado oil
4 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, chopped

For Frosting
1 large ripe avocado
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

For Brownies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally spray a 9-inch square pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk mashed avocado and melt chocolate. Whisk in sugar until combined, then add in eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Add in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, mixing with a large spoon until JUST combined - do not over mix. Stir in avocado oil until it's well distributed and batter is somewhat smooth. Fold in chopped chocolate, then spread batter in pan. Bake for 28-32 minutes, or until middle is set. Remove and let cool completely, then frost and top with grated chocolate if desired.

Note: I placed these in the fridge (covered throughly with plastic wrap) to store and when eaten immediately from the fridge, they can be even denser and slightly dry, so I recommend letting them come to room temp or even placing them in the microwave (we did this!).

For Frosting:
Add avocado to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until mashed and creamy. With the mixer on low speed, add in vanilla then slowly add in powdered sugar, scraping down the sides if needed, until a smooth frosting forms. Frost brownies once cooled.

[brownies adapted from martha stewart]

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216 Responses to “Fudgy Avocado Brownies.”

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    Karen White — August 11, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    I loved this post. So funny… yes I think my husband and I desperately need a king-size bed… saving up money for it now. Also, I never had the misfortune of a hairy avocado until earlier this week. I was so disappointed I fought tears. I love avocados but don’t buy them nearly as often as I would like because of their price..

    Keep up the good work. I love reading your stuff :)

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    • Doris — August 17th, 2012 @ 8:47 am

      My sister found a guy in our area who is selling the avocados from his yard for .50 cents. She found the ad on craigslist. I’m going over Sunday to load up so I can freeze some for later. I don’t buy them from the store much either, way too pricey.

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    Mary Beth Albrechtsen — August 11, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    ummmm…looks interesting

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    Peggi Tebben — August 11, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    Love your story! We have a king side bed & I would give up my hot pads before I’d give up that bed! We both have ailment & we don’t even know the other one is there when we go to bed. Well worth the money!

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    Colette @ JFF — August 12, 2012 @ 2:21 am

    Can’t sleep b/c our a/c broke & it’s damn hot here. Read this again. Cracked me up again. I don’t mind missing my beauty sleep!

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    Roz — August 13, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    YUMMMMM! These look absolutely delicious! You should post your creation on the In The Raw Au Natural food image app on Facebook. It just launched and is a fun little way to share delicious food photos with your family and friends. Check it out!

    https://www.facebook.com/intheraw/app_348083318606245

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    Tracy {Pale Yellow} — August 13, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I used to DESPISE avocados, I was a fool. Now I love them and want them on everything! Great twist using the avocado in the brownies and as a frosting!

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    luv what you do — August 13, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    I have heard of Avocado mousse but never brownies. I love the contrast in the colors and a dense fudgy brownie is always the best!

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    Jenny @ BAKE — August 14, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    this post made me laugh so much! I am in the middle of baking a chocolate cake to deal with the piles of laundry, washing up and shoes around my flat. I love these brownies!

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    Angela — August 15, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    ahhhh..just made these the other day and they are so good. I’ve ate 2-3 brownies a day now, I mean they are healthy right? LOL love your blog, great recipe.

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    Lisa Turnbull — August 16, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    My 21 year old daughter introduced me to your blog. I’m a healthy chef at a local health and wellness company (Cooking-4-Life.com) and she showed me this recipe. My next class is all about chocolate and the health benefits from it. Since you use dark chocolate, which is loaded with flavonoids and antioxidents along with the avocados, a super fruit, again, loaded with vitals nutrients such as folate and potassium, A,C, K and B6, I had to give it a try. I’ll let you know how they turn out and how my cooking class enjoys them. Thanks for sharing your humor and wisdom. I’ll be back to your blog. (p.s. I can so relate to the whole bed, clothes, snoring, shoes stuff you write about. Thanks for the laugh)

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    Lauren Foster — August 16, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    I love all of your recipes! Every single one I have made have been a hit. The avocado with the brownie is so unique!!

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    Lauren — August 16, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    Avocados are like bacon- they make everything better! Even chocolate. I’m pretty much obsessed with the avocado buttercream from your brown sugar banana cupcakes, so I really can’t wait to try these. Any tips on where I can find avocado oil? I don’t recall ever seeing it before. Thanks for treating us to such innovative and fun recipes every day…I am a big time lurker and don’t comment much, but I make your recipes nearly every day and many of them have become staples in my home.

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    Kristin — August 17, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    glad i am not the only one that needs to stay covered up even though i am sweating to death. if someone(thing) ever did come into my room, i am suuure those blankets would do a whole lot as far as protecting me goes.

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    Samantha @ Baked from a Box — August 21, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    When you put avocados in chocolate brownies, that makes them healthy, right? Like you can substitute them for veggies or a salad or breakfast?

    Even though I’m allergic to avocados, I laughed out loud through this whole post. Eat 2 for me!

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    Chompchomp — August 22, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    What an interesting recipe! Should be pretty easy to adapt to gluten free. Yum!

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    Beth @ Good to be the Cook — August 22, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    I’m super excited to try this someday. I am also intrigued as to why they stay green?! This is awesome. You rock.

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    Mattie — August 22, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    I am making these tomorrow! They look amazing! What kind of dark chocolate did you use?
    Do you think that you could substitute olive oil for the avocado oil, or should I just buck up and buy the avocado oil?

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    • Jessica — August 22nd, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

      I used dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s… 72%! Also, olive oil should be fine. :)

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    Jenn @LeftoverQueen — August 23, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    These look super yummy!

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    Katie @ Oh Shine On — August 27, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    holy s***

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    Victoria — August 30, 2012 @ 2:08 am

    I just tried these…super delish!! Now I love avocados and chocolate:)
    Thanks SO much for the recipe!

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    Heather — August 31, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    these could be the most beautiful things I have ever seen – and you are freakin’ hilarious!!

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    nick p — August 31, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    I just tried making these, and I have one question: is the batter supposed to be really thick? Mine turned out a little thicker than brownie batter usually is, and didn’t spread on its own in the pan.
    thank you!

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    • Jessica — August 31st, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

      Yes – the batter is slightly thicker!

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    Tracy — August 31, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    Loved them. Made once without the frosting. The second time I made with. The frosting to me took away from the brownies and the next day was disgusting tasting.

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    Kelly-Anne — September 1, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids :)
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/perfect-chocolate-brownie-recipe/
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kelly

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    Lynn — September 2, 2012 @ 5:00 am

    Holy cow you want to talk about some very chocolatey brownies. I made these but without the extra 4oz of chocolate, used vegetable oil, and no frosting. While you can’t tell there’s avocado you can’t definitely tell there’s something different.

    We actually preferred eating them cold. Reminded me of a truffle. Great recipe :)

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    Colleen Williams — September 7, 2012 @ 12:29 am

    Can I just say that every one of your photos on your blog is like food porn? Your photos make me want to try every one of your recipes. Thanks for sharing all of your culinary adventures and making them so appealing and within reach for the rest of us!

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    suzanne — September 19, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    is the dark chocolate you are using unsweetened chocolate or a dark chocolate bar from traders? i find you very entertaining.

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    Diane — October 15, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    Thank you for such a wonderful laugh. King size bed, snoring, I hear ya. The recipe looks wonderful and I will most def be making it.

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    A. — October 19, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    I have candida and sometimes I have really bad cravings,but normally all the chocolate desserts are full of sugar and white flour.
    I made these brownies with less,sugarfree chocolate,liquid stevia,whole-wheat flour and a bit of fat free yogurt.it was really great. Thanks for the idea!

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    fia — October 20, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Made an effort and translated this into Swedish and my friends were sceptical, but it was all worth it, delicious! Taste nothing like avacado except for a smal, sweet taste when they are warm. And they are even better the day after!

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    Eva — January 14, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    I’m pretty convinced that a king-size bed is critical to marriage survival. We got a waveless king waterbed about two years ago. BEST. THING. EVER.

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    Megan — January 21, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    Oh I can not wait for tonight! Im going to make these for a friends birthday dinner. He is going to love these. I really cant wait to see his face when he sees the frosting. He adores avocados, this should be awesome!

    Thank you! I came across your post on ziplist, and I am so glad!

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    Anne Marie — February 17, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet, but being from places where avocados are so ubiquitous I practically ate them like other kids eat apples, I have to share with you the fool-proof way of knowing if an avocado is ripe or not.

    That little stem at the top? Take it off. If the little dimple it’s left is dark, it isn’t a good avocado. If it is a light-colored, it’s a good avocado. You’ll never get weird half-brown stringy ones if you use that trick.

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    Liz H — March 6, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    Brownies look yum! I would think a kid would love the green frosting.

    Did you know that you can buy a king size mattress that hinges down the middle? My brother didn’t realize theirs did that until they moved in to a place with a tiny staircase.

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    Jessica — March 17, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    Hi there! I made your brownies for St Patrick’s Day today and they were a huge hit! Even the picky-eater (i.e. 8-year-old) was intrigued by and subsequently loved them! Thank you for the recipe! I’ll definitely make them again… and will be making EXTRA frosting next time.

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    Susie Fox — March 21, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    Made these last night! Very moist & fudgy =) I could have done without the frosting but otherwise, delicious!

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    Barton Rotando — April 20, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. They have a green-skinned, fleshy body that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical. Commercially, it ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.;

    Up to date article on our very own web site
    http://www.caramoan.ph/caramoan-tinago-island/

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    Alexandra — May 8, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Can I use Coconut flour instead of all perpous flour?

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    Susie — May 18, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    My daughter made these a couple days ago, and I’m making them again tonight! These are the best brownies. Ever.

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    JC — May 29, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    Funny stuff…and no typos…I’m impressed…I am an avid proof reader and typos irk me…
    Love avocados..do have tree tho…going to make these..too bad I don’t also have the chocolate tree! Hah!

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    martina — July 30, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    hi… do you melt the chocolate with the avocados and then add chopped chocolate ? im slightly confused about the first paragraph explaining what to do :S

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    Dee — July 30, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    The recipe looks interesting, but why stack them like that for the final photo? It just makes a mess of both the bottom and the top brownie….

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    Leah — August 11, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    Wow, you weren’t kidding about these being rich! But they are so good. I can’t wait to share them at my work’s potluck tomorrow. My boss requested “something extravagant. Two things no one would ever expect to go together, but is still amazing!” I think that is exactly what I’ll be delivering. Thank you!

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    Ariel — October 24, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    I am slightly convinced we are the same person. tried these brownies out and they are delish!

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    Annarita - My Bite of Italy — April 10, 2014 @ 3:39 am

    I have some ripe avocados at home and i was looking for some recipes with avocado! I’ve never had this treat with avocados!!!! Yummy!!!! I’ve pinted the recipe and i’m going shopping for for the other ingredients. Thank you :)

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    Margaret — June 16, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

    Thank You So Very YummO’ Much :-) !!!
    You have such Delicious and Beautiful YummO’S
    Great for Eyes & Heart ♥
    ♥ Margaret

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    Chelsey Amer — August 14, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! I know I’m quite delayed, but your rambling and humor and style is FANTASTIC…and this recipe looks delicious :) Just singing your praises!

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    Heidi — August 27, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

    We substituted mint extract for vanilla and it was AWESOME! The avocados were my little secret!

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    paola — October 22, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    hello no butter ? i don’t find the avocado oil in italy

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