Fudgy Avocado Brownies (Gluten, Sugar & Dairy Free)

I am so sad I couldn’t get this recipe up earlier this morning. I had my morning coffee in my hand, the dogs were both walked, and I was ready to start typing. As soon as I started uploading the photos, the internet went out. I figured it would eventually come back on, so I waited a few minutes. When it didn’t, I headed upstairs to reset the box. That didn’t work either, so I called my provider. They said there was an outage in the area and they’d send someone out to work on it within a few hours. Luckily, it’s up and running now! It was kind of a blessing though because I got so much done around the house without the distraction of the internet.

Before I knew it, it was 7 pm, and my parents were at the door. They stopped by to bring me a few birthday gifts, and have some cake with me. Kyle came over a little bit after them, and now I’m finally on the couch ready to get this blog up! We are leaving for Charleston in the morning 🙂
About a week ago, I decided to make avocado brownies.

Almost four years ago, I made avocado brownies, and they have been a favorite! Well, I decided to change up the recipe, and these turned out incredible. I can’t even explain how good they taste! You’ll have to make them and try them to ever fully understand.

My parents and Kyle were obsessed. My mom packed half of this batch up to take home, and I was forced to make a whole new batch on Sunday night because they were requesting them.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s truly simple. You know me, I love simple!

The awesome part? They have only 7g of Carbs and a whopping 7g of protein! You could even add protein powder if you wanted more. 
These fudgy, rich, and decadent brownies are perfect for pretty much anyone. They are gluten free, low carb, dairy free, soy free, no added sugars, and healthy as it gets! You can trick anyone into thinking these are filled with butter, sugar, or real flour. This would be a great treat to pack into your kid’s lunches, eat for dessert, snacks, or with your coffee in the morning (that’s what I did.)

I always crave brownies around Valentine’s day. My mom and I used to make (boxed) brownies, frosted sugar cookies, and truffles for the family. Valentine’s Day was always my mom and me’s favorite holiday. She always got me a giant Valentine’s Day basket filled with fun goodies like fuzzy socks, conversation hearts, and stuffed animals. She did this even when I was in high school. This recipe would be a great treat for a Valentine’s Day party or gift. You could add some pink and red sprinkles, or Valentine’s Day themed M&Ms. 


5 from 1 vote

Fudgy Avocado Brownies (Gluten & Dairy Free/No Added Sugars/Grain Free/Soy Free)

Course Dessert
Servings 16
Author Taralynn McNitt


  • 2 Small Avocados (or one large)
  • 3 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp Espresso Powder
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Swerve (or your choice of sweetener)
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk (or your choice of milk)
  • Dark Chocolate for shavings (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees. 

  2. Sift together the almond flour, swerve, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 

  3. In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, avocado, and vanilla.

    **use a fork to mash the avocados before combine with the eggs. 

  4. Pour the avocado mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Combine.

  5. Stir in the Almond Milk.

  6. Grease a baking dish. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and spread evenly. 

    7 X 11 pan

  7. Bake 25-30 minutes. 

    **Use the toothpick method to determine if it's done! 

  8. Once the brownies have cooled, use a knife to shave the chocolate over the brownies. (about 1-2 tablespoon) 

This recipe makes 16 jumbo brownies!

For each brownie: 170 Calories, 7g Carbs, 14g Fat, 7g Protein, 3g Fiber, 1g Sugar
I also tested this with a mug/microwave, and it was a success! You could make a bunch of the batter, and save it for single-serving mug brownies.
I made the batch on Sunday with birthday sprinkles! 🙂 My goal for the next batch is to make them without eggs so that they are vegan-friendly. I will also be adding peanut butter to those!
I can’t wait to hear what you think of these! 🙂 I made a birthday cake with a similar recipe that I’ll be sharing soon!

Questions for you!

  1. Brownies or cookies?
  2. Rainbow sprinkles or gummy bears?
  3. Chocolate or Vanilla?


  • ashley

    Do you have a recommendations for a flour to swap the almond flour with? Darn food allergies wont let me have almond flour/nuts/milk etc, or coconut flours/milks 🙁

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    • Robyn

      3 stars
      Update for you Ashley: These did not turn out well with coconut flour and coconut milk…. they were very crumbly and dry rather than a solid brownie. Oh well, worth a shot.

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    • Robyn

      5 stars
      I have the same allergies and I was going to use coconut milk and coconut flour and attempt this! 🙂

      Reply to Robyn
  • Izzy

    These look amazing! Is there a way I could make this into a single or two person serving?

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  • Brittany

    I can’t wait to make these! How much should one avocado be in cups/measured out? I’m not much of an avocado person (but I’m working on it!) so I’m not sure what really constitutes a large one other than the label, and even then I’m not sure if it’s just a smaller large one, or a true large avocado.

    (Apparently I have trust issues…)

    I could also be overthinking it 🙂

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  • Malyssa

    5 stars
    Hi Taralynn! I am an avid reader of your blog. I love reading all your health and fitness tips as well as the general happenings in your life! I made these brownies over the weekend and they were amazing. My husband couldn’t even tell they were healthy! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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  • Malyssa

    Hi Taralynn! I am an avid reader of your blog. I love reading all your health and fitness tips as well as the general happenings in your life! I made these brownies over the weekend and they were amazing. My husband couldn’t even tell they were healthy! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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  • Logan

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try these.

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  • Jess

    5 stars
    i almost never comment but these are some of the best brownies I’ve made! I think the swerve upset my stomach a bit so I wonder how it would be with maple syrup instead. Will make them over and over again. TY!!

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  • Stace

    5 stars
    A hit at my super bowl party! I added protein frosting.

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  • Jessie

    I must make these. My kids will have no idea they are healthy. Could I use honey instead of Swerve?

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  • Sara

    5 stars
    I am going to try to make this recipe into red velvet brownies for Valentine’s day!

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  • Hannah

    I need to get swerve!

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  • Lindsey

    5 stars
    I made these with Agave and it turned out tasty. In case anyone wants to make the swap.

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  • Chasidy

    I’ve been loving your gluten free/dairy free/ sugar free recipes, Taralynn.

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  • Erin

    These sound great ! I’ve been looking for a chocolate dessert without tons of sugar. Do you think this recipe would work with agave as a sweetener instead of swerve?

    Reply to Erin
  • Katerina

    I’ve never left a comment before but I’ve loved your blog for years! I recently went low carb and I’m so glad for your recipes! Can’t wait to try this! Thanks a bunch!

    Reply to Katerina
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Katerina!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 I love doing low carb desserts since I eat most of my carbs with my meals! I can’t wait to make more!

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • J.

    I don’t have espresso powder. Can I make them without?

    Reply to J.
  • Heather

    5 stars
    Love it! Cannot wait to see how the egg-free ones come out. Thanks!!

    Reply to Heather
  • Cala

    Let us know when you make the egg-free. I’ve been a vegan for three months now and I find that the egg is the hardest to steer away from.

    Reply to Cala
  • Brit

    I hate when the internet goes out! Thanks for taking the time to put these up.

    Reply to Brit
  • Karie

    I know what I’m making for Bachelor Monday! Wine and brownies? yes please.

    Reply to Karie
  • Peyton

    5 stars
    You should add mint to your next batch 🙂

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  • Lisa

    5 stars
    My brownies came out super crumbly. Did I do something wrong. Otherwise the taste was amazing.

    Reply to Lisa
  • Abbey

    These look awesome! Please let us know how the vegan version comes out. 🙂

    Reply to Abbey
  • Natalie

    Oh, I am so excited to make these!

    Reply to Natalie
  • Jordyn

    Brownies, gummy bears and chocolate all day! 😂 I have an odd question. I seem to have some sort of allergy to avocado. Could applesauce substitute for avocado in this recipe? Would you recommend something else as a substitute? Thank you! I hope you had a great birthday!

    Reply to Jordyn
  • Rachel

    5 stars
    I made these last night! All of my friends were over and we wanted something sweet with our wine. It was such a hit! I shared the recipe and your blog with all of them. I look forward to your cake recipe.


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  • Anonymous

    I notice you use swerve a lot. Why do you choose it?

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  • Nicole

    5 stars
    They turned out delicious.

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  • Perri

    I was so excited when you put up the recipe! I was looking for it all last night haha! I can’t wait for the birthday cake version, finding a recipe with clean ingredients that is still tasty is hard to find. thank you!!

    Reply to Perri
  • Sara

    5 stars
    Omg, these look amazing! I’ve been waiting for this recipe 🙂 Could you swap out carob for the unsweetened cocoa powder? I want to make these, but my husband can’t eat chocolate (he gets awful migraines from cocoa), and I don’t want to eat an entire pan by myself, haha!

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  • Hanah Miller

    5 stars
    I tried your original recipe when you posted it years ago and I didn’t use ripe avocados (huge mistake) and I have been scared to try them ever since. But I am excited to try this one with the ripe avocados sitting on my counter. Because Avocado Brownies are not good with unripened chunks of avocado…

    Reply to Hanah Miller
  • Stephanie

    Could you use coconut flour instead of almond flour??

    Reply to Stephanie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Not with this recipe. Coconut flour is super dry because it works as an absorbant, so I’d have to change all the ingredient amounts around. I can work on doing a new recipe with just coconut soon.

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Linda @ the Fitty

    5 stars
    This is a really great option for hiding avocado in recipes for those that don’t like eating avocado! I know that I can definitely play this trick on my siblings since they like dessert so much 🙂 who knows, I might even add a little bit of chicken liver in there since it’s so nutritious but they hate the taste.

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  • Jenna B

    Brownies, Rainbow Sprinkles, and Chocolate! 🙂

    Reply to Jenna B
  • Steph

    Omg! These look AMAZING! I’m very unadventurous on cooking, so do you know if any other types of nut free flours would work? Maybe coconut flour? My husband has a nut allergy 🙁

    Reply to Steph
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Steph!

      Coconut flour wouldn’t work because it works as an absorbant. I’d have to change all the other ingredients up. I can work on a new post doing just gluten free flour or coconut flour! I’ll try that 😀

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Shannen

    These look delicious! Do you taste the espresso powder in it?

    Reply to Shannen
  • Jessica Brown

    I am so excited to make these!!!

    1. Brownies
    2. Rainbow Sprinkles because they make everything more fun and festive.
    3. Chocolate <3

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  • Heather

    Hi! I think there may be a typo. You have 1 TBSP baking soda listed twice.

    Reply to Heather
  • Juliette / Namastay Traveling

    5 stars
    Woohoo! I’ve been waiting for this all week 🙂 I know what my Friday plans are!

    Reply to Juliette / Namastay Traveling
  • Mindy

    Hey Taralynn,

    I made your previous avocado brownie recipe and they were delicious. I’ll have to try this out! I’ve been on WW so I’ll have to plug it in and see how many points they come to. Thanks for the new recipe!


    Reply to Mindy
  • Sophie

    These sound awesome!
    I’m just wondering – 1 tbsp baking soda is there twice – is it supposed to be a tbsp of baking powder also, or just the one tbsp of baking soda? Clearly I am not a frequent baker or I could probably deduce that on my own 😉

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  • Anonymous

    So excited to try these! Just wanted to double check that you maybe typed 1 Tbspn baking soda twice or if one was supposed to be baking powder? Don’t wanna mess up anything this good🤗🤗

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  • Jennifer

    Happy belated birthday!! These look absolutely amazing, I can’t wait to whip up a batch this weekend!! Quick question, you have 1 tbsp of baking soda twice, wanted to know if this was a typo or it the second should be baking powder? Hope you enjoy your weekend!!! 💕💕💕💕

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  • Emily

    5 stars
    I am going to make these tonight! They look amazing! 🙂 Happy belated birthday Taralynn! I hope it was great!

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  • Jen

    1. Probably brownies- I love chocolate chip cookies, but I’m definitely pretty picky about them!

    2. Neither 😛 Not a fan!

    3. CHOCOLATE forever

    These look SO good. I cannot wait to make these this weekend! Thanks for the new recipe 🙂

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  • Julie

    Where is all of the protein coming from?

    Reply to Julie
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Definitely going to try making this, Taralynn! ❤️ Brownies are my fav ❤️
    Love the colourful sprinkles on the top as well! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    You are literally my favorite person in the world right now. That may sound dramatic… but it’s not. THIS IS EVERYTHING. I have been craving chocolate cake EVERY day lately, but I just can’t handle the 800 calorie price tag on a daily basis haha. This is honestly my happy place right now. PLUS, I need to be eating more avocado for the healthy fat, but I really dislike them solo. So that’s a huge bonus!

    I am making these this weekend and I’m also going to bring them to our superbowl shindig and trick everyone, I’ll let you know how that goes ;).

    Brownies AND cookies. Rainbow sprinkles all the way. And I really can’t choose between vanilla and chocolate. Depends on the day!

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday lady!

    Reply to Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
  • Amina

    Eeeek brownies & cookies! I love my brownies recipe but it’s not even close to healthy. Plus who doesn’t love a good chewy sugar cookie.

    Rainbow sprinkles!

    Vanilla. Always. Unless it’s my triple chocolate cake.

    Reply to Amina

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