Gluten Free Avocado Brownies

So I have some news..not good..not bad..just news. After years of stomach problems..bloating and upset stomach after pretty much every meal, I have finally figured out the culprit. GLUTEN!!! 

It was pretty much a self diagnosis. I guess I never really wanted the problem to be gluten, but I decided that I would completely eliminate gluten from my diet for 2 weeks to see if I felt better. Within 3 days, I felt like a new stomach aches, no cramps..finally I felt good. Now I am four weeks in, and still feeling great. The only problem is…learning to bake Gluten Free.

I found a gluten free flour at Trader Joe’s, and I know that Thomas Keller has one too called Cup 4 Cup. These flours make baking gluten free super easy. All of the measurements are the same with no additional ingredients needed. And the result…AMAZING!!

gf brownies with avocado

I posted a cookie version of this recipe a few months ago, using traditional flour, but this time I decided to make brownies. The recipe is exactly the same, with the substitution of gluten free flour. The use of an avocado instead of butter or oil makes for a healthier version of brownies as well.

Gluten Free Avocado Brownies
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
  1. 1 bag of Semisweet chocolate chips (melted)
  2. 1 cup + 1 Tbsp Gluten Free Flour (all purpose flour can be used as well)
  3. 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  4. 2 tsp Baking Powder
  5. 1 very ripe avocado
  6. 1 cup + 2 Tbsp Sugar
  7. 2 Large eggs
  8. 1/4 tsp Salt
  9. 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  10. 1/3 cup Almond milk (regular milk can be used instead if you prefer)
  11. Optional: unsweetened coconut flakes and chopped pecans for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line brownie pan with parchment paper
  3. Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder in a separate bowl and set aside
  4. Pour 8 oz ( or one bag) of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, heat in 30 second intervals until completely melted. Mix in between each interval to make sure the chocolate does not burn
  5. While the chocolate is melting, cut avocado in half, remove the seed, and use a spoon to remove the avocado from the skin.
  6. Cream the avocado with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, on medium-high speed. Avocado should be smooth and creamy
  7. Slowly add in sugar and continue to mix until smooth
  8. Add eggs one at a time, letting each one incorporate prior to adding in the next
  9. Beat in salt and vanilla
  10. Slowly add in melted chocolate while mixer is running on low, beat until well blended
  11. Beat in milk
  12. Finally, add the flour mixture, and beat on low speed until incorporated, do not over mix or batter will dry out.
  13. Pour into brownie pan
  14. Optional: top with coconut flakes and chopped pecans
  15. Bake: 35-40 mins
  1. Brownies will appear slightly undercooked in center, but should be done on edges. Allow to cool completely and the brownies will set up to the perfect moist texture.
Adapted from Tartine Bakery
Adapted from Tartine Bakery
The Prepped Chef
Gf avocado brownies

To top off the brownies, I used unsweetened coconut flakes and chopped pecans. This addition not only added great texture to the moist brownies, but also made them extra flavorful. You will love this simple recipe. I am looking forward to making many more gluten free recipes, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

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About Sheena

There are many different facets of interest in my personal and professional life. My passion for baking has developed over the past several years; I love the satisfaction of sharing my delicious treats with friends and family. My sweet tooth, and love of baking is quite contradictory of my profession. I am a dentist, and currently a post-doctoral student, studying a dental specialty. My other interest is health and fitness...again...quite controversial of my baked goods..but, I believe....all things in moderation. I enjoy running and working out, and even making healthy entrees for my husband and I. After following several other food blogs, I decided, that this would be a new hobby. I am passionate about everything I take part in, and hope that you enjoy this blog and that it inspires you to make each day delicious with homemade prepared meals....and desserts :)
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3 Responses to Gluten Free Avocado Brownies

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  2. layla says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I’ll definitely try it out. Do you think we can replace the sugar with honey or maple syrup or any other natural sweetner?

    • Sheena says:

      Hi Layla-

      Thanks for the great question. I am always looking for ways to bake delicious goodies that my friends and family will love…and that I won’t feel guilty indulging in. In this case, honey or maple syrup probably will not produce the texture and consistency that make brownies irresistible. You want them to be moist and chewy and not too dense. Using honey or maple syrup will likely result more of a dense cookie consistency. If you use an alternative sugar, remember to be aware of the conversion, as many of them are 2-3x sweeter than refined sugar. I typically try not to use alternative sweeteners, but you may try sugar in the raw. Basically, you want to cream the avocado and the sugar so that you have an airy/fluffy combination. I would be interested in knowing how your baked goods turn out. Please feel free to post your recipe alterations and how successful the changes were. Thanks for checking out look forward to hearing from you soon! Happy.. Healthy.. Baking

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