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Flourless Avocado Brownies (paleo, keto, low carb, grain free)

How A  Brownie Is Born

This recipe came about one night after dinner. My son really wanted dessert and I wan’t about to give him some sugar laden treat right before bed time. Like a mad scientist I began to throw random things into my blender. Made a batter, poured it into a ramekin and baked it in my little counter top oven (I love that thing). It was pretty good. The consistency was great, but it needed more cocoa. Either way, it satisfied my kids sweet tooth and peaked my interest in nailing down a recipe.

I have made it 4 times. The second time was close. The third I nailed it and the fourth was just to make sure! Ha! Luckily these brownies are squeaky clean and I have zero qualms about my family eating them for breakfast, snack or after meal treats. My toddler might declare war when I put avocado slices on his plate…. but Mami gets the last laugh… because AVOCADO BROWNIES, bitch. No, I don’t call my four year old names… although, sometimes…. I want to. #Realtalk Toddlers are little emotional terrorists.

I don’t know what I love more about these brownies… the fact that they are made entirely in my blender (or food processor) or the fact that they are 80% avocado and eggs but taste like fudgey goodness…. it’s a toss up.

Ok, a few things….

In the recipe I say 1 hass avocado. I use a whole one, I consider these medium sized, about the size of my fist. If you have massive (I’m looking at you Florida) avocadoes, use half of one, or your best judgement.

The sweetener…. again, I just like to repeat this so I don’t get yelled at. I am currently on the Swerve (Erythitol) train, because it’s working for me. Use what works for you, be that coconut palm sugar or cane sugar. It’s your body loves. You know it best.

A note on the cacao… I love GOOD cacao… I used Wild Foods Wild Cacao powder. I have also made them using really dark dutch process cacao powder. Both work.

Alllllllrrrriiiiggghhttyyy then! On to the recipe!


While the vast majority of you have LOVED this recipe, I have had a few complaints of spongy/eggy results. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. So here are some suggestions to avoid this not so favorable result:

  • DO NOT OVER MIX! I actually made this mistake once. I made an extra large batch and blended it wayyyyy toooo long. Once everything is combined and the avocado is smooth, done. No need for overkill 🙂 
  • Make sure your avocado is medium-large and ripe but firm. When you scoop it out, measure it in a measuring cup. If your whole avocado, pressed down doesn’t fill a cup, then you need more avocado. If it’s a little more than a cup, that’s ok! 
  •  Make sure you’re getting in the full two tablespoons of nut butter, use measuring spoons and a spatula to scrape them out! Make sure your nut butter is 100% almond or peanut or cashew… no added oils or other fats, that may impede the cooking process.
  • Add more sweetener? These brownies are lightly sweetened to optimize the healthy factor, but you can use up to 1/2 a cup of sweetener to give them a more indulgent flavor. 
  • Did you use enough cocoa powder? Note the recipe calls for  ROUNDED or HEAPING cup! Which means when you scoop your chocolate powder up it should be full + some piled on top! If you don’t add enough cocoa powder you won’t get the chocolaty flavor! 

Flourless Avocado Brownies (paleo, keto, low carb, grain free)
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  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium, ripe, hass avocado (1 cup +)
  • 3 tbsp melted ghee (or melted butter)
  • 2 FULL tbsp unsweetened almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt (if your nut butter is salted omit or reduce)
  • 1/4 cup Swerve or (1/2 cup coconut palm sugar)
  • 1/4 heaping cup cacao powder (unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Toppings
  • Raw Cacao Nib
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts
  • Seeds


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • Line a small baking dish (I used a 5x7 Pyrex) with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of your blender or food processor combine all of the ingredients.
  • Blend om medium, low power until just smooth. No more than 30 seconds.
  • Use a spatula to transfer the batter into the baking dish and smooth it out evenly.
  • Top with fun things if you wish. I'm partial to cacao nibs.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. If you're using a metal baking dish it could be less time. Check it after 20 minutes. It's done when the top begins to crack and it has turned a deep brown color. The top will be slightly soft but dry to the touch.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before handling.
  • Pick it up, carefully, by the parchment paper and set it on a cutting board.
  • You can make 4 large pieces, 8 medium pieces or 12 mini squares. Up to you!
  • Storage:
  • Store in tupperware.... or the same Pyrex where you baked it with lid on, room temp. It will stay fresh for a few days. Putting it in the fridge will make it hard.
  • Enjoy!


Macro for 4 big servings: Calories 293 Fat 27.6 Carbs 10 (Net carbs 4) Protein 6.5


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47 Thoughts to “Flourless Avocado Brownies (paleo, keto, low carb, grain free)”

  1. Kim Hayes
    Oh boy Castaway Kitchen! I. Am. Making. These!!! Right after my Whole 30! I'll bet I can get a bunch of avocados in some people via these brownies! They will never guess the secret ingredient! 😁Thank you!
    1. Yes! Perfect "life after Whole30" treat!
  2. I saw this on food gawker and when I read "These flourless, fudgey squares are so clean, it's like your eating salad. Except they're brownies." I knew I needed to click over!! These look fantastic and the texture is to DIE for. I love the "secret" ingredient too!
  3. Asad
    Hey, how are they without sweeteners? Reckon I can use some non-ol zero carb sweetener?
    1. I used erythitol, a low carb sweetener and they turn out great :)
  4. Lindsay
    THE. BEST. PALEO. BROWNIES. EVER!!! Thank you! Lindsay
    1. Lindsay
      Note* I used coconut palm sugar bc I can't do do swerve for some reason. It leaves a weird aftertaste in my mouth.
      1. Thanks for this! I want ppl to know it will work with whatever granulated sweetener they prefer :)
  5. Awesome! Thank you so much for this great treat that I can feel good about giving my little guys at home without sugar crashing!
  6. Yumminess on my screen right now. I want this yumminess in my belly though. Hmm... yep, have the ingredients. It's on baby.
  7. Heidi Berglund
    These look and sound legit! I am totally making these as soon as I get the missing ingredients. By the way your comment about your Toddler totally cracked me up! You are so right!
  8. Love all the ingredients you are using in this recipe, it's stuff people normally have in their kitchens. And of course, everything is better with avocados. ;)
  9. I've never baked with avocado before, but I definitely need to try this out soon, they just look so fudgy!
  10. I love everything with chocolate in it and these avocado brownies look too good to pass by without trying. Another must make !!
  11. These look fudge and delicious! My toddler would love them :)
  12. I haven't baked much with avocado but I'm super eager to try these! Yum!!!
  13. I am totally craving chocolate now. I think I may need to make these today...
  14. You are making me drool!! YUM!!
  15. Wow these look fudgy and delicious, avocado is the only thing my daughter wont eat so I'm always looking at ways to sneak more of it in!!
  16. These look so rich and fudgy good! Good way to my son to eat an avocado!
  17. Annie
    Hi..if I would use coconut sugar instead of swerve, how much to you think I should use? Thanks
    1. You can use the same amount or up to 1/3 cup :)
  18. UGH Cristina you kill me every time. NEED
  19. Such a great idea to use avocado! I never would have thought of that. I bet these are delicious! I loved watching the video too.
    1. I'm getting might creative with my low carb endeavors:)
  20. There is nothing better than some delicious avocado brownies.
  21. Oh lord... I think I'm trying keto with my brother this summer and these will be PERFECT!
  22. I am going to make these very soon. They look so moist and delicious! :)
  23. What a perfect treat to enjoy in the summer as a little nibble of pure joy and delight. :)
  24. Sarah
    Has anyone else tried these and they turned out eggy not fudgy? Mine looked totally fudgy and delicious, but the taste and texture was much like many of the other low carb treats I've tried...super eggy and spongy. Wonder where I went wrong?
    1. Hi Sarah! A few reasons your brownies didn't turn out perfect: Not enough avocado. I use a medium sized ripe hass... it should come out to a full up of avocado! Not enough nut butter. Sometimes it's hard to measure out nut butter, make sure you use FULL tablespoon and use a spatula to scoop it all in there. You may need to add more sweetener to for your taste. Some folks like to make these sweeter, use up to half cup of sweetener. Hope this help. If you head to my Instagram I recently posted about these and folks are having all sorts of conversations about them. I've had two other folks have them turn out spongy and we figured out the avocado was the culprit! I'm going to add notes in the recipe for troubleshooting!
      1. Sarah
        Hi! Thanks for the update and response! Could have been the avocado, it was definitely on the small side of medium. My other thought was the nut butter. What kind did you use? I used a fresh pressed raw peanut butter. Maybe it wasn't creamy enough? Thanks for the tips.
        1. I use Martha Natha almond butter. Definitely a creamy/smooth nut butter! Hope you nail them next time <3 xo
  25. OMG I can't believe these are low carb! I've got some spare avocados that need using up so I might just have to make these on the weekend! Thank you <3
  26. Lynne
    Made these last night, they are so good. I used 1/2 cup of erythritol, I was making them mostly for my son who is doing low carb, but finding it hard to forgo his sweets. I will often eat avocado with cocoa powder alone, do you think these would be good to make without any sweetner? Does the sweetner add to the texture and if I don't put it in it would make the mixture too runny?
    1. I'm impressed with your lack so sweet tooth or control over it! Go you! You know... I know some folks make these with maple syrup and they turn out, so I bet you can omit the erythitol and it will be just fine. Maybe a little more fudgey!
  27. These were amazing! Made them tonight after seeing the IG video and dayyyyyum they hit the spot! After a week of no dessert or anything sweet, these defitnitely satisfied! The only thing that could make them better would be a cream cheese icing layer!
  28. Laura Yablecki
    Just made these for Mother's Day and they're a huge hit! Thanks for such a simple yet delicious recipe, Cristina!
    1. Yeayyy Happy Mother's Day!
  29. Annie
    Hey! So if I made 4 brownies what are the nutrition facts per brownie? 293/4?
    1. Hey Annie, the recipe macros are for 4 servings. Which is the recipe baked and cut into 4 large pieces. Macro for 4 big servings: Calories 293 Fat 27.6 Carbs 10 (Net carbs 4) Protein 6.5
  30. LOL! you had me at salad! Can't wait to make these for an upcoming workshop.

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