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Recipe Rehab | Loaded Brownies

Rich is back at it again, finding clever ways to deliver a hefty dose of chocolate while cutting calories in these Recipe Rehab brownies. Creamy avocado is the secret ingredient in this chocolaty treat, while banana, flax seed, and coconut oil make and appearance, adding a healthy boost. Enjoy a classic sweet treat with a fresh, new, healthy spin!

  • Servings 12
  • Dish Dessert
  • Time 10 minutes
  • Skill Home Cooks


Loaded Brownies ingredients

Cooking spray
1 medium ripe Hass avocado, very well mashed
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 ripe banana
1 large egg
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light agave
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee
3 tablespoons ground flax seed
3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup walnuts
1/8 cup grated unsweetened coconut

Brownie Topping ingredients

1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup walnuts
1/8 cup grated unsweetened coconut
1/8 cup toffee chips


Loaded Brownies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) degrees. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.


Into a food processor, add the mashed avocado, coconut oil, banana, egg, sugar, agave, vanilla, instant coffee, and ground flax seed. Purée until smooth.


Next, add unsweetened dark cocoa powder and the gluten-free flour to the processor. Pulse to combine, and make sure there are no lumps. Finally, add the pecans, walnuts, and unsweetened coconut and incorporate.


Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Sprinkle your brownie topping on the batter.


Bake the brownies for 20–35 minutes, or until the top has just set. Make sure the brownies are not too jiggly in the center and that the edges have firmed up. Insert a toothpick in the center of the brownies to test for doneness; make sure no wet batter comes out on the toothpick.


Allow brownies to cool completely in pan on top of wire rack.

After brownies have cooled for at least 30 minutes, lift them out by grabbing the parchment overhang and gently place on a cutting board. Slice. Brownie crumbs will cling heavily to your knife; wipe the knife off with a paper towel in between slices.

Brownie Topping


In a bowl, combine pecans, walnuts, grated unsweetened coconut and toffee chips. Evenly sprinkle the topping over the top of the brownies; bake.