Your favorite indulgence doesn’t have to be a cheat food. The perfect example of this is keto brownies.
Though traditional recipes are loaded with flour and sugar, this doesn’t mean these unhealthy ingredients are necessary. In fact, all it takes is a few simple swaps to make satisfying brownies that are keto-friendly and healthy.
With this recipe, we will show you how to make keto brownies with simple ingredients — no frills, fancy gadgets, or low carb flour necessary.
What Makes These Brownies Healthy and Keto-friendly?
We often assume that any unhealthy food will be tastier than its healthier alternative. In reality, what makes something delicious is the right combination and preparation of ingredients, regardless if they are healthy or not.
A great example of this is our keto avocado brownie recipe. Not only is it free from the common carb-ridden additives, but it relies on healthy low-carb ingredients to enhance the flavor and texture of the brownies (i.e., avocado, eggs, nut butter, cocoa powder, and butter).
This combination of ingredients provides us with all of the aspects we want from a satisfying, fudgy brownie without making it a cheat food.
Top Tips for The Best Keto Avocado Brownies
With this brownie recipe, all you do is blend and bake — it’s that simple! However, there are a few nuances to keep in mind so that you can make the best possible keto-friendly brownie:
1. Don’t overmix or undermix.
Overmixing will result in cakey brownies, while undermixing will yield inconsistencies in taste and texture. Blend your batter up until it is homogenous and smooth (but no more than that). If the avocado isn’t getting fully incorporated, you may need to mix it by hand.
2. Use a ripe medium-large avocado.
A medium-large avocado will usually yield the right amount for these brownies. In a measuring cup, you should have a 3/4 – 1 cup of avocado gently mashed down.
3. Get the most out of your nut (or seed) butter.
The thick creaminess of the nut butter is essential for fudgy, satisfying brownies. Make sure you get every little bit of it into the mix from your spoon.
4. Pull them out of the oven at the perfect time.
The middle of the brownie should be soft before you pull them out, not raw or hard. You can double-check by placing a toothpick in the middle. When you pull it out, a small amount of batter should be stuck to it.
After you take the brownies out of the oven, they will need 15 minutes to finish baking through as they cool.
How to Store Your Keto Avocado Brownies
Your keto brownies never have to go to waste. If you plan to eat them within the next 7 days, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Conversely, if you’d like to make and store your keto brownies in bulk, we recommend doubling or tripling the recipe, cutting them into brownie squares after cooling, and freezing in an airtight container/bag. Simply thaw them in the fridge or the microwave before serving.
Keto Brownie FAQs: Other Sweeteners, Dairy-free Options, and More
If you are wondering what replacements you can make for a specific ingredient, we’ve included many of the most common substitution options for these keto brownies below:
Can I Use a Different Sweetener?
For this recipe, it is best to stick with a granulated keto sweetener. This will ensure that the batter has the right consistency.
However, if you’d rather experiment with a liquid sweetener, make sure you follow recommendations in our sweetener substitution guide.
What Can I Use to Replace the Almond Butter? Nut-free Keto Avocado Brownie Options
As long as it is creamy and sugar-free, virtually any nut or seed butter will work as a substitute for almond butter.
To make this recipe 100% nut-free, your best option will be sunflower seed butter.
On the other hand, If you are looking to switch up the flavor, give these keto-friendly nut butters a try:
Can I Make These Brownies Dairy-free?
For a keto brownie that doesn’t contain any dairy proteins or lactose, use coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter) instead of butter.
What Can I Add to My Keto Avocado Brownies?
Although these are fulfilling on their own, they also pair deliciously with other keto indulgences, including the following:
- Keto-friendly ice cream (to make a keto brownie sundae)
- Keto jam
- Keto raspberry frosting
- Crushed low carb nuts (sprinkle them on top before you put them in the oven)
- Keto-friendly chocolate chunks (mix them in the batter before baking)
Can I Replace the Avocado?
This recipe won’t work well without its feature ingredient: avocado. However, there are plenty of avocado-free keto brownie recipes you can make instead. Follow this link for a list of delicious keto-approved options.
Yields 8 servings of Keto Avocado Brownies
- 2 large eggs
- 1 medium avocado
- 4 tablespoon butter, melted
- 4 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup erythritol/stevia blend
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Prepare ingredients as needed.
2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
3. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.
4. Pulse together until smooth, for about 30-45 seconds in total. Try not to overmix as the final product will become cakey if you do.
5. Transfer the batter to the loaf pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the edges begin to separate from the side.
6. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Slice into squares and store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Makes a total of 8 servings of Keto Avocado Brownies. Each serving comes out to be 177 calories, 15.3g fat, 2.7g net carbs, and 4.5g protein.
|2 large eggs||143||9.5||0.7||0||0.7||13|
|1 medium avocado||322||29||17||13||4||4|
|4 tablespoon butter, melted||407||46||0||0||0||0.5|
|4 tablespoon almond butter||388||35||12||6.5||5.5||13|
|1/2 teaspoon baking soda||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1/4 teaspoon salt||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1/2 cup erythritol/stevia blend||40||0||0||0||0||0|
|1/3 cup cocoa powder||108||2.6||16||5.3||10.7||5.3|
|1 teaspoon vanilla extract||12||0||0.5||0||0.5||0|
|Per Serving (/8)||177.5||15.3||5.8||3.1||2.7||4.5|