It all started with these avocado muffins. It was the perfect way to use up a leftover avocado that was on the verge of being thrown out. Aren’t avocados are so hard to time? For days, they’re a rock and then suddenly they’re mushy. When you buy a whole bag, sometimes it’s hard to use them all up before they go bad, so I started using them in baking recipes. They’re such a perfect, healthy swap for butter or oil so I decided to turn them into a cookie! These chocolate avocado cookies are rich and fudgy, almost like a dense brownie, but they’re healthier than most cookies!
The avocado is a great source of healthy fat and the whole wheat pastry flour is a good source of protein and fiber. The coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than standard sugar, which means your blood sugar won’t spike like it would with a traditional cookie.
Did I mention that these cookies are so easy to make?
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- In a food processor, combine the avocado, egg, vanilla, and sugar. (If you don't have a food processor, you can use an immersion blender or hand mixer.) Blend until the avocado chunks are smooth.
- Stir in the salt, baking soda, flour, and cocoa.
- Add in the mini chocolate chips.
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet or lay down a silpat mat and drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the sheet. They won't spread much so you don't need much room in between.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. I only baked mine for 9. Do NOT over bake them!
- Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.
You can mix everything in one bowl, so there’s no need to dirty extra dishes. They also don’t spread very far, so you can fit quite a few on a pan. Just make sure you grease the pan or use a silicone mat, as they tend to stick to a cookie sheet.
I actually made a batch of these before we hit the road to visit Ohio for the weekend. Of course, I left them on the counter so we didn’t actually get to eat the rest of these. They would have been a nice road trip snack, though! Luckily we still had some of these healthy road trip snacks with us, so we survived! We had such a fun weekend visiting friends and family, seeing my cousin get married, and celebrating my nephew’s 3rd birthday. I was actually pretty disconnected from my phone & computer for a few days, so it was a nice little break. Now it’s back to the grind! The Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down starts today, to wrap up the end of the challenge, so I’ll be working out hard and focusing on lots of healthy food!