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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Avocado Brownies (Say What?!?)

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This giveaway is now closed, but the recipe is awesome so keep reading!

Ready for another awesome cookbook? If you have someone in your life who loves avocados, this is the PERFECT holiday gift for them.

avocado brownies from 'absolutely avocados' |

First off, my friend Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking is awesome and my little Owen is also completely smitten with her. It’s the cutest thing ever – he loves Gaby! Unfortunately for Owen, Gaby is already spoken for. For some reason he hasn’t noticed the ring on her left hand and I haven’t had the heart to break the news to him. 😉

absolutely avocados cookbook |

Gaby recently published her first cookbook  Absolutely Avocados. The book is a great avocado resource, well designed, beautifully photographed and features all kinds of scrumptious avocado recipes, including a really delicious Caesar dressing that I love and, today’s featured recipe, brownies!

avocaod brownies from 'absolutely avocados' |

We need to talk about these brownies. They are DELISH. Super rich and fudgy, these brownies have a wonderful crust on top that actually stays crispy the next day. It’s like a brownie miracle. The brownies taste nothing like avocados and, by replacing half of the butter with a healthy avocado, a little bit of the guilt can be alleviated when enjoying this tasty treat.

avocaod brownies from 'absolutely avocados' |

Since it’s the Gifts & Giveaways time of year here on This Week for Dinner, you better believe we are giving away a copy of Gaby’s book!

Here is how to enter the giveaway! (Comments must be posted by Midnight PT on Tuesday, 11/26.)

  • Simply leave a comment, any comment, on this post! That’s it!
  • Bonus entry: Follow This Week for Dinner on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me you did! (If you already follow, that counts!)
  • Bonus entry: Follow me on Pinterest and leave a separate comment telling me you did! (If you already follow me on Pinterest, that counts!)
  • Bonus entry: Follow me on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me you did! (If you already follow me on Pinterest, that counts!)

I asked Gaby if, at any point along the way of writing her book, she got sick of avocados. She exclaimed, “Of course not! I love them!” That is one dedicated woman.

Avocado Brownies (Say What?!?) and a Very Gaby Giveaway!
From Absolutely Avocados by Gaby Dalkin
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 Hass avocado (4.5 ounces)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado flesh in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix until the avocado is mashed and smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add the granulated sugar and beat until full incorporated.
  3. In a double boiler over simmering water, melt the butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Add the chocolate mixture to the stand mixer bowl and mix until the chocolate is fully incorporated.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, followed by the espresso powder, vanilla extract and salt.
  6. Add the flour and mix until there are no streaks of flour showing. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes. The brownies will be dense and moist. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting. Dust with confectioners sugar just before serving if desired.



  1. 1

    Say What? is right!! I’m going to try this yummy recipe.

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    I follow you on FB.

  3. 3

    I have a feeling people outside of California think we’re crazy. We put avocado and olive oil on EVERYTHING!

  4. I’m a FB follower now.

  5. 6

    I love avocados! Excited about this book!

  6. 7
    Ashley Harris

    Hey Jane! If I win I’ll do pick up all week next week 😉

  7. These look delicious! I’m definitely going to try them.

  8. I follow on Pinterest! 🙂

  9. 12

    Leaving a comment, thanks for the opportunity!

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    Naomi S.

    Say what?!! This is a must try for my family!

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    Naomi S.

    FB follower

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    Naomi S.

    Pinterest follower

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    Annie Gonzales

    I would love to win, I’m obsessed with avocados!

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    Annie Gonzales

    Facebook follower

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    Annie Gonzales

    Pinterest follower

  16. 19

    I can’t get enough avocados!

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    FB follower

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    Pinterest follower

  19. 22

    Thanks! I want to try these soon!!

  20. 23

    This sounds very interesting, and I can’t wait to try them!

  21. 24

    I was already a FB liker 🙂

  22. 25

    I already follow you on Pinterest!

  23. 26

    I am also a Twitter follower too!

  24. Oooo. Those brownies really do look fudgy and rich. YUM!

  25. I’m a FB follower too. I’m glad that you mentioned that there’s no avocado taste to the brownies. It was the first thing I wondered when I saw them.

  26. 30

    Oh my! I *love* avocados! I’d really love to try some of the recipes in this book. 🙂

  27. And one more for Twitter. I buy avocados by the bag, so this would be great!

  28. 33
    Gina Guthrie

    I have been wanting her cookbook for a very long time, would love to win!

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    Gina Guthrie

    I follow on pinterest

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    Gina Guthrie

    I like you on FB

  31. 36

    I would LOVE a cookbook dedicated to the beautiful avocado. 🙂

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    I follow you on facebook.

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    I follow you on Pinterest. (and I meant in the last entry that I LIKE you on fb).

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    I follow you on twitter.

  35. 41

    These look awesome….I am avocado lover! Hope I win this. Thanks!

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    Also a pinterest follower

  37. 43
    Chrystalle O.

    This seems like such a delicate to try! Cozying up to some of these brownies sounds like a good idea by the fireplace on a snowy day & you wont even know theres a vwggie in them 🙂

  38. 44
    Alexis H.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I never would have thought to make brownies with avacados.

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    I follow you on Facebook.

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    I follow you in Pinterest.

  41. 47

    I love giveaways

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    I liked you on facebook

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    Amy B.

    Those brownies look amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Amy B.

    I follow you on FB

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    Amy B.

    I follow you on pinterest @silverwoodkids

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    Amy B.

    I follow you on twitter @silverwoodkids

  47. 53
    Sarah B

    Wow – I’ll bet these are awesome! I’m going to try them ASAP. 🙂

  48. 54
    Sarah B

    I’m also a Facebook fan. 🙂

  49. 55
    Wendy Shriber

    I need this too!

  50. 56

    I just love Gaby and would love a copy of her book.

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    FB follower
    sara peterson davis

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    follower pinterest @saramama

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    follow twitter @saramama

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    Followed on Facebook and Pinterest! Can’t wait to try these. We love avocados!

  55. 62

    I eat avocado everyday!!! Always, no matter what!!!!

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    Follow you on FB!!

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    Follow you on Pinterest!

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    I love avocados!

  59. 66

    Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  60. Thanks for this giveaway. This looks awesome.

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    barbara n

    Thankful for the love of my family and friends this Thanksgiving! Love all your recipes and giveaways!

  62. 69

    I think I need to make those brownies this weekend…

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    Stephanie P.

    I LOVE a crispy topped brownie, crispy edges too, so I like the corner pieces. Great looking cookbook!

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    Sarah P.

    Looks yummy!

  65. 72

    What a innovative recipe to incorporate the nutrients of avocados into sweets.

  66. i’d love to check out this cookbook! thanks 🙂

  67. those look delicious!

  68. I Follow This Week for Dinner on Facebook

  69. I Follow you on Pinterest

  70. I Follow you on Twitter

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    Famillah Ali

    I want to win this book 🙂

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    Famillah Ali

    I follow TWFD on facebook

  73. 84

    Sounds yummy!

  74. 85

    the brownies look delicious

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    I follow on Facebook

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    I follow on pinterest

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    I follow on twitter

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    Erin Leckey

    I love avocado and would love this book

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    Erin Leckey

    I like you on Facebook

  80. I have heard of using avocados in chocolate cakes and brownies, sounds really exciting to me, I’ll have to try it. This cookbook sounds really interesting. would love to experiment with some of the recipes! 🙂

  81. I like you on Facebook as Stella Ex Libris

  82. I follow you on Twitetr as @Stella_ExLibris

  83. I follow you on Pinterest as Stella ExLibris

  84. can you list the calorie information. I am on weight watchers and would love to make it but I need to know the points

    • I wish I could help, but I am clueless about calorie calculations/points/nutrition info. I honestly have never done it! 😉 so, googling it would probably be more reliable than me! 🙂

      good luck and hope you enjoy them! 🙂

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    Rose Lininger

    I am adding your website to my favorites, I am following you on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Thank you for your awesome recipes; I am excited to make the avacado brownies, and I will let you know how they come out:)

  86. 97

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks delicious!

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    Fran G.

    I wonder if substituting agave or maple syrup for sugar, with the appropriate equivalent for the avocado brownies recipe would work? I’d love to try the recipe and of course I’d love to win a copy of Absolutely Avocados. Thanks, Gaby, for sharing the recipe. :-))

    • you know, fran, I’m not sure if that sub would work. I’m going to ping gaby and see if she ever experimented with that when developing the recipe!

    • just talked to Gaby -she has not tried other sweeteners in this recipe. she had the same gut feeling I did – I think it would totally change the consistency, and the brownies are already on the chewy gooey side, so I don’t know if it would work. but, if it makes you feel better, your body reacts to all those sugars pretty much the same 😉 I know white sugar is more refined – if you want to sub for something more natural, maybe try organic white sugar. just a thought! hope this is helpful!

  88. Avocado in brownies! I’ve never heard of such a thing!

  89. And I follow you on facebook 🙂

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