Easy Flourless Skillet Brownie

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16 g
Total Fat
49 g
Total Carbs
9 g
110 mg

This easy flourless skillet brownie is rich, fudgy, and decadent but it’s made with lots of good-for-you-ingredients. Avocado provides healthy fats, and black beans add fiber – but no one will know they’re there because all they’ll taste is delicious dark chocolate. Serve topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and cold milk to drink.


Serves: 4
3/4  cup  unsalted black beans (about half 15-oz.can), drained and rinsed very well
  large eggs
  ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and diced
1/2  cup  sugar
1/4  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
tsp.  instant coffee mixed with 2 tablespoons water (or 2 tablespoons coffee)
1/2  tsp.  baking powder
tsp.  vanilla
1/3  cup  milk chocolate chips*

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and set the rack to the middle position. Grease a small 6-8” skillet (cast iron is great).
  2. Combine all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a blender and blend for about 1 minute or until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. The mixture should look like pudding. Alternatively, you can use a food processor, but you may need to scrape it down more frequently.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared skillet.
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter and with a spatula gently swirl them into the batter.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean. You may need to insert the toothpick into a few spots in the event you land in a melted chocolate chip.
  6. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestion: If desired, top the warm brownie with ice cream.

Beverage Pairing: cold milk.

Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Calories 360
Total Fat 16 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Total Carbs 49 g
Dietary Fiber 9 g
Total Sugar 33 g
Protein 9 g
Cholesterol 110 mg
Sodium 55 mg
Potassium 630 mg

Vitamin A 57 mcg; Vitamin C 5 mg; Calcium 101 mg; Iron 3 mg; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Folate 54 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.09 g


% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 8%; Iron 15 %; Vitamin D 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Anne Danahy

Anne Danahy is a registered dietitian and freelance nutrition and health content writer. She writes the food and nutrition blog Craving Something Healthy, and she published the Mediterranean Diet for Two Cookbook in April 2020. Anne specializes in chronic disease prevention, wellness, and healthy aging. She believes living well begins with eating well, and she promotes a balanced diet of low glycemic index foods, lots of plants, and everything in moderation sprinkled in. Anne enjoys helping others make sense of the latest nutrition research and get it onto their plates in the most delicious way possible.

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