Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cookies


Please, sing along with me: It's the most wonderful time, of the year...

Christmas: it is not.

Twas avocado season all through California. Sixty cents each all throughout Berkeley Bowl (my local market). Hass. Nice and Ripe. What a beautiful sight.

Scratch butter out of your recipe. We're going dairy-free here with this gorgeous, green fruit. In case you haven't heard the buzz on avocados in desserts, their high fat content and creaminess result in one of the best fat replacers of mankind. Just to push this on you a little more, we're talking good fat. The kind of fat that when googled, appears first in a website titled The World's Healthiest Foods. Plus, once you see what these beauties can do to your cookies, you'll want to chuck sticks of butter out the window and wave bye bye to bad cholesterol and hello to this superfood (they might as well wear crimson capes and fly into the night).

If you're interested in learning more about the health benefits of Avocados, check out this awesome article at JenReviews



Now, chocolate.

Might I ask if you have noticed how frequently I post chocolate recipes? Sometimes I worry that my blog might be too centered on chocolate. And then I take a bite of one of these cookies and remember how good chocolate is and how if 80% of the recipe index relies on chocolate or cocoa powder as an ingredient, then so be it. At least my blog will be rich, velvety, and decadent. Chocolate always wins.

I frequently find myself asking people if they are a chocolate or vanilla person. If you're smart, you won't dare to utter the word vanilla. To me, there's nothing more hideous than going to an ice cream parlor and watching someone order plain old vanilla when there are so many other (chocolate) varieties to choose from. Rocky road, chocolate chip cookie dough, mint and chip, cookies and cream, mocha, brownie, etc. Don't tell me that your "classically simple" and go into how great and mighty vanilla beans are. Don't even go there. Chocolate always wins. 

One more note on the war between chocolate and vanilla: Can you cover up the flavor or color of avocado with vanilla? ..Oh right, chocolate always wins. 


I must admit that after using all of my avocado in the making of these cookies, I returned to the store to buy more for picture purposes. Meanwhile, that left me with a large cut avocado. With that, I'm currently freezing up non-dairy mint and chip ice cream made with the leftover avocado and frozen bananas. Stay tuned for the results..

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cookies
Yield: 12 regular sized cookies or 24 mini cookies
Adapted from:twopeasandtheirpod

Click here for full printable recipe 

Ingredients:
  • 1-1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2/3 cup raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup mashed avocado  
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce (or more coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cups raw sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips 

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a sheet pan lined with parchment or a silpat liner.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cacao or cocoa. 
  3. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or using a hand mixer, cream the coconut oil, avocado, applesauce, and sugar for 3 minutes. 
  4. Add half of the stirred dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat. Then, beat in the vanilla extract and almond milk. After, add the remaining half of the flour and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips. 
  6. Scoop rounds of the dough onto the lined sheet pan and flatten with the palm of your hand or the bottom of a glass. 
  7. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until the bottoms are set and solid, but the tops are still soft. 
  8. Let cool on a wire rack. 
  9. Devour like the chocolate connoisseur and avocado fanatic you really are.   

2 comments

  1. I've enjoyed following you on Instagram and checking out your blog. I've selected you as a recipient of the Liebster Award!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! I read your nomination post and I will have to do mine asap!

      You probably don't know this, but a few months ago I got in contact with Amber at Enjoy Cupcakes to try and do my internship there. At the time she said that there was not the infrastructure to set up an internship. Too bad because I envy all the beautiful work you guys do there and I noticed the new location at the SB Public Market, so happy to see expansion! Hopefully someday I will get the chance to visit!

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