Craving something sweet, but want to keep it healthy? These avocado chocolate cookies are unbelievably rich and fudge-y and only about 115 calories each! Gluten free, and can be made paleo and keto friendly too!
Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies
We just welcomed a new member into our family this summer, and while I avoid strict diets while breastfeeding, I still try to keep my eating pretty clean to shed the baby weight.
Related: Read more about how I lose weight while breastfeeding without strict diets.
In the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I developed quite the sweet tooth. I had to have a cookie or piece of cake every single day! I totally milked it while I could, but it’s not a habit I want to keep up in the long run.
But that doesn’t mean the cravings stopped!
Instead, I asked my husband if he would bake me a batch of our favorite healthy cookies made with avocado. Why didn’t I think of this sooner??
These chocolate avocado cookies have been one of my favorite go-to healthy desserts for a few years now. They’re so rich and fudge-y that I don’t feel deprived at all! In fact, I crave them!
Just take a look at how thick & chewy:
Even better, the kids love them too, even though they don’t normally like avocados. The girls were so excited when they heard we would be baking some this week!
Our base recipe for chocolate avocado cookies is gluten free and a much healthier alternative to store bought or recipes that use white sugar and flour.
However, I’ve also included a few easy substitutions to make these cookies fit into both Keto and Paleo eating plans.
Related: Be sure to try our Chocolate Avocado Brownies too!
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What You Need to Make Avocado Cookies
- Avocados — Large ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
- Coconut Sugar — We use coconut sugar because it is natural and has a lower glycemic impact than other sugars.
- Cocoa Powder — Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder for baking, not to be confused with hot cocoa mix!
- Almond Flour — You can also use almond meal, as it is pretty much the same.
- Baking Soda
- Chocolate Chips — You can use your favorite type of chocolate chips, even sugar free to cut down on carbs and calories!
Kitchen Supplies Used
- Hamilton Beach “Big Mouth” Food Processor — Ours has lasted us YEARS…it’s a great value!
- Silicone Baking Mats — We love these non-stick silicone mats because the cookies slide right off when they’re done. Then you can wash and re-use the mats over and over again!
How to Make Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cookies
Keep reading for step-by-step instructions, including modifications to make this a keto and paleo friendly recipe. A printable copy of our avocado cookies is available at the bottom of the post, along with a recipe video demo.
This recipe is AWESOME because it is so easy to make!
All you do is whip everything up in a food processor or with an electric hand mixer – except the chocolate chips.
Once the batter is smooth and well-combined, stir in the chocolate chips by hand,
Scoop onto a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350°F.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
Are Avocado Cookies Keto?
Our original recipe is almost keto, but since we used coconut sugar there would be too many carbs to call them keto-friendly.
However, a couple easy swaps makes this recipe a true keto treat!
- Substitute a sugar-free sweetener like stevia or erythritol for the coconut sugar in our base recipe (you might use a combination of both to minimize any aftertaste from these sweeteners).
- Skip the chocolate chips or use those sweetened with stevia or another low carb sugar substitute.
Learn More: Click here to see exactly how we make our Keto Chocolate Cookies!
How to Make This Recipe Paleo
This recipe is pretty much paleo as-is, but here are a couple tips to make sure:
- Coconut sugar is allowed on a Paleo diet, but it is recommended that you look for a 100% organic brand. You might also reduce the amount used to 1/3 cup.
- Use dark chocolate chips or a paleo-friendly brand (we love Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
Can You Freeze Avocado Cookies?
Absolutely! In fact, we recommend freezing these cookies to make them last longer. And they taste delicious when they’re cold!
These cookies will keep in fridge for 2-3 days or for a couple week in the freezer.
- If refrigerating: Place cookies on a plate or in a food storage container, taking care not to stack on top of each other. Cover with a paper towel, as these cookies are moist and could get soggy if you trap moisture in the container.
- If freezing: Wrap each cookie in a paper towel or parchment paper and place inside a freezer bag.
Make it into an ice cream sandwich!
Click here for our Gluten Free Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich recipe – it’s half the calories of the regular store-bought version, but SO decadent!
More of our favorite gluten free desserts:
- Cashew Butter Cookies with Cacao Frosting
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
- Homemade Fruit Roll Ups
- Perfect Dairy Free Cashew Cheesecake
- Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- The Best Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake (Gluten Free)
Grab a Printable Copy of our Avocado Cookies Recipe:
If you love this recipe, rate it! We’d love to hear what you think!
Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies
- 2 avocados peeled, pit removed
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in food processor and blend until smooth.
- If using chocolate chips, stir in by hand.
- Spoon onto a baking pan covered with a sheet of lightly-greased foil, or non-stick silicone baking mat. We use about a tablespoon of batter for each cookie.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container in fridge (for 2-3 days) or freezer (for about a week).
Be sure to pin our avocado cookies on Pinterest:
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having grown up with a mom who baked with salted butter, i, too, miss salt in many sweet recipes…so i often add a pinch….these might be good with a pinch of cinnamon too!
I’m Frustrated because I was excited to make it until I looked more closely at the ingredients list and at the nutrition label. This recipe looks delicious however with 10 net carbs and seven sugars it’s not keto friendly. You can only have 20 carbs a day on keto diet. I’m still going to make it and leave out the chocolate chips and I’m going to use Stevia. I’m Surprised you don’t you swerve or Stevia. I look forward to checking out your other recipes and just modify as needed. I’m doing keto for my husband and just healthy in general for myself.
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
Hi Kristen – The original recipe is not keto, but in the post I explain how to make the avocado cookies keto-friendly. I also have a keto only website: How2DoKeto.com where I posted a Chocolate Keto Cookies recipe, and lots more of our favorites! (My husband and I have been eating keto this year). Hope this helps!
Krystafre Kyle says
For those saying this won’t fit into a keto lifestyle, she said to change out the sugar. If you were to use monkfruit in this recipe, it would lower both the carbs and sugars.
These are yummy, but after 2 attempts, mine are complete goo in the middle. I first tried a half batch in the toaster oven, so I thought that was probably the problem…. couldn’t really tell they were underbaked until cooled and… pretty much just like a ball of raw batter. Tonight I made a whole batch in the real oven. Let them go 14 minutes… still came out like raw batter. And they don’t flatten like yours in the photos. I am using erythritol… would that make the difference? These are so yummy, but I want them to be baked right and not burned, either. How could my bake time be so different? My oven does not have problems with other recipes, etc. Help! :o)
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
Hi Karen – glad you like the flavor! Here are a couple things to check: 1- how old is your baking soda? Sometimes when it is not fresh, it affects the consistency of baked goods. 2- Are you at a high altitude? We are baking at sea level, so that could be a factor too. Hope this helps!
I love chocolate and I love avocado! I just love and want to have this chocolate avocado cookies!
I tried making this yesterday and my kids so love it! I think I’m going to try this again soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Batter is soupy, Used 2 large eggs and 2 medium /large avocado s.
Bonnie Wright says
I just made the chocolate avocado cookies and they are excellent. I had some from a place in Cape Porpoise, Maine and decided that I had to find a recipe. Of all the ones I read yours is the one looked the most promising with ingredients that I wanted to use.
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
So glad you liked them! They are my favorite too!
I loved this recipe! I had made other chocolate avacado cookies before, but the ones that use banana as a sweetner taste like bananas, and other recipes use a lot of oil. Love how this one has little flour and no oil! and they came out nice and fluffy, I had to cook them about 15 minutes instead of ten but it was a toaster oven. A great way to use ugly avacados too so they don`t go to waste!
So easy and so good! I only had one avocado so I replaced the missing one with a banana. Delicious! I didn’t want to put two baking trays so I made bigger cookies (12 of them instead of 15). I added three minutes to the cooking time (13mins total) and let them sit on the baking sheet after taking them out of the oven to continue cooking a bit. I wonder if I hadn’t put any eggs in the batter, if I could use this uncooked & eggless version of the recipe as chocolate icing or pudding… Yummy!
These were delicious! Took 20 min in my convection oven, but I used a small ice cream scoop, so they were not flat as your picture, more like a golf ball size. Very chocolate, but not sweet! 😋
These cookies are delicious! I was a little skeptical at first because the batter was so light and airy I thought that there was no way they would firm up enough to become a cookie, but I was wrong. They are so soft and fudgy, just like a brownie! I had to bake mine for about 16 minutes since we live in higher elevation. My 18 month old and 5 year old devoured these and had no idea they were made with avocado. I’m so happy I found a healthier alternative to chocolate chip cookies. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
So glad that you loved them as much as we do! Thank you for letting me know!