Don’t Ditch Dessert

Chocolate Avocado Cookies
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

A new year can set off a frenzy of resolutions, most of which include a dose of deprivation. Setting intentions for health doesn’t have to mean ditching dessert. Let’s aim for healthy plates and happy palates. I know it’s possible, because our guest-favorite dessert, Miraval’s Chocolate Avocado Cookies, lets you do both. 

Try your hand at our simple recipe to make this four-ingredient treat at home.

Full of omega-3s and vitamin E, avocado replaces butter to radically slash the calorie count, increase protein and fiber levels, and lend a healthy dose of B vitamins, folate, potassium, and vitamin K. Avocados are high in fat, but unlike butter, they’re full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, maintain HDL (good) cholesterol, and help decrease belly fat.

Cocoa powder provides tons of benefits, especially if your powder is at least 72% cocoa. Flavanol-rich cocoa improves the level of nitric oxide in your blood, which relaxes and dilates your arteries and blood vessels and improves blood flow. It contains iron, zinc, and selenium—minerals that help your body function and balance your immune system. It’s also rich in magnesium (which helps regulate muscle contraction and nerve function) and inflammation-reducing theobromine.

Plus, it tastes delicious, makes you feel full, and might even boost your mood.

I made these with my kids over the holidays, and everyone from the eat-everything teens to the gluten-free, dairy-free vegans in the room came back for seconds (and thirds). Thanks to their easy prep, clean-up, and crowd-pleasing perks, we will be making these again!

Ingredients

  • 300g Avocado, ripe (two large avocados, with pits and skin removed)
  • 1 ½ c. Sugar in the raw or other turbinado sugar
  • 1 ½ c. Cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking soda
  • Dairy Free dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325.

In a food processor blend avocado and sugar in the raw until it makes a smooth paste.

Transfer to a mixer with the paddle attachment and mix in cocoa powder and baking soda until it comes together.

Using ½ oz. scoop portion cookies onto parchment paper. Add one chocolate chunk to the top of each cookie.

Bake until cookies are firm but moist for about 8-10 minutes.


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9 comments

  1. I’ve made this with Jacon syrup. a super low-glycemic sweetening option. they’re delicious. You can find Jacon syrup on amazon.

  2. We LOVE these cookies! So AMAZING! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Just like all your other creative desserts (ginger cake with sour cream ice cream etc), we have really enjoyed them. Great to meet you Caitlyn last week. You ROCK!

  3. Hi Chris! Thank you for your comment! Great question, 300 grams of avocado is approximately two large avocados, with pits and skin removed. We do however highly recommend a kitchen scale for baking as the smallest increase or decrease in an ingredient can throw off the results of a product. With this specific recipe, too much avocado can affect the baking time and texture as well as change the nutritional information.

  4. Hi Carol! Thank you for your comment, we appreciate any and all feedback! In order to keep this recipe vegan, we use sugar in the raw rather than white granulated sugar. Sugar in the raw, or turbinado sugar, is less refined and slightly higher in nutrients. White table sugar is often refined using animal bones making it unsuitable for vegan options like this. This recipe does in fact use more sugar than most, but keeps the calorie content low due to the few simple ingredients. Since the avocado needs more of a thick stable sugar to bind, this is the option we chose. Feel free to experiment with reducing the sugar content though!

  5. I love Miraval, but I’m very surprised
    that you would have any recipe with so much sugar,
    ( something that I’d never have in my kitchen ).
    Wonderful sugarless recipes do exist.
    I will certainly come again, because my daughter and I had such an enjoyable time, but I will be very careful to be aware of ingredients in the food (most of which was amazing).

    Thank you for the opportunity to respond.

  6. How much is 300 grams of avocado? A bit odd to use that measure in a recipe. Not everyone has a food scale in their kitchen. 😉

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