Beauty-Boosting Avocado Brownies

Featured on Clean Plates, founded by Jared Koch, HCTP 2004

Recipe developed by Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Clean Plates editor Beth Lipton.

These beauty-boosting brownies aren’t your average brownie. They skip gluten and refined sugar and are packed instead with healthy fats from avocado and eggs. The inclusion of collagen powder will have your skin glowing, your nails growing, and your hair shining. These chocolaty treats are a perfect way to start or end your day, leaving your sweet tooth satisfied and your stomach happy!

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For Brownies

  • 2 ripe medium avocados (about 6 oz. each), peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 scoops youtheory®collagen powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee (optional)
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

 For Frosting

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 2–3 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
  • 2–3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt

Optional toppings: Crushed freeze-dried raspberries, cacao nibs, toasted coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a food processor, combine avocado, maple syrup, and coconut sugar; blend until smooth.
  3. Add eggs and pulse to blend.
  4. Add cacao, collagen, almond flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and coffee. Blend until well combined and smooth.
  5. Swirl in chocolate chips with a spatula.
  6. Transfer batter to baking pan, spreading evenly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until just set in the middle. Let cool in pan on a wire rack, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  7. To make frosting (Yield: About 1 cup): In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine all ingredients. Start with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more maple syrup, if needed.
  8. When brownies are thoroughly chilled, spread frosting on top. Sprinkle with a topping, if desired, then cut into approximately 12 bars and serve. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

Jared Koch is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and nutritional consultant who founded Clean Plates in 2009. Clean Plates integrates food, sustainability, and wellness to help others optimize their health, increase their energy, and perform at their peak in every aspect of life. Beth Lipton is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, food editor, author, natural foods chef, and recipe developer. Find more from Beth on her website.

At Clean Plates, their mission is to make it easier and more fun to eat and live well. They encourage others to nourish themselves and their families with healthy, sustainable food that’s simple to prepare, delicious, and satisfying. Whether you’re a conscientious carnivore or vegetarian, going gluten-free or juicing, a beginner cook or a home chef, they’ve got everything you need to help you eat well, feel great, and enjoy yourself. Find more at and @cleanplates.



Looking for more nutritious and delicious treats? Check out this No-Bake Coffee Pecan Pie from IIN grad Bia Alvarez!

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