Avocado Bread Recipe

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Our avocado bread recipe is packed with avocado, chocolate, and bananas. Packed with healthy fats, fiber, and essential nutrients, this bread is not only tasty but also nutritious. It’s extremely moist and a great way to get extra veggies into kids. Plus, you get to enjoy an energy-packed snack that tastes amazingly rich and chocolatey.

Dessert for breakfast? Always a yes! When you think of banana bread, you don’t typically think mashed avocado will be involved. I’m here to tell you – It’s SO good. This chocolate avocado banana bread is so easy to make, and a healthier version by using avocado instead of butter. Let’s make it!

I love bread of all kinds. Who doesn’t? This chocolately dessert bread is perfect for breakfast or snacking, but if you need a dinner bread, try this gorgeous baked brie bread, or serve a simple garlic bread bruschetta with your meal.

What You’ll Love About this Recipe

  • It’s like a classic banana bread recipe with a yummy chocolate flavor and a healthier twist.
  • It’s super moist because of the added avocado.
  • The avocado adds plenty of healthy fats, so it gives you energy.
  • It’s made with ingredients you have on hand.
  • It can be served for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack.
  • It’s delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips plus more to top the avocado bread with before baking

How to Make

STEP ONE: Prepare the batter. Mash together the avocado, egg, and vanilla. It’s ok if it has a bit of a chunky texture. Don’t overmix! Now, mash the bananas and stir them into the mixture.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Slowly add the dry flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir until a batter forms. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

STEP TWO: Bake the bread. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the top of the batter with even more chocolate chips. Bake the bread uncovered for 1 hour. It’s done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Let the bread cool on a cooling rack before serving.

Additions and Substitutions

  • For some extra flavor, add up to 1/4 cup shredded coconut, nuts, toffee bits, or white chocolate chips.
  • Use dark cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips for a richer flavor.
  • You can omit the cinnamon if you don’t like the flavor.
  • Substitute a high-quality gluten-free flour if you want this bread to be gluten-free.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • To ripen your avocado quickly, place it in a paper bag along with a banana. You can also use this same method to ripen bananas. Just place them alone in a paper bag. This will help ripen up your fruit in 24-36 hours.
  • Dense breads like this one need to be mixed lightly. Don’t use a hand mixer. A wooden spoon will work just fine. If needed, use a spatula.

Can I use avocados when baking?

Avocados are an excellent ingredient to use when baking. In dense recipes like banana bread or pound cakes, you can use avocado as a replacement for some or all of the butter in the recipe. The flavor is very similar! Here are other things you can sometimes replace with avocado:

  • Olive oil
  • Shortening
  • Applesauce
  • Mashed banana
  • Greek Yogurt

FAQs

Can I use avocado instead of bananas when baking?

Generally, yes, you can. However, replacing bananas with anything else will remove the banana flavor in a recipe. This avocado bread has a distinct banana flavor, so I wouldn’t replace them.

What’s so good about avocados?

Avocados taste creamy and fresh and can be used like butter on sandwiches and in baking. Of course, guacamole is delicious! But what’s really special about avocados is how healthy they are for us. They’re full of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats that are good for heart health, and antioxidants. They’re also high in fiber and might help with weight reduction and management.

Can I eat bananas and avocados every day?

Yes! It’s safe to eat bananas and avocados every day, in moderation. In fact, there are lots of health benefits to doing so.

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How to Store Leftovers

Your leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days. I keep this out of the fridge because it tends to dry it out more quickly.

You can also freeze this bread for another day. Cool the bread completely, then wrap it in plastic wrap and a layer of foil. Place the bread in a Ziploc bag and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Avocado Bread Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Our avocado bread recipe is packed with not only avocado but also chocolate and bananas. It's extremely moist and a great way to get extra veggies into kids. 

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips plus more to top the avocado bread with before baking

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven and prep the pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Blend the wet ingredients. In a large bowl, mash together the avocado, egg, and vanilla. Do not overmix, it’s OK if it has a chunky texture. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  • Blend the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Combine. Stir the dry flour mixture into the avocado mixture. Gently fold in the semisweet chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the top of the batter with more semisweet chocolate chips.
  • Bake. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a cooling rack.

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Notes

  1. To ripen your avocado quickly, place it in a paper bag along with a banana. You can also use this same method to ripen bananas. Just place them alone in a paper bag. This will help ripen up your fruit in 24-36 hours.
  2. Dense breads like this one need to be mixed lightly. Don’t use a hand mixer. A wooden spoon will work just fine. If needed, use a spatula.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg
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