The Freelancer’s Cookbook: Black [like my heart] Avocado Cookies

There are rumors going around that I have a heart, if this is true, it would be black. That being said, I had 2 ripe avocados sitting around and my little black heart delighted in trying to make a healthy, chocolaty, gluten-free, velvety treat with them. So I did. Just use egg replacer to make these vegan.




  • Avocado — Image by © Beau Lark/Corbis

    Cookie sheet

  • Silpat [or other nonstick pad for baking]
  • Mixer [optional]
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spoon


  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ¾ cup ripe avocado [about 1 + ½ avocados] mashed
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 50 g. dark chocolate chunks [60% – 80%]
  • ½ cup dried bing cherries, chopped [optional]


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the almonds onto the cookie sheet. Place in oven while it’s heating up – check after 10 min. Take out when aromatic.

In small bowl, combine baking soda and water. Let it sit.

In medium bowl, combine avocado and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg, baking soda mixture and vanilla and continue to beat until just combined. Add the cocoa powder. Continue to beat until just combined.

With the spatula, fold in chocolate chunks, almonds and cherries, if using.

Using a spoon, place the cookies on the cookie sheet, 3 to a row, 4 rows total. Press down a little as these do not spread very much.

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until the tops are firm. Like all cookies, flip the orientation of the pan halfway through.

Take out of the oven, allow to stand for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Be very careful, as these will melt when still warm. Place in refrigerator and allow to cool. These are better just out of the fridge the next day.

Place any remanding cookies in an airtight container. Will keep up to a week, but you’ll eat all of them WAY before that.

They’re not really black, but they’re a very dark, shiny, brown.

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