Avocado Cookies with Chocolate Chips & Pistachios {gluten free}

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Have you guys ever baked with avocados before?!  I know it might sound kinda strange, especially putting avocados in cookies, but you really don’t taste the avocado at all and it gives these cookies a slight green tint which is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and Spring!

When I first heard of the idea of baking with avocados I thought it was pretty crazy, but if you think about it it totally makes sense.  All you have to do is replace the fat (butter or oil) in the recipe with mashed avocado and it works perfectly.  I promise these cookies don’t taste a thing like guacamole :) although that probably wouldn’t stop me from eating them!

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These aren’t your traditional crispy chocolate chip cookies, instead they are really moist and cake-like, which is my favorite kind of cookie!  They are also loaded with lots of chocolate chips and pistachios which makes them even better.  I like to think that since they have a cake-like texture and have lots of nuts in them that they are acceptable to eat for breakfast.  I’m declaring avocado cookies the new avocado toasts!

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So, how do you guys like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  By eating Irish food and drinking green beer?  Or eating green food and drinking whiskey?  I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually celebrated the holiday, but I do try to always wear something that is green because nobody likes to get pinched :)

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However you choose to celebrate, I hope you have lots of fun and stay safe!


Avocado Cookies with Chocolate Chips & Pistachios {gluten free}

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 18-20
  • Category: Dessert, Gluten Free


  • 1 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup mashed avocado, about 2 avocados
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, and avocado. Beat until creamy, about 30 seconds. Add eggs (one by one) and beat, then add vanilla and beat again.
  2. Add flour mixture in two batches, mixing well between each. Mix in chocolate chips and pistachios with a spoon until combined. Drop mixture in rounded tablespoons (you could also do rounded teaspoons for smaller cookies) onto a non-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Recipe yields 18-20 cookies, depending on size.


*This recipe will probably work well with regular gluten free flour or all purpose flour, but I personally have only tried it with the 1:1 gluten free baking flour.
**Recipe adapted from Trade Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chip bag


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  1. says

    I have baked with avocado before and it definitely makes for some tasty treats! Love that you added chocolate chips and pistachios to the cookies – makes them extra delicious!

  2. says

    I’ve never added avocado to baked goods but I hear you can’t taste it at all! It makes total sense that it would make things nice and moist, too. Great idea making extra green cookies for St. Patrick’s Day too!

    • She Likes Food says

      The green makes them so much more fun! I’ve actually never tried avocado pudding before, but I think it is next on my list!

    • She Likes Food says

      You should try it, Gayle! I was so happy with how they turned out! They really are so fluffy and delicious :)

  3. says

    These cookies look amazing! I’ve never baked with avocado but I have made pudding with it and it was fabulous. Will have to try these cookies!

    • She Likes Food says

      I need to try them in brownies and puddings!! I’m convinced avocado goes well with everything!

  4. says

    I don’t know for what one could NOT use avocados! I use them quite often, for example in a Chocolate Mousse. Also I tried them for baking, even though in a more savory recipe for “Avocado Blue-Cheese cakes with homemade Barbecue Sauce” that I recently also published on my blog . I really know and love the experience to include avocados in my baking goods. Sweet bakings to be included soon :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I totally agree, Florian! They go with everything!! I haven’t tried them in a chocolate mousse before but now I want to! You should totally trying baking sweet things with them! It will change your life :)

  5. says

    I’ve so gotta get on board with baking with avocado! Everyone tells me it’s seriously magical. 😉 These cookies look like an excellent place to start. Holy yum, girl! These look fabulous with the chocolate chips and pistachios! And naturally, I am DYING over their gorgeous color!

    • She Likes Food says

      You so do, Sarah!! It makes the cookies so fluffy and delicious!! Like little cake cookies! Haha, I love your puns SOOOO much!! :)

  6. says

    You know I think you may be on to something with guacamole cookies, ha! 😉 I love cakey cookies! I need to try baking with avocado again. I tried it once with brownies and it was a disaster. I’ll start with this recipe!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I would probably eat them! I love cakey cookies too and these ones definitely fit the bill :) You should totally try these!

  7. says

    I love baking with avocado! Although I’ve only ever done it in super chocolate-y goodies! These cookies look fantastic – I absolutely LOVE that you used pistachios.

    • She Likes Food says

      You should try it, Jess! It makes these cookies so good and you can’t taste the avocado at all :)

    • She Likes Food says

      They are so good together, Kelley! You can’t actually taste the avocado but it makes them so fluffy :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Ceara!! I’ve been eating leftovers for days and now I think I need to make another batch :)

  8. says

    This is so very creative, Izzy! I love to use avocado in sweet dishes, but I’ve only tried it raw, never baked. To be honest, I can’t even imagine how it tastes, so I really have to try it out!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Brenda! I’ve never made them with just egg whites so I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing it might change the texture of the cookies a little bit. You could always test it out and see though!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi! I’ve never tried it without eggs myself, but it might work as long as you use an egg replaces. I wouldn’t leave them out without replacing them somehow though. Good luck!


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