Black Sapote Brownies

A Valentine for tropical fruit lovers and chocolate lovers alike.

Those two categories don’t overlap very often at my house. I’m obsessed with tropical fruit. I adore chocolate. But this time of year, I wish chocolate and fruit could stay in their own lanes. There’s no need to combine a sweet-tart berry (or worse yet, citrus) with good dark chocolate. They are not complimentary. Tart-sweet and bittersweet compete. The textures don’t go. Now, I’ll eat it if I have to (ha) but there are better combinations. Strawberries with whipped cream, or dark chocolate with sea salt? I’m all for those.

I know I’m in the minority here, especially after watching The Great British Baking Show. I was horrified when someone mixed fresh passion fruit pulp into a dark chocolate cake. Worse yet, Paul and Pru liked it. Here’s something I can offer to the chocolate-and-fruit loving masses: black sapote, “the chocolate pudding fruit.” The flesh is a dark, silky smooth custard. The flavor is not at all tart or “fruity.” It doesn’t take much to convince your taste buds that you are indeed eating chocolate. Why this fruit is not more popular than bananas is, well, bananas. You’ll find them at grove stands in South Florida right now. I normally whip them into this mousse, or make this decadent tart, but after planting our own tree a few years ago, I’ve been able to experiment more. It was only a matter of time before I figured out how to make them into my very favorite dessert: brownies.These are a chocolate triple-threat, with cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate chips, and of course, the chocolate fruit. I’ve learned there’s a limit to how much fruit you can add before they refuse to set or slice nicely, but all attempts were tasty. Like all brownies, they’re equally delicious with gluten-free flour. They’re rich, dense, and super fudgy. And they’re great with ice cream.Go ahead, put a cherry on top. If you must.

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4.5 from 2 votes

Black Sapote Brownies


  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup black sapote pulp about 2 very ripe black sapotes, soft as a marshmallow, almost collapsing
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour or all-purpose, gluten-free baking mix
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 325.
    Line an 8x8 pan with two sheets of parchment, criss-crossed, allowing the edges to overlap by an inch or so.
    Melt the butter or coconut oil and pour into the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand-mixer). Stir in the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. If still warm, allow to cool to room temperature before proceeding. 
    Add eggs, black sapote, and vanilla and beat well. 
    Stir in the flour, then gently fold in the chocolate chips just until evenly distributed. 
    Pour into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. 
    Bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean, not wet, just a couple tiny crumbs. 
    Allow to cool as long as you can stand to before slicing. 



19 Comments Black Sapote Brownies

  1. Misti February 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    These look delicious! I wish I had black sapote to try it!

    1. suwanneerose February 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      I’ll share some when I get more. I wish we could buy them at stores. It’s crazy how much fruit is out there we never get to try.

  2. Coley February 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I am so freaking intrigued by this fruit! I can’t even imagine what it tastes like, despite your very clear description. One day I’ll track some down!

    1. suwanneerose February 8, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      I’ll ship you some when I get another crop or find them at the grove stand. My crop this year was 3 fruit, but they’re big producers once established. I think they’ll ship well because they take forever to ripen on the counter. It could be the ultimate smoothie fruit. The next açaí.

  3. mamacita February 8, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    The Brits and their passionfruit…I don’t get it . Even if the flavor is good, t looks like SNOT. How do they not see this?!

    1. suwanneerose February 8, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      😂 They scooped it right into the cake batter. Just wrong.

  4. Julie February 9, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    We have a Black Sapote in a big pot. Can’t wait for it to have fruit. This looks delicious!

    1. suwanneerose February 10, 2019 at 7:02 am

      Yay! Ours is still small but it’s giving us a few fruit a year. I can buy them at grove stands in Pine Island and Homestead, but not in Tampa. Do you ever see them at the farmer’s market or grove stands in Ft. Pierce?

  5. JENNIFER LEAF February 12, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I have made and shared your Black Sapote Mousse recipe 4 times in the past 3 weeks and everyone loves, loves, loves it. Can’t wait to try these brownies with the two pieces of fruit ripening now on my counter!

    1. suwanneerose February 22, 2019 at 8:29 am

      So glad you like the mousse. I froze some last time I made it. I ate it like ice cream. The possibilities are endless. I think you should plant a tree, too!

  6. Jerome September 5, 2019 at 6:15 am

    We tried with macadamia oil instead of coconut, and half sugar, half chestnut honey.
    Delicious !!!

    1. suwanneerose September 21, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Thanks, Jerome. I love those substitutes. Can’t wait to try them myself.

  7. Maria Cota May 21, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you so much! I was looking for a brownie recipe with black zapote for my boyfriend’s birthday and this is perfect! So glad to find it 👍🏼🌿🌻

    1. suwanneerose May 31, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks, Maria! I am so in love with all things black sapote (zapote)! It’s the fruit of my dreams. We had a big crop this year. I’ve made so many delicious chocolatey desserts. I’ll be posting more of them here.

  8. Nina July 5, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    5 stars
    I would love to get my hands on some sapote. Do you know where I can get some in Broward County, FL?

    1. suwanneerose July 7, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Me too, Nina! I ate my last one a month ago. I think the season is over now. May seems to be peak, at least around Southwest FL. I’m not sure where to find them in Broward, but I know they’re out there. They grow so well in that area. Ask around at local farmer’s markets.

  9. Karim Rossy August 15, 2020 at 7:50 am

    4 stars
    Glad I found the recipe. Made some last night, think it’s my second go round. One correction I’d make is the time. At 30 minutes 325F the center was still pretty wet. I added time 3 times ended up at about 50 minutes to total. They are perfect!
    Karim, Davie Fl.

    1. suwanneerose August 20, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Thanks for the tip. I have noticed black sapotes can be dry and sometimes they’re sticky and soft. I’ll update the recipe with that and make notes next time I make them!

  10. Steve December 31, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    I acquired several seeds from Fairchild Tropical Gardens about 7 years ago during their annual Chocolate Festival. Really enjoyed the smoothie they served there. I planted them in small pots. Eventually several grew into small plants which I planted in the ground about 5 years ago. I believe you need more than one plant in order to allow germination. Last year we harvested several fruit, and made delicious smoothies. This year we have more than a dozen fruits! We are going to make some brownies. Looking forward to the ripening.


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