Saturday, 13 September 2014

Chocolate Avocado Brownies

I know what you're thinking...

Avocado in a brownie?!?! I think not.

But think again! These brownies are to die for and you can't taste the avocado at all. 

They are very rich and feel like the naughtiest of treats, when really they're no where near as bad as normal brownies or cookies. 

I'm not saying these are going to send you into minus calories (if only!) but they are a healthier option to grab with a cup of tea! 


What you'll need to make these bad boys:

1 Ripe Avocado (finely mashed) 
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder 
1/3 cup of flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
White/Milk/Dark Chocolate




Want to know why these are a healthier choice? Here's why:

- Avocado acts like butter, but it's a healthier fat!

 - Sugar, these give it a little more sweetness, which I think is necessary as the cocoa powder is very rich and powerful, but in a normal recipe there'd be a hell of a lot more sugar! 

- The flour in some recipes for these is optional, so if you can't have flour, you can still make these! 

- Chocolate. This is where you'll be adding in some cheeky calories, but the little burst of sweetness makes them even better. It is still a treat after all! (And when they're straight from the oven, the molten waterfall of chocolate is the best bit)





They are so simple to make.

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. 
2. Combine finely mashed avocado, white sugar, brown sugar, egg & vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl. It will not look appetising at this stage, but don't worry!
3. Mix together cocoa powder, flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. 
4. Combine both bowls together and add in your chunks of chocolate. It's up to you how big your chunks are, but I felt when I cut them smaller than the chunks they're already divided into they disappeared a bit.
5. Divide them up on a baking tray (If you're worried about the amount of chocolate you could stick a chunk in the top to go all gooey)
6. Bake for 8-10  minutes in the oven. (I would check them at 8 minutes, then decided if they need more time. Wouldn't say any longer than 12 minutes) 





Stick the kettle on whilst they bake, ready to have a hot cup of tea with a melty, fudgey brownie. 




They're not exactly pretty (all the more reason to eat them quickly, if you ask me!) but they taste amazing.

They're super rich, but I'm a dark chocolate fan so that's fine by me.

They taste amazing with berries, they cut through the richness a little.



If you're worried people will be put off by avocado, you don't need to mention the secret ingredient!





Sit down with your tea, indulge in your chocolatey treat and enjoy! 

xxxx
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