Avocado Chocolate Brownies

This is based on a recipe I found on the web. I was looking for healthy solutions to the moments when nothing but chocolate will do!

Oh my word – what a find – gluten free, grain free and dairy free – this is ALL healthy and so you can munch as much as you like and share with whoever you like, knowing you are offering them nothing but tasty chocolatey goodness!

The original version can be found on this US blogsite and is called Fudgy Avocado Brownies

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe avocado (or 2 smaller ones – about 200g which is just under 1 cup when mashed) 
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 x 100g / 3.5oz bar of quality dark chocolate (you can do a half and half with milk chocolate if you don’t want it to be SO dark tasting)
  • 85g cocoa powder (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (fructose is great – from health food shops)
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda)
  • pinch of salt

 

How to do it

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C / 355°F
  2. Grease and/or line an 8″ square cake pan or brownie pan.
  3. Melt your chocolate by breaking into bits in a bowl sat over hot water (do not let it burn).
  4. In a food processor, puree your avocado with your eggs, vanilla and water until smooth.
  5. Mix your melted chocolate through your avocado mix in the food processor.
  6. Add in your cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined.
  7. If your mixture is too thick, add another 1 tbsp or so of water to combine.
  8. Scoop the mixture out of your food processor and into the prepared pan.
  9. Smooth out the top and make sure the mix goes into all the corners and edges.
  10. Bake for 20-25 mins or until cooked through and passes the clean skewer test (just put a skewer in and if it is cooked the skewer will come out clean).
  11. Leave in the pan to cool. Then transfer to the fridge (or car – see below!) to chill.
  12. Serve chilled and sliced into small bite sizes.  (They go nicely on a plate with grapes as a great contrast taste/texture).

ENJOY IT… These go down happily from my lunch box… or as a snack when I get in from a busy day and want something extra yummy. They are best kept cold in the fridge (or in a box in the boot of your car – which is where my Christmas batch lived when there was ‘no room in the…fridge’!