Mar 20, 2014

Avocado Brownies

Yes, you read that right. That delightful photo of some pretty yummy looking brownies does say AVOCADO Brownies. That definitely means that there is avocado in those there brownies.

Now, don't "p'shaw" me just yet. Let me tell you how fabulous these brownies are before you question my sanity of actually baking brownies with avocado in them.

These brownies are fabulous. They are dense. They are rich. They taste nothing like avocados.

No don't get me wrong, I like avocados. Actually I like them a whole bunch. I however, do not want my brownies to really taste like an avocado.

However, that wonderful denseness and richness I mentioned earlier is due in large part to those sneaky avocados.

I understand that you might be skeptical. I was a little too. Just a little. However, there was one in our house that was really skeptical. In fact he was so skeptical that I had to force him to try some. I had to force my kid to eat a brownie.

Wow. I never thought that would happen.

He took one bite. He chewed that one bite slowly with a lot of trepidation. Then he finally smiled at me and said,

"Mom! I can't taste the avocado! I think they are magic!"

Why yes, yes Little Mister they are magical and they made these brownies to die for.

The other great thing about baking your brownies with some avocado is that you can convince yourself they are healthy because you know, you cooked them with vegetables.

I will speak the truth and then not again.

These brownies are just as delightfully indulgent as regular brownies and are not really any healthier for you. Like maybe a smidge and that is all.

Now with that being said, you can promptly ignore that truth and go back to the whole these brownies are healthy way of thinking and without guilt help yourself to two.

That is what I would do.

Avocado Brownies
adapted from Tracey's Culinary Adventures

1 cup extra dark chocolate chips
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1/2 avocado, mashed
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup extra dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper lightly with cooking spray.

Add the 1 cup extra dark chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate, and the butter to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute at 50%. Stir. Then microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until the chocolate is smooth. Add in the mashed avocado and cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Set aside.

In a another bowl, lightly whisk the eggs until slightly frothy. Then whisk in the sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add in the chocolate mixture. Whisk to combine. Stir in the flour with a spatula.

Pour the batter into the 8x8 pan and spread out evenly. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of extra dark chocolate chips evenly over the top.

Bake the brownies for 35 minutes, or until the a toothpick test comes out almost clean. They are better slightly underdone then too done.

Allow the pan of brownies to cook on a wire rack. Pull out the brownies by the parchment paper. Cut up into squares.

Happy Recipe Thursday and happy eating!

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Melanie said...

Those do look heavenly! I'm all for making some in the name of "health". :) Thank lady!

My Recent Favorite Books said...

These look and sound delicious!
and..maybe "just a little bit" healthy. =)

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Brownies for "health". Hahaha! We should start a club!


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