Avocado Brownies

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Avocado isn’t the first ingredient you think about for delicious, chocolatey brownies!

But, amazingly, they are DELICIOUS!

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I suppose I shouldn’t be so surprised; one of my favorite treats is a chocolate avocado pudding (super simple!) that basically tastes and feels like chocolate mousse after it’s been chilled.

The only issue with these brownies is really my bigger issue with avocados. They truly are one of my favorite foods when they behave. But, as you may know, one of my biggest pet peeves is throwing away food. And avocados are notorious for going bad before you can to using them!

Well, if you can catch the avocado during it’s happy days, before it turns into a grumpy old waste, then use one for this recipe to add a velvety, fudgy texture to this healthy version of brownies.FullSizeRender 139

I find that blending the wet ingredients gets the best texture – that green pudding is so tasty! With maple syrup as the sweetener, you could almost eat that all by itself (well, without the egg, of course).

For now, we will mix this into the dry ingredients. Spread the batter evenly in the tin foil-lined baking dish (hello EASY cleanup!), and put in the oven!

I like to bake my brownies for the lesser amount of time so the toothpick doesn’t come out perfectly clean- love that fudgy texture so much! That makes this treat comfort food for me!

 

Fudgy Avocado Brownies

Original recipe from teambeachbody.com

16 servings, 1 brownie each

Containers: 1 Yellow, 1 tsp

Ingredients:IMG_5598
Nonstick cooking spray
1 medium ripe avocado, mashed
¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
½ cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp. sea salt (or whatever you have on hand)
¼ cup gluten-free flour (I am using whole wheat flour)
⅓ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

 

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1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly coat with spray. Set aside.
3. Combine avocado, oil, egg, maple syrup, and extract in a blender (blend WELL). Set aside.
4. Combine cocoa powder, salt, and flour in a medium bowl; mix well.
5. Add cocoa powder mixture to avocado mixture; mix well.
6. Add chocolate chips; mix until blended.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan; spread to make even.
8. Bake for 33 to 36 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
9. Cool for an hour before removing from pan. Cut into 16 squares.

10. Try not to eat them all in one sitting.

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