Decadent Avocado Brownies… are Healthy!
Are you not getting hungry just looking at this picture of our Avocado Brownies? Avocados, a type of good fat, are a February Foods of the Month. Did you know that you can use avocado instead of butter or oil in recipes for baked goods? That is exactly what we did in this recipe for Avocado Brownies!
The great thing about these Avocado Brownies is that they are packed with heart-healthy fats. The fat in avocado helps to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) while boosting good cholesterol (HDL). Additionally, avocados are full of additional nutrients that butter and oil lack. Think of these little vegetables are a food that is packed with fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B-6.
Another thing that we love about this recipe is that it is relatively low in sugar. By using applesauce and maple syrup, you can avoid adding any white sugar. If you want to boost the flavor even more, we recommend adding some dark chocolate morsels and walnuts to the existing recipe. The dessert is truly decadent and healthy!
- 2 large avocados
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash the two avocados and set aside.
- Microwave the chocolate chips until melted, then use a mixer to combine with the wet ingredients (applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extra). Crack in each egg, one at a time, to the wet mixture until they are well incorporated.
- Add the mashed avocado to the wet mixture
- Meanwhile, use a large bowl to mix the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder and sea salt). Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue to mix until thoroughly combined, forming a batter.
- Pour the batter into a a nonstick 9 x 9 pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Serve immediately or store for up to three days.