That’s right. You heard me. Avocado BROWNIES.
My initial reaction was, “gross… I have to try these!” And when I did, they were surprisingly fudgy and delicious!
I have mentioned before how I have an addiction to chocolate. I’m not kidding… chocolate addiction is very real and very serious, kids. Indulge responsibly. I’m on the road to recovery, but after Valentine’s, I had a pretty big relapse. I’ve been clean for about 45 minutes. I’m confessing this to you because I want you to know that you’re not alone. You can get help. These brownies can help you. They’re packed with healthy fats and antioxidants.
I think it’s important to note here that fat contains 9 calories to the gram (compared to carbs being only 4 calories per gram), so if you’re counting calories, these don’t really help you. BUT, I want to reiterate the importance of the CONTENT of those calories. For example, you can eat one regular-sized cookie or you can eat 4 cups of broccoli. Same calories. But your body responds entirely different based on what you are putting inside. So these brownies are an improvement, but you should still practice self-control. 😉
Okay, back to the important stuff. These brownies are full of healthy fats and contain more nutrition than the empty calories of normal brownies. Most people who tried them loved them! …with the exception of one 10-year-old boy who thought they were an abominable lie against everything pure and good. So, 14 out of 15 people enjoyed them. Not bad odds if you ask me. A lot better than Grape Nuts, and they’re still in business!
I made these two or three times and tweaked the recipe a tad. The original recipe post from the Frugal Mom has really great pictures where you can see the fudgy richness and everything. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.
The only reason I made changes was that I didn’t have coconut flour. I also felt that the frosting needed more honey and cocoa powder. I added some salt because salt really helps to round out the flavors in baked goods. And I doubled the vanilla because, well, I always do that. 😉
TIPS: Make sure your avocados are pretty soft. If they are too firm, they won’t have as much fudginess (which is the most important thing in a brownie if you ask me). If you don’t like fudgy brownies and want them more cake-like, add another egg to the batter (this also works for box mixes and cookies). Secondly, make sure you let them cool all the way. If you get too impatient like I did, you will burn your mouth.
I hope you get the chance to make these! They really are yummy! Let me know what you think! Comment and share!
- 1½ cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2 TBS Coconut Oil
- 2 cups Avocado Puree (4-5 medium hass avocados, soft)
- 1 cup Honey
- 2½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 3 Eggs
- ½ tsp. Salt
- 1 cup Cocoa Powder
- ½ cup Coconut Flour (I used coconut protein flour)
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line the base of a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper allowing some overhang. Grease or spray pan.
- Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave or over a double boiler.
- Puree the avocados in a food processor.
- Stir one cup avocado, ½ cup honey, and vanilla into the cooled chocolate.
- Add eggs, one at a time.
- Stir in coconut flour, ¼ tsp salt, and ½ cup cocoa powder just until mixed.
- Pour batter into pan and bake for 12-15 minutes.
- While the brownies cook, combine the other cup of avocado, ½ cup honey, ¼ tsp. salt, ½ tsp. vanilla, and ½ cup cocoa powder in the food processor to make the frosting.
- When the brownies are done, cool completely before removing from the pan.
- Spread frosting in an even layer on top of brownies.
- Cut and enjoy!