How to describe this magnificent creation of a brownie in 3 words?
Fudgy. Dense. Chocolate.
This is the world’s healthiest brownie. No flour, no butter, no oil!!! It is packed with wonderful nutrients, and it features my good friend, the avocado.
Let’s take a look at what’s inside the brownie that makes it so healthy.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that are good for your cholesterol. Of course avocados seem like the last ingredient you would want in a dessert but trust me, it works! They are a natural butter and a healthy substitute. A lot of people have doubts about avocados in desserts. Well, actually, you can’t see it, smell it, or taste it! It’s as if it’s not even there.
Walnuts and almonds have omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential nutrients that lower blood pressure, lowering risk of heart disease.
Cocoa powder has plenty of flavanoids which act like antioxidants that fend off heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.
Seriously, how much better can a brownie get?!
Because there isn’t any flour in the brownies (gluten-free!), the texture isn’t as cake-y as your typical brownies. Instead, they are very dense, moist, and rich. It’s almost like a chocolate mousse. One little bite is an explosion of chocolatey goodness in your mouth. They are especially delicious when eaten chilled with a nice glass of milk.
These brownies totally beat the box brownies (which are good I’ll admit) but they are way too healthy to pass up. It makes me so excited that desserts like brownies can be healthy and just as decadent and yummy. Just another reason to love avocados. 😛
FUDGY AVOCADO BROWNIES
8 ounces of melted dark chocolate
2 avocados, well-mashed or pureed
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt chocolate and set aside. Mash or puree avocados until smooth and set aside.
Use an electric mixer to whisk eggs and sugar together at medium-high speed, until very light and doubled in volume.
Gradually add in melted chocolate while blending.
Stir in cocoa, almond meal, salt, and vanilla. (To make homemade almond meal, blend slivered, blanched almonds in a blending machine until fine.)
Add in avocado and blend well. Mix in walnuts.
Pour batter into a greased, square baking pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool before cutting. Then refrigerate and serve chilled.
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adapted from Heather’s French Press