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Easy Avocado Chocolate Brownies

July 24, 2013

Don’t look at that heading then look at me strangely OK? Yes, I DID say Avocado Chocolate Brownies and I am not joking. I have been having so much fun in my little kitchen with avocados since entering the #Afrikado “More than Just Guacamole” challenge. This week I wanted to try them in a dessert so sat here weighing the odds of a beautiful gluten free dense and healthy chocolate cake but ended up going with brownies….I mean it IS the name of my blog after all and my signature dish that I am known for.

Of course I am still enjoying avocado each morning in my green juice and to date I have escaped the flu that is hanging around waiting to grab unsuspecting victims. This is a first for me….I have a low immune system at the best of times and by now I have usually been in bed a few times already sweating it out, feeling miserable and being given all types of advice by family and friends as to what mixtures to drink and whether to put brandy or whisky in my hot toddies. . so far so good! And I have even stopped taking the Immuno boosters that I have been taking for the past 7 years! I am going to go and visit my brother and sister in law in the Free State soon – he suffered a severe stroke 2 weeks ago today and when he comes out of the rehab where he is receiving intensive therapy to try and get his paralyzed right side mobile and working and his speech flowing again I am going to visit and help take care of him for a while until they are into a routine and someone else can take over the chores. I am looking at my juicer from all angles and wondering how I am going to be able to fit it into my suitcase….but I am quite determined to take it along with me. I need my green juice every morning πŸ˜‰

Being innovative and daring with avos has been a lot of fun and I am learning a lot about this fabulous fruit and am so grateful to ZZ2 Farming for inviting me to step out of my guacamole zone and play a bit.

Here is my second entry to the #Afrikado challenge

Easy Avocado Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

100g Creamed Avocado (replacing the butter with delicious healthy fats)
200g Dark Chocolate roughly chopped – use the best quality you can afford.
25g Cocoa Powder
100g Cake Flour
40g Almond Meal
2,5ml Baking Powder
2,5ml Salt
220g Sugar
3 Large Free Range or Organic Eggs
5ml Vanilla Extract
60ml Sour Cream, Buttermilk or Yoghurt
Optional – 90g Pecan Nuts, Walnuts or Hazelnuts – toasted and chopped

Method:

Preheat oven to 180Β°C

Line a 20cm square pan with parchment paper, leaving 2 inches hanging over all the sides. Brush parchment paper with melted butter

Break up chocolate and place into a glass bowl and microwave at 60% power on high for 1 – 2 minutes stirring about every 30 seconds or so. Set aside when melted and smooth.

Cream or blend the avocado and sift over the cocoa powder and mix together

Sift together flour, baking powder, almond meal & salt. Set aside.

Whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until thick & pale

Add avocado mixture and the melted chocolate and mix until combined

Add flour mixture gently then, using a wooden spoon, mix until just combined. You really don’t want to over mix the batter

Add the sour cream or yoghurt and fold in again until just blended (Not beating too much ensures a squidgy fudgy brownie) then fold in the nuts if using

Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread evenly with spatula. Sprinkle over some good quality salt flakes.

Bake 20min then turn pan 180 deg and bake another 15-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet.

Let cool in pan completely then cover pan well with clingfilm and refrigerate for a few hours.

Remove from fridge about half an hour before serving.

Lift brownies out of pan, cut into squares with a hot sharp knife and sprinkle liberally with icing sugar before serving

Alternative topping : drizzle melted dark or white chocolate thinly in a zigzag pattern over tops of brownies (do this before cutting!)
Makes 16 brownies (depending how you cut them!!)

General consensus from my tasters: These brownies are fudgey, rich and dark with an intensely chocolatey flavour. There was absolutely no taste of avocado in them, in fact some did not know that they had this magic healthy addition to them. The texture was definitely different to my usual brownie texture when made with butter but not unpleasant, just more dense.I used one orange flavoured Lindt and one 85% dark chocolate which my family thought a bit too bitter so in hindsight the 70% might have been better in this instance! The citrus flavour from the Lindt Orange was fabulous.

They were best eaten with ice cream and kept well for 3 days!

Enjoy!

browniegirl xx

Take a peek at my previous entry to the #Afrikado Challenge and you can check out all Β the buzz and recipes on twitter atΒ #AfrikadoΒ or follow@ZZ2FarmingΒ or myself @CollyWolly (points to link in the right sidebar)

PS I played some more today and am pretty happy I think with the results. The tasters will be around tomorrow to sample and critique my work so look out soon for the teaser photograph, to be followed by the recipe on the blog.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2013 8:01 AM

    Brilliant!

    • Colleen permalink*
      July 25, 2013 3:44 PM

      Thank you Taryne! πŸ™‚

  2. July 25, 2013 8:02 AM

    What a good idea to replace butter with avo!

    • Colleen permalink*
      July 25, 2013 3:45 PM

      Yep, a lovely healthy fat. It did change the texture a bit but not in a bad way at all πŸ™‚ xx

  3. July 25, 2013 9:57 AM

    Colly! These look too delicious! So clever to use avo, wow! My mouth is watering! πŸ™‚ And I can’t believe the fantastic news about drinking your green juice every morning – no flu! Avos really are remarkable things xxx

  4. July 25, 2013 10:06 AM

    Looks absolutely divine and yum! There’s a Paleo Avocado Chocolate Mousse recipe out there too which is wonderful and 100% guilt-free πŸ˜€

    • Colleen permalink*
      July 29, 2013 11:38 AM

      Thanks so much Debs. I shall take a look at the mousse too thank you xx

  5. July 25, 2013 7:52 PM

    The brownies are looking very nice, Colly! Such a clever idea to use avo! I must do my 1st avo blog post entry NOW!

    • Colleen permalink*
      July 29, 2013 11:40 AM

      Thank you so much Zirkie. I have loved playing with the avos πŸ™‚ Will pop over and see what you have done now xx

  6. Colleen permalink*
    July 29, 2013 11:39 AM

    You can’t go wrong with a juicer as a companion Leaine! And thank you so much for your lovely comment. Avo’s really are a remarkable fruit πŸ™‚ xx

  7. August 13, 2013 6:33 PM

    I requested these for my birthday cake and my grand daughter made them for me so delish we all enjoyed them just ran out very quickly, thanks C xx

    • Colleen permalink*
      August 13, 2013 9:10 PM

      Oh WOW that is awesome Glynis, So glad you all enjoyed them. Clever grand daughter πŸ˜‰ Happy Birthday again xx

  8. August 23, 2014 11:48 AM

    They came out very delicious!! Thank you*! I substituted the 100g flour for more almond meal and the sugar with Organic Coconut Blossom Sugar to make it even healthier! I got 25 brownies out of the mix, so 125kcal per brownie!

    • Colleen permalink*
      January 1, 2015 10:04 AM

      That is great news Anri, thank you so much for the feedback. Good to hear you subbed some ingredients for a healthier treat. That would be more suitable to my current lifestyle so I will try it as well πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year xx

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