Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Grain-Free Avocado Brownies

I already have a favorite grain-free brownie recipe; it's become my go-to contribution for school bake sales and potlucks. Everyone loves them (except for a couple of little kids who found them too fudgy).

Why mess with a good thing? Well I'm highlighting avocado on my healthy family eating Facebook page, and wanted to try a new way to present the fruit in a sweet context. I've already made avocado-based chocolate smoothies and pudding, but had yet to use it in baking.

I compared a few recipes online, most on paleo sites. In the end I wound up adapting a recipe from the Dr. Oz show, changing and reducing the sweetener, adding coconut oil and opting for dairy-free chocolate chips.

The results? I still prefer our family favorite (which is easier to make as well), but these were definitely a success. They'd definitely be a good choice if you're looking for dessert recipes that contain a little hidden nutrition.

One disclaimer: I broke my 8x8 baking dish, so had to make these in a longer pan. As such they wound up very thin. It obviously didn't affect their edibility, but I didn't want to turn anyone off from the recipe in the fear that they'd wind up with sad, flat brownies!

Grain-Free Avocado Brownies
adapted from the Dr. Oz Show
2 ripe avocados
4 eggs
1/2 cup raw honey
1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
1 tbs. coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp. good sea salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.

Puree avocados in a food processors until they're smooth. You don't want any lumps! Add eggs and honey, processing again until smooth.

Meanwhile, put chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe container. Cook for 30 second intervals, stirring between each one, until smooth. Add chocolate to avocado mixture in food processor and run again until smooth.

Pour chocolate batter into a large bowl. Add cocoa powder, almond meal, salt and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

Smooth batter into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into squares.

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