Healthy Avocado Brownies

Healthy Avocado Brownies - an (Almost) Guilt-Free Treat

Who doesn’t like brownies? I for sure don’t belong to this group of people because I love them like almost everything else that contains chocolate. I especially adore brownies that my daughters have baked for the last few years. Their brownies are moist, full of chocolate and rich. Everybody who tries them, wants another piece and the recipe! They are unfortunately also full of calories and fat as there are butter and plenty of sugar in them… That is why whenever I have those brownies, my guilt grows proportionately to the number of pieces I eat. So I started to think on a solution to the almost unsolvable conundrum - how to eat the cake (delicious brownie) and have the cake (good health and great figure)? There could be only one answer - I had to make healthy (or at least healthier) brownies. That’s why when I came across a brownie recipe that used avocado instead of butter, I quickly had to test it out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t ecstatic about the outcome: the cake was on the edge of being bitter. But to be honest, I straight away knew it wasn't the recipe but me who should be blamed for the fiasco. I used chocolate with a very high percentage of cocoa solids. Since I really liked the concept of healthier brownies, I didn’t want to give up too easily. So I decided to adjust the recipe to make it sweeter without adding any more sugar. Is it possible? Yes, I simply used a different type of chocolate and added lots of nuts as well as dried cranberries (raisins and other types of dried fruit would also work here). That strategy worked well: the result of my second attempt at Avocado Brownies was most delicious.

Healthy Avocado Brownies

Healthy brownies made with avocados instead of butter, and ground almonds instead of regular flour.
Servings pieces
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 175 Celsius degrees (or 150 for fan ovens).
  2. Line a small (e.g. 14 x 24 cm) baking tray with a parchment paper.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or over a pan of simmering water.
  4. Put to a food processor the avocados, sugar and vanilla extract; process them till smooth.
  5. Stir in the melted chocolate then add the eggs and process again till everything is combined.
  6. Add the cocoa powder and almond flour, mix well until combined.
  7. Stir in the dried cranberries and nuts; transfer to the baking tray and smooth the top.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Based on a Half Baked Harvest's recipe

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Agnieszka Weiner

Hi, I am Agnieszka, and I am passionate about delicious but healthy food. Many healthy dishes are bland and uninteresting. I reject this. So I created my blog Tastes of Health to share my yummy recipes for healthier (often plant-based and gluten-free) versions of family favourites. I look forward to receiving your feedback after you try them.

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