I love a good brownie, they are definitely one of my favourite treats. My favourite brownie ever is the one they serve at The Marwood Coffee Shop in Brighton, it’s full of huge chunks of chocolate and it’s just delicious. A few days ago I had a real craving for a brownie, but I wanted to make a slightly healthier version that still tasted sinfully good. I’ve been on a huge avocado kick recently and I could vaguely recall a recipe that used mashed avocado to create a super fudgy brownie with an extra hit of healthy fats. After a quick google I came across this recipe and after a few of my own tweaks, I created these beautiful babies…
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of coconut sugar
- 200g dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used raw cacao)
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- Pre heat the oven to 180c / 350F and grease a 9x9 inch pan with coconut oil. Add the eggs and sugar to a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy. Melt the chocolate and pour into the sugar and egg mixture while whisking. Mix in the cocoa powder, ground almonds and salt using a wooden spoon. Mash the avocado very well until it is completely smooth, gentle stir into the mixture. Roughly chop the walnuts and fold them in. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin and bake for 30 - 40 minutes until the centre is firm and a knife inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
- I used an electric hand whisk for the eggs and sugar but you could just give your arm a work out with a regular whisk!
- Instead of mashing my avocado I popped it in a mini food processor to puree it. If you have some lumps of avocado you will get lumps of it in the cooked brownies.
These are not low calorie by a long shot, however they are a healthier version of most brownies you will find in shops and cafes, and better still, they will match them taste wise too! And yes, these would be perfect for Valentines Day.
The walnuts add even more healthy fats alongside the avocado, as well as a nice nutty taste and texture, however you could easily leave them out or swap them for another nut if walnuts aren’t your thing.
I got nine huge deep brownies out of this mix and they are extremely rich and filling, if you wanted to use a bigger shallower pan you could get a more modest twelve.
Do you like brownies? Have you tried baking with avocado before?