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Gooey, Sweet, Chocolatey Brownies…with avocado??

I love to bake. If I could just make cupcakes all day and get paid, that would be fantastic. (As long as someone else did the dishes.) Yesterday, I found this interesting recipe on Pinterest. I have seen chocolate-based recipes incorporating avocados before, like Chocolate mousse, but it was the first brownie one I came across. Needless to say, I pinned it. Here’s the recipe, in case you’re curious (per ireallylikefood, a blog):

Ingredients

  • 1 C White Flour
  • 3/4 C Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 C Raw Turbinado Sugar
  • 1/2 t Baking Soda 
  • 1 t Flax
  • 3 T Water
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 Cup to 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 t Vanilla

Directions

  1. Peel and cut 1/2 of an avocado and blend in a food processor until it’s a creamy texture.
  2. Add 3 T of water and 1 t of ground flax to the avocado to make a flax egg. Let it sit for a few minutes while combining the rest of the ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking soda.
  4. Blend the avocado and flax egg in the food processor to combine.
  5. Add the avocado flax mix to the dry ingredients and mix as much as possible.
  6. Add the Milk and Vanilla so that it creates a batter.
  7. Bake in a 8 x 8 baking pan for 20 minutes at 350°

I made a double batch so that I wouldn’t have half of an avocado left over. I also skipped the flax, substituted soy milk, and switched out about a third of the cocoa powder for some chocolate protein powder. I used the max amount of milk suggested and ended up having to bake them about 32 minutes; I tested them with a toothpick in the center, which should come out semi-clean/slightly crumby. They smell fantastic. I have to taste them, so I’ll save that for the next blog; check back to see! I think I’ll make a quick peanut butter frosting to top them off. Here’s a basic recipe that looks nice and fluffy.

Anyone have a great recipe with a surprising ingredient? Please share!Image

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