Last week on the Everyday Veggie, we were celebrating the humble avocado.
The avocado is actually a large berry, and it’s so beautifully nutritional that it seems like the perfect food. In fact, the healthy fat content is so wonderful that it can actually be used in place of oil and other fats in baking. Did you know that?
As we were getting all avocado last week, I figured I should try to do something new and interesting with them – and this delicious brownie recipe sprang forth from my kitchen!
With real melted chocolate and bananas, this recipe is truly packed with flavour, but keeps both the sugar and oil content down. The pecans add a bit of saltiness that offsets the sweetness, and by leaving some chunks of dark chocolate whole, you can create little pockets of molten perfection when you cook these. They’re simple to make and absolutely phenomenal.
(Makes 12 brownies)
1 cup mashed haas avocado (around 2 avocados)
2 bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200 grams dark chocolate
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
100 grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pecans
Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius and grease an 8×8-inch baking tray
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed avocado, mashed banana and vanilla extract
Melt the 200 grams dark chocolate over a double boiler, then whisk into the avocado mixture
Add in the sugar, then sift in the flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa and coconut oil, and whisk until mixed well
Stir in the chunks of dark chocolate and pecans until just combined, the pour the mixture into the baking tray
Bake for 45 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly
Allow to cool completely, cut into 12 brownies, and store in an airtight container
These little beauties are pure heaven when warmed and served with coconut basil ice cream, or another creamy variety. Keep in the fridge if you live in a hot climate, then warm before eating!
Have you ever baked with avocado before? What did you make?