And the secret is…
none other than the wonderful AVOCADO!
Not only is it rich in healthy oils and nutrients, but its thick and creamy texture makes it perfect for incorporating into baked goods and other desserts (like chocolate mousse! But that’s for another time.) These are also kept light with the help of applesauce and stevia, and they’re even 100% whole grain!
For those of you weary of adding anything green to your sweet treat, do not fear! The avocado isn’t noticeable at all after the batter is mixed. In fact, these brownies rival any decadent “normal” brownies out there. They combine intense dark chocolate and sweet, melty chocolate chips in a crumbly yet fudgey home…drooling.
What’s more, they’re super easy to make; I just use a bowl, fork, and a little bicep action to whip these up in minutes, then enjoy them fresh out of the oven less than a half-hour later!
Finally, I would highly recommend (after cooling and cutting) freezing in plastic baggies any brownies not eaten immediately. From frozen, 20 seconds in the microwave brings them right back to perfection! I love having these on hand for whenever I need a treat (aka 11 pm every night).
- 2 oz ripe avocado*
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 45g white whole wheat flour
- 45g cacao powder**
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp espresso powder
- pinch salt
- 8-10 packets Stevia in the Raw***
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 27g chocolate chips****
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line an 8x8 brownie pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mash avocado until smooth. Mix in applesauce, coconut oil, and egg. (You could also do this with a hand mixer or in a food processor.)
- Add flour through vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until done.
- Cool several minutes, then slice into 9 brownies.
- Enjoy immediately, or freeze in plastic baggies.
- *about 1/3 to 1/2 of a medium
- **I use Navita's Naturals Raw, but feel free to experiment based on your desired intensity.
- ***Or 5-7 additional Tbsp sugar
- ****I like Lily's dark chocolate baking chips