These brownies contain no refined sugar, no flour and no butter. If there’s such a thing as a healthy brownie, I think I’ve found it I found this recipe on the lovely Heather’s blog at Heather’s French Press and wanted to try it immediately. My husband John has been avoiding eating grains for a while now, which means I’ve become a bit more creative in my thinking for some of my baked goods! I’ve also been improving my diet of late and this kind of brownie is perfect for a treat (as long as I don’t eat the whole pan ;-))
Today’s brownies contain dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), ground almonds, vanilla, eggs, salt, unrefined brown sugar and avocado. You honestly don’t taste the avocado in the brownie itself, it just adds a lovely creaminess. The relatively small amount of brown sugar in the recipe and the large amount of dark chocolate means the finished brownie is not very sweet, but very dense and fudgy. I personally love them like this, however you may want to up the sugar content slightly if you like a sweeter brownie (though this would make them less healthy!)
(look how fudgy these are)
Make sure the avocado is very ripe and mashed well, so it will blend into the mixture easily. I did spot some little green flecks within the finished brownies, although I think it looks quite pretty
Enjoy these (almost) guilt free brownies!
- 200g (8 oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) melted
- 4 eggs
- 160g (1 cup) light brown sugar
- 55g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
- 40g (1/2 cup) ground almonds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 ripe avocados, mashed
- Pecan nuts (optional) for decorating
- Preheat oven to Gas 4/180C. Line a 8 inch square brownie pan with baking paper. Melt the dark chocolate and set it aside.
- Whisk together (with a mixer or handmixer) the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 mins). The mixture should double in volume.
- Slowly mix in the melted chocolate. Fold in the cocoa, almonds, salt and vanilla.
- Mix in the avocado until well blended. Pour into the tin, top with pecan nuts and bake for around 20 mins until just set.
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