I've heard about baking with avocado for a long time and I've always wanted to try it out. I thought January would be the perfect time for these Chocolate Avocado Brownies as being more healthy is on everyone's minds. Avocados are so nutritious and are filled with vitamins and healthy fats, they have been shown to lower cholesterol and are also full of fibre. There is nothing bad about avocados that's for sure! Alternative ingredients are all the rage right now and I've become even more aware of other options to dairy products since my sister became vegan. Unfortunately these Chocolate Avocado Brownies aren't vegan friendly, but the frosting is! So you could easily add it to a vegan bake.
Step by step...
I started by mashing up the avocados. As they are so popular now you can buy them ready and ripe, or ripen at home. I used a stick blender to make sure I got it as smooth as possible, you could also use a food processor. I mixed sugar into the avocados.
Then I melted dark chocolate. I used these 70% dark chocolate chips from Chocolate Trading Co. Dark chocolate is also another great ingredient as it is full of minerals and antioxidants.
I mixed the melted dark chocolate into the avocado mixture, then added eggs, one at a time, mixing between each addition, and I also added vanilla extract.
Finally I mixed in cocoa powder, plain flour and salt. I poured the brownie batter into a lined baking pan.
I baked the brownies on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes. Then I left them to cool completely on a cooling rack.
To make the chocolate frosting I again mashed up 2 ripe avocados and used a stick blender to get them super smooth and lump free.
To the avocado I added icing sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. It went very glossy and smooth. I spread it over the brownies and cut them into squares.
When I took the Chocolate Avocado Brownies into work I told everyone they were healthier brownies and there was a secret ingredient in them. No one guessed correctly and everyone was so surprised to find out these had avocados in them! I got some amazing feedback and everyone really liked the Chocolate Avocado Brownies, they were very fudgy and dense, and the frosting was so delicious - a close competitor to regular buttercream I think!
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Chocolate Avocado Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
For the brownies
- 2 Ripe Avocados
- 200 g Caster sugar
- 260 g 70% Dark chocolate
- 4 Eggs large
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 80 g Plain flour
- 30 g Cocoa powder
- ½ tsp Salt
For the frosting
- 2 Ripe Avocados
- 5 tbsp Cocoa powder
- ½ tbsp Vanilla extract
- 325 g Icing sugar
- Pre-heat your oven to 160c Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12" x 9" traybake tin with baking paper
- For the brownies, mash up the avocados. Use a blender to get a smoother consistency. Then mix in the sugar
- Melt the dark chocolate and add it to the mixture
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing between each addition. Then add the vanilla extract
- Mix in the cocoa powder, flour and salt. Pour into the lined baking pan
- Bake for 30 minutes, allow to cool fully
- For the frosting, mash up the avocados. Use a blender to get the smoothest consistency
- Add the icing sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla. Spread it over the brownies and cut them into squares
Brownie recipe from Fake Ginger.