One of my favorite foods in the world are avocados because not only are they delicious, they are incredibly healthy too. I hear of many people staying away from avocados because of their high fat content however, they are full of good stuff too. They are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are heart healthy and an anti-inflammatory agent. Likewise, avocados have a low glycemic index, and are rich in potassium (more so than bananas), magnesium and protein1.
So, how are we going to incorporate more avocado into our lives? There are many ways! Avocados are versatile making them great in almost everything. We all know of amazing dishes that put avocados on the forefront- guacamole anyone? But I had no idea that we can incorporate avocados in sweet dishes as well. While browsing Pinterest to get some recipe inspirations, as I usually do, I came across many recipes for avocado brownies, but this was my favorite. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I decided to indulge and give it a shot. I encourage you to do the same. I altered the original recipe to make it a bit healthier and accommodate what I already had in my pantry. I am also dubbing them Aztec brownies to honor the mighty avocado. Now you can bake your brownies and eat them too!
6 oz. Baking Chocolate or Chocolate Chips
1 T Olive Oil
2 Large Avocados (1 c puree…give or take)
1/3 c Agave Nectar
1/4 c Unsweetened dark Cocoa Powder
1 t Coffee
1 T Vanilla
1 T Coconut Flour
3 Egg Whites
1/2 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Baking Powder
1/2 t Salt
I used 6 oz. of chocolate because I did not want to use as much added sweetener (Agave nectar) as the original recipe calls for.
In a double broiler stir together the olive oil and chocolate until melted.
Puree the avocados in a food processor until super smooth like butter. No Lumps.
Fold the chocolate into the avocados in a large mixing bowl.
Beat the remaining ingredients into the batter until smooth. I used a stand mixer but you can use any type of mixer you have.
Grease a pan and pour the batter, smoothing out the edges. I added extra chocolate chips on top because I love chocolate.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes Cool and serve.