I have been seeing a lot of recipes showing up that call for the use of avocado. The only way I have ever had avocado is in guacamole or tossing it in a salad. I was intrigued by the possible versatility of this ingredient.
*Note – I wasn’t sure if an avocado was a fruit or a vegetable. Well, after checking Wikipedia– I discovered that it is in fact, a fruit. It kind of reminds me of tomatoes in that aspect, a fruit that eats like a vegetable :)
Jamie was also interested in alternative uses for avocado. In one of his searches, he stumbled across a recipe for Avocado Brownies. After checking the ingredients we had in the pantry, we had to make a few substitutions:
- Buckwheat Honey for Regular Honey
- Almond Oil for Coconut Oil
This turned out to be the moistest cake/brownie that I have ever tried! I guess all the avocado goodness worked its magic while baking to create a decadent chocolate dessert.
Now, I won’t tell you that these taste exactly like a rich chocolate brownie. The chocolate taste is there, but it is a lot more subtle and less sweet than a traditional brownie. They almost had a bitter-sweet chocolate taste to them, I attribute that to the effect that heat has on the taste of avocado (heat = bitter flavour)
If you are trying to watch your gluten intake, these would be right up your alley. They will provide you with a delicious bite of guilt-free chocolate. (They keep great in the freezer, so you always have some on hand.) :)
tgipaleo – Avocado Brownie
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate melted in 1 tbsp Almond Oil
- 3 small avocados
- 1/2 cup Buckwheat honey
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Puree the avocado in a food processor. Make sure there are NO lumps.
- Beat all remaining ingredients together with the avocado in a bowl with an electric mixer until the consistency is smooth and fluffy.
- Pour batter into an 8×8 baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool slightly before cutting.