Let’s eat chocolate brownies! Fudgy, moist, chocolatey chocolate brownies…. at less than 200 calories a pop?! Yes it’s true, these decadent looking brownies hide a healthy secret, instead of butter, they’re made with pureed avocado. There’s no avocado taste – the finished brownies are very chocolatey indeed, but the avocado brings the fudgy moist texture which brownies need, as well as being a lot healthier than butter.
They do contain real chocolate, cocoa powder and sugar though – we can’t eliminate all the ‘bad’ stuff or it wouldn’t taste like a brownie anymore! Although anyone who’s tried and loved black bean brownies can feel free to disagree with me!
I would never recommend making healthier treats with artificial sweetener – as well as tasting pretty bad, artificial sweetener is associated with a host of health issues. Replacing the fat with coconut oil, mashed banana or avocado works well though, as in these brownies. If you’re looking to eat healthier without giving up your sweet tooth, check out these healthier chocolate mousse, cookies, and truffles – all featuring avocado!
- 225g caster sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 medium avocado's, well mashed, or pureed with a blender
- 60g cocoa powder
- 175g melted plain chocolate
- 60g plain flour
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4/350f and prepare a square brownie pan (7 x 7 inch, 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 will all work).
- Melt the plain chocolate and set aside. Mash or puree your avocado's (I whizzed mine up using a hand blender) and set aside. Whisk the eggs with the sugar, until the mixture is full of volume. Add the melted chocolate to the egg mixture, and then stir in the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt and flour.
- Finally, stir in the avocado and mix thoroughly until it's completely incorporated. Pour the batter into the tin, and bake for 20 minutes. Once baked, remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool completely before slicing into squares.