Healthier Treats: Chocolate Avocado Brownies

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These brownies are the perfect treat to satisfy anyone’s chocolate cravings. 

The avocado makes these brownies rich and decadent plus adds the health benefits that avocados provide. The best part is that they taste like traditional brownies! They are perfect for a quick snack or pair with some Cashew Ice Cream for a sundae.

On the Fireside Chat- “What’s Cooking? with Dr. Koch”, we make the mini brownie bites, but if you are looking for a larger brownie, just increase the baking time in 5 minute increments. The brownies will be fully baked when the top is a little crispy and a toothpick entered into the brownie comes out clean. You are going to want to test a couple of brownies. The ones in the center take longer to cook.

If you would like to add a topping to your brownies, like nuts or powdered sugar (or I had leftover melted chocolate that I dunked the brownies into, giving them a delicious chocolate coating), you will want to add a topping right after they come out of the oven. 

Notes for recipe success:

Xanthan gum is a thickening agent commonly used in gluten-free baking, salad dressings, and many more. It can be used without bringing the ingredients up to a boil for it to be activated in comparison to cornstarch or flour. It is an unforgiving thickener, meaning always start with very little. If too much is added you might have putty instead of a rice emulsified sauce. For this recipe, I use just just a dash, to give the brownies some added stability.

Tempering: Is adding a hot liquid slowly to an egg mixture, raising the temperature of the eggs slowly so they don’t scramble.

These brownies could easily be turned into a chocolate-peppermint brownie by omitting the vanilla and adding peppermint instead!

Additionally, to make a Low-FODMAP version of these brownies, just simply swap the agave nectar for regular table sugar (agave is sweeter than cane sugar, so you may need to use more sugar in the recipe when making this adjustment).

 

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These are great options to use when making these brownies:

Xanthan Gum Powder (8 oz)

Allergen Free Dark Chocolate Baking Chips (1 bag, 9 oz)

 

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Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Servings: 36

Keywords:

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

Ingredients

  • 2 Extra Ripe Avocados
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 4 Eggs (room temperature)
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • ½ Cup Dark Chocolate (melted)
  • ⅔ Cup Agave Nectar
  • ⅛ tsp Xanthan Gum
  • ¼ tsp Salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, on medium to high whip the avocados until smooth.
  2. Add the softened butter, whip until smooth and fully combined. Add agave nectar.
  3. Remember to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl to incorporate all the ingredients. Whip until smooth.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time (scraping the sides and the very bottom of the mixing bowl in between each egg).
  5. Whip the ingredients for 10 minutes. (Don’t freak out! The batter is supposed to look like that).
  6. Temper the melted chocolate with the batter (if your melted chocolate is super warm, if not just add it right into the batter).
  7. Add the Cocoa powder, Vanilla, Salt, Xanthan gum. The batter is going to resemble frosting. Thick and fluffy.
  8. Scoop the batter into the mini muffin pan, if silicone, the pan shouldn’t need any grease, if not using silicone spray the pan with a non stick cooking spray.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes. Keep an eye on these brownies, ovens and oven temperatures vary.  

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3

Serving Per Recipe: 36

Amount Per Serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 45mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Notes

Recommended Equipment: Stand Mixer