Healthy Avocado Chocolate Brownie Recipe & How to Get a Ripe Avocado

 

Just gonna throw it out there that this avocado chocolate brownie is the best recipe on my blog to date! It’s ticks all the boxes- a moist and gooey chocolate brownie, with a slight nutty taste of avocado paired with a sweet creamy frosting. Not to mention it’s vegan, refined sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly.

This recipe came about after I posted a picture on instagram of an avocado chocolate cake that I made with the University of Sheffield Baking Society. It’s currently my most liked photo, which I am kind of sad about considering it’s the unhealthiest!! (update 25/07/2016 – no longer my most liked photo! Yay- It’s been overtaken by a few posts, including my watermelon birthday cake…. you guys clearly love cake!).

chocolate avocado cake healthyandpsyched

I decided to Google healthy vegan avocado cake recipes but I wasn’t satisfied with any of them, so I made my own. Although, it turned out as a brownie because I only had a square cake tin!

1-gluten free brownie healthyandpsyched

Healthy ingredient swaps

Eggs → Avocado
White sugar → Apple sauce and Coconut sugar
White flour → Almond flour

I will just say that it’s important to get a ripe avocado. If it’s too hard you won’t be able to mash it and it won’t give the same yummy taste.

 

How to get a ripe avocado

The illusive ripe avocado is difficult to come by. Ideally you would be able to buy one from the shop that gives slightly when you squeeze it. Don’t get one that feels too soft because it might be over ripe and the flesh will be discoloured.

If you have to buy an under ripe one the only thing to do is wait and hope it will soften. I’ve heard that if you put it in a paper bag with an apple or banana that will make it ripen faster, but I don’t know how much that really works.

Another option is to buy frozen avocado! Yes it’s a thing. You can get it from Tesco (UK). Let it thaw naturally before you try and mash it and it will be perfect for these healthy brownies.

DO NOT TRY THIS ‘life changing’ hack to ripen your avocado in 10 minutes as seen on self.com.

“The hack is simple. Start by gathering your ingredients: a baking sheet, tin foil, and the avocado you have your heart set on. While you pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees, wrap your little green fruit in tin foil and place it on the baking sheet. After that, just pop the sheet in the oven and count to 10 (minutes). And voila: your avocado should be good to go. You’ll want to give it some time to cool off in your fridge before you dig in, but seriously—it’s that easy.”

Yes I actually tried it. No it didn’t work. I ended up with a slightly warm still hard avocado with red skin… really weird. It also smelt funny…

On that sorry note- Here’s the recipe!!!! I hope you love it as much as I do.

 

best ever chocolate brownie

Serves 8+
<1 of your 5-a-day

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 cup apple puree ( I used a baby food pouch!)
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • Frosting
    • 1/2 ripe avocado
    • 1 tbsp cashew butter
    • 1 tbsp cacao powder
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • 2 tbsp rice milk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Scoop out the avocado flesh into a bowl and use a fork to mash it. Make sure it’s really smooth and there are no lumpy bits!
  3. Add the apple puree and coconut sugar and mix again.
  4. Add the cacao powder and mix until smooth.
  5. Add in the almond flour and baking powder and (you guessed it!) mix together. I used a spoon at this point.
  6. Transfer the brownie batter to a lined baking tin and put in the oven for 22-25 minutes. The top should be crispy and the brownie will still feel a bit wobbly but don’t worry because it will firm up as it cools down.
  7. Make the frosting my mashing the avocado with a fork VERY well. Stir in the cashew butter and maple syrup then mix again. Add the cacao powder and rice milk. Mix everything together until it’s smooth.
  8. When the brownie has cooled add the topping. It’s a good idea to put it in the fridge for 10 minutes so the frosting can firm up before you cut it.
  9. Store the brownies in the fridge.

Did you know….

100g avocado has 2 grams of protein!! That’s pretty good for a fruit.

 

I’m so proud of this recipe. My house mates loved it and said they had no idea it was healthy. My fellow health blogger Pam (Healing Holistically) said she didn’t want to share her two pieces because they were so good!

Please let me know if you make it by tagging me on instagram (@healthyandpsyched) and using #healthyandpsyched.

And if cant be bothered to make this but want some chocolate avo goodness why not make this creamy choc-mint smoothie.

11 Comments

  1. meg
    May 15, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    omg I am so guna make this.

    • Heathy & Psyched
      May 15, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Hey Meg 🙂
      Hope you enjoy it. The recipe sounds like a lot of mashing but it’s pretty easy to do- only one bowl, which makes easy washing up.

  2. May 16, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    I know what i’ll
    be making this weekend! x

    • Heathy & Psyched
      May 16, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Hope you’ve got lots of nice ripe avocados! I want to make some more brownies but the avos I have are like little rocks!!

  3. May 16, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    At last, I can see the recipe – the photo on Twitter was so tantalising! Thanks for trying the avo in the oven thing, I was a bit sceptical. I usually keep my avocados in a bowl on the counter that also has apples, pears and bananas in and it seems to work, but it can take a few days if they’re like golf balls. Also, I think it’s best to gently press the ends rather than the round part, it is a better test of ripeness and it prevents the flesh becoming bruised and going black from constant testing.
    Do you know if they will freeze? There is far too much for the two of us and I’d like to keep some for when my family visit. Otherwise I will have to eat it all

    • Heathy & Psyched
      May 16, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Yay!!!
      Yeah I was skeptical about the avo in the oven but I thought I’d give it a go.
      Maybe I’ll edit my post to say gently press it- sometimes things are so obvious to me because that’s how I do it I forget other people might not know and they would give it a good squeeze! Thanks for the reminder.
      I’m not sure how well the brownies will freeze. I didn’t try because they were all snapped up by my friends and family (and myself obviously!). You could always just make half the recipe and use a smaller baking tin- or sometimes I make a fake side out of tin foil if I need a small tin but I don’t have one.
      I actually think they might be quite nice to eat frozen because the topping would be quite like icecream. I don’t think they would thaw very well but I haven’t tried it. You would probably have to freeze the cakey part and then add the topping once you’ve thawed it out.
      Sorry for the long reply! Hope you know what I’m on about.

  4. May 17, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    Thanks for this! I have ZERO CLUE how to pick up a RIPE avocado! LOL!!!! And I LOVEEEEE mixing avocados into brownies!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      May 18, 2016 / 7:02 am

      Hope you manage to get some ripe ones now! Although sometimes shops only seem to sell the hard ones (grrr!).
      Hahaha avocado brownies are like food of the gods!

  5. May 17, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Haha I do! Might try some fresh but put some in freezer to see. I’ll let you know

    • Heathy & Psyched
      May 18, 2016 / 7:01 am

      Ooooh definitely let me know how it turns out, and if you liked it before it was frozen 🙂

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