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.

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