Brownies are a perfect place to slip in some creamy avocado. In place of some of the butter, avocado adds creaminess with more nutrients and fewer calories. You will never know there's a healthy fruit in there, thanks to the cocoa and vanilla. These are lower fat brownies, and best slightly underbaked so they stay moist and gooey.
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup mashed avocado (1 large or 2 small)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil or 1 stick melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda, crushing any lumps of cocoa with the back of your spoon.
In a food processor, puree the avocado until completely smooth. Add the white and brown sugars and process, then add the eggs, oil or butter and vanilla and process until smooth. Scrape the avocado mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top looks dry and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out with big wet crumbs attached-not dry. Don't overbake, if you like a gooey brownie, take it out while a little gooey in the middle and chill to make it easier to cut.
Cut into 16 squares and serve.
Serve these tasty brownies plain or dusted with powdered sugar. For a super-chocolate treat, drizzle with melted chocolate.
Nutritional Information Calories: 145, Fat: 9 g, Cholesterol: 26 mg, Sodium: 106 mg, Carbohydrate: 16 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 g