February 9, 2015

Gluten Free Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Are you a chocoholic like me? Then, you're in luck, dear friend.


What better way to say Happy Valentine's Day to your significant other (or yourself!) than whipping up a batch of healthy, fudgy, decadent, gluten free, refined sugar free brownies? There is no better way, in my opinion. Caring about yourself and others' health enough to create healthy dessert options is the best kind of love. <3



On another note, I moved into a new apartment and I am SO excited because it has lots of natural light, a beautiful patio with palm trees and succulents, and I think it's going to make for better blog photos! My dream is for bikiniBAKER to become my career, but until then, I do what I can with my little iPhone 5 and amateur staging. But we all have to start somewhere right? Set your sights on a goal and don't stop. You can always strive to improve and learn fascinating things along the way. The universe will guide you in the right direction.

I just had the year anniversary of my blog and I am so happy with how far I've come as a blogger, how much I've learned, and when people ask me what I "do," I have something interesting to say! Not only that, but it keeps me accountable for being healthy and fit. I have to practice what I preach, right? And I do. All the recipes and fitness advice on here are real and what I incorporate into my daily life. And I also want to thank you for being a reader. Without you, this blog would be merely a recipe repository. But it has become one of my biggest passions. Happy Valentine's Day to you! I love and appreciate you so much.


Brownies, oh brownies, how I love thee. A die hard chocoholic like me finds it hard to resist a pan of brownies. Thankfully, I stumbled across Kristy's recipe over at Southern In-Law, where I discovered this absolute gem of a recipe.

And guess what's right around the corner from Valentine's Day? Spring!! Spring means warmer weather, Spring Breakers taking over my beaches, and swim suit season. Eek! Wanna have your brownie and eat it too? I can help.

What if I told you the following brownie recipe has literally half the calories of a typical box mix, no butter, no oil, no flour, and only a 1/2 cup added sugar? 10 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, and 184 calories in 1/9 of an 9x9 pan. Not 1/20 like a box mix suggests on it's nutrition label. A big ole' 3x3" brownie. How is this possible?! By replacing oil or butter with avocado, using less sugar, and swapping out flour with more cocoa powder, which has a lot of nutritional benefits.

Gluten Free Fudgy Avocado Brownies

Makes 9 9x9 or 8x8 brownies

Ingredients
1 large ripe avocado (around 1 cup mashed)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp water
3.5 oz bar of dark chocolate or dark/semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt

Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
2. Grease and/or line an 8" or 9" square pan. I used tin foil and sprayed with cooking spray for easy removal since they are so fudgy.
3. In a food processor, puree your avocado with your eggs, vanilla and water until smooth.
4. Melt your chocolate using a double boiler (bowl over a pot of boiling water) and mix through your avocado mix in the food processor. Careful not to let the chocolate burn. I don't recommend microwaving as this has a great potential to burn the chocolate and it does not taste good.
5. Add in your cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt and pulse until just combined. You may need to scrape down the sides with a spatula to get all the avocado incorporated.
6. If your mixture is too thick, add another 1 tbsp or so of water to combine.
7. Scoop your mixture out of your food processor into your prepared pan, smoothing out the top and making sure you spread out the mix to all of the edges.
8. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through and a toothpick inserted removes clean.
9. Cool in fridge before slicing and use a sharp knife to slice.
10. Serve chilled.

*These brownies will last in the fridge for a few days (and are even better after they've been left for a day or two) or will keep in the freezer for months.

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Just look at this rich, smooth batter. O.M.G.



Enjoy! :-)

3 comments:

  1. I am so glad you love the recipe! These are one of our faves! Xx

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    1. Thanks, Kristy! I love all your recipes!

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  2. Hands down, one of the BEST brownie recipes I've ever had! They totally don't taste "healthy." My husband gobbled them all up before I told him they had avocado and no flour! He almost died haha! -Susan

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