I am deeply suspicious of avocados. I don’t particularly like their texture, or their taste which means the hailed avocado toast trend is out for me, I don’t like guacamole and the idea of putting them with chocolate makes me shudder a bit. There, I said it.
With that being said, I am fond of brownies and was feeling a little stuck for choice on what to try for this weeks foodie post. I’ve been collating pictures of all the fun vegan alternatives I’ve been eating for a while now o was toying with the idea of sharing a big old post about them, but also felt like my time off would be wasted if I didn’t spend at least part of it cooking. Kimberly on Twitter suggested avocado brownies, and here we are with them.
Too Many Avocados
If you’re looking for sweet treats on a health kick, I’m gonna slyly point you in the direction of my 3 ingredient brownies which contain only banana, peanut butter and cocoa/cacao powder, making them reasonably low sugar, low carb and not too fatty whilst also being bloody delicious. These avocado fellas have all the usual brownie ingredients, but any eggs and butter are subbed for avo, which I guess makes them only slightly healthier than your average.
Vegan Chocolate Avocado Brownies
The reason I’m starting with this not-so-healthy recipe is because when scouring the internet there was about a million variations, some far more complex, some with absolutely ridiculous ingredients (who wants a vegan avocado brownie full of spirulina, oil and black beans???) and some which seemed just a little out of my way as a non-baker. That being said, I was stuck with buying a bumper pack of avocados (why???) and so I’m planning to try a version with minimal ingredients, and maybe, just maybe the black bean recipe. Maybe. Recipe testing could become a whole new series here.
I’m still surprise by how nicely these avocado brownies turned out – gooey in the centre and crispy at the edges, sweet without being overpowering and you can’t taste even a hint of avocado. They stay soft and squidgy while being rich, dense and delicious and not being too overwhelming. They turned out actually better than most brownies I’ve ever made, so double points to them for that too.
If you’re looking for an alternative for eggs/butter in your brownies avocado could well be the one for you. Next week will be the minimal ingredient version of these vegan avocado brownies!
Would you give these a go?