As the #howtoadult cookbook slowly comes to life, I’ve been revisiting my recipes. Not only do they need to be delicious, but they need to be simple - no special ingredients you have to run to 3 different stores for, no complicated equipment, no fuss.
These brownies were an obvious shoe-in. If you’ve been following along over the years, you know I love taking traditional dishes, from dinners to desserts, to the healthier end of the spectrum. I also tend to keep my recipes dairy-free, and as of recently, many of my recipes are gluten-free to accommodate those who are gluten-sensitive.
While the original recipe is great, why not try to improve it? I was able to reduce the amount of sugar and provide a gluten-free option without sacrificing taste nor that fudge-y texture we all know and love in traditional brownies.
These brownies use avocado as the primary source of fat (instead of butter), dark chocolate and maple syrup for sweetness (instead of refined sugar), ingredients you can find in any grocery store, and best yet, you only need one large mixing bowl.
Here’s what you’ll need to make my improved Avocado Brownies:
1 large avocado, mashed
1 3.5-oz bar of dark chocolate (preferably 70% cacao or higher), melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup oat flour (or flour of your choice; oat flour is preferred & not difficult to find)
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp coconut oil, melted, for baking pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In large mixing bowl, mash avocado and add in melted chocolate, eggs, vanilla and maple syrup. Whisk until completely combined - you may still see some avocado pieces and that’s OK.
In the same bowl, add in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Using a spatula, mix slowly to prevent flour and cocoa from escaping the bowl. The mixture will be thick. Make sure you scrape all flour and cocoa off the sides of the bowl so the mixture is thoroughly combined.
In an 8x8 baking dish, pour coconut oil and spread evenly around the dish with a paper towel, including the sides. Pour in batter and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the middle is set. You can test with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.