Avocado! A favorite for me, but WAIT! Brownies, made out of avocado? Yeah I know, it sounds weird, but believe me, up until today they are the best brownies I’ve made. As I mentioned before in my previous brownie post, this recipes are great since they manage to replace common ingredients with natural foods, and with natural I refer to foods that haven’t been subjected to an industrial process like sugars and some types of fats (margarine for example).
So what’s the deal with avocado? Well I would like to point out that avocados are a great source of omegas, specially omega 6, covering up to 10% of our daily needs in just a cup (150 g). It also contains a good amount of mono-saturated fats, in which we can find Omega 9, a fatty acid that as study suggests, helps lower LDL Colesterol levels. The same cup (150 g) provides 3 grams of protein, 16% of Vitamin E, 39% of Vitamin K, and 30% of Folate daily needs. Folate is a vitamin essencial for genetic development, since it plays a role in the synthesis of nucleotides (a molecule for generating DNA), reason why folate is always controlled and even supplement in pregnant women.
Enough about science! Let’s move on!
Avocado Brownies (Serves 16 aprox)
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup avocado
1/4 cup soy milk
2 tbs water
1/2 tsp vainilla extract
Optional 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (vegan if you can find them, if not it’s optional if your concerned about 100% vegan)
1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl
2. In a food processor mix the avocado, soy milk, water, and vainilla extract.
3. Incorporate the avocado mix into the dry mix slowly while stirring. Preheat the oven at 350F or 175 C
4. Spread evenly into the pan
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350C.
6. Let them cool down and cut into squares. ENJOY!
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