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)

Ingredients

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)

Directions

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! :)

 

References

B. Shane Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry, 2013. Pg 324-328 Folate and Vitamin B12
Maroon J., Bost J.m “Omega-3 Fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti-inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain” 2006, ELSEVIER
Nutrition Data. Avocado. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1843/

 

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