Avocado: Tips and Tricks post, avocados are a relatively new-to-me fruit. I first purchased a few to try as a first food for Summer. My basic rule of thumb is that if I won't eat it, she doesn't have to. So I had to try a bit of avocado before giving it to her. I've had guacamole in the past but I've never been a big fan of it, so I really wasn't expecting to like avocados. I was pleasantly surprised when I did like them, and I've made a few recipes using avocados since then.
So why am I talking about avocados? Isn't this a brownie post? Well, remember I told you this recipe had only 3 ingredients? One of them is avocado! The other two are water and a box of brownie mix. Does water even count? I love recipes that use a boxed mix because it makes it so easy. (Like these Lemon Crinkle Cookies!)
You just take 2 avocados and mash them up really good. I used my food processor to make sure there weren't any chunks. Avocado in brownies is weird enough, but chunks of avocado is brownies, no thank you! Then mix in a bit of water and the brownie mix. And that's it! Pour it into a pan and bake.
These brownies are extremely fudgey! I think their texture is similar to a Lara bar (if you've had one of those before). They're dense and gooey. I opted to store them in the fridge since I wasn't sure how avocado would do sitting out on the counter. I loved eating the brownies cold.
I would consider these brownies to be pretty healthy. The fat from the typical eggs and oil is replaced by good fats from the avocado. A large piece of brownie came out to be just under 200 calories. I figure that's pretty good for such a decadent snack!
These brownies are skinny, unless you eat half a pan...
Not that I would know or anything!
Makes 1 9x13" pan, about 12 servings
2 avocados (about 1 cup of puree)
1/3 cup water
1 boxed brownie mix
1. Remove the flesh from the avocado (directions here) and place in your food processor. Add water and process until smooth. (If you don't have a food processor, you can also use a blender or mash the avocado with a fork.)
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the avocado and brownie mix. (If your food processor is large enough, you can mix everything in there.)
3. Pour into a greased 9x13" pan.
4. Bake a 350 for 27-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean.
Source: JelliBean Journals