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Friday, June 7, 2013

Avocado Brownies with @ZulkaSugar

Avocado Brownies
Alright guys! Today is the last day of my little unofficial Zulka Pure Cane Sugar week! If you wanna read more about it, check out Monday's post. Essentially, I've just been posting healthier sweets made with the pure, unprocessed deliciousness of morena sugar.
Avocado Brownies
So, I'm always semi-suspicious when I see a recipe for like brownies or some such with something weird and healthy in place of, say, butter. But when I saw the photos from the post featuring these avocado brownies, and read the author's passion over how delicious they were I figured-why not?

Um, well, they weren't bad.

They were um...kind of gummy in texture? And you were aware of something different in the flavor.
This doesn't mean that you won't necessarily like them-you may. I didn't mind them, they were kinda just like "eh" to me. I tried to pawn some off on one of the kids I babysit, but her family were not big fans (so then I had to redeem myself by bringing them these cookies the next week. They were much happier.)

The moral of the story is-avocado is not a miraculous replacement for butter or oil. But it's something to try.

Avocado Brownies

Adapted from The Simple Lens

Avocado Brownies
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (or 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup all purpose)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup morena or raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Avocado Brownies
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish.
  • Fully pulverize the avocado (with a fork, mixer, or food processor/blender).
  • Combine the mashed avocado with the vanilla extract, water, and syrup/honey.
  • Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  • In multiple batches, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes. Once firm enough, cut into squares.
Avocado Brownies

Disclaimer: I was  provided with a bag of Zulka Pure Cane Sugar to try, but I was under no obligation to review if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. My opinions, as always, are all my own.
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