Guilt-Free, Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Brownies
The Valentine’s Day is upon us.
If your loved ones are chocolate lovers, they have the perfect excuse to eat all the chocolates their hearts desire.
But if you don’t want to shower them with sugar-loaded sweets this year, why not express your love by making healthy treats that chocolate lovers will definitely enjoy and appreciate?
Not only for your loved one’s health, but also for the environmental health, making your own chocolate is much better than store-bought boxes of chocolate that consists of a heart-shaped package with full of single use plastics! (To me, that is just a shape of heart and actually no heart or nothing in it!!!)
But what should you make?
Chocolate fruit dip?
Chocolate muesli bars?
All of these choices are healthier and delicious, but they are not fancy and not for a special day, are they…?
How about a chocolate brownie?
I think this is the one all the chocolate lovers will be happy with and want more on the Valentine’s Day!
Does brownie sound healthy?
But it is actually healthy!
Because this is not a normal chocolate brownie.
It contains AVOCADO!!!
Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fat, soluble fiber and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, E, K, and B-6, iron, copper, potassium etc.
On the other hand, chocolate (I’m talking about dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa) is loaded with antioxidants and minerals.
Some studies have suggested chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and also prevent memory decline.
With these ingredients combined, definitely this brownie is going to be a healthier sweet that makes your loved ones and their bodies happier!
Avocado chocolate brownie : 12 pieces
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25-30 mins
・1 large ripe avocado (peeled and pitted: around 200g)
・140g dark chocolate
＊If you like the sweeter brownie, you can use milk chocolate up to 180g
・2 large eggs (at room temperature)
・50g coconut sugar
・1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
・20g unsweetened cocoa powder
・60g rice flour
・50g almond meal
・1 teaspoon baking powder
・1/2 cup crushed walnuts (you can use any nuts:peanuts, pecans, almonds etc)
Baking pan : 4evaeco Stack n Nest Food Containers Trio Large
(container size:22cm x 17cm, holds 1800ml)
1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ fan forced.
2. Lightly grease the baking pan and line it with baking paper. Set aside.
3. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water(50-55℃) and stir with a spatula. Once it melted, remove the heat. Set aside.
＊You can also use food processor instead.
＊Do not over beat as doing so well affect the texture of your brownies.
＊Leftovers can be back in the 4evaeco food container used as a baking pan then put the lid on for storing in the fridge or freezer.
NOTES & TIPS:
– Brownies get better with age. You can store them at room temperature for 3 days , or keep them in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.
To eat the frozen ones, take out of the freezer and leave to thaw. Bring to room temperature before serving.
– Serving with fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and mango would be a perfect match for Valentine’s Day!
Hope you like and enjoy this recipe!