Meatless Monday: Avocado Brownies

The avocado is one of the best foods you can eat. You will find over 20 essential nutrients in an avocado. These include B vitamins, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Potassium, and Fiber just to name a few.  

 There is an added health benefit of eating avocados. They contain healthy fats which bind with nutrients from other foods allowing the body to absorb and digest them better.

Many people who are trying to lose weight are concerned about the calorie content of an avocado. It is true that they are one of the more calorie dense fruits but this generally isn’t something to worry about for most people. For those who are trying to maintain or lose weight, the bigger concern is the fat content. One cup of avocado has about 21g of fat. 

Even if you are on a diet and concerned about the calories and fat content you can still enjoy avocado (in moderation) a couple of times a week. The nutritional benefits far outweigh any possible down side associated with this delicious fruit!

One of the greatest things about this delicious food is the wide variety of recipes you can make using it.

Today’s Meatless Monday recipe is for vegan avocado brownies! These are healthy brownies made with black beans instead of flour, and avocado instead of butter or oil. Holy Guacamole, you’re going to love these fudgy chocolate-packed vegan and gluten free treats!!!

Avocado Brownies (Vegan, GF)

Ingredients

  • 1 large flax egg (1 Tbsp Flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp of water)
  • 1 – 15oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium to large ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8×8 inch baking pan.
  2. Place flax egg, black bean, avocado, vanilla, and brown sugar and process in a food processor until smooth. 
  3. Add in cocoa powder, coconut oil, baking soda, and baking powder and process again until smooth. Batter will be thick. If batter is way too thick and won’t process, you can add in a tablespoon or two of almond milk. This batter needs to be very thick in order to produce fudgy brownies. 
  4. Fold in chocolate chip or sprinkle onto batter then transfer to prepared pan and use a spatula to spread evenly to sides. 
  5. Sprinkle top of batter with 2 tablespoons of remaining chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 22-30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out somewhat clean. We don’t want these to dry out, but we also don’t want them completely raw either! The top of the batter should be completely set and no longer jiggle. 
  7. Cool pan completely on wire rack then cut into 12 bars.
  8. Enjoy!  

Notes

The brownies are best went made in a food processor so that beans can blend together better.

The brownies are best when served at room temperature or cold. They should be stored in the fridge. 

Recipe from www.ambitiouskitchen.com

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