Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies (vegan & gluten-free)

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After making "healthy vegan brownie alternatives" using kidney beans and sweet potato, i just had to make them with avocado. Also, i have made several delicious dessert recipes using avocado for chocolate pudding, so Chocolate Avocado Brownies were the obvious next step, right? 

This recipe is completely free of butter, grains and nuts. These Dark Chocolate Brownies are incredibly moist, thanks to the avocado and banana, and super chocolatey and rich in taste. In my personal ranking, these brownies align themselves in second place between my Raw Nut free Brownies (in first place) and my Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies (in third place). 

I made these brownies with a friend of mine, and since she is allergic to any traces of nuts and legumes, we made this recipe nut free and coated half of the brownies with a glazing of an improvised mix of cacao powder and agave syrup instead of chocolate. And to be honest, the cacao agave glazing actually tasted even better than the chocolate glazing!

DARK FUDGY CHOCOLATE BROWNIES made with avocado

adapted from Heather @Heather's French Press 

Preparation time: 40 mins
Main ingredients: avocado, cacao, buckwheat
difficulty level: easy
makes: 24 brownie squares *
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and delicious "even so"

Ingredients

Brownies
2 ripe avocados 
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
5 tbsp agave syrup (or honey for non-vegans)
4 flax eggs 
1/2 cup of buckwheat flour OR almond flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp Maca powder (optional)
pinch of sea salt 
2 tsp vanilla

Glazing
80g melted vegan dark chocolate OR approx. 4 tbsp raw cacao powder + 4 tbsp agave syrup (we did fifty-fifty)

* I used a 23 cm x 14 cm baking dish (about 9 x 5.5 inches)


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F or 175°C.

First, whisk together your flax eggs and set aside in the fridge. Here's how

Mash your avocados well or puree in a food processor. Add your bananas, cacao powder and agave syrup, and blend very well. In a mixing bowl, combine the "avocado pudding" with the buckwheat, the flax eggs and the rest of the ingredients until it forms an even dough. (I added a teaspoon of Maca powder because it is supposed to have aphrodisiac qualities, and i don't mind sparking things up a bit in bed ;) 

Now spread the dough into a brownie baking dish or on a baking sheet lined baking tray. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before glazing with melted dark chocolate OR cacao powder and agave syrup stirred together (i did this by instinct, so don't ask me for the exact measurement, just mix the two together until they reach your preferred consistency and taste). Cut brownie cake into squares and enjoy!

Keep refrigerated for best results.

We didn't even make it to the "refrigerate to store" stage. We (the four of us) ate the entire brownie tray in one sitting. Just sayin'...


Huge thanks to Cathy, Angel and the other amazing women for featuring me over on their Wake Up Wednesday party this week! The past two weeks seem to be "feature week" for me!! I feel so lucky :)

http://apeekintomyparadise.com/2015/05/wake-up-wednesday-link-party-8.html


Other chocolate-y desserts you might enjoy:

http://be-alice.blogspot.com/2015/07/no-bake-chili-chocolate-brownies-raw.html
Raw Chili Chocolate Brownies (vegan & gf)
http://be-alice.blogspot.com/2015/03/fudgy-chocolate-sweet-potato-brownies.html
Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownies (vegan & gf)
No Bake Chocolate Cream Pie (vegan & gf)
5-Minute Chocolate Pudding (non-dairy)




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