Wait, don’t run away, I know what you’re thinking, “Chocolate and avocados? Really?” I’d just like to get in first and say, “Yes. A big, resounding, YES”.
Don’t just take my word for it though, please go out and find yourself some avocados to make this recipe. I find everyone has their own favourite kind of brownie, whether it’s glossy topped, fudgey middled, crackled or cake-like, the way their mum or their Nan used to make it. There are so many different kinds of brownie it can take a lot of butter, sugar, chocolate and eggs to find one you love. This one has the crisp top and the delightfully fudgey middle that glues itself to the roof of your mouth, helping you savour every bite – my favourite kind of brownie.
While avocados aren’t typically cheap at this time of year, we managed to score an entire bag of them at The Berry Farm in Margaret River when we were there a couple weekends ago. Did I have any plans for them? No. Did I let that stop me? Of course not. They were the first thing I picked up and I held on to them, well, until I got distracted by the other tasty treats and B kindly offered to hold them while I indulged.
Note: when warming ganache, maybe keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil over.
But that’s not the point. We made a huge batch of guacamole/salsa which used up a few of them, some were smashed up on toast for breakfast and the rest? They got lonely. I couldn’t think of anything interesting to make with them. What on earth are avocados for besides Guac & breakfast!?
It turns out, as this post informed me, they’re also for brownies!
I know you’re probably still gobsmacked, I understand. But if we look at this from a purely scientific point of view, and you check the recipe, there’s no butter! And we all know avocado has a high fat content, so… you can see where this is going, yes? The good thing is that it’s a naturally occurring fat that your body is designed to break down and there aren’t too many avocados in the recipe. What I’m trying to say is, “It’s healthy!”
I’m not going to show you a step by step on how to make it because it’s WAY too easy.
Melt chocolate, mix in avocados, add sugar, then eggs and vanilla.
Gently mix in the flour, baking powder and cocoa, then some oil and of course the chocolate chips.
Once it’s done, and cool enough to eat, slice & serve. It works really well with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Chocolate Avocado Brownie Cake
Adapted from How Sweet Eats
Makes a 9 in round cake
- 2 large ripe avocados, mashed
- 225 g chocolate, melted
- 1 C sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t vanilla essence
- 3/4 C plain flour
- 1/4 C cocoa
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 3 T grapeseed oil (or other light flavoured oil)
- 110 g chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- Preheat oven to 170 C and prepare a 9in round cake tin.
- Melt your chocolate in a large bowl, in short bursts in a microwave until it’s just melted. Stir to get the last few bits to fully melt. Add in the avocado and mix well.
- Add in the cup of sugar, mixing well. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir to combine.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa, then add the salt. Mix it all together until it has just combined, not more!
- Add your oil and chocolate chips and mix until the batter looks evenly studded with chocolate chips.
- Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Pull it out when the middle has just set, the recipe is a little forgiving if you do go a few minutes over.
- Serve warm with ice cream and if you have it, chocolate sauce. Go on….
Super quick chocolate sauce
- Heat 200ml cream on a low heat until very hot but not boiling.
- Pour it over 200g of chopped chocolate and stir, letting the heat of the cream melt the chocolate.
- Voila! Ganache!
If you like nuts in your brownie – feel free to add them in! You could do 1/2 cup (or more depending on your preferred level of crunch) of almost any kind!
- pistachios – if you do this one, make sure to use dark chocolate in the recipe & up the salt to half a teaspoon
- macadamias – you could add dried berries to this one too
- hazelnuts – to up the flavour, add some Frangelico to the brownie batter
Now I need to buy some more avocados!