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Gluten Free Chocolate Avocado Brownies
Avocados in Cooking
I've been discovering the benefits of avocados in cooking since becoming gluten free and grain free several years ago. They add a creaminess to recipes that makes it possible to create tasty alternatives while getting the benefits of healthy fats.
My most recent search has been for a brownie recipe that would be gluten and grain free, sugar free and low carb. I found a great recipe on Dr. OZ, but it had a too much sugar in it for me. I am a diet-controlled diabetic so I always try to keep refined sugars to a minimum.
I decided that it was time to experiment by using the avocado, cocoa and almond flour as a base for my healthy, low-carb brownies. It was really exciting to finally create a brownie that was as good as the traditional brownie.
This is my second recipe using avocados. You can get the recipe for my Diabetic, Gluten-Free Instant Chocolate Avocado Pudding here on HubPages.
I should probably add that both of these are also dairy free and soy free for people who don't tolerate either of those. They are definitely not nut free, however.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 17 min
- Ready in: 22 min
- Yields: 16 brownies
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp pure stevia powder, or sweeten to taste with your choice of sweeteners.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 medium ripe avocados, mashed
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped, or nuts of your choice
- 4 ounces 70% chocolate chips
|Serving size: 16 squares|
|Calories from Fat||108|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 12 g||18%|
|Saturated fat 3 g||15%|
|Unsaturated fat 3 g|
|Carbohydrates 6 g||2%|
|Sugar 3 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 45 mg||2%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch pan and set aside.
- In an electric mixer at slow speed, mix the eggs and sweetener together until smooth.
- Add the cocoa and blend until even. Be sure to scape the sides down so all the cocoa mixes in.
- Mash two ripe avocados until smooth and add them into the egg/cocoa mixture. Blend until well combined.
- Add the vanilla and salt into the batter and blend.
- Add the almond flour and mix until the batter is smooth and everything is blended evenly.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the center is firm. Do not over bake if you want them to be moist. Please read the note below about cooking time and other sweeteners.
- Allow to cool before cutting.
- Cut into 16 equal squares
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If you have any suggestions on how you revised the brownies to add flavors you like, please feel free to let us know. We would love to hear about them.
Using Different Sweeteners
I originally made this recipe using pure stevia powder only and it took 15 to 17 minutes to cook.
Today I tried using 1/2 cup pure Xylitol powder and 1/8 teaspoon of stevia. I had to keep putting it back in the oven. Even after 25 minutes, the center was still pretty moist, but I decided to let it just cool in the baking dish and see if it would firm up. I'll have to let you know how it goes.
If any of you have tried it with different sweeteners and found baking times that work for those sweeteners, please let us know in the comment section at the end of Hub.
These brownies came out moist and chewy. They had crunch from the pecans that I added.They had added crunch once I refrigerate them so the chocolate chips hardened.
Of course, I sampled them before this while they were still warm, and those pockets of chocolate were just as tantalizing as the crunchy hardened ones were later.
I found them very satisfying and it was easy to only eat one, because it quickly satisfied my craving for crunch, sweet, and chocolate. These are the three things I always seem to look for when I am craving something.
I especially find them very satisfying at the end of a meal. Out of habit, I always look for something sweet after I finish eating. At 145 calories, this is the perfect thing to top off a meal.
Nutritional Benefits of Avocados
The most exciting thing about the Chocolate Avocado Brownies is that they only have 145 calories each. They are very satisfying because of the high protein and healthy fat content.
Although there are 3 grams of saturated fat, the majority of this is from the avocado which provides the healthy fats our brain, nerves and muscles need.
It is also a good source of fiber which helps reduce cholesterol and slows down the uptake of sugar. This keeps the blood sugar levels more even so you don't get the spikes and drops in sugar that you normally get from refined sugars.
Avocados are high in potassium and also contain Vitamin K, B, C, and E. There is also 4 grams of protein in an average sized avocado.