Healthy Java Brownies

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Oh Nerdship, I love experimenting with different ingredients and now with so many of my friends discovering their gluten-intolerance and other food allergies. I’ve been trying to accommodate their new diets… including satisfying their sweet tooth because let’s face it, I’m a people-pleaser, people. I’m not going to lie, it’s been an adventure into different ingredients. Different flours, binders, and fat replacements including some of the ones we’ll be using for these delicious Healthy Java Brownies. So keep an open mind and let’s get on with this, shall we?

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These brownies are gluten-free, dairy-free, and only contain a small amount of sugar.Do you want to know what the secret ingredient is?

AVOCADOS!

Yes, that’s right guys and gals… I said avocados. Wait, avocados in brownies!? Are you nuts?!?! (The jury is definitely still out on the whole “nuts” thing but I’m certainly considering it.) Actually, in the world of dairy-free diets, switching avocados for butter is common practice and it’s quite an easy switch. When you’re planning on swapping the two out it’s just a one for one ratio. (I.E. – one cup of mashed avocados for one cup of butter) Have you swapped the two in any of your recipes? If so, what is your favorite avocado-friendly recipe? 

The Mister walked into the kitchen as I was cutting up the avocados and looked rather worried. See, he doesn’t appreciate the green-goodness that is the avocado and when he found out that I was PUTTING IT IN A BROWNIE he was shocked. How dare I tarnish a good brownie… OH THE HUMANITY!? What’s even better is that I had him help me cut one of the avocados as I was washing off the brownie pan. I’m evil. /muwah ha ha ha ha

The best part of this little tale is that my husband thought that they were excellent after he tried one. I made an avocad0-believer out of this one, Nerdship. Now let’s see how many other dishes I can hide avocado in. I think I just found a new game…

HealthyJavaBrownies_NerdsAndNomsense-5NOTE: These brownies are very, VERY moist and dense – almost fudge-like. If you would like to have not-so-moist brownies, we suggest baking them for 10-15 minutes longer than the recipe calls for. Also, I’m going to apologize in advance for the lack of “in-progress” pictures.

Healthy and Brownies are two words that can be used in the same sentence!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 1 c of unsweetened applesauce

  • 3/4 c of unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 8 oz of semi-sweet chocolate baking squares

  • 1 c of coffee, piping hot.

  • 1/2 c of dark brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda

  • 1 tsp of baking powder

  • 3/4 cup of mini dark chocolate chips

  • 1 1/2 c of gluten-free flour

  • 1/4 c of coconut flour

  • 2 tsp of homemade vanilla extract* – or good quality vanilla extract

Makes a 10×10 / 9×13 pan of delicious brownies. 

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and prep your pans with parchment paper.
  2. Bash up your bakers chocolate, place it into a Pyrex measuring cup and pour the hot coffee over top of all the chocolate. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes, or until fully melted.
  3. In your mixer, cream your avocados till smooth and creamy, then add in your sugar. HealthyJavaBrownies_NerdsAndNomsense-1
  4. Once your avocados and sugar are blended nicely, add in your applesauce, melted chocolate/coffee slurry, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine all of your flours, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Gently add in your dry ingredients at about a third at a time until the batter is fully mixed and smooth. It may be a bit bumpy – but that’s okay.HealthyJavaBrownies_NerdsAndNomsense-2
  6. Gently fold in your mini chocolate chips and pour into your prepared pan.HealthyJavaBrownies_NerdsAndNomsense-3
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the center is done. These brownies are very moist, so don’t freak out if when you cut into them, they seem a bit underdone. As long as the batter doesn’t stick on your toothpick when you do the toothpick trick, it’s ready to go.  HealthyJavaBrownies_NerdsAndNomsense-4
  8. Let your brownies cool before cutting and serving. Feel free to devour and enjoy your healthy little brownie.

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I’m hooked on these delicious morsels and my brain is teaming with different ideas to sneak in avocados into other tasty noms – both sweet and savory. Especially with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching. Are you planning on fixing anything special for the big day? We’ve got some yummy recipes and cocktails planned for the next week and a half, in fact here’s a teaser [Red Velvet Cocktail]:RedVelvetCocktail_NerdsAndNomsense-9

With this in mind, my husband and I braved the treacherous roads this past weekend to go to the grocery store. I ended up picking up some spaghetti squash, cauliflower, and other sneaky items. Be sure to keep a keen eye out during the next few weeks for recipes utilizing these ingredients.

Healthy Java Brownies
 
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Makes 1 - 9x13 or 10x10 pan of brownies.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Chocolate
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 c of unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ c of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8oz of semisweet chocolate baking squares
  • 1 c of coffee, piping hot.
  • ½ c of dark brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ¾ cup of mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1½ c of gluten free flour
  • ¼ c of coconut flour
  • 2 tsp of homemade vanilla extract* - or good quality vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and prep your pans with parchment paper.
  2. Bash up your bakers chocolate, place them in a Pyrex measuring cup and pour the hot coffee over them. Let them sit for at least 5 minutes, or until fully melted.
  3. In your mixer, cream your avocados till smooth and creamy, then add in your sugar.
  4. Once your avocados and sugar are blended nicely, add in your applesauce, melted chocolate/coffee slurry, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine all of your flours, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Gently add in your dry ingredients at about a third at a time until the batter is fully mixed and smooth. It may be a bit bumpy - but that's okay.
  6. Gently fold in your mini chocolate chips and pour into your prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the center is done. These brownies are very moist, so don't freak out if when you cut into them, they seem a bit underdone. As long as the batter doesn't stick on your toothpick when you do the toothpick trick, it's ready to go.
  8. Let your brownies cool before cutting and serving. Feel free to devour and enjoy your healthy little brownie.

Dearest Nerdship, do you like to sneak unconventional items into your delicious baked goods? If so, what sorts? Also, if you give these brownies a try, we’d love to see and hear how they turned out for you. Share your picture with us on Facebook or Twitter – or just let us know how they turned out in the comments below.

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