Hello! I’m Ariel…

I’m all about that healthy-ish lifestyle and my food is at the center of my universe. When I’m not cooking, eating, or photographing my food, you can catch me passing the time on the trails or playing with purr babies. Happy Eating!

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Healthy Valentine's Avo-Brownies

Healthy Valentine's Avo-Brownies

February 14th.

To some, this date provokes uncontrollable reactions of the Fight or Flight syndrome. People either board up their houses to avoid this “soul-sucking” holiday or they try to “Valentine” the crap out of any poor person they can find.

To others, like myself, this date simply motivates an abnormal intake of gooey chocolatey thingys and bubble baths! More and more, Valentine’s Day is becoming a celebration of all types of love, not just a romantic love.

Whether or not you have a romantic partner, this day is for YOU!

So what do the people really want on Valentine’s Day? We want chocolate. We want to look and feel sexy. We want to love and to be loved. We really want chocolate, though.

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The problem with chocolate is that most of time when you eat chocolatey thingys, the lookin’ sexy part goes out the window with the baby and the bathwater. (My mom says this expression all the time and I love it — but really, who was the first person to throw their baby and the bath water out the window?! Was it by accident or on purpose? Tough way to learn a lesson, unless you really didn’t care for that baby.)

So if you’re trying to eat abnormal amounts of gooey chocolatey thingys AND look and feel mighty fine at the same time, I have come to your rescue. These Avocado Brownies are gooey, they are chocolatey, and they are HEALTHY! It’s 2019 people, you can have it all. Here’s how to do it…

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Healthy Gooey Silky Fudgey Chocolatey Everything-you-want-in-a-brownie Avocado Brownies Recipe:

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pureed dates — about 7/8 Medjool dates

  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 4 eggs

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup OR honey

  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

  • 8 oz. chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 cup smashed freeze-dried raspberries

  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

1.) Pre-heat oven to 350º F and grease a 9 x 9 inch brownie pan.

2.) Remove pits from dates and puree in a food processor or high-speed blender. Add a splash of warm water to loosen the puree. If you do not have either of these appliances I recommend soaking the dates for 10-15 minutes in boiling water and mashing with a fork.

3.) Puree avocados until smooth as butter, set aside.

4.) In a large bowl, beat eggs until frothy.

5.) Meanwhile, set aside 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and melt the rest in the microwave or over the stovetop.

6.) Add dates, maple syrup OR honey, vanilla, and melted chocolate into egg mixture, beating continuously until frothy again. The dates will not completely break up, don’t worry.

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7.) In a medium bowl, mix cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. (This photo shows the consistency of the batter at this stage.)

8.) Carefully fold avocado puree into the mixture.

9.) Fold in walnuts and freeze-dried raspberries.

10.) Bake for 18-20 minutes. They will look a little wet when you pull them out and that’s okay, you want them to be fudgey!

11.) Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips onto the hot brownies and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. (I hate when people tell me to let them cool! 10 minutes feels like FOREVER when your entire house smells like sexy chocolatey goodness. If you’re dying for a taste, go ahead a steal a corner.)

12.) These brownies are delicious straight from the refrigerator, off the counter, or heated in the microwave!

Happy Eating and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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—Ariel

P.S. — You may recognize this recipe from my post two years ago! I re-vamped these brownies to make them easier, tastier, and healthier!

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