If you like your brownies fudgy this is probably going to become your favourite healthy avocado brownie recipe. At least, that is what happened to me. Don’t worry, if you like your avocado brownies a little bit more cake-like just leave them in the oven for a little longer.
Life has been so busy recently that I, unfortunately, had to practice a bit of slow blogging. Did you know that this was an actual thing? Lots of bloggers recently started to write about it but I am not sure it is for me. For the last two weeks, I didn’t find time to publish my weekly recipe and it somehow felt like something was missing in my life.
Of course, I didn’t stop baking and cooking meantime, therefore, you can be looking forward to some great goodies coming up. They are all up my sleeve, they simply need to be written down.
I thought these Fudgy Vegan Avocado Brownies might be a good comeback just before Valentine’s day, you know, this “sweets for my sweets” kind of thing.
In this recipe, I actually experimented with another form of sweetener called xylitol.
What is Xylitol and how to use it?
Recently I was sent a bag of Total Sweet Xylitol to experiment with and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. For those of you who haven’t heard about xylitol yet, xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is widely used as a sugar substitute. Chemically, it is a sugar alcohol and found naturally in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms, lettuce, trees, and some other fruits.
- has 40% fewer calories than sugar
- has a GI value of 7
- is non-artificial
- actively promotes healthy teeth
- has less than half the available carbohydrates of sugar
- good quality brands derive xylitol from birch& beech wood
- can be substituted for regular sugar 1:1
- Some companies derive it from GMO corn which I would strongly advise against using.
It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But there are three things you should know about it:
It still is a sugar alcohol, therefore, consume it in moderation.
If you consume huge amounts, xylitol may have a mild laxative effect.
Xylitol can cause hypoglycemia in non-primates which can be life threatening. NEVER share your goodies with your pet.
But now, let’s get started with these delicious squares of chocolaty avocado goodness.
Fudgy Vegan Avocado Brownies
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
- 3 tbsp milled chia seeds
- 9 tbsp filtered water
- 1 large avocado
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup Xylitol
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
Cashew nut butter frosting
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut milk (the one from the tetra pack, not the canned one)
- Brownie batter
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- In a cup, make 3 “Chia eggs” by mixing the milled chia seeds with water and letting it sit for 5 minutes, it will turn into a goopy, egg-like texture.
- Add avocado flesh, unsweetened applesauce, chia eggs and vanilla extract to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Mix in xylitol, coconut flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, sea salt and gluten-free baking powder and mix until well combined.
- Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with baking paper and add the batter.
- Place in oven to bake for 30 minutes (slightly less for fudgier brownies or slightly longer for more cake-like brownies). You can insert a wooden skewer into the centre to test if the brownies are done, if it comes out mostly clean with only a view dry crumbs sticking to it it’s fine. In case there is wet dough clinging to it you want to bake it for approximately another 7-8 minutes.
- Let cool completely before adding the frosting.
Cashew nut butter frosting
In a small bowl, make the frosting by mashing the avocado with a fork very well. Stir in the cashew butter and maple syrup and mix again. Add the cacao powder and coconut milk. Mix everything together until it’s smooth.
Put the frosting into the fridge to firm up until the brownie has cooled completely.
Spread the frosting on top of the brownies with a spatula, cut the brownie into 9 squares and enjoy.