Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
There are some things that can divide a family. I’m not talking about the obvious divisive issues like politics, football or how to pronounce garage (this last one may only make sense if you’re married to someone from far North Queensland via the UK). I’m talking about those little differences that seem irrelevant to start with, they can even make someone seem quirky and cute. But after a while you start to wonder if they are really sane or not.
Here’s a few examples of things that have the potential to cause a relationship rift.
How you spread your Vegemite: Thick or thin, to the crusts or just in the middle.
Pineapple on a pizza: pro or con.
Jeans or Jeggings (clearly there is only one correct response here!)
Cats or dogs
How you tie your shoe laces: one bow or two?
Favourite Wiggle, Beatle or Spicegirl.
Favourite Ghostbusters movie
What you think the correct lyrics to ‘Informer’ by Snow are.
What you think the correct lyrics to ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawumba are.
Jim Carey; funny or not
Toilet roll up or down on the holder.
Peanut butter in the fridge or cupboard.
These are the things that you feel so strongly about that you simply can’t fathom why anyone else would do it any other way. Even thinking about someone using bunny ears to tie their laces makes me shake my head in disbelief.
There are clearly correct, sane, answers here people…
So a big issue of contention in our house is brownies. There are two main points for debate with brownies; cakey or fudgey and nuts or no nuts. I sit in the fudgey nut camp whilst my husband is fudgey with no nuts. I think if a brownie is going to be cakey then it should just own its identity and be a cake. As for nuts, sometimes they add a nice crunch to your chocolaty bite… and if you don’t like them you can just pick them out!
This Chocolate Avocado Fudge Brownie is super fudgey. They’re made with avocado instead of butter which makes them a special dairy free dessert. I topped mine with whipped cream and chocolate fudge because, well, why wouldn’t you?!
I love one bowl/appliance recipes (mainly because I hate washing up) and these Chocolate Avocado Fudge Brownies are too easy to make. As long as you make sure your avocados are super ripe (almost verging on being thrown away) then these fudgey brownies will be moist and smooth. If you use firm avocados your brownies will be more like chunky baked cocoa, and there ain’t no amount of whipped cream that can save that!!
So, how do you like your brownies? Do you like Posh or Ginger better?
- 200 grams super ripe Avocado
- 3 Eggs
- 1/3 Cup plus 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 Cup Hazelnut Meal
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
- 1/2 Cup Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 100 grams Chocolate, cut into peices (see recipe below)
- 1/2 Cup chopped Hazelnuts (optional)
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract (for a sweeter, less bitter, chocolate)
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Grease and line a 20cm/8 inch square cake tin (or of siilar dimensions)
- Place the avocado and maple syrup in a blender/food processer and process until smooth.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, coconut flour, baking powder, hazelnut meal and cocoa to the blender and proces until smooth.
- Add the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the cake tin and smooth the top.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until cooked though.
- The Brownie can be served warm or cold. It can be topped with whipped cream and chocolate fudge sauce.
- Over a very low heat, melt the Coconut oil in a saucepan.
- Add the maple syrup and vanilla and stir. Add the cocoa and whisk to combine.
- Allow to thicken slightly, but DO NOT boil or over heat (as this causes the coconut oil to separate).
- Place in lined dish and freeze until set (approximately 30 minutes). Store in the freezer.