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February 11, 2014
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Welcome to the new layout. I know I’ve changed the layout of my blog a couple of times, but now I’m done. I’m very happy with this one.

I finally pulled myself together and bought a theme. I never really liked any of the free ones. I’ve bought the theme Mint Leaf from a lovely etsy shop called Dont Tell Anyone. If you ever consider buting a theme yourself you have to check out that shop. All of the themes are gorgeous and the service is excellent!

 

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I just came home from a very nice weekend trip to my grandmother. It is always nice visiting her. We usually cook a lot and go for a lot of walks.

My grandmother has just written down the story of her childhood. She grew up on a big farm on Funen and she remembers the second world war clearly. A very interesting read. Anyway, she asked me if I could help her adding photos to the story. And so I did. It was so much fun to look though all those old photos. I love old black and white photos like these. Check out the ones above. Pictures of my grandmother as a very little girl (she’s 78 years old by now).

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Classy graddad.
My mother and uncle.

One of the days my grandmother found an old box full of slides from the 60’s. There were tone of pictures of my very own mother as a baby and very little girl. And some of my granddad, whom I’ve sadly never known, since he died at a very young age. The little box in which you placed the slides in order to look at them pretty much resembled the microscopes we use in biotechnology. We recently found out that we could take a photo through the lens my our phones and in that way get a great picture of whatever was in the microscope, so I thought “Why not try that with the slides”. And it totally worked! So now I have some very nice old photos on my computer.

It was so nice to look trough them. Old pictures are the true treasuries in life.

Probably the healthiest brownie you'll ever have - and you won't even be able to tell. No butter, no flour and no refined sugar || The Smoothie LoverProbably the healthiest brownie you'll ever have - and you won't even be able to tell. No butter, no flour and no refined sugar || The Smoothie Lover

Enough talking about old photos and photo techniques. Let’s talk brownies.

My recipe on healthy avocado chocolate cookies is by far the most popular post on this blog. Many people have requested a recipe on a healthy brownie as well. I really love the cookies so I was so up for the challenge. So here it is: The healthiest brownie you’ll ever get.

These brownies are very dense (we like under baked brownies right?) but slightly more cloud-like than the usual brownie.

Enjoy!

5.0 from 8 reviews
Avocado Brownies
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 200 g. (1½ cup) avocado flesh* (very ripe, but not brown)
  • 1 cup (240mL) coconut sugar OR ½ cup (120 mL) honey*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (240mL) dark cocoa powder (a bit more than 1 dl.)
  • 100 g. dark chocolate (I used 85% cocoa)
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350° F.
  2. In a bowl using a hand mixer (or use a stand mixer with the whipping-thing attached), mix together avocado and coconut sugar or honey until smooth. Beat in the eggs.
  3. Mix in the cocoa powder.
  4. In a foodprocessor grind the chocolate until fine (no lumps bigger than a small pea). Mix "chocolate-flour" into the dough.
  5. In a small bowl or glass dissolve the baking soda in water and add to the dough. Mix well.
  6. Butter a square pan or spring form. Pour the dough into the form and bake for approx. 20 minutes.
  7. Cool down outside the oven. Then cover and let cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The brownies becomes better the longer they sit in the fridge.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to an week.
Notes
* Some readers say they had to add a little more sweetener. I like my brownies or cookies a little bitter, so if you want them sweeter just add on some more.

57 responses to “Little Treasuries & Avocado Brownies”

  1. […] Little Treasuries & Avocado Brownies […]

    • lacey says:

      I just made these brownies with a few changes. Halfway through I realized that I didn’t have a brownie pan, so I they became cookies. They were SO good. A little thicker than the original cookie recipe, and creamy, too. They reminded me of the top of a muffin (the best part). Also, since I didn’t have the correct pan, I thought the batter would be a little thin for cookies so I added a handful of almonds to the food processor to make about 1/4th cup almond flour- which likely contributed to their denseness. I am so pleased with the result. I ate 5 as soon as they came out of the oven….let’s hope the rest can survive the week. Thank you for this lovely recipe!

      • I am so happy you liked them – and I love the fact you just “solved the problem” by being a little creative.
        Actually this brownie was a cookie recipe at first – there’s a link to the original recipe (which is on my blog) in this post :) People love the cookie version.

  2. Trisha says:

    THese looks so gooey and delicious!

  3. LOVE the new layout!! BTW these brownies look delicious!! YUM! thanks for sharing these cool pictures/ memories!! Hope you have a great rest of your week!

  4. Love the new look, how exciting! Im actually in the process of doing the same thing myself, fun times! Loved the cute little pics of your family too – its so sweet that your grandmother has written down the story of her childhood – what a great idea! AND, speaking of great ideas, these brownies look AMAZING! Definitely pinning these to make soon! Mmm :)

  5. Leigha says:

    Old pictures are SO COOL! I Love talking to my grandparents about the past :) these brownies look sososo yummy!!

  6. Elise Caira says:

    I love the new look! And those look amazing (like always!)

  7. I’ve tried the black bean brownies and was a little dissapointed, so I’m hoping the avocado ones are better- they sure look it! I’m excited to give this recipe a try. And I love the new theme! I had a designer from etsy help with my layout too and I love it. gotta love etsy :)

  8. Dina says:

    i really want to try avocado brownies. they look amazing. great new theme!

  9. Oh My – Girl, the new layout looks super beautiful!! It totally suits you and your blog. You couldn’t have chosen a better one ;–)
    And those old pictures are so cute too <3
    The brownies??? They look ever so fudgy that I'm all drooling now. And the fact that they're that healthy makes me want to jump with joy! Perfect dessert!
    Pinned : )

  10. I love the new layout!
    And I love looking at old pictures…so many wonderful memories.
    I’ve never used avocado in desserts but I think I need to start with these brownies. They look rich and delicious. :)

  11. I love the new lay out! I like the other one too.. I am happy you finally got something you can enjoy.. Lovely pictures it’s like a blast from the past. All the memories.. I am looking forward to more pics, stories, and brownies. :)

  12. Josefine, I am LOVING the new layout and colors! The picture of you, the colors, the theme – they seem so YOU! I love that! These brownies…girl, they look amazing. Healthy and treats? You’ve got it going on. I gotta PIN it!

  13. Your new theme looks great! :) What cute pictures!!
    Oh and I can’t forget those to die for looking brownies haha! I love using avocado in my baking, especially in cookies! I’ve never tried avocado brownies but I think I definitely should :)

  14. Wow your blog looks absolutely stunning now! I love the font so much!! These brownies look so gooey and just wow. And the family pics are so cute :) :)

  15. I love the layout Josefine! It is very pretty and clean. I am starting to get sick of the free themes too…maybe I’ll head over to that Etsy shop!

    I admit I have a problem…I am an avocadoholic and these brownies look amazingly delicious. I can’t wait to try them!!

  16. Paula says:

    Oh, your new look is simple and cute, I love it!!!

    Oh, your grandmother has to be great, she wrote her story!! Lovely!! I also love when family shows old photos. At home we have a system which transforms slides into jpg, I see you have your own resources :P

    I really love chocolate avocado cake, never try brownie, but of course, it has to be even better. I will give it a try!!
    Once I also made a cake with condensed milk and avocado, it was to die for!! Even if not so healthy :P

    • Thank you so much dear Paula. I’d love such a system. She had so many slides, but I didn’t have time for taking pictures of them all, so I still have plenty to turn into an actual picture ;)
      Condesed milk and avocado sounds like a great combination of ingredients for cake! Yum!

      • Helen Charbonnea says:

        Thanks for the recipe; Of course I can’t let it sit 30 minutes and than in the fridge for 30 minutes but It was like a pudding warm out of the oven. My son liked it too. But I have a male friend just had 6 way by pass in Sept and is hungry for sweets. Tomorrow I will see how he likes it. I would not tell him what is in it ; told him he has to keep an open mind. LOL Thanks for the recipe OH and I tasted it and added honey with the coconut sugar and pecans..

  17. Helen Charbonneau says:

    My friend finally showed up and got them this morning. He liked them; I think he was surprised when I told him Avacodo. He was like well I guess if you add chocolate I will eat it forever. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. I love brownies. These look delicious and guilt free

  19. […] Avocado Brownies (I wasn’t surprised at this, since the “mother-recipe” is the most popular post on this entire blog) […]

  20. Sarah says:

    Baking these right now and they smell amazing buuuuuut they are taking closer to 45 min to bake!!! Nothing close to 20 min. I followed the recipe and the only thing i did different was add some extra coconut sugar. Any ideas what’s awrong?!
    -sarah

    • Hi Sara. That sounds strange – I’ve never tried that before. Maybe there is a difference in the water content in avocados. Or, did you maybe use 175° F instead of 350° – because the 175 is if you use °C :)
      Anyway, I hope they turned out well, once they were out of the oven :)

      • Veridiana says:

        For me too! No sign of clean toothpick before 45min… I’m waiting for them too cool down now. They look and smell delicious!!!

        • Veridiana says:

          Hum, they turned out a bit bitter, more like a slight burnt taste. I do like the bitter taste, but in this case it’s different. Not like black coffee or dark chocolate… I will definitely try the recipe again, but baking it for just 20-30min at most. Ah, the fridge tip is a must. I normally prefer chocolate and sweets at room temperature, but it this case it does taste better after living in the fridge for a few hours (I even left half outside just to compare ;)

        • Hm, I am so sorry to hear that :O I have never had troubles with the recipe. I think it’s a good idea to only bake it for 20-30 minutes yes.
          I’ll try the recipe myself soon again. In the meantime I will just adjust the recipe so that it doesn’t say the thing about the toothpick. I don’t think the toothpick trick is a necessity actually. Now I come to think of it I always just bake them ’till the top is hard, but the centre still soft.
          I really hope this will work out for you. Thanks for trying!

  21. Hira says:

    Can I substitute the coconut sugar for a banana like in the cookies recipe?

  22. vicky says:

    I’ve just made and tried this today, OMG they were sooooo good and moisty! Great recipe! Thanks!

  23. Manon says:

    I made these yesterday, they were absolutely amazing! No one would guess they’re actually healthy :) thanks for the recipe!

  24. Abbey says:

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. And I love your writing, too; most bloggers have a very annoying “voice”/style of writing. Oh and the brownies – they look delicious! Would a flax egg or a chia egg work in place of the eggs to make this vegan? I’m lovin the blog, glad I stumbled across it.

    • Wow, that message made my day! Thank you so much sweet Abbey! I made the avocado cookies using a chia egg and I am almost certain it would work great in these brownies too. I don’t know about the flax egg though – sorry :)
      Happy new year!

  25. Gracie says:

    I have just about everything except the dark chocolate, so could that be omitted or replaced with anything?? Thanks!

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