Fudgey Avocado Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

February is Heart Month, so we’ve found the perfect recipe to keep your heart healthy AND happy… helloooo avocados and chocolate!

Recipe by Tieghan Gerard (Half Baked Harvest)

Submitted by:  Jennifer Josey, RD

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe small avocados, pitted and skins removed (about ¾ cup once pureed)

  • ½ cup real maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee (optional)

  • 3 ½ ounces dark chocolate, melted

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ cup cocoa powder

  • ½ cup almond meal/flour

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate chunks

CHOCOLATE FUDGE FROSTING

  • ¼ cup real maple syrup

  • ¼ cup coconut oil

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the avocado, maple syrup, vanilla, and instant coffee (if using) until smooth and no clumps of avocado remain. Pour in the melted chocolate and pulse until creamy.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs for 1 minute until bubbly on top. Stir in the chocolate avocado mix, mixing until combined. Add the cocoa powder, almond flour, and salt. Stir until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

4. Evenly spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the brownies are just set. Do not over bake or these will become cakey. Allow to cool before frosting.

5. Meanwhile, make the frosting. In a small saucepan, melt together the maple syrup, coconut oil and dark chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Let the frosting cool, then pour/spread the frosting over the brownies and spread in an even layer. Place the brownies in the fridge and allow the frosting to set, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

6. Once set, cut into bars and serve at room temp. Keep stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

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