If you're searching for a recipe that will satisfy all brownie-lovers, look no further. These vegan brownies strike the perfect balance between fudgy, cakey and chewy, and the ingredient that makes this possible is probably sitting on your counter right now: avocados! The cocoa powder camouflages the avocado's green color, but the fruit's creamy texture gives the brownies their crave-able chew and deliciously fudgy center.
They're so easy you'll have the recipe memorized after a single batch, even if you aren't dairy-free or vegan.
The secret ingredient
Traditional brownie recipes are a mix of melted chocolate or cocoa powder, butter, eggs, sugar, flour and leavening. This vegan brownie recipe relies on the smooth and creamy texture of avocado -- and its monounsaturated fats -- to take the place of both the butter and eggs.
That means you're left with a short and simple ingredient list: two ripe avocados, brown sugar for sweetness and chew, cocoa powder for chocolate flavor, baking powder to give the brownies a lift, and all-purpose flour to pull the batter together.
After a quick spin in the food processor, these brownies go from pantry to plate in less than an hour. You can even mix the batter by hand; just be sure to mash the avocado until completely smooth.
Makes 16 brownies
2 ripe medium avocados, diced
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350 F. Coat an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Place the avocados, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth, 12 to 15 pulses. Add the flour, then pulse until the flour is completely incorporated, 8 to 10 pulses.
3. Transfer the batter to the pan, and spread into an even layer. Bake until the edges pull away from the sides of the pan and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool completely on a rack before slicing and serving.
Recipe notes: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days.
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