Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Ten Things You Need to Eat

Do you think that the three ingredients above could become a tasty treat? That is what I had to find out. Could the "super" ingredients of almonds, avocado and dark chocolate create a decent brownie? I had to find out. I was reading an article in the paper about the authors of "The Ten Things You Need to Eat". Eat Smart. Get Healthy. Live Long. It sounded intriguing.

This was the end result. These are a very moist, cakey type of brownie. Do not over bake them. Stick to the 35 minutes. I used an 8 x 8" pan which was fine. These will suit you if you do not like an overly sweet brownie. Here is their recipe:

Chocolate Almond Avocado Brownies

Makes 12 large brownies

1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c Dutch-process Cocoa
1/2 t salt
1 c almonds
4 oz good-quality bittersweet chocolate
1/2 c canola oil
1 large, ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
6 eggs
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 c dark brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish with parchment and grease the parchment.
Whisk the flour, cocoa and salt together in large mixing bowl. Grind the almonds in a food processor until roughly chopped. Stir the nuts into the cocoa mixture.
Break up the chocolate and add the pieces to the food processor. Pulse just until coarsely chopped and stir into the cocoa mixture. Wipe out the food processor. Add the oil, avocado, eggs and sugars and process until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to transfer the avocado mixture to the bowl with the cocoa mixture, then gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 35 minutes, until the batter has just barely set in the middle. Allow to cool fully before slicing into 3 x 4 inch brownies.

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