February Challenge Recap: Avocado Brownies!

If you didn’t catch my February Challenge at the beginning of the month, you can check it out HERE! My plan was to be a foodie. I wanted to focus more on developing my food photography skills and becoming familiar with a broader range of foods, as well as expanding my culinary horizons. I think I did a pretty good job. I also saved the best recipe for last! AVOCADO BROWNIES.

Leading up to my last recipe yesterday, I made Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars, Chickpea and Corn Burgers, and Corn Chowder. Yum, yum, and yum. The theme this month was apparently chocolate and corn… weird. Okay, maybe I haven’t quite expanded my horizons 😉

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My goal was to try 4 new recipes, in addition to trying 4 new foods! For my last recipe I decided to make dessert last night. Avocado brownies, a recipe I followed almost to a tee from HERE! I swear this is suppose to be a “healthy living” blog but sometimes a girl’s gotta have her chocolate.

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I rarely eat dessert, but these are to die for and well worth it. First of all, they are dark chocolate, and second they are delicious. Despite the massive amount of avocado in them, they don’t taste like it at all, and luckily all of the cocoa hides the green colour 😉 My avocados were perfectly ripe… it was fate that last night they needed to be made into brownies.

Avocado brownie recipe

First the avocado, eggs, vanilla, and water and pureed in a food processor. Melt the dark chocolate and process it with the avocado mixture. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, and baking soda, process until fully mixed. My mixture looked a little dry so I added about half a tablespoon of water. It was still super thick but that is what makes them work and keeps them dense.

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We bought a new Ninja blender which has a food processor component so I used that to mix the brownies. The food processor blade still had the plastic on it! I think I should have looked at the warning a little closer.

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Bake the brownies in an 8″ x 8″ pan for about 25 minutes at 355F. Mine took about 27 minutes but all ovens are different! Once they come out of the oven let them cool. Place them in the fridge to chill and then cut them into nine squares. My dad asked if what I was baking was edible because it was so dark! Trust me, they may not be the cutest brownies but they are amazing.

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My dad even ate one and he NEVER has dessert. My brother also loved them. My mom gave up desserts and junk food for lent so she watched us in envy. They are super rich and delicious!

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One of my other February goals was to work on my food photography and I really tried. Natural light is HUGE in food photography and everything looks better in the sunshine. I tried to cook some things at lunch instead of in the evening simply because the lighting was better. It was dark out last night when I made the brownies but we tried to make it work. My brother is a great assistant!

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As for a signature recipe, I kind of adjusted each recipe to make it my own. My family has SO many baking recipes that have kind of become signature Murray recipes but I don’t know if my mom would let me share them with the internet 😉 I am so stoked on my February goals and how well I did! I can’t wait for March because I have some awesome challenges coming your way! I think they should be more fitness related this time because if I do more food challenges I will be rolling across the finish line of my marathon!

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Have you ever put anything weird in desserts like avocados in brownies? Chocolate zucchini cake is one of my faves!

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