Gluten Free Avocado Brownies

I’ll be honest; I’m not someone who’s a massive avocado fan. I don’t mind a bit of guacamole but I won’t eat it in a salad or on toast. I keep seeing all these recipes to make various chocolaty goods with avocado, so I thought I’d give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I really couldn’t taste any avocado in the brownies but found they gave it a really nice texture and one I preferred over the buckwheat brownies I’ve made previously when attempting gluten free baking.

This recipe is so easy to make as well as it only required 1 baking tin and a food processor which is always a positive because, as much as I enjoy baking I do not love the washing up that inevitably ensues. I was rather chuffed with how fudgy and rich these brownies turned out, having only had relatively inconsistent success with gluten free baking, I was dubious as to how much I would genuinely enjoy these or if I’d end up eating them just because I’d made them and not wanting to waste them. But, thankfully, I really like these and would definitely consider making them again, despite being moreish you can’t eat too many due to how rich they are.

 

Ingredients

2 Eggs

100g Dark Chocolate

1 large Avocado

1 Cup Cacao Powder (You can use normal cocoa powder but you may want to reduce the amount of sugar, depending on how sweet you like it)

½ Cup Caster Sugar

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 Tbsp Water
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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180⁰c. In a food processor blitz the avocado until it’s completely smooth, you may have to stop and clean down the sides a couple of times to avoid any bits.
  2. Add the baking soda, eggs, sugar, cacao powder and 1 tablespoon of the water and thoroughly mix.
  3. Melt the chocolate then add to the mixture and blitz until the chocolate is fully worked through. If the mixture is looking a bit thick then add the second tablespoon of water.
  4. Tip the mixture in a greased baking tin and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Check the brownies regularly with a skewer and once it comes out clean remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool before removing and finishing on the wire rack.
  5. Cut into pieces and serve, I like mine with a dusting of icing sugar.image

Nutritional Information

Calories: 217
Protein: 5.9g
Carbohydrates: 25.6g
Of which is sugars: 18.3g
Fibre: 5.7g
Fat: 10.8g
Of which is saturated:4.6g

 

Recipe slightly tweaked from here 🙂

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Breakfast Frittata

With spring just around the corner, I’ve been looking to change up from normal porridge breakfasts for something a little bit different. When I’m busy thinking and researching about what would be good, it needs to fill 3 criteria. 1. Tasty 2. Filling 3. (Potentially most important) able to be batch cooked and/or easy to eat at work.
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As my training for my 10K is really starting to ramp up, I’ve been particularly hungry. I’ve started running 7 miles to ensure I have the stamina to do the 6.2 miles and my aim is to be able to sprint the last 500 metres or so. It’s going well, I’m feeling really positive about it, my most recent run was 6 minutes quicker than the previous one! I still find it odd how much I’m enjoying the training, again, if this had been even 6 months ago, I never would have considered running 10K let alone with still 7 weeks to go I would be regularly running 7 miles.

But anyway, I digress, breakfast time! I spent my Sunday’s locked away in the kitchen batch cooking my breakfast, lunch, snacks and my boyfriend’s breakfast and lunch for the week, so where possible I like these to be as fuss free and use hardly any pots and pans. This is where I stumbled across a recipe for a frittata done in the slow cooker, see here, but I have tweaked it slightly.

Ingredients

6 Eggs

100g feta

75g Baby Chestnut Mushrooms

2 Medium Courgettes

100g Cherry Tomatoes

12 tbsp Water

1 tsp Paprika

2 tsp Mixed Italian Herbs
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Method

  1. Grease the slow cooker and start to pre-heat on high
  2. Roughly chop the mushrooms and gently fry until browned. Then put to one side.
  3. Grate all the courgette, once this is done, drain all the water, I found putting it in a sieve helped to be able to really squeeze as much as possible out, then pat dry on some kitchen roll until no more water comes out.
  4. Beat the eggs in a large bowl/container, once all mixed add the water and mix again.
  5. Add all the other ingredients into the mixture and then tip into the slow cooker.
  6. Cook on high for 2-3 hours.
  7. Cut up until portions then remove from the slow cooker (I would never have been able to remove it whole but if you can then good on you!)

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Nutritional Information

Serves 4

Calories: 193
Protein: 13.3g
Carbohydrates: 2.2g
Of which is sugars: 1.3g
Fibre:0.8g
Fat: 14.3g
Of which is saturated: 5.0g