Fudgy Brownies

One of the first paleo treats I ever attempted to make was a recipe I found for avocado brownies.  The idea of chocolate and avocados totally grossed me out, so I can only assume that I was desperate for some type of dessert and had a limited pantry.  The internet is a glorious tool, especially when you are like me and get cravings for random foods.  I don’t know if I would have lasted as long as I did on a paleo diet without google.  There is a hack out there for everything.  And when you have limited ingredients you can literally google what you have on hand and 9 times out of 10 there will be a recipe.  Anyways, back to my story.

I remember I was at my parents house blending avocados while unsweetened chocolate squares were melting on the stove.  I was convinced that this recipe was going to be an epic fail.  It reminded me of that Friends episode when Rachel puts peas and ground beef in her trifle because the pages of the recipe book stuck together.  To my surprise, the batter actually looked and smells like brownie batter.  As I scraped the last of it into the pan, I snuck a taste… holy crap… this stuff was good.

It’s important to note that these brownies come out fudgy so don’t expect the crunchiness of the edge pieces on traditional brownies.  Regardless, they are delicious.  I have served them at parties and everyone who tried them was shocked when they asked for the recipe.  They are very rich, so I recommend cutting them into small pieces and resisting the urge to eat the whole pan in a day.  Jon tried that once, didn’t work out for him.

I searched for the website (TGIPaleo) I originally got the recipe from without luck.  The good news is I have made them so many times, I could recite it in my sleep.

Avocado Brownies

  • 4 oz Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Squares
  • 1 TBL Coconut Oil
  • 2-3 Avocados (about 1 c. puree)
  • 1/2 c Honey
  • 1/4 c Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 TBL Vanilla
  • 1 TBL Coconut Flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Grease an 8×8 pan, bottom and sides. I use a glass pyrex dish and grease it with extra coconut oil.

Melt the baking chocolate and coconut oil, stirring regularly to keep it from curdling.

Puree the avocados.  NO LUMPS people. We are not making guac.

Fold the chocolate into the avocados in a large mixing bowl.

With an electric mixer, beat the remaining ingredients into the batter until smooth.

Pour batter evenly into greased pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins. Cool and serve.
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PS- Since Thursday is garbage day we had leftovers from the week to clean out the fridge.  If you’d really like the recipe for last nights dinner it’s simple:
Open fridge. Take out leftovers. Reheat. Eat.

Holy Guacamole

Day 1 is in the books and we survived with minimal complaints from the husband.  I’m not gonna lie.  Yesterday’s menu was solid despite being in a pinch for time.  It also helped that that today is garbage day and we needed to clear some leftovers out of the fridge.  Thankfully I have a few days off before I head back into the office which means I have time to prep for the next week.  I find the transition of eliminating sugar and grains cold turkey and switching to a food plan like this is to make sure you have plenty of options prepped and ready to go.  Planning is key. I’d rather have too many snacks available then to find myself hungry and scrambling to find a healthy food source.  That to me is a recipe for failure.  A few hours of prep means that I won’t have a meltdown later. Nobody is pretty when they have a meltdown.

Lunch:

  • Paleo Buffalo Chicken Strips (Leftovers- I promise to find this recipe and come back and edit this post because it was amazing)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Guacamole
  • Raw Almonds

Dinner:

  • Steak Fajitas w/ Red & Green Peppers & Onions
  • Bed of Romaine Lettuce hearts
  • Homemade Guacamole**

I know I’m about to toot my own horn, but the guac today was incredible. I felt like I was back in Mexico, minus the beach, warm sun and ice cold margarita….

  • 2 Ripe Avocados, mashed
  • 3 Drops of You Living Lime Essential Oil (this stuff is the bomb- tastes great and the guac stays green!)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cilatro
  • 1 heaping scoop of pico de gallo

Before turning in for the night, I prepped everything in a blender cup so Jon could just wake up and blend a fresh spinach & berry protein smoothie for breakfast.  He’s also got a lunch bag filled with tuna, hard boiled eggs, granny smith apple, carrots, guac, raw seeds & nuts, olives and a paleo bacon brownie bite**… If I haven’t locked up wife of the year already for 2015, I must be doing something wrong. 😉

Side note:

I don’t personally know George who runs Civilized Caveman Cooking… but he rocks.  His recipes are just enough to get you through a craving so you don’t trash your diet.  If you haven’t checked him out, do it. If I ever meet him, he’s getting a big hug from me.  These Bacon Brownie Bites of his are my favs.

http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/recipes/desserts/chocolate-bacon-bites/