Decadent, incredibly moist and intensely chocolatey, these keto brownies will soon become your next favourite dessert option. Not only are they super easy to make, but they're also nut and grain-free too.
It's dairy week on The Great British Bake Off this Tuesday and in true Primal style, I've created a healthier version of the classic brownie recipe and included a hidden fruit. Can you guess which one? It's green, creamy and you've gotta catch it in prime time whilst it's perfectly ripe to eat before it's a minute too late. Yup, you've guessed it... avocado!
No, I haven't gone mad!
If you haven't already, check out our last Primal Bake Off recipe for bread week: Easy Low Carb Mediterranean Bread.
Avocado chocolate brownies
Whilst I wasn't completely sold on the idea of including avocado in this recipe myself, I decided to bite the bullet and create my own recipe with an ingredient others have tried many times before. The results? Pretty unbelievable! I strongly take back every bad word I have ever said about avocado brownies. Oops.
In fact, now I understand the hype of using avocado in baked goods. Not only is it incredibly healthy with essential healthy fats and fibre, but it has a creamy and velvety texture that compliment baked recipes wonderfully. Although I've used both butter and eggs for this brownie recipe, avocados can be a great replacement.
Perfect keto brownies
I won't lie, it took me a few attempts to achieve the perfect keto brownie but after an hour or two, I managed to nail it.
I turned to the classic brownie recipe for my inspiration here - all of which call for plenty of butter and sugar, and very little flour.
With that in mind, I swapped the sugar for coconut sugar, used organic butter and added a whole avocado for extra creaminess. As for the flour? I went ahead and used a couple of tablespoons of organic almond butter instead. The result is a grain-free, refined sugar-free brownie that is ultra-rich, moist, slightly cakey and perfect for all paleo and keto lovers out there.
How to achieve the perfect keto chocolate brownies
There are a few points to remember when it comes to making your own keto chocolate brownies at home:
- Don't over mix. Over mixing your brownies will result is a much cakier texture. If a fudgy brownie is more up your street, then mix the ingredients until just combined.
- Choose a perfectly ripe avocado. Choosing an avocado that is just about to go past its 'perfectly ripe' stage will leave a bitter taste in your brownies.
- These brownies are pretty rich thanks to the cacao powder. I suggest choosing a 70% dark chocolate bar for your chopped up chocolate chunks - unless you love extra dark chocolate!
- Make sure you use all the almond/sunflower seed butter from your measuring spoons.
- Add an extra 1/3 cup of sugar if needed.
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Keto Chocolate Brownies
A decadent, incredibly moist and intensely chocolatey keto brownie recipe with a hidden ingredient that everyone will love!
- 74g organic butter
- 3 tbsp natural almond butter (or sunflower butter if going nut-free)
- 2 large eggs
- 170g avocado (1 large avocado)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 65g coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extra or 1 pod
- 37g cacao powder
- 65g dark chocolate chopped into chunks + extra for topping too.
Preheat your oven to gas mark 4.
Line a small square baking tray with parchment paper. I used an 8x4 tray.
Pop of all your ingredients into a food processor and pulse until just combined. Do not overmix as this will leave you with a cakey result. Feel free to pulse a few times and then continue to mix by hand.
Once mixed, pour your mixture into your baking tray evenly and top with any extra chunks if desired.
Pop your baking tray into the middle of the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes. I recommend checking after 20 minutes by inserting a clean knife into the centre of the brownies. If it comes out clean, remove it straight away.
Once baked, remove from oven and leave to cool completely.
These brownies are best eaten when fresh, however, you may keep them in an airtight container for up to 2 days for ultimate freshness.