Fudgy Avocado Collagen Brownies

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I’m not a chocolate addict. In fact, I’m much more likely to choose raisin cake over chocolate cake, or a chai latte over a hot chocolate. BUT every once in awhile, I get a strong craving for chocolate. Like I need it now kind of craving!

I tried to reintroduce cacao back into my diet several times, but it’s been fail after fail. I always react with a headache. As sad as that is, I’m ok with it, because I actually really enjoy carob. I find it to be very close to the taste of chocolate but it also has a natural sweetness to it, which works perfectly in AIP treats. Thank goodness for carob!

I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you for quite awhile now. I made it a couple times, tweaking the recipe till it was just right, and then before I could take pictures, they were ALL gone! Between myself and my daughters there were gobbled up quickly. So I waited until I had all the ingredients stocked up again before I remade and photographed them so I could share the brownie healing goodness. But I hope the wait was worth it, because these are LEGIT! These most definitely have a spot on my top healing treats list, here’s why:

– Avocado: If you aren’t aware that avocados are a superfood, you haven’t been paying attention! Avocados are high in fat but the GOOD fat, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which is especially good for your heart!

– Collagen: Gosh I heart this supplement. Not only is it extremely healing to that leaky gut lining, but it also has a positive effect on skin, hair and nails. My fave is Further Food Collagen Peptides.

– Banana flour: In the paleo/aip world there are loads of treat recipes that use coconut flour. This isn’t a bad thing because coconut flour is a healthy substitute and is readily available. BUT I know there are many out there that cannot tolerate coconut. Banana flour is filled with potassium and other vitamins and minerals that are found in bananas, of course. It works great in baked goods, doesn’t taste anything like bananas, it doesn’t really have any taste, and the results mimic wheat flour! Since the flour is made from green bananas, it is high in resistant starch, meaning it’s not going to spike your blood sugar like a ripe banana would.

In summary, avocado gives the healthy fats, collagen the healing protein, and the banana flour offers resistant starch as well as vitamins and minerals. YES it is a completely balanced healthy treat but it tastes like a brownie!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Carob is the fruit of a tree which is often used as a healthy alternative to chocolate. It's packed with fiber and anti-oxidants, and is also fat-free and caffeine-free! You can use it in place of chocolate for many recipes to cut down on fat and calories. Avocados are a great source of healthy fats. Using it instead of other fats, like butter, will significantly cut out the amount of saturated fats. Additionally, avocados provide many nutrients including: vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and vitamin E!

By Paige Geimer

Fudgy Avocado Collagen Brownies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 12

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:
1/3 cup green banana flour
1/3 cup carob powder
2 tablespoons Further Food Collagen Peptides or Further Food Chocolate Collagen
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Wet Ingredients:
2 small-medium avocados (approx 1/2 cup mashed)
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing (optional):
1/2 avocado
2 tablespoon maple syrup
1.5 tablespoons Further Food Collagen Peptides
1 tablespoon carob

Instructions

1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, set aside.
2. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix until combined.
4. Place batter onto a parchment lined square glass pan, and spread with a spatula until approximately an inch thick.
5. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.
6. Allow to cool completely. Store in refrigerator.
7. Mix icing ingredients together making sure there are no lumps of avocado. Add to a ziplock bag, snip corner and squeeze icing onto brownies.
8. Enjoy!

1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, set aside. 2. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl. 3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix until combined. 4. Place batter onto a parchment lined square glass pan, and spread with a spatula until approximately an inch thick. 5. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. 6. Allow to cool completely. Store in refrigerator. 7. Mix icing ingredients together making sure there are no lumps of avocado. Add to a ziplock bag, snip corner and squeeze icing onto brownies. 8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 84; Total Fat: 4 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 106 mg; Potassium: 230 mg; Carbohydrate: 15 g; Fiber: 5 g; Sugar: 5 g; Protein: 2 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 4%; Vitamin A: 1%; Iron: 2%; Calcium: 3%

 

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