Monday, January 17, 2011

Brownies - Take II

This is my second attempt at brownies; they are not as rich as the first one however their is a little more "healthy" stuff hiding in them.  These are not just C Monster approved but also tested and approved by my neighbour's 2 year old that also loved them.  The frosting I made for them is hands down the best chocolate frosting I have ever made.

Brownies II

Brownie Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegan shortening - at room temperature (you can also use regular vegetable shortening)
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 small avocado - pealed and mashed
1 1/2 cup shredded zucchini (mine was frozen)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
1/3 cup cocoa powder*
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup hazelnut meal**
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Frosting Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 small avocado - pealed and mashed
1+ cup confectioners' sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 or 9 inch square pan.
2. Mix together shortening, sugar, avocado and 1 teaspoon vanilla - beat until creamy.
3. Beat in eggs and zucchini.
4. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, nut meal, salt, and baking powder.
5. Beat in flour.
6. Stir in white chocolate chips
7. Spread batter into prepared pan.
8. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Do not overcook.
9. To Make Frosting: combine all ingredients and whisk until creamy; I can't remember how much icing sugar I used I started with 1 cup but I think I added about an extra 1/2 cup.  Just keep adding a little at a time until desired consistency is achieved. 
10. Let brownies completely cool, then frost.
11. Cut in squares and enjoy

*The type and brand of cocoa powder one uses can change a recipe so much; some just taste better then others. I love the Camino brand personally:
Though it's not cheap it's well worth the premium.

**Most nut meals can be bought in health food stores however you can also make your own. Check out this website for how to make your own nut meals:

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