ParentMap and PCC Natural Markets have partnered to produce an exciting web series called Healthy Kids Cook, designed to encourage families to make a healthy habit of cooking fresh food together in the kitchen, and to help explore the farm-to-table journey of some of your favorite foods.
In this episode, PCC Chef Jackie Freeman takes the TasteMobile on the road to visit with Deb Music, the co-founder of Seattle's own Theo Chocolate. Theo's semi-sweet baking bar is the perfect chocolate to use in Avocado Brownies, a wonderful treat for the family (or the classroom!) that offers abundant healthy fats and incredible flavors.
Recipe: Avocado Brownies
Packed in tiny canning jars, these easy, healthy and super-yummy snacks are easy to take on the go.
- 2 large, ripe avocados, mashed until creamy (about 1 cup)
- 8 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, melted
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (see note)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together mashed avocados, melted chocolate and coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Whisk in sugar. Mix in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add vanilla.
In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir dry mixture into avocado mixture until just combined — be careful not to overmix! Spread batter into the prepared pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool and then cut into squares.
For a gluten-free brownie, try substituting almond flour or your favorite gluten-free flour blend for the all-purpose flour.
Each serving: 200 cal, 11g fat (5g sat), 25mg chol, 60mg sodium, 26g carb, 3g fiber, 17g sugars, 3g protein
Recipe by Jackie Freeman, PCC Chef
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