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Triple Chocolate Almond Brownies – Naturally Gluten Free

Triple Chocolate Almond Brownies - Naturally Gluten-Free

Triple trouble, these dark, rich and fudgy triple chocolate almond brownies are way too tempting for anyone supposedly interested in a wholesome diet. Even I can’t kid myself that they are in any way healthy. They are, however, bl**dy delicious and being naturally gluten-free, they’re inclusive too.

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Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter – a Healthier Bake

Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter

There’s no doubt about it, brownies are never going to be super healthy. However, as regular readers will know, they are one of my favourite bakes so I do like to make an attempt to up their nutritional value. These coffee brownies with almond nut butter are similar to my winning healthier brownies with cashew nut butter. They are simple to make and are just as fudgy and delicious as you’d expect a good brownie to be.

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Black Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies with Stout Caramel Sauce

Black Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Dark, decadent and delicious these black velvet cheesecake swirl brownies with stout caramel sauce are not to be missed. If you’re expecting guests any time soon, switch the oven on.

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Matcha Blondies or do I mean Greenies? – We Should Cocoa #71

Matcha Blondies

As some of you may have noticed, since trying matcha in baking a few years ago, with this matcha, rhubarb and chocolate cake, I’ve become rather a fan. Matcha, which is somewhat bitter with umami notes offsets the sweetness of the sugar nicely. I was recently overtaken by a craving for something sweet and I realised I’d never made matcha blondies. Game, set and matcha.

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Raspberry Fudge Brownies for National Chocolate Week

Raspberry Fudge Brownies

This one pan brownie recipe is super quick and easy. It produces a tray of rich, flavoursome raspberry fudge brownies in no time. The brownie batter is made with dark raspberry chocolate, then studded with lush fresh raspberries and pieces of white chocolate. What’s not to love?

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Caramelised Blueberry Blondies

Brownies & Blondies | 26th September 2015 | By

Sweet and squidgy caramelised blueberry blondies made with British blueberries. Flavoured with lemon and white chocolate, which caramelises as it cooks.

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Cashew Nut Butter Brownies – A Healthier Bake

Well I know it’s very hard to make brownies healthy, but bear with me. I’ve done my best to make these cashew nut butter brownies as healthy as possible whilst still retaining their essential sweet fudgy brownieness. I think I’ve done it.

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Roasted Hazelnut Brownies for a Coffee Pop-In

Hazelnut Brownies

A rich and decadent brownie with a deep hazelnut flavour. When it comes to brownies, these roasted hazelnut brownies aren’t the simplest to make, but they are so very worth it. They’re probably more suited to adults than children but they make an ideal pairing with coffee for visitors or a festive gathering.

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Spicy Peruvian Avocado Brownies

Brownies & Blondies | 4th September 2014 | By

Avocado Brownies

Having been sent eight large ripe Peruvian Hass avocados, I didn’t have a great deal of time to use them up. Following on from the avocado chocolate chip cookies I made a few weeks ago, I wanted to continue with the avocado baking theme. Leafing through the accompanying booklet, I found a recipe for Peruvian Hass avocado brownies. With my well known love of all things brownie, I didn’t need to cogitate further.

Of course, I made a few adjustments with the recipe. For a start I thought a hint of chilli and a soupçon of cinnamon would be appropriate flavours to enhance the South American feel of the brownies. Sadly I didn’t have any Peruvian chocolate to hand but made do with using up three partly used bars which were making my cupboard look untidy; as it happens one of them was from Ecuador, so at least it was from the right neck of the woods. As well as the spices I added a little cocoa powder for extra richness and used mostly brown sugar for fudginess. As I was using duck eggs which are quite large, I added a little bit of extra chocolate too.

Whilst the avocado by no means replaced all of the butter, it did have less saturated fat than many brownie recipes, so it could be argued that they are slightly better for you!

This is how I made:

Spicy Peruvian Avocado Brownies

  • Melted 150g unsalted butter in a pan over low heat with 270g chocolate (I used a mixture of 70& plain,  53% dark and 37% milk). Stirred to combine, then left to cool a little.
  • Beat 100g dark brown sugar, 50g golden caster sugar together with 3 duck eggs (large hens eggs will be fine) using electric beaters for about 3 minutes
  • Mashed 1 large Peruvian Hass avocado and added it to the eggs. Beat the mixture for a further minute.
  • Poured the chocolate mixture down the side of the bowl and folded the mixture in as gently as possible.
  • Sifted in 60g self-raising flour, 1 scant tbsp cocoa powder, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper and ¼ tsp ground cinnamon.
  • Folded this in until just incorporated.
  • Scraped the batter into a 9″ sq. silicone mould and baked at 180℃ for 25 minutes.
  • Left in the mould to cool then cut into 16 pieces.

Avocado Brownie

These are real melt in your mouth brownies – sort of light but fudgy and unctuous at the same time. The touch of spices was just right, a catch at the back of the throat and a hint of something warming, but nothing that overpowered the deep rich chocolateyness of these brownies. You can eat several of these and your palate is left feeling quite clean at the end of it – I should point out that eating several at a time is not really recommended. The taste of avocado could barely be detected. None of the taste testers (other than super taster CT) noticed it, even after I told them what the brownies contained. Not being able to taste avocado in your brownies, when all’s said and done, is for most of us, a good thing.

This month’s theme for Love Cake over at JibberJabberUK is all about Back to School – Something New. These brownies fit the bill perfectly. They are delicious treats for the school lunch box, but slightly healthier than your average brownie. They are also new to me as I’ve never made brownies with avocado before.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Blondies

Brownies & Blondies | 14th August 2014 | By

Tart juicy raspberries work exceedingly well when combined with sweet vanillary white chocolate I’ve found and this combination has become a particular favourite. When I was tasked recently with finding a recipe to make from Baking Mad, I was looking for a picnic recipe for a little jaunt to the beach. As soon as I saw the recipe for white chocolate and raspberry brownies, I had to look no further.

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