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Tropical Avocado Brownies MAKES 16 SERVINGS

Bear in mind that avocados are fruit when you use them in this rich, sweet dessert. Chances are your guests will only notice the creamy chocolate and never realize there is a super food hiding in these sweets. Add some spice and top with coconut for a tropical vibe or just stick with pure chocolate. Brownies 3⁄4 cup unbleached flour 1⁄2 cup cocoa 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄2 teaspoon cloves (optional) 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate 1 cup mashed avocado 1 cup brown sugar 3 large eggs Frosting 1⁄2 cup mashed avocado 1½ cups powdered sugar 3⁄4 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon vanilla 5 tablespoons milk 1⁄2 cup sweetened coconut flakes (optional) 1. For the brownies: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8-inch square pan. 2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Stir in cloves and cinnamon (if using). 3. In a double boiler or bowl in microwave, melt together butter and chocolate. Stir until smooth. 4. Using a food processor, purée avocado until smooth. Add brown sugar and process. Add eggs and chocolate mixture and process until smooth. Scrape wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine. Spread in pan. 5. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, until top looks dry and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out with big, wet crumbs. Don’t overbake. Cool in pan on a cooling rack. If you prefer a moist brownie, remove from oven while a little wet in middle as brownies will set while cooling. 6. For the frosting: Using a food processor, purée avocado. Add powdered sugar and cocoa, and process until smooth. Scrape down sides and pulse to mix well. Add vanilla and milk, and process until thick. Using a spatula, spread frosting on cooled brownies and sprinkle over coconut (if using). 7. Slice into 16 servings. Brownies will keep in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 4 days. ■

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Lunds and Byerlys REAL FOOD Summer 2015  

Lunds and Byerlys REAL FOOD Summer 2015