Avocado Quinoa Brownies

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I've mentioned before that even though we don't have very sweet teeth around here, we still like our dessert.

I often bake up a batch of "healthy" cookies, but I also like to do the same thing with brownies and add in a few unconventional dessert ingredients.

Sometimes I use beans, sometimes I use bananas, and sometimes I use avocado and quinoa!

These brownies are really easy to make - and by including protein-packed quinoa and fabulous-fat avocado, you don't even have to feel guilty for sneaking some for breakfast the next morning (What? Me? Brownies for breakfast? You bet!)

What You Need

1 avocado (doesn't really matter what type, but I used a haas)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup honey

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup cooked quinoa (you could also use millet, which is often cheaper)

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder (see how to make your own!)

1/2 cup cacao powder (you can use cocoa, too)

1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips

What You Do

1. Mix together the avocado through quinoa in a bowl.

2.  Mix together the other ingredients in another bowl.

3.  Combine the two bowls.

4.  Dump the concoction into an 8x8 pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Stab a knife into the middle to make sure it's done (comes out clean).

Have you ever used unconventional ingredients in brownies?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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  1. Yum! This sounds like an amazing combination for brownies! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday, Lisa! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

  2. I have started quinoa more and more... sounds like you've given me another way! Thanks for sharing with #thecozyreadingspot

  3. This look delicious they are a must try.

  4. I am having gluten free quinoa now a days and found the best recipe .Thanks for sharing it. Hope my daughter will like this.