Mayan Mudslide Brownies










Mayan Mudslide Brownies

1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt + 1/8 teaspoon
1 large avocado from Mexico, peeled, pitted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
1 large egg
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup finely chopped lightly salted cashews
1/3 cup shaved sweetened coconut
1/3 cup canned dulce de leche

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil, and coat foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium; turn heat off and stir in semisweet chocolate and instant coffee until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until well combined. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat avocado until creamy - about 1 minute. Beat in granulated sugar and brown sugar until well incorporated - about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla and egg until well combined. Beat in melted chocolate mixture until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until combined - about 1-2 minutes.

Spread batter evenly into prepared dish. Evenly sprinkle chocolate chips over the surface, followed by cashews, coconut, and additional 1/8 teaspoon sea salt; bake 15 minutes. Remove dish from oven. Warm dulce de leche in a small bowl, in the microwave, until a liquid consistency is reached - about 30 seconds to 1 minute; drizzle evenly over brownies. Return dish to oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until well risen and set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Freeze, if desired, for easier slicing.

To slice, lift out foil and slice brownies into bars.

Makes 16 brownies

46 comments:

  1. I would never have thought ot use an avocado in Brownies - but it kind of makes sense given it's texture and richness

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  2. I remember when you made sweets with avocado previously Emily. These Mexican inspired treats are sheer genuis:D

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  3. These brownies look delicious!! I love how you used avocado...I have an obsession too!

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  4. Love the addition of dulce de leche here!

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  5. Oh my goodness Emily... these look fantastic!! I couldn't agree more about how great it would be to have an avocado tree to pick from whenever my heat desired :). I can't wait to try these brownies.

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  6. I'm still apprehensive of using vegetables in desserts. I really need to get over that, because these brownies look soo good!

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  7. As always, I am blown away by your creativity. How do you come up with this stuff?? Those look amazing. I've never baked with avocado but it makes perfect sense.

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  8. Oh my! I had an avocado cake disaster last week but I'll give these a try... it can be your addition to my Brownie obsession! :)

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  9. Avocado in brownies? Really, you can do that? Hmmm, well, they sure look delicious!

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  10. yum! the coffee in the brownie batter plus all the toppings sound absolutely delicious :)

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  11. What creative and unique brownies - they sound fantastic! The Housewives shows are my guilty pleasure too :)

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  12. Oh man I really want to make these! But where do you buy canned dulce de leche? I don't think I've ever seen it before..

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  13. I like the idea of avocado and dulce de leche together. I'll try it.
    Thank you very much

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  14. This is a great idea! Sort of like applesauce in baking, Avocado is a good fat not a bad one! Great job!

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  15. These look wonderfully fudgy! I have seen recipes for brownies with black bean but not with avocado!

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  16. super awesome creative idea. simply put: love it!

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  17. what! avocado in brownies? get outta town! seriously awesome, emily--this avocado-lover is bowing down before you right now. :)

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  18. These look sinful! How do you not weigh 500 pounds is a mystery to me!

    Ok, random question for you. I bake the birthday cakes for my office and someone has requested a plain white cake. The problem is that she's a baker too and has been in search of the perfect white cake for several years - unsuccessfully I might add. I was looking in my archives and found one of your cakes from a while back called "White Birthday Cake" that was your adaptation from Dorie. I wondered if a) you would recommend that one or b) if you had a go-to white cake recipe that you used. I trust your opinion as a fellow sweets lover!

    Thanks!

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  19. Avocados in brownies! WHAT will you come up with next? Slices of steak in between layers of chocolate cake? You're amazing.

    And by the way, Bethenny SHOULDN'T make up with Jill! She's absolute poison. Help! I need help too to stop watching.

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  20. this is such a cute post. seriously. and those brownies, WOW. I would love to take some from you but then again, it's probably all gone. you are an inspiring genius! gotta learn from you

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  21. You animal! Those sound and look amazing. I like avocado in desserts, too - I once had a raw, vegan chocolate pudding made with avo, and have made both avo ice cream (awesome!) and a vegan key lime pie. But I've never thought to bake with it. Intriguing!

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  22. So I saw the phrase "Mayan Mudslide Brownies" in my reading list and clicked as fast as my little fingers could move. I was expecting somethign wonderful, but I was still unexpedtedly blown away by that brownie photo. YUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMM. If you have too many, I'll glad take them off your hands. Oh please can I?

    Did you ever try to make an avocado pit take root? I used to do that as a kid? I'd put the pit in water, let it take root, and plant it. I don't think any of these attempts would ever take root as a productive tree though. Wrong climate for that.

    Happy 90th to Elmer!

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  23. You are an absolute genius! I never ever would have thought to use avocado in a brownie recipe. These look fantastic!!!!!

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  24. All of your recipes always look "to die for" delish ~ but this time you have outdone yourself. Oh Lordy, do I want a pile of these and a huge glass of ice cold soy milk! :0)Mmmmm

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  25. Emily, I totally love these brownies, and I agree the delicious fat content in the avocados make them perfect for desserts. If you use half of one in a smoothie, it turns it almost into pudding! Awesome!

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  26. I love your blog! I just started reading you, and you make me want to cook like crazy!! Thanks for the inspiration...
    --Pam

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  27. Elmer - forgot about the cute little man. Tell him HEAB says Happy Birthday!

    Love me some avocados too! I know most people would never think of putting them in baked goods or dessert, but they make a wonderful sub for oil. So creamy and delicious, and work great in chocolate puddings as well: avocado, dates or maple syrup, cocoa powder all thrown together in the food processor. YUM!

    How far away is Springfield? I'd be glad to come pick up the remaining brownies...if there are any left by now. :)

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  28. But it's a good fat, so go ahead eat the whole pan full. ;)
    They look delicious. I haven't baked with avocado yet.
    My friend's mom sat down with an avocado once time, just munching on it like a piece of fruit and asked me if I wanted some. She was salting it as she went along.
    I love the things, but not sure I could just eat it like that.

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  29. I love our recipes! I must try this yummy recipe. ...Now, guacamole is avocado with a few added spices, .....and California Haas are the best
    ...take it from me lol...Michelle you can buy duclce de leche from any grocery store in the mexican food isle. I'm in Calif. so I find it even at Big Lots ( formerly Pic n Save)

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  30. Thanks everyone! Such nice comments! They all mean so much to me. Thank you for taking the time to comment and visit.

    Michelle, I found it at Walmart in the Mexican food section. Don't use the liquidy Smuckers kind!

    Danielle, that is my favorite white cake ever! Try it!

    Sue, Jill is poison. Pure poison.

    Rachel, you have the best comments. They make me laugh.

    Pamela, hi! Thank you for reading! I think you're awesome.

    Lisa S, Big Lots is fun. I like to go in there and hunt for good deals.

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  31. Thant's a great & cool idea to use avocado in these tasty brownies!!

    Very clever, you are!!!

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  32. I should try! Do you know that Pierre Hermé has done a macaron with a chocolate avocado ganache (filling)! The perfect recipe for you no??!
    The first picture is really great! Ciaooo!

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  33. These look fantastic. Love.

    You are SO gonna be a finalist.

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  34. my gosh that looks fantastic! i love the idea of adding avocado. :)

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  35. These sound completely amazing. It's like you bundled up all of my most favorite things in one perfect bite! I used to live in Brazil where they treat avocado as a sweet fruit (and eat it like pudding, ice cream, milkshakes, etc.) so it doesn't even seem weird to me to pop it in a brownie! Yum!

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  36. These are beautiful! I am so excited to make more things with avocados!

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  37. Naughty, naughty, Emily! Wow. All I can say is avocadoes are good for you, right? But it's the coffee that makes the chocolate stand out. Yummy.

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  38. I have never used avocados in any of my desserts but given how great these beauties look I am very tempted to try.

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  39. Ever since I made the Avocado Pie, I've been bookmarking any dessert that includes avocado. So need to try this.

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  40. These look so fudgy! I've made avocado cake before but never thought to put them in brownies.

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  41. These look mega delicious!

    trisha
    momdot.com

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