Baking has got me through the last few weeks, as something to do, something yummy to eat and to practice as I find very little time nowadays to spend time in the kitchen for anything other than essential cooking. It has been bliss, and hopefully I can carry it on a little when life resumes back to normal. This recipe is a twist on my classic brownie recipe that I have posted before, with the addition of orange smarties and almonds, however I have since made a few adaptions to the recipe as I had been following the same one for a good number of years. For me, a brownie has to be chewy and crunchy on the outside, super soft inside with a lovely mixture of textures. I think this is probably the same for most people to be honest! 

Prep time: 20/30 minutes

Cooking time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients: 

2tbsp coconut oil

300g dark chocolate

200g ground almonds

1tsp baking powder

400g caster sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

1 small avocado, mashed

3 eggs

200g whole almonds, crushed

1 bag orange smarties

100g white chocolate

Method: 

Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees (170 fan). Grease your chosen baking tray in preparation for the brownie batter and set aside. 

In a medium size saucepan on a medium heat, melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate together until completed combined and set aside to cool. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground almonds, caster sugar and baking powder. Now move on to the avocado. In a normal sized bowl, mash the avocado and mix in the vanilla extract into it. Then, crack the three eggs into a separate bowl and beat until completely runny. Now, put the avocado mixture and eggs into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and mix completely until even and green! 

Next, add the chocolate mixture to the brownie batter as long as it is relatively cool. Once mixed together, add the orange smarties (leaving a few to decorate) and half the crushed whole almonds. Mix all together again and then pop all the batter into the prepared baking dish. Pop in the oven for 20 minutes and then remove and cover with baking paper or foil. Pop back in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely. 

Melt the white chocolate when you are ready to present. Take the brownies out of the dish and cut into your chosen sizes. Pop on a cooling tray or just on a chopping board and drizzle the melted white chocolate all over the brownies. To finish, sprinkle the remaining almonds and smarties. 

Enjoy! 

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This recipe is my own.

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