Brownie Testing

For the past couple of months I have been following this blog called Deliciously Ella, and all of her recipes look amazing.  My only dilemma is that I live in a first-year dorm, which sadly does not have room for much cooking or creativity.  Seeing as today was my last day at home and, more importantly, in a full kitchen, I thought I would give her Double Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies a try.  

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This recipe caught my eye particularly because I have been looking to add avocado into anything and everything I possibly can.  Needless to say, I was stoked to start blending! 

The recipe called for 3 avocados, but I only had two, so I decided to half the recipe.   I also didn’t have medjool dates, I don’t now exactly how much of a difference there is between medjool dates and noor dates, but I decided to soak them in warm water for 15 or 20 minutes to make them softer and easier to blend.

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The crust turned out well, I put everything into the food processor and blended it for a few minutes, then half over the bottom of a square baking pan.  I wanted the crust to be thicker than thinner, which is why I only used half the pan.  I put the whole thing in the freezer while I started on the “cheesecake” portion.

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I decided to use the vitamix blender instead of the food processor because I was hoping to get a fluffier texture.  This proved kind of difficult because the mixture was so think that it didn’t mix very well.  So I added some of the water that I had soaked the dates in, which definitely helped.  It wasn’t until afterwards that I realized I had forgotten to put the last half of an avocado into the mixture! This also helped smooth it out.  And by the end it was still very thick and creamy, so I was happy about that.  However, next time I don’t think I will put as much water in, I might try to replace it with almond milk or something else.  When it froze, it had some “ice-crystally” texture instead of the complete “cheesecake-y” one I was going for.   However, it tasted amazing! My only problem was that it still had a fairly strong banana taste, which I enjoy, but not everyone who wanted to eat it did (next time I might try only adding half of what it calls for the banana).

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I spread the mixture on top of the crust and threw it into the freezer.  I didn’t have as much time to freeze it as I wanted, so the mouse/cheesecake part wasn’t as firm as it could be after a few hours in the freezer.  However, the combination of the crust and the cheesecake made the entire thing just melt in your mouth!

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I was able to keep it in my freezer for about a week after I made it, and it still tasted great! I love desserts like these because you get all of the taste and flavor that you want, but it replaces all of the guilt-forming parts of desserts and turns them into healthy additions! Like the nuts and avocados–they contain the types of unsaturated fats that your body needs to function.  And the sugar comes from the dates and the banana, so they are natural AND they come with the fiber that slows the absorption into the bloodstream.  Instead of having the fats and sugars that aren’t so good for you, you are able to pack in the nutrients that your body wants while getting the same satisfaction out of your dessert!

I highly recommend anyone try it out, there is no baking to burn anything or have to mess around with.  You literally just throw everything into the blender and then you have your dessert! Everyone have a wonderful day,

Love,

Lucy

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