When you have six children, a simple exercise such as ‘popping to the shops’, (how I long to just ‘pop’ to the shops-that word makes it sound so light, fresh and easy), and paying a cheque in at the bank becomes a mammoth expedition filled with shouts, screams, tears, sweat, weeing up against a tree and copious use of the words, ‘No’, ‘Don’t touch’, ‘Hold my hand’ and ‘Grab him, he’s running away!’. I think the stress levels may have peaked when at the bank I thought I could dodge the queue and use one of those machines that pays your cheque in for you. I was already feeling the pressure as the kids were running riot round the bank and the two year old was hanging onto his ‘dinkle’ for dear life, (usually indicates you have precisely 1 minute before he wets himself). Panicking slightly, with beads of sweat collecting on my forehead I took them all over to the machine. Big mistake. I type about 3 digits of my PIN and then they catch on. Buttons. ‘I want to press a button’, ‘It’s my turn!’, ‘Which button is it?’ After about three attempts the flipping cheque was paid in and I was ready for wine. Or chocolate. Or these innocent little brownies. They came out really well. They do have small amounts of sugar but no fat and still that nice gooey texture. They are also super easy. You will need:
- 1 large avocado
- 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup flour (use coconut flour for gluten free)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1tsp baking soda
Mix all the ingredients in a blender then put into a lined baking tray. Bake at 180•C for 20 mins.
Serve and enjoy with less guilt!