Today, these are my birthday brownies. Yes, I turn the glorious 31 today, so I'm celebrating by stuffing my face with these.
Please don't turn up your nose because the word avocado is sandwiched right next to brownie. Trust me, the creamy avocado makes these brownies thick, fudgy and delicious. You need to try them. Better yet, the avocado substitutes any butter that is usually required for homemade brownies. Win, win!
First mash two, very ripe avocados. Refrain from taking a tortilla chip and digging in. It's hard.
Melt two squares of unsweetened baker's chocolate and put in with the avocado. Or - do like me - and find the great squeezeable packs at the grocery store (Nestle brand) and not have to do any melting!
Add in one cup of sugar, two eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir. Then fold in 1 t. baking powder and 1 c. of flour.
Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and pour in the thick batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-32 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool.
Then grab another half of an avocado, mash it up and sift in 1 cup of powdered sugar. Stir until you have the right frosting consistency. You may have to add more powdered sugar to get it thick enough. Spread on this green goddess frosting and cut into squares.
Then refrain from eating the whole pan.
I also attended a beautiful outdoor wedding this weekend. My former boss (although, I never really considered her a boss, just a great friend), found her man. They now have two beautiful blended families and I could not be more happy for her. I'm just sad we don't get to see each other as much as we used to.
And check out that log cabin! She got married on her sister's acreage and I was drooling the entire night. It is my dream piece of land. And my husband's dream too.
They served the insanely good Scratch cupcakes for dessert. You should be proud I only had one. I was tempted to take one for the road.
And their barn was decked to the nines in Pinterest concoctions. It was so pretty! I don't want to know how long it took, but it was gorgeous.
The bride and I. Miss this girl. We had way too many good times in the past. Usually involving wine and board games.
My old co-workers. Love them! After seeing this photo, we realized I should have been standing on the downhill slope on the right instead of the top of the hill where I of course look like a giant. Ha!
Well, I hope you all had a great weekend and take a chance on these brownies - I know you'll like them!