Monday, January 19, 2015

Chocolate Avocado Cookies



My son's Health teacher is quite creative.

Last week he had to bring the Real Care Baby 3 home to care for the entire weekend.

This week he has to make and bring in a healthy food.

Guess who is really going to make it?

The first thing I thought of was Chocolate Avocado Cookies. What 16 year old, 11th grader could resist trying these?

 
So far other students have brought in spicy almonds, trail mix with healthy cereal, and healthy cookies.
 
He's got this!
 
Avocados are incredibly healthy. And mixed with chocolate? Win, win.
 
 
 
The avocado makes for a creamy, smooth cookie without any taste of the fruit. There is lots of 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate with milk chocolate chips in these tasty cookies. The recipe is below but first I want to brag on the healthy avocado. If you don't care how healthy it is and just want to get to the chocolate goodness, scroll down!
 
I had heard of some of the avocado's virtues before this but I decided to Google it for my son to bring in for extra points. This website goes into great detail of the 12 proven benefits of eating avocados, but I will just highlight them here.
 
1. Avocado is incredibly nutritious including 5 vitamins, folate, and potassium. The fat in them is HEALTHY.
2. They contain more potassium than bananas.
3. They are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
4. They are loaded with fiber.
5. They can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
6. People who eat them tend to be healthier.
7. The fat in them can help absorb nutrients from plant foods.
8.They are loaded with antioxidants that can protect eyes.
9. They may help prevent cancer.
10. Avocado extract may help relieve symptoms of arthritis.
11. THEY MAY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT.
12. They are delicious and easy to incorporate in the diet.
 
I agree wholeheartedly with number 12. I love avocados in salads, on sandwiches, on tacos, and especially in guacamole. And now add to my list chocolate cookies!
 
 
 
Okay here is the recipe:
 
Chocolate Avocado Cookies
 
1/2 cup butter, 1 stick
3 one ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup mashed avocado (1 large)
3 cups flour, firmly packed
1 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips)
 
Melt the butter with the squares of chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals till melted. Let cool.
Combine white sugar with brown sugar in mixer till uniform. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each.
Mix in vanilla and beat till light and fluffy.
Mix in the salt and baking powder and beat till combined.
Mash the avocado until it is a smooth puree. Add it to the mix and beat till well blended.
Once the butter/chocolate is cooled, add it to the mix and beat till combined.
Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Mix till the dough is smooth and well blended.
Add chocolate chips and mix by hand.
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes (12 minutes worked great for my oven) ONLY TILL TOP IS DRY. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
Glaze if desired.
 
I chose not to glaze these this time and they are still really good!
 
 
(Note: Every time I post a recipe I wish I could figure out the template for blogs to just insert a recipe which then can be printed. Anyone master this yet?)

I hope you try these and let me know what you think. I have gotten mixed reviews just by mentioning the name of these cookies!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these great blog parties:

Munching Mondays
Amaze Me Monday
Show and Share
Treasure Box Tuesday
Roses of Inspiration Linkup
Tasty Tuesday
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
The Weekend Social
Let's Get Real Friday Party
Pure Blog Love Link Party

31 comments :

  1. I ADORE avocados! I wonder if I made these cookies if my husband would notice the difference.

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  2. I'm in the 'I don't like avocados' school but I would love to know how these go down at school.

    Diana

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  3. These sound great to me! I love avodaco, especially in guacamole! YUM! I like to use guac or slices of avocado on sandwiches as well. It is especially tasty if you use chipotle mayo with it on a sandwich. Now I'm making myself hungry...lol! Have a blessed week!

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  4. Now this sounds interesting! You have me intrigued so I will have to try the recipe sometime soon :)

    Thanks for sharing, sweet friend!

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  5. AnnMarie - as for copying the recipe - I personally have not "mastered" anything technical. I'm still in kindergarten technically. But I would copy the "old fashioned" way - by highlighting the whole recipe >copy > print. Which is how I intend to do it. BTW: I love both chocolate and avocados.

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  6. I'm an avocado addict! I've got to try these, AnnMarie.. I bet your son is the winner, for sure! Pinning to my "avocado" board!

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  7. AnnMarie, there is an easy way to create printable recipes for Blogger. I've done this, and I'll email you the instructions.As for avocados, we eat a lot of them. I make an avocado mayo substitution that is delicious. I used it in filling for deviled eggs and took them to a New Year's Eve party. They were a big hit. I hope your son gets an A+ on his healthy food projects. xxx ~ Nancy

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  8. Oh, my. These are a........ Must Try for sure.
    Thank you

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  9. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks good and the ingredients make it gluten free. I am always looking for good GF recipes and I am going to try this one.
    Hugs

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  10. These sound delicious! I just posted some chocolate avocado brownies--great minds must think alike!

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  11. These sound wonderful. I love the idea of adding an avocado to the batter. These look super rich and moist!

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  12. I love avocado too-- just made avocado chocolate pudding last week. These look delicious! Blessings, Cecilia

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  13. I am so enjoying seeing all these delicious recipes. Going to share them with my daughter.

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  14. I love avocados, but have never used them in cookies, what a great idea! They look delicious, I need to try these!!

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  15. Love avocado and chocolate...who knew the combination would make a good cookie! I've pinned so I can give this a try.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  16. Wow, I never would have thought you could put an avocado in a cookie. It looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the health benefits to us all!

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  17. Hi AnnMarie, stopping by again, I'm hosting Let's Get Real Friday Party this week, it's all about healthy eating and healthy living, and I would love for you to come share this recipe at http://joylovefood.com/lets-get-real-friday-party-74/ :)

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  18. These cookies sound great! I have never had a cookie with avocado in it. I imagine it gives the cookies a fantastic texture. If you had a spare moment, I would be delighted if you'd drop this (and anything else you'd like to share) by at the #PureBlogLove DIY and recipe link party! You can find me here: http://picnicnz.blogspot.co.nz/

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  19. Yum! I seriously love avocado as well! It goes on my eggs in the morning and in my salad at lunch! I've tried making chocolate avocado pudding before, it was great! I just ate it way to fast and felt VERY full afterwards. I guess that's what I get for stuffing my face with that much fat (even though it is healthy). Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I love chocolate. I love avocado. I should love this, right?!?! Gonna give it a shot, thanks :)

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  21. Rich creamy guilt free!


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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  22. Those look wonderful, I LOVE chocolate!

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  23. These look scrumptious, AnnMarie! I am not keen on avocado, but maybe in these delicious chocolate cookies, I won't taste them. Thanks for all the amazing info on this miracle fruit!

    Poppy

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  24. These look absolutely delicious and I love the guilt free part.

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  25. Will definitely be trying these! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  26. I love avocado, and actually baked with it before. Even made Avocado Brioche, so I'd like to try this recipe.
    The cookies look GREAT !!

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  27. These don't look so bad, unlike my Mother's zucchini cookies!

    And what a neat teacher to think of this activity (for moms! hahaha!).

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  28. Hi AnnMarie, Thanks so much for linking up this wonderful recipe at Let's Get Real Friday! I was the guest co-host for just last week, but the party will continue with the regular hosts each Thursday at 5pm EST.

    I'm stopping back to let you know about a new party! I've signed on to regularly host, along with the Tumbleweed Contessa, What'd You Do This Weekend? We love recipes, DIY, crafts and whatever you've been up to lately. The first party is happening now, and I'd love for you to come share this recipe, and any of your other posts at http://joylovefood.com/whatd-weekend-1/ A new party starts each Monday at 2am EST, hope to see you there! :)

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  29. Looks really interesting.
    I've heard of combining avocado with baked goods, but still can't get the idea of eating an avocado in chocolate.
    The cookies looks delish

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  30. I love avocados and they are good for you! Would never have thought to make cookies with them. Look yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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