Problems.

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That’s what these are. Biiiiig problems.

Almost the minute I decided I was going to make avocado brownies? I was making avocado brownies. My hands were working before my mind could even fully comprehend this crazy mess. Mashing and melting and mixing and making mayhem.

Chocolate was NECESSARY.

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Man… it’s been a wacky week. Remember how my husband came home on Saturday and I surprised him with a meal he had already eaten and then we had to go back to cohabiting like normal people? Dude… it’s a challenge.

Even though we spent a week on vacation together, we had a KING bed. I cannot stress how important a king bed is for this marriage. OMG. We do not have one because I spend the money we should use for a bed on impractical shoes and he swears that we couldn’t fit it up our windy steps. And he tosses all the covers on my side and then I’m weighed down and almost fall out of bed and then I’m kicking him in the ribs and he can’t get a good night’s sleep to save his life and we have both been sleeping in the middle of a bed for a few weeks off and on and seriously, was this snoring EVER this bad before? and yes I must must must sleep with the TV on or a monster will come eat me plus the Olympics are still on and by the way I also need to keep the ceiling fan on high because I’m constantly hot like a blast furnace but also find it necessary to cover myself with six layers of blankets because of that whole monster thing.

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And what do you MEAN that I need to eat dinner with another person and prepare something normal that is not cheese and crackers and clean up after myself and not leave piles of laundry scattered throughout the house and not leave my makeup all over the sink and not leave four pairs of shoes in the living room and not leave dishes in the sink for days on end and not spend 12 hours writing in my pajamas and not eat my dinner of cheese and crackers to the blasting Taylor Dayne Pandora station and not burn three different candles at once that smell like cupcakes and lilacs and root beer? What? You don’t think our house smells pretty yet floraly yet good enough to eat?

Yeah. See? Chocolate.

It was a must.

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And I do this thing… this thing that consists of me buying many, many avocados at once because um, it’s not like I live in the avocado capital of the world or anything. It is an absolute and unfortunate requirement that if you need four avocados in this town, that you may as well buy six or seven because chances are that one or two will be complete yucky mush. And have a bunch of those avocado hairs.

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OMG, wait. Can we talk about this for a minute?? What are those little avocado hair-like string things? I hate them. Utterly loath. I am a texture person – in the sense that I love texture in my food… lots of crunch and cream and silky mousses – not in the way that textures ever weird me out like they do with a few people. Well, except for really crunchy vegetables. I just can’t do that so give me a bag of chips and stop trying to convince me that the celery you are eating has curbed your craving for honey mustard pretzel nuggets. Not buying it.

But these hairs. Ugh, these hair things drive me crazy. And I should probably stop calling them hairs because they really are stringy things and I’ve said “hairs” more than once in the presence of others who think I’m insane and they get all freaked out thinking I found actual hairs – like people hairs – in my avocados. Um no.

Oh wait! I just googled and learned that the strings are a result of the thickening of vascular bundles. Hmmm. Sort of wished I never googled that to begin with. Sounds gross.

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Anyhoo.

Point is (finally?): I had eight avocados. Sunday night, I turned to my husband and said you know what we haven’t had in the LONGEST time?

Note: you probably should not ask your husband that question and expect a serious answer.

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But my answer was brownies. I hadn’t made brownies in forever. He wasn’t really interested. And he was even less interested when he saw what type of brownies I made, given his fierce dislike for avocados in general.

[However, I secretly watched him take down a good cup of that summer chopped salad I shared on Monday, only later to tell him that there were avocados in it, to which he said "oh that's okay... avocados are a superfood. I saw it on the Subway commercial."]

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The brownies are dense. They are not light and fluffy – they are dense and thick and fudgy and pretty rich. I believe they stay moist because I not only added eggs, but also avocado oil and a lot of additional chopped chocolate. But the frosting compliments the richness perfectly because it’s light in flavor – YES, the frosting tastes like avocado. No, the brownies do not taste like avocado. I really love them paired together though, and am not sure I’d enjoy the brownies as much without the green stuff on top that looks like something Slimer created. Yes, the frosting stays green. I have no idea why, but it did so when I made the brown sugar banana cupcakes too. I’m thinking it has to be the sugar. But what do I know?

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Oh I do know one thing. I’m obsessed with these. And about to go buy a king-sized bed.

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Avocado Brownies

Yield: makes 16 brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hours (includes brownie cooling time)

Ingredients:

For Brownies
2 large ripe avocados, mashed as well as you can (about 1 1/8 cups)
8 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons avocado oil
4 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, chopped

For Frosting
1 large ripe avocado
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

For Brownies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally spray a 9-inch square pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk mashed avocado and melt chocolate. Whisk in sugar until combined, then add in eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Add in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, mixing with a large spoon until JUST combined - do not over mix. Stir in avocado oil until it's well distributed and batter is somewhat smooth. Fold in chopped chocolate, then spread batter in pan. Bake for 28-32 minutes, or until middle is set. Remove and let cool completely, then frost and top with grated chocolate if desired.

Note: I placed these in the fridge (covered throughly with plastic wrap) to store and when eaten immediately from the fridge, they can be even denser and slightly dry, so I recommend letting them come to room temp or even placing them in the microwave (we did this!).

For Frosting:
Add avocado to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until mashed and creamy. With the mixer on low speed, add in vanilla then slowly add in powdered sugar, scraping down the sides if needed, until a smooth frosting forms. Frost brownies once cooled.

[brownies adapted from martha stewart]

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206 Responses to “Fudgy Avocado Brownies.”

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    cindy — August 9, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    ugh…avocado hairs ruin everything! I hate them.

    ps, I buy my avocados rock hard, let them almost ripen on the counter, and then stick them in the fridge…they’ll keep for daaayyysss. like a week or more and be perfect and hairless.

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    Velvet — August 9, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    You just blew my mind….I can somehow get past the avocado in the brownie because it’s hidden with the chocolate… but the frosting??? I’m simultaneously excited/nervous to try this. Totally bookmarked.

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    Kankana — August 9, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Few weeks back i had tried chocolate mousse with avocado and totally fell in love with it. And now looking at this, I can already say that it’s gonna be yummy!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 9, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    This is so pretty with the avocado! I love it…I’m nervous about the taste of it with chocolate but I totally trust you :)

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    Helen — August 9, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    When we moved into our house, built in the early 50′s, we couldn’t fit our queen mattress up the stairs due to how steep they were and that they were through a doorway. Well, easily solved – you buy two twin XL mattress/box spring sets. KING. done. You’re welcome.

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    • Ana — August 9th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

      My grandparents slept their entire 54 years of marriage exactly like that. They just used a king sized head-board and sheets and bed linens to make the look more unified, and tied the box springs together to avoid the gap from becoming Grand Canyon sized. They said it was the secret to their marriage. If I ever get married, I’m doing exactly that.

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    Danalyn — August 9, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    So I’m wondering… the avocado icing doesn’t brown? you know, as avocados love to do…

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    Jenny D. — August 9, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    This recipe came at the perfect time! I normally buy avocados in “bulk” because we use them quickly, but I happen to have three very ripe stragglers so I am making this recipe right now.

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    Michelle — August 9, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    I love love love your strain of thought writing. It’s THE best thing to happen to my mornings.

    I paid $2.50 the other day for an avocado. I wanted to cry. These would be expensive brownies. :(

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    • Amy — August 10th, 2012 @ 2:45 am

      I paid .49 a piece for 3 of them yesterday. Booyah. :D

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    Rachel Layfield — August 9, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    I have followed your blog for months now and your recipes enter my kitchen quite often! I wish I had your originality and creativity in the kitchen!! These look amazing and I will have to try them!:) thanks for being a great “grocery list” go-to:)

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    Kati @ The Ivey League — August 9, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Love the “going to sleep” description! My husband makes fun of me for my bedtime routine. Hey, I need SLEEP people! And the brownies look de-lish :>

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    Alexandria — August 9, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    Ok…I AM SOOOO going to Costco tomorrow to buy a lot of avocadoes and making these! I made your Brown Sugar Bananna Cupcakes with the Avocado frosting and those were a BIG hit with the family as I am sure these will be too! Just one question, could you make a chocolate cupcake with avocado frosting? Maybe a filling in the cake too?

    Thanks for the awsome recipe! ;-) Love reading your blog! You are very funny!

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    The Meaning of Me — August 9, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    I really enjoy your blog, but today’s post is my favorite so far. I loved this.

    First…avocado on brownies? Are you serious? Having a hard time with this one, even though I love chocolate AND avocados. However, I am going to try this because it’s just so ridiculously bizarre. The Husband won’t even begin to try them, but I bet the Kid will – she loves avocado and she’s a little foodie.

    The king size bed thing has me cracking up. We have a queen. When we got married we said it was plenty big enough. Eight years later, I am telling you it is not. A football field wouldn’t be big enough. Sometimes everybody just needs their own personal temperature and non-snore zone.

    Thanks for the fun post. I’ll get back to you on those brownies…

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    Honey What's Cooking — August 9, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    looks good. i once baked with avocado in my cookies, and they were slightly green. I didn’t love them or hate them. I have heard many good things about avo and chocolate though, I’ll have to mix it up someday. Great photos!

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — August 9, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    1. I agree that a king-sized bed is a must for married couples. We just got one a couple of months ago, and our sleep has been SO much better!

    2. I need these brownies. Like, yesterday.

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    Simone — August 9, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Ummm..you just put my two favorite things together. It is really hard for me to wrap my mind around them going hand in hand..but I am ecstatic to taste this! And I will probably eat the whole pan myself in one night. This could be a dangerous recipe…

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    Jessica @{Chic Sugar} — August 9, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    This post is hysterical! l loved reading it!

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    Michaela — August 9, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    OMG, finally, how COOL!

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    Dixie — August 9, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I know what “hairs” you’re talking about…they are definitely freaky and unappealing. I’ve seen you put avocado goo on desserts before, but since I haven’t tried it yet, I’m still a little skeptical…Could it be similar to pistachio ice cream? In the sense that the two things seem like they don’t belong together, but in fact taste fabulous when paired? If so, then I’ll probably have to give it a try.

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — August 9, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    Holy crap this looks amazing. Aaaand a king-sized bed sounds good. I get weighed down by the covers every night too when they are tossed onto me, except every morning I’m blamed for “stealing the covers”…..

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    Anna — August 9, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    Stifling giggles while reading at work… so funny about the bed! My husband and I bicker about a king sized bed all the time! He swears it won’t fit up the stairs but I think it could totally squeeze up there! My only requirement anytime we go on vacation is a king sized bed….it could be made of concrete but having that little extra space is so nice sometimes! hee hee
    Course not sure that would change much…I’d prob still have him and my furry baby snuggled up around me even in a huge bed! lol

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 9, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    You know what’s even better than a king sized bed? Separate bedrooms. I know it sounds weird, but it’s true! Also true? You kick started my addiction to sweet treats with avocados and now I have to make these brownies!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — August 9, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    You don’t even UNDERSTAND how we live the same life. I’m not even kidding you. We just got back from vacation and the thing I miss the most is our king bed. We need one for a good marriage. Are you supposed to like to cuddle while you sleep with your husband? That’s a negative over here… on both our parts.

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    Lauren — August 9, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    I am beyond grateful to read that I’m not the only one to sleep with the fan on high and a zillion blankets. That being said, I also have the AC blasting. My poor bf.

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    ellenbcookery — August 9, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    Where do you come up with these amazing recipes? Seriously!

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    Pretend Chef — August 9, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    Can’t stand the ceiling fan on. I am cold all the time.

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 9, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Love that the frosting is green too!

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    JulieD — August 9, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    OMG you went there…and I love you. These are insane…and umm, I hate the strings in an avocado too. I’m not sure why I’m grossed out by them.

    PS I wish I had a king bed. I should have listened to Curtis when I insisted we get a queen.

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    grace — August 9, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    …my husband will look at me and say, nooooo! why did you make these?! Mostly because we are both working on getting back in shape again and this will set us back a few two mile runs. :) they look fabulous and I never would have thought of them myself. I will make them as soon as I can.

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    Megan Q. — August 9, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    I am so glad you mentioned those hairs! I just discovered them for the first time the other day and I was really grossed out. I’m glad you understand. To be honest I don’t think I’ve wanted an avacado since that experience, hopefully that will change soon because I sure do love them!

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    Lisa — August 10, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    jessica, you are the BEST part of waking up in the morning. I start my day with you either laughing or hungry, often both!
    If you are going for the king sized bed, go all the way and get a tempurpedic. You will love, love, love it and it will help mr not to snore so much.
    You may thank me by sending over these brownies, like now!
    Love you Jessica, you are such a blessing

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 10, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    A king bed made all the difference in our life. I am such a light sleeper and I no longer wake up every time he moves.

    Avocados are my absolute favorite food so these look amazing.

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    Scott — August 10, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    OK these look so awesome. I absolutely love avocados and honestly combining them with chocolate would never have occurred to me, but now I can’t think of anything else. But it’s about time I moved on from the tuna, avocado and toast you got me hooked on last week. Feel free to post me a batch. They’d totally last a flight to Australia right?

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    Megan Krumbholz — August 10, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I laughed allthe way through your recipe! You are one funny lady.. I wish I had your humor

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    megan — August 10, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    One more thing we have in common: snoring husband and the MUST for a KING SIZE BED (all caps because it just deserves it)…tell him you will turn the front room into a bedroom…whatever it takes. You cannot sleep right next to a man that snores like a freight train. That’s why you have a guest room until the king size bed arrives. Use it.

    ALSO, have you heard about the contraption you can get from your dentist that will, supposedly, cure a snorer??? My good friend shared our marital problem and her hubby surprised her by coming home with this gadget that he sleeps with in his mouth (I know, I know…he must be a saint or something). Anyhoo, she said it has SAVED THEIR MARRIAGE and he literally, does not snore anymore. If I find the name of it, I’ll send it to you. Tell Mr. How Sweet if he gets it, you’ll both have the same answer for “you know what we haven’t had in a long time???” :)

    Brownies…not my thing, BUT, I trust you immensely,sooooo, I’ll give them a try…I’m sure they are great pre workout fuel. ;)

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    Javelin Warrior — August 10, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Wow. I’m speechless. Which won’t last because there’s so much to love about these brownies, but seriously, how do you come up with this?! I love the use of the avocado and the color contrast is genius… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks always for keeping me inspired with new ideas…

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    Abby — August 10, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    hahahaha what an amazing and hilarious post. 10am and theres nothing more i want than these brownies, but that’s not a first so im not feelin too badly about it.

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    Roma — August 10, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Interesting….sugar and avocado? A must try!
    Still laughing about what you haven’t had in a long time:)
    But we LOVE our queen bed and hate when we’re stuck with king hotel beds because we’re too far apart….36 years of marriage, so a queen work for us! (But I do need the fan on!)

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    Colette @JFF — August 10, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    What a wild idea! I love the green again the chocolate brown. I’m making these tonight! Thanks!

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    HeatherChristo — August 10, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    OMG. you are the best. Buy the King sized bed. That is one credit card payment you will not be mad about every month. if it is going to dramatically improve your quality of life- it will be totally worth it!!
    I am a little freaked out by the avocado- but I am going to trust you on it and try!

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    Carla Rearte — August 10, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Hi!
    I´m from Chile, we export a lot of avocado, here we call them “palta”
    and we consume it a lot because is so delicious (we realy love it) and
    lucky for us is not so expesive like it is in other countries. Usually
    we use it in differents salads, filled or crushing it on bread but we
    never,never, never use it for sweet preparation. So i think, i will
    have to try your recipe.

    Kisses and greeting from Chile

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 10, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    King size beds are very important for marriage. My husband and I like to say it’s some of the best money we’ve ever spent!!

    Avocado brownies?! LOVE.

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    Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe — August 10, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    Oh heavens. Am I pinning this recipe? Yes, yes I am.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 10, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    Totally need this in my life. Before my mind realizes what’s going on! Pretty please :)

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    Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess — August 10, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    We’re known more for our beer and cheese where I’m from so I buy avocados like I want to be on an upcoming episode of Hoarders when I find them around here! I love your avocado frosting and can only imagine how good these will be!

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — August 10, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    These are so fun! They would be really cute for a Halloween party, with chocolate spider webs…mmmm.

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    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — August 10, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    OMG these look insane! I would have never thought to try this combo, but now I am so curious how they taste :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 10, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    Is this real life? OMG!!!

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    Mish @ Mish's Kithen — August 11, 2012 @ 1:06 am

    Those are SO random…but I’m so intrigued. I may twist them into a GF version next week.

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    idiosyncratic eye — August 11, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    I think my husband would kill me if I put an avocado anywhere near his brownies. He really doesn’t like it when I add sensible, tame options like dried cherries. ;)

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    chanry — August 11, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    avocado + brownies??? YOU. HAVE. NO. SHAME.

    i love you.

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