I have decided to declare myself a brownie purist. No more of these ‘healthy’ substitutions, no more ingredient experiments. Chocolate, butter, eggs, sugar, all purpose flour, vanilla. It just doesn’t get better than that.
This declaration was sparked by a brownie recipe that used avocados, which in my opinion failed miserably. It used avocado and whole wheat flour to make them ‘healthy.’ I ended up with a pan of gritty, mediocre chocolate pudding (and it didn’t even taste that chocolatey). I felt like I wasted perfectly good avocados and free range eggs, amongst other ingredients. Such a disappointment, especially when the website raved about how good these brownies were.
This is not the first time I’ve been disappointed with an alternative brownie recipe. Now, I am extra jaded because this most recent was by far the worst one I’ve tried, so my memories of the others may be influenced, but I do remember that none of them were as good as the real thing. I’ve tried black bean brownies, which actually were quite good, but a bit pasty in texture (I was going to write a post about them back in May, but changed my mind, which you can read for yourself here); I’ve tried chunky monkey brownies that use banana and peanut butter, a fun combination, but again, the texture was off; and of course I have tried pumpkin brownies of my own design (find them here), which were good in texture, but just not chocolate.
This avocado flop has made me realize that life is too short to waste energy and ingredients on mediocre attempts to be ‘healthy.’ If I’m craving a brownie I want it to be a good one, tried and true. Everything in moderation, my friends, and you can enjoy that delicious chewy, chocolate indulgence guilt-free. As long as your diet is balanced you can say ‘I’m already healthy, so I’m going to enjoy this brownie that isn’t.’
For those of you who still want to find ‘healthy’ recipes, more power to you, I wish you all the best. If you have found a good recipe, you can let me know; I probably won’t make it, but if you make it for me, I’ll try it. As for me and my kitchen, we shall be brownie purists.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a craving to satisfy.