I know that a lot of us have the immune system, and especially boosting the immune system, on our mind these days. What if I told you that you can support your immunity by eating brownies? These brownies won’t cause the blood sugar spice of a typical brownie that suppresses the immune system and the main ingredient – avocados – is an incredible immune supportive food providing nutrients including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and even glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in your body.
Who doesn’t love brownies? Often when we make changes to our diet, we can feel stress or loss over some of our favorite foods and treats. What is incredible, however, is that when you allow your taste buds to adjust to the natural sweetness of real food, you’ll find that those sugary treats of the past don’t taste like they used to. They are too sweet and they affect your blood sugar quite dramatically.
That doesn’t mean you can’t eat your favorites, like brownies, anymore. You might just prefer a different version. A brownie that is high in good fat and high in fiber (from avocados!) is the perfect way to satisfy a craving or feel pleasure from food, without the negative consequences.
Creamy avocados make the base of this brownie and the rich chocolate from raw cacao, chocolate collagen and baking chocolate cover the mild taste of the avocado with a deep rich flavor. The avocados also eliminate the need for flour in the recipe so you can keep the texture you love without the carbs! Your immune system will thank you!
Keto Avocado Brownies
Makes 8 brownies
- 2 ripe avocados, skin and pit removed
- ¼ cup Creamy MCT Vanilla Coconut Swirl
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons ground espresso
- 2 scoops Chocolate Grass-fed Collagen Protein
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons pure monk fruit sweetener
- 1 ounce 100% baking chocolate, choppe
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease an 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil or MCT oil.
- In a food processor, combine avocado, Creamy MCT, almond butter, eggs and vanilla and process until smooth. Add the cacao, collagen protein, baking soda, sea salt and optional monk fruit and process until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Pour the batter into the baking dish and spread smooth. Top with the chopped baking chocolate.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before slicing. Store in a covered container in the fridge.
Tip: Serve with Keto Avocado Ice Cream (below) for an extra decadent treat!
Nutrition Facts (serving size: 1 brownie): Calories 255, Fat 19g, Protein 13g, Carbs 12g, Fiber 8g, Net carbs 4g
Keto Avocado Ice Cream Recipe
Keto ice cream is another decadent keto treat and one that I loved sharing on the Dr. Oz Show. This ice cream is so delicious and delivers on the satisfying fats and sweetness that you would expect from a typical ice cream recipe. I was determined to find an option that was high in fat and also had some fiber as well. What I came up with is keto avocado ice cream. This ice cream combines a few simple ingredients – frozen avocado cubes, lemon juice, almond butter, Creamy MCT Vanilla Coconut Swirl, vanilla and salt – in the food processor. The results are fast, easy and sure to tame any sweet cravings while beginning or following High Fiber Keto. This is also another great way to include the immune-boosting avocado in a healthy and creative way.
Actually, this is probably the world’s healthiest ice cream, and you can get the full recipe and see my cooking video here.
It’s important to note that as some people begin a High Fiber Keto lifestyle, it can take some time for the digestive system to adjust to the new composition of foods, especially for those who have been following a low-fat or low fiber diet or for those with digestive issues. In these cases, it can be incredibly powerful to supplement these avocado keto recipes with digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into necessary nutrients. They support digestion and help promote a healthy gut for a beneficial immune system.