Chocolate & Avocado Muffins

 

Ok so I know I should talk about avocados or muffins or the fact that I keep putting veggies in my muffins (I know avocados are technically a fruit but come on) but instead I really want to talk about gratitude. Its been a theme in my life that just keeps popping up lately, so whether or not its the universe trying to tell me something, I’m going to take a moment today to remind myself to be grateful for all the good things I have in my life.

Do you want to hear what happened? Its a little embarrassing, but just don’t tell anyone, OK? I was getting my hair cut the other day by my lovely stylist, and he noticed some flakes (gross right? this is the embarrassing part! Add this to the list of things I probably shouldn’t write about in my food blog) in my hair, and he asked me if I’d been feeling stressed lately, because apparently stress is the largest cause of that sort of thing.

So I started listing off all of the things that could possibly be stressful in my life. Like my full time job at a start up and the fact that I was considering leaving. Or that fact that finals are coming up in 2 weeks. Or that I haven’t found (or made) the time to blog in the last week. And he stopped me and he told me that he’s been feeling really stressed out too, about the business he started and the relationship he had that just ended and I swear there is nothing that makes you feel worse than venting and then realizing that someone has bigger, more serious problems than you do but they are still trying to help you out and make you feel better about your problems. He told me that at night, he often finds it difficult to sleep, so he repeats these mantra. Its like meditating, he told me, but different. He just repeats to himself all the things in his life he is grateful for. Like…

I am grateful for my family.
I am grateful for my health.
I am grateful for the roof over my head….

And he said that by the third or fourth one he has usually drifted off to sleep. Which I find so nice, and so comforting. Because really, those things are so important and I have the tendency not to think about those things sometimes, and only focus on the negatives. When really, those are the most important things. So this week when I get stressed out as I’m sure I will because hey, stuff happens, I’m going to try it. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Ingredients –
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (you can also use chocolate chips like I did!), divided
1 1/2 ripe avocados, pitted
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I use cacao)
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a muffin tin.
  2. Melt 2 oz dark chocolate over a double broiler or in the microwave.
  3. Mix the the avocado, sugar, coffee and vanilla until smooth. I used a blender, but you can use an electric mixer to food processor as well. Add in the melted chocolate and puree until smooth.
  4. Add in the eggs until well combined, then the cocoa, flour and salt. Stir in the rest of the chocolate by hand.
  5. Pour mixture into the prepared muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the muffins are set.

 

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