Triple Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yeah, those happened.


I hope your week is off to a good start!

I kicked mine off with an early morning track workout. 🙂


It was a great morning which is good because I really didn’t want a bad/hard workout to follow Saturday’s tough long run.

So, once I had recovered on Saturday, I discovered I had a major sweet tooth.

Apparently, I needed to replenish with more than chocolate milk.

So, I made brownies. With avocado. Instead of butter.

Yes, seriously.

What? You didn’t know you could substitute avocado for butter in your favorite baked goods?

Oh yes, you can! You’re just swapping one fat (good, healthy avocado) for the other (trans-fat laden (and delicious, yes – not knocking that!) butter).

You can find loads of ways to use avocados in your recipes here. You should definitely check it out!

And, they were delicious!

You can’t even taste the avocado. Really!

But, I knew I could make them better.

Besides, there’s no such thing as too many brownies. 🙂

So, I set out to make them again on Sunday.

To make sure I was doing it right this time, my supervisor set up her chair on the other side of my workspace.


 I wanted to up the chocolatey goodness and make them a little less mushy. Not that the others were mushy, I just wanted more of a cakey brownie.

For the record, I did not use white sugar in this recipe. I used this awesome natural Demerara sugar I get from Harris Teeter. I like that it’s not overly sweet like regular sugar.



I measured and mixed and concocted and finally got the batter right.

Trust me when I say this stuff is THICK.



Used my putty knife to spread it into my pan (jk!) and popped it into my oven.


Okay, is it just me or is “popped” a funny word to use there? Cracks me up every time! But, I hear the chefs on Food Network say it all the time – “just POP it into the oven,” so I feel like a real fancy chef when I say it. Because I totally am. A real chef. And fancy. For reals.


The good thing about brownies is they don’t take forever to cook.

The bad thing about brownies is you really need to wait until they cool (almost all the way) before cutting into them.

You really do. It sucks, I know. But, would you rather EAT a brownie or lick a brownie off the knife?

Well, I guess if you’re making them for yourself, it doesn’t matter but, if you are making them to share, you should probably be able to cut them into defined squares. You know, to show you’re fancy and stuff.

Whether or not you tell anyone that you made them with avocado is completely up to you.  It can be our little secret. 😉


Om nom nom!

Triple Chocolate Avocado Brownies
serves as many as you plan on sharing with 😉
but seriously, you could cut 16 small squares

1 cup white whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur brand. Plain old unbleached would be fine if that’s what you have.)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ (optional)
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
1/2 cup avocado (about 1/2 of an avocado)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chunks

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

2. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, chia seeds, and wheat germ in a small bowl.

3. In a medium bowl, using a hand blender (you can use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, if that’s what you have), mix sugar, cocoa powder, and avocado until dark and crumbly looking. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Once eggs are incorporated, add vanilla. Beat well.

4. Slowly beat in flour mixture, scraping down bowl as necessary. Gently fold in dark chocolate chips and semisweet chunks. Spread into prepared pan.

5. Bake at 325 degrees for about 24-28 minutes, until the center is set. Allow to cool completely (or as close to it as possible) before slicing. NOM them down! Oh wait, share. That’s the nice thing to do.

Talk to me: What’s your favorite way to cook with avocado? Have you ever even eaten an avocado?

– jennifer

Tuesday’s Culinary Adventures – some soup, some sammies, some dessert!

Hello, hello!

I am so glad it FINALLY stopped raining!

Seriously, it’s been raining since Saturday.

Can you say soggy and cold? Blech!

Anyway, I was able to get yesterday’s run done this morning.


It was  a wee bit chilly!


You know, I don’t mind running in the cold and I don’t mind running in the rain but put the two together and I’m staying indoors, baby.

Gotta draw the line somewhere!

Running is supposed to be fun and running in the cold and rain is so NOT fun.

Have you done all your Christmas shopping yet?

Have you even started?

I haven’t. I should probably get on that, huh?

I’ve been having too much fun baking and trying new recipes!

Like yesterday.

I went a little crazy yesterday.

I baked some Dutch Oven Bread.


Seriously, this has got to be the best bread ever. EVER.


You know, the “history of all time” kind of EVER.

I roasted some tomatoes, onions, and garlic for some Roasted Tomato Soup.


Oh my goodness!


That soup was divine!


Roasting the tomatoes really gives it an amazing flavor!

And the garlic?

I just died and went to heaven!


I used to bread to make some grilled cheese sandwiches to accompany the soup.


I used a 6-cheese Italian blend for the sammies.


Om nom nom!

 I also made dessert.

Hey, I told you I went a little crazy.

It’s not like you weren’t warned.

I made some Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cups.


Holy Mother of GOD, these were amazing!

I clearly need to make them again so I can make them as lovely as Kylie does.

Practice makes perfect, after all. 🙂

Today, I think I’ll practice on some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

And then, I’ll do 8 more miles tomorrow.

You know, to run it all off. 🙂

Question: Do you prefer to do your Christmas shopping in the store or online and why?

I’m an online girl – I can only handle so many people in a confined space!

– jennifer

Tomorrow is National S’mores Day & it’s time for a weekly Crossfit Round-Up!

Hooray! It’s Friday!!


So, I have some very, very, very important news to share!

Very Important Message is

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 10) is National S’mores Day!


Will you be celebrating? I know I will! And, I have just the thing to make!


Better than regular s’mores! (imho) Click the photo for the recipe on my Facebook page. 🙂 Om nom nom!

Yes, a traditional s’mores is yummy. I. Love. S’mores. But, if you could take the s’more to a slightly higher level, wouldn’t you want to just to see how it tastes? I mean, if you don’t like it, you can give it to me. 😀

I’ll take one for the team.

Because, I care about your happiness.

Om nom nom!

Okay, okay, moving on.

I haven’t told you about a SINGLE Crossfit workout this week! What is the matter with me?! You probably think I didn’t go. Not true. Except for Wednesday. That day I didn’t go. That morning was crazy. Tuesday NIGHT was crazy. Oy.

Anyway, here’s what went down at the Box this week:



I’m not quite up to 95# on the front squats yet. I did 75# and those were hard, hard, HARD! Um, and BJ is Box Jumps. Get your mind out of the gutter! Push-ups were chest-to-desk hand release push-ups. Hard! It was a great workout!

We also had fun afterwards. 🙂


Tish giving Joe a sleigh ride. 🙂



ugly, ugly board!

Holy. Hard.

You certainly wouldn’t think that a workout in 4 minutes would be tough but, guess what? 4 minutes is a LOOOOONG time when you’re doing 65# squat clean thrusters! I managed 19 of those. I didn’t think I’d get 10 done so I was over-the-moon stoked with that number! Then, I knocked out 41 of the power cleans. Those things will wear you out!


Got this great shirt, too!


Yeah, that didn’t happen. 😦



An “active recovery” day on the rower. We played the “fish game”, 3 rounds. The “fish game” lasts 4 minutes and the object is to eat as many fish as possible and not get eaten by the mean fish. You get points for each fish you eat and you lose points if you get eaten. Your rowing speed moves your fish up and down. Um, the fish sinks a whole lot faster than it rises NO MATTER HOW HARD OR FAST you’re rowing. It was challenging but FUN!


And then we flipped tires. Because, you know, we can. 🙂


I forgot to take a picture of the white board! 😦 But, here’s what we did:

400m Indian Run with Telephone Game (I didn’t get to play. I rowed. Boo.)

15 air squats
20 donkey kicks
25 sit ups
10 push ups
5 pull ups

WOD: 10 minutes EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute)
– 3 Hang Power Snatch
– 2 Overhead squat
– 1 Hanging Squat Snatch

Okay, that workout seems like it would be easy because it’s only 6 reps but don’t let those small numbers fool you. All of those moves are TOUGH! I stuck with the 35# bar because 1. that’s where I’m at on the overhead squat and 2. I really wanted to make sure I learn the form for the Snatch before I really put up the weight. The Snatch is one of the most difficult moves to do. Do it wrong and it’s not going to do you any good.

Then, we finished up with some sleigh pushes. Because, you know, it’s Friday.

Hope everyone has had a great week!


1. Do you love s’mores? What’s your favorite non-traditional way to make them?

2. What did your workouts look like this week?

– jennifer