OMG I have to TRY this brownie looks like heaven on earth!

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Eating healthy and desserts usually don't go together. When you're trying to eat healthier food, this often means cutting back or cutting out all of the sweet treats you love in favour of more fruits and especially more vegetables. It's true; sugar can especially wreak havoc on our systems. Raising our blood sugar only for it to crash down again and crave more. Sugar raises cortisol in the body which is the stress hormone and insulin which regulates your blood sugar. So eating too much sugar all of the time can lead to imbalances in these hormones which could lead to other illnesses and issues. While eating too many desserts is never a good thing because of the health risks it imposes, it's okay to treat yourself every once in a while especially if it's with a healthy dessert recipe like this one featured on Healthy Life Box. It might seem a bit strange that a brownie could be made to be healthier than the conventional brownie recipe filled with refined sugar and dairy. Dairy isn't the best to eat all of the time either because of the hormones that factory-raised cows are given to keep them producing milk. When you consume dairy, you consume some of the hormones that end up in the cow's milk. Unless you're using dairy from organic, pasture-raised cows.

So instead of having sugar and dairy filled dessert recipes, why not try making some healthy dessert recipes instead? There are actually more healthy dessert recipes out there now that more people are choosing healthier plant-based food options. These brownies not only look and taste great, but they are also free from most of the unhealthy ingredients you'll find in regular dessert recipes. These brownies have fibre, healthy fats and antioxidants in them from the healthy, whole food ingredients included in them. They include avocados which are very nutrient dense including fatty and amino acids, as well as antioxidants. The fat in avocados isn't a fat you have to worry about either. It's much easier to digest than the type of fat in dairy products. The fat in avocados is called monounsaturated which actually help us digest fats. Eating avocados also helps to improve the health of your skin, hair and nails because of the amount of vitamin E in them. You can use them in healthy dessert recipes like this one or in smoothies, guacamole, and even fresh on salads or in healthy sandwiches.

Sometimes it can be difficult to pick the perfect avocado if you're not familiar with buying them. The best trick is to take off the little nub at the top of the avocado and look at the indentation underneath. If this spot is green in colour, the avocado is just ripe enough. If the nub comes off too easily and the area underneath is brown or black, the avocado is too ripe and if the nub is harder to remove the avocado might not be ripe enough yet. You can also give them a little squeeze, and if they are just slightly soft but still a little firm, this is the ideal ripeness. Any mushier than that and it won't taste the best. So choose a good, ripe avocado for this recipe and mash up half of it. You'll also need some sweet potato, nut butter like almond or cashew, dairy-free chocolate chips, maple syrup, coconut milk, and cacao powder. The maple syrup is a great sweetener for dessert recipes because it's low glycemic and won't spike your blood sugar like refined sugars will. All you have to do is blend all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a blender and then bake.***

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