Secret Ingredient Brownies [VIDEO]

The lunch box is not complete without a sweet little treat. If you’ve been sending a piece of fruit all week, switch it up with these good-for-you flourless brownies!

Guess what?

I snuck in an ingredient that’s packed with nutrients and healthy fats, and nobody will know it.

*Happy Dance*

This week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express, let’s make some delicious, fudge-y brownies and get your family to eat some goodness in while we are at it!


Are you ready to take a bite?


 Secret veggie ingredient: avocado.




Sprinkle with organic powered sugar (if you’d like), and serve!


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Avocado Brownies

Preparation 10 min 2017-08-18T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 25 min 2017-08-18T00:25:00+00:00 Serves 12     adjust servings



  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking dish with parchment paper
  • Heat chocolate and butter in a double boiler over the stove until melted
  • In a blender, blend avocado until smooth
  • Mix avocado into chocolate mixture
  • Add in eggs and whisk to combine
  • Add in maple syrup, maple sugar (or coconut palm sugar), cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and vanilla
  • Add in chocolate chunks and pour into baking dish
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Let cool completely before cutting


Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole on EVERYTHING over here. Some favorites of ours are having it as an appetizer with veggies and homemade crackers on Football Sunday, sweet potato nachos, huevos rancheros, as a topping on a salad, taco night, morning breakfast skillets, sweet potato skins… the list goes on and on. You simply can’t deny the many uses for an easy and delicious homemade guacamole!

Homemade Guacamole


Homemade Guacamolle



  • Cut avocado in half and remove the pit
  • Scoop out avocado and place into a bowl
  • Using a fork, lightly mash the avocado (leave some chunks!)
  • Add spices and mix well, taste and adjust spices to your liking
  • Right before serving, add onion and tomato and mix to combine (optional)
  • Place in serving bowl
  • Homemade Guacamole

    Avocados {Avocado Boats: 5 Ways}

    For this week’s Healthy Food Friday with American Express I want to talk about some serious brain food. AVOCADOS. Avocado is a super healthy fat. That’s right. By now you know I am all about healthy fats in my diet! I think we’re almost over the low-fat fad, right? Good! Avocados fill me up and are loaded with nutrition that I want daily.The Benefits of Avocados

    You are going to love these avocado boats. Craving a BLT? Got you covered. Want something refreshing? Tropical Salsa coming right at you! How about in the mood for breakfast food? Baked egg is calling your name. See where I’m going with this? Avocado heaven: five ways.

    Avocado BoatsAvocado boats: the easiest way to snack {for two people}. Cut an avocado in half, the long way. Remove the pit. Get creative and stuff with your favorite salad, cuisine, or an egg. WA-LA. A snack for two. One for you, and one for some lucky individual.

    Let’s break it down:

    Pico De Gallo: Chopped tomato, red onion, garlic granules, jalapeño, cilantro,, Himalyan sea salt, and lime juice.

    Turkey BLT: Off the bone turkey breast, nitrate-free bacon, chopped tomato, fresh spinach.

    Israeli Salad: A household favorite! Find it here.

    Baked Egg: Crack an egg into the center of your avocado half. Bake on 350 for 20 minutes until egg whites are opaque.

    Tropical Salsa: Delicious and refreshing. It’s also delicious on top of fish! Recipe.

    Avocado Boats

    I was selected by American Express to contribute to their Tumblr community. As such I was paid for my services, but all opinions in general and about American Express are my own. 

    Avocado RecipesSriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad // Tropical Salsa

    Mason Jar Lunches // Avocado BLT Egg Salad

    What’s your favorite way to eat avocado?

    7 Layer Taco Dip

    Tomorrow is the 4th of July! Aside from your festive desserts, grilling items, and summer-y side dishes, appetizers are a must. I LOVE dips. They are just my favorite. Roasted eggplant dip, spinach artichoke (it’s on my list), 7-layer… you name it. The problem is they are often loaded with cheese and dairy and other things I stay away from. So this year… bringing my own dip, baby! Seven layers of delicious.

    7 Layer Taco Dip7 Layer Taco Dip

    For my super strict paleo friends: sub out the refried black beans for another layer of guac!

    7 Layer Taco Dip

    Preparation 20 min 2017-08-18T00:20:00+00:00 Cook Time 10 min 2017-08-18T00:10:00+00:00



    • Layer 1: Refried black beans
    • Layer 2: Salsa
    • Layer 3: Beef mixture
    • Layer 4: Guacamole
    • Layer 5: Remaining beef
    • Layer 6: Salsa
    • Layer 7: Chopped lettuce, tomato, red onion, garnish with scallions

    Refried black beans

    Beef mixture


    • Store-bought or homemade



  • 1. Make refried black beans- Heat 1 tbsp oil of choice in a pan
  • 2. Add in beans and let heat for 3-5 minutes, begin mashing
  • 3. Add in spices, mash and mix well
  • 4. Add in 2 tbsp water; mix until water is combined
  • 5. Remove from heat and set aside
  • 6. Make beef- in a skillet heat oil and garlic
  • 7. Add in beef and cook until brown
  • 8. Add in tomatoes, spices, and hot sauce; let cook for 3-5 minutes then remove from heat and set aside
  • 9. Make guacamole and chop lettuce, tomato, and onions for layer 7
  • 10. Once all the layers are prepared, start assembling in your dish; serve and enjoy!
  • 7 Layer Taco DipLayers on layers of goodness. Get out those non-gmo tortilla chips and veggie platters, and go enjoy that 4th!

    7 Layer Taco DipWhat is your favorite party dip?

    Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad [VIDEO]

    This Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad is bursting with flavor. Bold, zesty chicken and juicy sweet pineapple make this chopped salad one of our absolute favorites!

    Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    It is so hot here in Boston, and that’s coming from the girl who was just visiting Florida in June. Wheeeew, hot. In leu, turning on the stove the past two nights wasn’t quite in the cards. The grill was though, paired with this Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad that is just bursting with flavor.

    Let’s see what we got: spicy and bold chicken, sweet and juicy grilled pineapple, refreshing crisp local lettuce, local tomatoes, and finally, avocado. Count me in any day of the week. Oh, and don’t forget the light and easy lime vinaigrette.

    Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This salad is one of the most popular recipes on the blog, and for good reason! It’s simple, flavorful, with a deliciously bold chicken!

    A little spice, a little sweet, a perfect dinner! The Sriracha and lime together make for a fabulous marinade that comes together quickly!

    Healthy, low-carb, and perfect for summer!

    Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad

    Preparation 10 min 2017-08-18T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 15 min 2017-08-18T00:15:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings


    Sriracha Lime Chicken

    • 2 organic chicken breasts
    • 3 tablespoons sriracha
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


    • 4 cups lettuce, chopped (I use this salad chopper)
    • 8 pineapple slices, using pineapple corer
    • 1 cup organic grape tomatoes
    • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
    • 1 avocado, cubed

    Lime Vinaigrette


    • Heat the grill to medium heat.
    • Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a bowl or marinade dish, combine sirarcha and lime.
    • Add chicken and let marinade in the fridge for at least 20 minutes, the longer the better.
    • Once ready to cook, add chicken to the greased grill.
    • Cut pineapple using pineapple corer and add to grill, grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
    • While they are grilling, chop lettuce, then chop avocado, tomato, and red onion and add to serving dish.
    • Whisk together dressing, taste, and adjust seasoning as desired (i.e. more lime, additional sea salt, additional vinegar)- place in fridge until ready to use.
    • Once chicken is done cooking, assemble the salad, toss with dressing and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    *Nutrition info per serving: 373 calories, 38 grams of protein, and 30 carbohydrates*

    Avocado BLT Egg Salad

    love egg salad. Also on the list of things that I love are: avocados, tomatoes, bacon, and scallions; to name a few. This is the absolute perfect lunch. For one, it combines all of those favorite things, and two, it is packed with protein and healthy fats to fill you up throughout the day. 

    This recipe replaces the standard mayonnaise that is ordinarily in egg salad with avocado. It is perfectly creamy and full of flavor! Plus, it’s super simple to throw together- my favorite!




    I am sharing this recipe over on Stupid Easy Paleo‘s website today! Find the full recipe here.