Healthier Chocolate Gooey Cake Bars
Thanks to the sponsorship of Avocados from Mexico, these Chocolate Gooey Cake Bars have a healthy secret – NO butter!
Remember when Food Network got really big? I remember watching Emeril and Bobby Flay back in 2000. Then Rachael Ray got into the mix and the network took off. All of a sudden there was this huge new concept: food TV. My husband and I would watch the night time shows and I became like a kid again on Saturday mornings: I’d be glued to my TV, but it was cooking shows I was obsessed with instead of Saved By The Bell and Jem.
I don’t remember when Paula Deen showed up but I liked her right away. I mean, any chick that uses sugar and butter that much in a 30 minute time frame is my kinda gal.
The first episode I ever saw her do included a recipe for Gooey Butter Cake. I remember thinking, OMG you can do something other than make a cake with cake mix?
Yeah. If only I could see my future, right?
For some reason, probably the 12 pounds of butter, I never made her Gooey Butter Cake. But I always wanted to try it. Lately, I’ve been using a similar concept and making crusts out of cake and brownie mix. You know the deal, right? 1 stick of butter, 1 egg, and a cake mix. It makes a great bottom layer for magic bars.
I used that same concept for these Chocolate Gooey Cake Bars. These are kind of a marriage of gooey butter cake and magic bars. The cake mixture forms the crust and the top and the center is filled with chocolate chips, nuts, and sweetened condensed milk. The result of baking all the toppings in the center layer results in a gooey bar that tastes like a brownie married fudge.
These bars totally taste like that, BTW. Rich chocolate crust and topping, filled with chocolate chips and pecans. But these are healthier than the traditional Gooey Cake Bars. Why?
There is NO BUTTER in these bars! Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Instead of butter in the cake mixture, I used…
This recipe is perfect for all you people who just cringed. I swear to you, on a stack of holy cookbooks and a basin full of pie crust, that you do not taste avocado in these bars. The avocado takes the place of the butter. It’s so much like butter in texture, it gives the same ooey, gooey texture you’d get traditionally.
Yes, avocados have fat. But they provide good-for-you monounsaturated fats and nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals – which is more than a stick of butter can say, right?
Sure, you’ve still got half a can of sweetened condensed milk, some chocolate chips, and a cake mix. But you’ve taken out so many bad fats and calories, you can totally justify eating
five one of these.
That’s what I thought. I think even the new Paula Deen would approve!
Are you going to BlogHer Food in Austin this weekend? I’ll be there! And, as you know, I’m working with Avocados from Mexico at the conference. During the conference days (Friday and Saturday) a few of us AFM bloggers will be having Pit Stops to refuel you!
Get it? Pit Stops?
I’ll have some things you might need to refresh yourself with so be sure and find me! You won’t be able to miss me – I’ll be in the Pit Crew official t-shirt. Or, find me on twitter. I’ll be tweeting my locations throughout the days on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to follow along with the Pit Crew hashtag #AFMPitCrew
I’ll see you in Austin!
Healthier Chocolate Gooey Cake Bars
- 1 chocolate cake mix
- 1 large avocado
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (from a 14 ounce can)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
- Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place avocado in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until the large pieces are all smooth. Add the cake mix and egg and beat until combined. (There may be a few pieces of avocado left, that’s okay.)
- Place half the batter in the bottom of the pan. Spray your hands with cooking spray and press to flatten and cover the pan.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over bottom later. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over chips and nuts.
- Place drops of the rest of the cake batter on top of the milk layer. Spray your hands again and press to evenly cover the top of the bars.
- Bake for about 25-28 minutes, until a toothpick on the edges comes out clean. Cool completely before removing from pan.
- Remove from pan, remove and discard foil. Slice into squares. Makes about 16 squares.
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Thanks for reading! And be on the lookout for the Pit Crew at BHF this weekend!
This post was sponsored by Avocados from Mexico. Since I love avocados as much as I love my sugar, all opinions are, of course, 100% my own and I probably would have written this post eventually anyway on my own.