These recipes from our favorite foodie bloggers all have a surprising (but delicious) secret ingredient.
Avocado is the secret ingredient in these brownies by HowSweetEats.com.
Why it works: "They are not light and fluffy – they are dense and thick and fudgy and pretty rich. I believe they stay moist because I not only added eggs, but also avocado oil and a lot of additional chopped chocolate. The frosting compliments the richness perfectly because it’s light in flavor. I really love them paired together." --How Sweet Eats
The secret ingredient in this chili recipe from The Apron Gal is a bar of Hershey's chocolate.
Why it works: "I have met only a few people who use this same ingredient and only a few people can recognize its taste. It really melds the flavors together perfectly for a great chili." --The Apron Gal
This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip from blogger OhSheGlows.com is vegan, gluten-free, bean-free and soy-free -- but what it does have is potatoes.
Why it works: "My best tip for recipe success is to use hot, cooked potatoes (not cold), as the heat will literally melt the potato as it whips in the processor, creating a super silky texture." --Oh She Glows
The secret ingredient in this All You Pizza Pot Pie recipe is canned tomato soup.
Why it works: Tomato soup can moisten and add rich flavor to many different dinner and dessert recipes.
Food blogger LoveFoodEat.com added beet puree to this chocolate mousse pie recipe.
Why it works: "I thought of getting a little more daring and trying to make a beet-chocolate mousse recipe and I think it’s a winner! Mousse is creamy and soft with a hint of beet in it. It has no cream or egg or butter or anything else. I can confidently say that it is as good (if not better) as some of the best mousse I have had!" --Love Food Eat
To make her tuna salad healthier, TheFoodieRD.Blogspot.com substituted plain fat-free Greek yogurt for mayonnaise.
Why it works: "[Yogurt] is thick, it's creamy, it has a pleasantly slight tang, and 1/4 cup of it has only 30 calories, plus 5 grams of protein. It is a great substitute for mayonnaise in tuna salad. Like mayonnaise, it doesn't really contribute any taste to the tuna salad. It's more of a filler." --The Foodie RD
To make these onion rings extra-crispy, eRecipeCards.Blogspot.com added a few tablespoons of instant mashed potatoes.
Why it works: "I was a little surprised when I first read about using them when you are after a crispy crunch on any fried food. But it works!"