Tag Archives: Avocado

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

You might be thinking, “Did I read that title correctly?” You certainly did. Below is a recipe from my colleague/friend Kristi, who makes a delicious mousse that looks like a dark pudding. No one will know there is avocado in the dessert unless you tell him or her!

I love chocolate (who doesn’t), so when I started modifying my diet to include more clean foods, I was excited (and amazed, as will you) to find a wonderful chocolate mousse recipe made from…. wait for it….. avocados!! Not only is the recipe easy to make, but you will also easily fool any guests because it doesn’t look like or taste like avocados. ¬†Enjoy!

In a food processor, blend:
4 avocados
1 cup agave
1 tablespoon vanilla (I used a homemade version from SensitiveEconomist)
1 cup raw cacao (or unsweetened cocoa powder for baking)

options: add 1 tablespoon coconut or 2 teaspoons cinnamon

I am sharing this recipe with Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, Cybele Pascal Allergen-Friendly Cooking and Sweet as Sugar Cookies.

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Honey-Sweetened Avocado Bread

Hello, everyone! I hope that you enjoyed a peace-filled thanksgiving holiday. I was fortunate to be able to celebrate with my family including a lovely visit with my grandmother. Speaking of my grandmother, a few weeks ago while again visiting her, I read her local newspaper. The food section included a reader recipe exchange involving avocados. Up to this point, my experience with the fruit had been slicing it for a topping to a salad. However there was a recipe that caught my eye – Avocado Quick Bread, by MaryEllen Fabricatore and Pam Wobrock. I was intrigued by the idea of mashing the fruit, full of healthy fats, fiber and vitamins, into a loaf of bread. And I had read that California avocados grow year-round, so I was excited to purchase some avocados right away and try the recipe. I substituted the refined sugar with honey and added whole wheat flour into the mix. And yes, the batter was green when I blended the ingredients together! However, after it baked it turned a golden brown color. This bread is very moist and has a nice texture similar to pumpkin bread. I hope you enjoy this tasty treat.

Ingredients:
1 cup honey
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed avocado (about 3 avocados)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk with 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preparation:
–Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
–Beat together honey, butter, eggs, vanilla and avocado until well blended.
–In another bowl stir flours, cinnamon, allspice, salt and baking soda.
–Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk and mix well. Stir in the raisins and walnuts.
–Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
–Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I am sharing this recipe with Joy of Desserts, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Food Trip Friday and Sweet as Sugar Cookies.