Avocados really are amazing….. They are incredibly diverse and super delicious as well. Avocados are also high in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and a source of healthy fats. The other great thing about avocados is that they are very easy to prepare and be a great component or base of a diversity of dishes. Many people eat avocados and some of the recipes below may not be new to people, just a little reminder to get the wheels in your head turning. Avocado can be used in dressings, dips, sweet dishes, in smoothies, as a butter replacement, on sandwiches, in salads or even centerpieces of meals. The possibilities are endless! 🙂
Yield: 2 servings
Avocados are an amazing food; in this recipe avocado makes a smooth, creamy base for a delicious healthy dessert. Full of healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals this dessert not only tastes wonderful, it is also very good for you!
1 ripe avocado, pitted and seeded
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 pitted Mejool dates, soaked in water for 10 minutes and drained
1/2 cup almond, soy, or coconut milk, plus additional to thin as needed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving.
This pudding is really, really good and can even be frozen. There are also many variations you can do on this Avocado based pudding by subbing the dates for maple syrup or agave nectar and leaving out the non-dairy milk for a more thick mousse. You really can’t even taste the avocado, it absorbs flavors of the other ingredients and makes a smooth, creamy base. Chocolate avocado mousse can be poured into a crust and made into a raw dessert that is so yummy. I’ll try to cover this in future posts.
Most people have made guacamole. When I’m pressed for time, I make guacamole and eat it in a corn tortilla. I cheated a bit regarding the healthy factor with the recipe above and fried the corn tortillas to make tostadas. You can also add any beans for some extra protein. This is a great dish and very quick. Mexican food is also great food to serve if you are feeding people with a diversity of eating habits, ie; omnivore, vegetarian, vegan. With many different ingredients almost everyone can find something, especially if beans are served. It’s great to get into the habit of making beans and serving beans as often as you can.
I usually just throw the ingredients for the guacamole together and add the other ingredients to suit your taste, my simple guideline for guacamole includes:
- 1 Mashed Avocado
- Lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 or 2 small diced garlic
- 1 quarter of an onion (small dice)
- 1 small diced tomato or several cherry tomatoes (diced)
- Garlic salt to taste
- Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Stir above ingredients together. Fry or warm up some corn tortillas. Spread a layer of guacamole (and beans, if you wish) and add your toppings. A few ideas include; red onion, tomatoes, lettuce, olives. The great part about this dish is that these tostado are super tasty, no animal products needed!!
This recipe will serve two, but you can alter it and make other additions so it will serve more.