AVOCADO – Not just for Guacamole anymore!

I adore this superfood! Avocados have the highest quality of the good fats (monounsaturated) that your body needs. Avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, while increasing health promoting HDL cholesterol. Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. One cup of avocado has 23% of the Daily Value for folate, a nutrient important for heart health. Researches found that people who had higher intakes of dietary folate had a 55% lower risk of having heart attacks or fatal heart disease. Avocados are also rich in fiber.

How to choose a ripe avocado – I love to use this little trick to pick out a ripe avocado, mango or papaya. Close your eye, now with your index finger, gently push on your closed eyelid. Feel how soft and still a bit firm that feels? not so much mushy? That is how a ripe avocado will feel when choosing one.

Now, for a fantastic and unique recipe using an avocado. This is one of the most famous recipes I teach and it definitely has received so many rave reviews! It is also an ideal dessert for those who crave that rich, silky smooth chocolate pudding, but cannot have dairy.

Chocolate Silk Decadence

(Serves 6) 109 Calories; 4.7g fat per serving

Oh, what a treat this dessert is! You are feeling so decadent and indulgent, when reality strikes you…Bite for bite, this is one of the lowest calorie and healthful desserts you can have!

1 ripe avocado
½ cup Sucanat or dehydrated cane juice or Agave nectar
¼ cup unsweetened Organic cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon (optional)
Approximately 1/2 – 3/4 cup Water

Slice the avocado in half, and remove the pit. With a large spoon, separate the inside of the avocado from the skin. Put the avocado in a blender or food processor and add the sucanat, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and optional cinnamon. Blend until creamy. Add ½ cup water and blend again until smooth and creamy. If too thick, continue adding more of the water, a bit at a time. The consistency you are looking for is one of a pudding-like creaminess. Pour into a bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Serving suggestions: Slice up strawberries and bananas and serve them on top of the pudding, or skewer the bananas and strawberries and use the pudding as a fondue-like dip.

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1 Response to “AVOCADO – Not just for Guacamole anymore!”

  1. I sampled this three years ago, loved it. Made it all the time and somehow lost the recipe. Thank you so much for putting this on your webiste. It is glorious and so good for us.

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