Did you know that the word ‘Avocado’ is the same word used in ancient Mexico for testicles? Well now you do! (you can thank me later).

 

It’s not just their name that makes Avocados so great! They contain about 20 different vitamins and minerals, are a fantastic source of fibre and protein, and most of all a great source of monounsaturated fat. But don’t be scared of all the lovely, healthy fat. Consuming it sends signal to your brain that you’re full and satiated – which means less overeating (hooray!) – and slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates which stabilises blood sugar levels (also great for our waist lines!).

 

Despite all their lovely goodness, some people just don’t like the taste. And that’s ok! I’ve got a solution for you right here… Avocado recipes that don’t taste like avocado recipes. You’re welcome!

 

Choccy Avocado Mousse

 

 

Looking for a decadent treat? Look no further! This delicious deep chocolate mousse is not only creamy and rich but nutritionally dense as well, full of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals. The balsamic vinegar disguises the avocado flavour.  Enjoy!

 

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 mins + 30 mins refrigeration

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe Avocados
  • 1/2 cup (170g) honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (50g) raw cacao or high quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar*
  • pinch fine sea salt or Himalayan pink salt

 

Directions

  1. Peel and de-stone the Avocado
  2. All add the ingredients to a food processor or high speed blender and puree until smooth
  3. Chill for at least 30 mins before serving.

 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse can be stored in the refrigerator, airtight with plastic wrap pressed directly on the surface of the mousse for up to three days.

 

*Inexpensive balsamic vinegar can occasionally be sold with added ingredients in it that make it not gluten free or soy free.  Check the ingredient list on the bottle if soy or gluten are an issue for you.

 

 

 

 

Avocado Pesto

 

 

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

 

 

Ingredients

  • 4 zucchinis
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 5 cups (250g) fresh basil leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup (60ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (235ml) water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup (75g) parmesan cheese, shredded
  • pinch fine sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
  • pinch pepper

 

 

Directions

  1. Use a spiralizer or julianne peeler to cut the zucchini into noodles.
  2. Put all ingredients accept the zucchini in a food processor or high speed blender and puree. Set aside
  3. Heat some additional olive oil in a skillet over a medium heat.
  4. Fry the zucchini noodles for a minute until just browned but still firm. Remove from heat.
  5. Toss noodles in pesto and serve!

 

 

 

Decadent Chocolate Truffles

 

 

These creamy truffles are elegant and delicious.  The avocado adds a wonderfully velvety texture to this healthy treat.  One or two with coffee in the afternoon is perfection!

 

 

Serves: 12

Prep Time: 15 mins

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao or high quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

  

Directions

  1. Blend the cashews in a food processor until almost smooth.
  2. Add the dates, 2 tablespoons of cacao (or cocoa powder), salt and the avocado to the food processor and blend again until fully combined, adding a little water if needed.
  3. Roll into balls and dust in the remaining cacao or cocoa powder.

 

Can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

 

 

What did you think of our avocado recipes? Leave a comment to let me know!