Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Avocado Frozen Yogurt with Honey and Vanilla

My friend told me that she had a food craving/obsession during her pregnancy: smoothies made from avocado and vanilla yogurt. Now, I love avocado (and you should, too) but I tend to enjoy them in a savory setting: in a salad, mashed into guacamole, or just drizzled with vinegar. I do know that it is a fruit, though, so I was open to trying it as part of a dessert. 

In honor of a visit from the aforementioned friend, I made this avocado fro-yo. Pregnant ladies, if you're craving frozen confections, this one is actually pretty darn good for you: calcium, protein, potassium - even some folate and omega-3s! So dig in, y'all.

Ingredients
yield: about 1 and 1/2 pints
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2c greek yogurt, preferably organic
  • 1T pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2c honey (or to taste)

Peel and pit avocado and drop it in blender.
 Add yogurt....
and vanilla...
and honey. Blend until fully combined and smooth. 
Freeze in ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and place in your freezer to firm up. It is a wonderfully rich and creamy treat! The color is this lovely pale green - almost like green tea ice cream. There is a hint of avocado fruitiness, but (for you naysayers out there) it doesn't taste like guacamole, or anything. 
If you don't have an ice cream maker, you should get one! Seriously, if you have ice cream even once a month, the machine will pay for itself - and you can make quality organic, lower-sugar, better-tasting ice creams and frozen yogurt than you could ever buy! But if you insist on holding out (or if your kitchen doesn't have the room for one more damn machine) there are ways of making frozen yogurt without the machine.

Have you ever had avocado as part of a dessert or smoothie?

17 comments:

  1. yup, the color is a bit...odd. Looks kind of like wasabi paste. But the flavor was spot-on, so I didn't want to mess with the fro-yo just to brighten the color, you know? 

    Please let us know if you try it out!

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  2. While I can't say the pictures are the most appealing, the recipe itself sounds spectacular.  I must try this one for myself!

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  3. yeah, i have a hard time reserving avocados for much other than guac. i could seriously live on that stuff.

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  4. Ok so I tried the recipe with cilantro and used some ancho chile powder. They are good, different, and refreshing but my husband and I agree that they need more kick. I bet the green tabasco would be good. 
    Anyhow, the next time I have 2 ripe avocados I'm probably just gonna use them for guac : ) 

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  5. or Tabasco! Let me know if you try them!

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  6. Maybe just leave out the cilantro. The recipe calls for 2 ripe avocados, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 1/2 cups water, salt and pepper. Blend and pour into popsicle molds. If you wanted to get crazy you could try a little chili powder. I might...

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  7. i like the idea of a savory avocado pop - but i hate cilantro! i wonder what i could substitute...

    ps. i like wheat germ, too :-)

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  8. Avocado obsessed, yes that's me. I discovered the avocado smoothie when I was pregnant and craving something sweet that wasn't totally devoid of nutritional value. It is so satisfying and refreshing. I also added 2 tablespoons of wheat germ. I know wheat germ doesn't appeal to everyone but it is dense and makes the smoothie more like a meal. 
    The frozen yogurt Justine made is divine and my 3 year old helped me gobble it up. 
    Just saw a recipe for savory avocado cilantro pops in the nyt Sunday mag. Gonna try them of course.

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  9. it's fruity and sweet and tart and refreshing!

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  10. It looks really good and I bet it is very delicious. What does it taste like? No ice cream maker so I will have to wait until I can taste yours. If it tastes anything like your ice cream it has to be amazing. Love the Raspberry! 

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  11. I made this and it was delicious! So creamy!

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  12. Thanks so much for trying it - i'm thrilled you liked it! Really appreciate your taking the time to come back and comment, too.

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  13. This looks great! I love avocado and have been using it in desserts for a while now. My favourite would be avocado chocolate mousse...divine! It also freezes well and can eaten as ice cream. Looking forward to trying your recipe.

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  14. I've made avocado chocolate popsicles - my son loves them! 

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  15. I'm waiting for the bucket of my ice cream maker to freeze so I can make this - so excited!

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  16. Fabulous, glad to hear it! If you get a chance, come back and let us know how you like it :-)

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  17. I made it & my family loved!
    About to make it again, but in a bigger batch!

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