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.
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?