Using Avocado as a Dessert Ingredient

 

When thinking of dessert, thoughts of butter, oil, milk & sugars usually pass through your mind. It is time to expand your horizons and consider avocados as the ideal & nutritious dessert ingredient, as well as a fantastic substitute for your oil or even your dairy in some delicious recipes.

Avocados lend a velvety smooth textures to your desserts while contributing approximately 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. This nutrient rich fruit offers up a wide array of vitamin B as well as vitamin K and vitamin E. Rich in magnesium and copper and containing as much potassium as 3 bananas, the avocado is the perfect food for everyone in your family. Phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals which can be found in plant foods. They are key factors in your diet that aid in reducing your risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders which can affect every part of the body.

The high water content of an avocado makes it the perfect substitution to create treats that are soft, chewy and unlikely to crumble.


In the past avocados have had a bad reputation for being a high-fat fruit. Though it is true that 85% of an avocados calories come from fat, the vast majority of this fat is unsaturated. This “good” fat offers many health benefits such as being anti-inflammatory and aiding in digestion as well as lowering your risk of heart disease.
Get your creative baking juices flowing and check out the recipes below! Since avocado takes the place of using typical dairy baking ingredients, both of these recipes are completely vegan as well.


“Chovacado” Pudding:

Dessert without guilt is definitely the best dessert there is! This chocolate pudding certainly fits the bill. With only 5 ingredients and no baking time this is a no brainer that your whole family is sure to love!

Serves 2

Ingredients

Using a blender, mix together all ingredients stopping to scrape the sides as necessary. Top with chopped nuts or fruit. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies:

Two healthy and delicious fats come together in this recipe to create an amazing cookie that keeps well and will still be moist and delicious days later. Another added bonus is that they can also be customized to be vegan!

Makes 18-24 Cookies

Ingredients

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.

3. In a stand mixer or food processor, beat the coconut oil, avocado, and sugars together until creamy and smooth. Add in the vanilla extract.

4. With the blender or mixer on low, add half of the flour mixture. Add the milk and then add the remaining dry ingredients. Using a spoon, fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Place on cookie sheet by the tablespoon and slightly flatten the cookie.

6.) Bake cookies for 10 minutes, or until set around the edges, but still soft in the center. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

For more amazing and healthy desserts check out 6 Amazing & Healthy Desserts from Chocolate Covered Katie!


Photo credits: It’s a Logical Life, j_silla (Adapted CC)

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Jessicahttp://www.itsalogicallife.com
Jessica is a holistic health counselor and work from home mom living in Ohio with her husband and little boy! She suffers from a serious case of compulsive globe-trotting and is always counting the days until her next move. You can often find her trying to get her exercise in by lunging through the park while chasing after a very energetic toddling boy! She is constantly fueled by her love for healthy eating (and copious amount of caffeine) Catch up with her "healthy foodie" lifestyle at It's a Logical Life

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  1. Love it- we have been incorporating more avocado into our foods – including replacing other things with it. It’s working great & I feel better about what we are eating.

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