The Amazing Avocado

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-03-13 15:17:47 -0500
Started 2017-01-23 09:18:18 -0600

Since going to a low carb high fat way of eating, I have found that avocados are really one of my best friends. I use them in all kinds of ways, but was never brave enough to try them in dessert applications…I just couldn't get past the idea of that.

Well, I went to a new meet up here locally and we do "sugar free" lunch once a month. One of the members brought an avocado chocolate pie. OMG…it was amazing! I had no idea that there was avocado in there. I bet I could have even gotten my husband to eat it that way. The crust has carbs from the dates, and I am sure a "baked" crust with chopped nuts and butter would work well too.

I didn't make it so I am not sure of the nutritional values, But here is the recipe she used with some modifications.

No Bake Chocolate Pie serves 16

3/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup chopped almonds
1 t salt
3/4 cup chopped pitted medjool dates

Blend all the above ingredients in a food processor and pack into a 10" pie plate. Place in the freezer to set while you make the pie filling

Pie Filling:
4 ripe hass avocados
3/4 cup coconut oil (melted, but not hot)
1 vanilla pod (not sure but imagine that is about 1 teaspoon of vanilla)
7/8 cup raw cacao powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup honey (my friend used about 1/4 cup honey and it was great. I would use stevia, but have not tried it to see how it comes out)

Blend the cacao and avocado flesh with melted coconut oil. Add the remaining ingredients and blend with a mixer until creamy. Pour pie filling into frozen pie crust and refrigerate until it sets. Garnish with what ever your imagination tells you. Cocoa nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes, cinnamon…you get the picture.

There are all kinds of recipes out there using avocado as the base. Now that I have tried one, I will be trying some other ones. Once I get them worked out, I will post some new recipes from my kitchen for the members here.

27 replies

GabbyPA 2017-01-25 06:04:40 -0600 Report

I just read the other day about a restaurant in Europe (I think it was Denmark, but not sure) that is all about the avocado. Everything they serve has avocado in it. That is kind of neat.

Jann Marie
Jann Marie 2017-01-25 05:35:02 -0600 Report

Ive been eating low carb for about 9 months, Ive lost 58 lbs and am now off insulin and on oral meds only. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

AL-Fla 2017-01-24 18:35:52 -0600 Report

I have always heard that avocados are a very healthy food for diabetics to have ever since I became diabetic. I still have not gotten the urge to eat them. Perhaps your post here may persuade me. An avocado pie is a new one on me. That would be interesting to try. Thanks Gabby!

GabbyPA 2017-01-25 06:02:09 -0600 Report

I was not ever a really big fan, but that could be because I didn't have good ones. I tend to like fruits before they are ripe, but with an avocado, the riper the better (to a point) They are smooth and creamy and full of flavor. I have grown to love them and try to eat one a day (the little hass version, not the big Florida green ones)

Vhm 2017-01-24 18:17:55 -0600 Report

Love, love, love me some avocados. I find them from time to time 2/$1 at Aldi, a discount grocer. I buy some ripe, others rock hard. When they ripen I store extras in the fridge so they do not spoil. I love an avocado with salsa for breakfast, usually with carrot and/or celery sticks.

GabbyPA 2017-01-25 06:02:50 -0600 Report

Oh wow, I might have to check out Aldi. I don't like much they carry, but I do like their produce.

Vhm 2017-01-24 18:21:05 -0600 Report

Another good avocado idea. Slice in half and remove pit. Crack one egg in the hole on each half. (The white will spread, this is fine.). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 400F oven until the egg is set. Remove from oven and enjoy as-is, or with salsa and/or some cheese sprinkled on top.

GabbyPA 2017-01-25 06:03:35 -0600 Report

I tried that but didn't like the cooked avocado taste. I am not sure I had a very ripe one however.

Consueloj 2017-01-24 13:32:09 -0600 Report

Im the only one in my household who likes avacados - so when I do buy them - I know I have to eat it befire it gets spoiled. They are too expensive here to let go bad! So many avacado trees in town - need to make friends with someone who had one!

Vhm 2017-01-24 18:18:46 -0600 Report

Place them in the fridge once they begin to soften. They will delay spoilage for at least a few days.

GabbyPA 2017-01-24 13:38:59 -0600 Report

Try this on the family and don't tell them. You might have to up the sweet a little to hid the avocado completely, but you really can't tell. It's awesome.

Type1Lou 2017-01-24 08:51:46 -0600 Report

I actually prefer the larger smooth-skinned avocados that grow here in Florida and would make this as a pudding (without the crust), substituting the honey with Splenda …I'll have to give this a try! Thanks Gabby!

GabbyPA 2017-01-24 09:17:34 -0600 Report

I like the big avocados but only sometimes. It seems in the store I can't get ones that taste good. The hass ones are easier to get ripe and yummy. But I have to admit, when I get a big Florida green, they are like eating sweet butter so good.

locarbarbie 2017-01-23 13:35:38 -0600 Report

I am on a low carb/keto plan. My favorite way to use avocado is…take a nice, soft, ripe avocado and scoop out 1/2 (or the entire avocado if you want) and place into a wide mouth mason jar. Add a small splash of unsweetened almond, cashew, coconut or walnut milk. Blend til smooth with an immersion blender then add in more "milk" to suit you, about 2 cups or so. Add a bit of vanilla or almond extract and a few drops of stevia to taste. Delish! Can be a breakfast smoothie or is yummy enough to have for dessert like a milk shake.

GabbyPA 2017-01-23 14:40:58 -0600 Report

Man, I have been missing out. I just eat them plain or make guacamole with them. I tried baking them with egg, but found the flavor off putting.

Tony5657 2017-01-23 11:17:30 -0600 Report

Gabby, I grew up in a tiny south TX. country grocery store and the avocados we had left over from not selling went to my family. I learned to eat & still eat over ripe avocados which are really good for you. I miss that little grocery store which is now just a ghost town & all the over ripe fruit & veggies we used to eat regularly from our grocery store, we still eat from old produce sold in our local stores. . Now we are all still extremely healthy & well. Praise God! We are 73 & 68, no medical problems. Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!

haoleboy 2017-01-23 11:00:02 -0600 Report

my favorite "recipe":
cut in half
remove skin
sprinkle with salt
… enjoy
I grew up eating avocados this way … only variations are mashing with diced onions or mixed into egg salad (green egg salad)
kind of a purist I guess
(btw … avocados are 3 for a $1 this week at my favorite market)

♥ eat as if your life depends on it

GabbyPA 2017-01-23 11:22:03 -0600 Report

While camping I learned to eat them like an apple. Just peel away the skin as I worked my way down the fruit. YUMMY.

They are stupid expensive here. I planted an avocado tree last year that I grew from a pit. I have no idea if it will produce, but it's a pretty tree.

haoleboy 2017-01-23 12:08:36 -0600 Report

it takes years for avocado to produce fruit … if they produce at all
expensive? really? and the Florida season just ended … surprised they don't grow more avocado there

GabbyPA 2017-01-23 14:41:57 -0600 Report

Yeah, the cheapest I can get them on sale is $1.00 each. I like your 3/$1.00. Way more my speed.

janetdelaine 2017-01-23 10:27:13 -0600 Report

I do not see how this would be sugar free lunch as honey is just another form of sugar. And ya, would use steviia or some other sub. Would forget the crust make it as a custard. So how many carbs did that have in it? I am keto. Does sound good.

GabbyPA 2017-01-23 11:24:14 -0600 Report

Yeah, its run by vegans, so their idea of sugar free is white sugar free. But I can modify it for my own use. She only used a fraction of the honey it called for and it was still great.

There is avocado chocolate pudding out there too. Basically the same thing without a crust. That is how I eat most of my treats, but I do like the nuts in the crust, Just take out the dates.

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