When these green, creamy fruits first appeared in supermarkets in the UK in 1960s legend goes that one woman stewed them and served them with custard. Fast forward forty years later and avocados are an everyday staple for lots of us – crammed onto our lunch boxes, on our instagram feeds and ubiquitous on every hip menu.
We are simply captivated with this great, green contradiction – the fattiest fruit in the world but oh so good for us! But as we start to run out of quirky brunch ideas and twists on guacamole what’s next for the avocado?
Avocado Ice Cream
Really tasty ice cream made from avocado? It’s here – Nobó is the world’s first ice cream alternative made from avocado, coconut milk, and sweetened with pure honey. It’s also handmade in Ireland in small batches by two very cool food geeks. Flavours on sale all over Ireland include Chocolate & Toasted Almond, Fresh Lemon and Vanilla & Coconut or check them out at People’s Park market in Dun Laoghaire for more experimental flavours, they’re avo-control.
Want to know more? Listen to them chat about this incredible Irish product on Monocle Radio (from 35 minutes)
Ah two of my favourite fatty foods come together to make something relatively healthy? Yep it’s happening in the form of Avèyo the avocado mayonnaise. No soybean oil or eggs and it actually tastes like a good mayo. Unveiled recently in the US at the Fancy Food Show it’s made from 5 ingredients and is 82% avocado. Compared to mayonnaise, Avèyo has: 1/5 the fat (2 vs. 10 grams) and 1/3 the calories (25 vs. 90 cal.). Looking forward to this new squeeze…
Haven’t you heard? Bananas are sooo yesterday. These days it’s all about the avocado, adding substance, creaminess and an undeniable hip factor to your drinks & smoothies. Not only that but they can also add nearly 20 vitamins and nutrients to aid in the nutrient-density of your smoothie. Check this super collection of avocado smoothie recipes or Dubliners can pop in the Ranelagh’s Green Beards to try their wholesome Green Goddess smoothie. Or try this incredible Pina Colada Smoothie from the uber stylish Hemsley & Hemsley sisters new book The Art of Eating Well. Loads of avocado recipes in there. Still not convinced? Here’s why swapping out for an avocado can make such a difference. Hass to be done…
Yes the knobbly green fruit can even make cakes taste better. They can replace fruit, vegetables, animal products and dairy in various baked goods perfect for any vegans or even just health conscious – you’ll be increasing nutritional value adding the nutrient packed goodness of an avocado to your dessert. I love the texture it adds to baked goods and even better the pretty green hue it can add to your cakes. Try this bright green cheesecake again from avocado loving Hemsley & Hemsley sisters. Also for any chocolate lovers out there this cake from Not Quite Nigella tastes incredible. So now you can av-your-cado and eat it.