The avocado isn’t for everyone. Some people love it, others hate it. Some slice it up and eat it raw, others only think of it as raw guacamole. But there’s more to the avocado than you think. In addition to being part of the "good fats” family, the avocado can be used in everything from sweets to smoothies. Here are a few ideas from the California Avocado Commission:
Creamy Chocolate Avocado Frosting
To make this happen, you’ll need one large, ripe avocado; 2.5 cups of powdered sugar; about 1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder; and around ¼ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
Sift the cocoa powder and powdered sugar into a small bowl and set aside. Beat the avocado at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Lower the speed and add the vanilla slowly, followed by the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Scrape the bowl as needed. Beat together until smooth. Please note that it could take up to seven minutes for the frosting to reach the right consistency—you don’t want any lumps.
Avocado Mint Frosting
Gather together the following ingredients and mix in a food processor.
1/4 cup avocado puree
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1-2 sprigs of mint leaves chopped
mint extract, optional (if mint isn’t minty enough)
1 tbsp agave
1 tsp water to blend
Avocado Melon Smoothie
Take one ripe, fresh avocado. Cut in half and remove pit. Scoop out flesh and place in blender. Then add one cup of honeydew melon, juice from half a lime, one cup of fat-free milk, one cup of fat-free yogurt, half-cup of apple or white grape juice, and a tablespoon of honey. Blend to your heart’s desire.