These are so easy and tasty: an excellent vegan chocolate alternative!200g melted chocolate
2x mashed avocados
1tsp vanilla essence/ flavoured liquor
Cocoa powder.Mix the mashed avocado and melted chocolate and leave to cool for 20 mins in the fridge.Roll the mix into tea spoon size balls and then in the cocoa powder. This gets really sticky! You'll want cool hands.Leave them to set in the fridge again and then package them.
I just used vanilla essence but next time I'm going to try cuantro and amaretto and roll them in edible glitter to make them really fancy!
There's been a lot of spam going on about the wonders of avocado and I came across several blogs and websites full of vegan women smiling slyly at me like Bree Vandekamp proclaiming this to be a delicious treat and presumed that since they didn't allow themselves treats often, this must be good.
"Eureka!" I thought, "another gluten-free lacto-free pudding for my poor friends whom life has dealt a cruel hand. There's a light at the end of the desert devoid tunnel!"
I can only conclude that these vegans had been munching on grated carrot for so long they had forgotten what ice cream actually tastes like.The odd thing was that despite being blended none of the favours mixed together: there was a hint of mint, an aftertaste of coconut and a general air of vegetabliness one looks for in gazpacho but not in ice cream. I thought that it made four healthy (small) portions but the only thing that kept me going through the weird half consumed was the chocolate.
The supportive comment from my taster when asked what it needed was, "not to be made from avocado". He then left the ice cream to melt, put it through a sieve and salvaged the chocolate, panning for gold.
If you know a vegan you don't particularly like, blend together the following ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
2tbl spoons coconut oil
3 tbl spoons raw (or otherwise) honey
1/2 glass lacto-free (eg almond) milk
2 caps mint essence
Then add a packet of chocolate (fake) chips and freeze for at least two hours.
This week's Facebook spam was full of avocados and novel recipes for them so I've devoted half term to testing them out!
Avocado Brownies:2x mashed avocado
8oz melted dark chocolate
1 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa
3 tbls oil (the recipe suggested avocado oil but who owns that?)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cap vanilla essence
Melt the chocolate and vanilla essence and add mashed avocado. Beat in the eggs and sugar then add the dry mix. Finally mix in the oil. It gets quite stiff so mix well or the melted chocolate will cool and stick to the bottom of the bowl.Pour into a lined tin and cook for 30 mins at 180°C.Leave to cool and then ice.
Avocado icing:1 x mashed avocado
1 tsp vanilla essence
Add icing sugar until mixture sets.
The brownies were very rich and perfectly tasty but it was hard to find the point of the avocado: it wasn't replacing any ingredient and didn't really add to it.The icing was very sweet and I can really only see it being useful if you're allergic to green food coloring.To conclude: next time I have three unwanted ripe avocados I will eat them in a salad.
You rip what you sew!