Avocados – they’re not just for guacamole!

Avocado Recipes
? Louis H

So you’re wondering how to eat an avocado. I mean not just on toast and guacamole.

But when it comes to what to eat with avocado, there are actually a lot more things to do with the creamy, dreamy fruit than just pair it with bread or chips. In fact, dare we say it, guacamole may not even be the best way to eat an avocado.

I know, I know, but hear me out.

Here are a couple of fun recipes to make.

Hemp & Avocado Green Goddess

Recipe by Chef Tom Walton

Handful each parsley, mint, coriander, washed well 2 shallots (spring onions), sliced
Juice 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1⁄2 avocado
1⁄2 cup Greek style natural yoghurt
Flake salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in the 600ml blending cup, secure the blade base and blend on speed 6 for 30 seconds to a smooth consistency. I use my Vitamix A3500i Ascent® Series Smart Blender with its five program settings (for the perfect blend pending the recipe).

Avocado Hummus

Recipe by Marion Adraste

1 can chickpeas
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp tahini
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 avocado
2 tbsp water (more if needed) – pinch salt

I put everything into my Vitamix A3500i Ascent® Series Smart Blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy! Served with fresh veggies and toasted bread. They would also be great in a wrap.

Orange & Avocado Chocolate Cake

Recipe by Samira Damirova

1 medium size orange 180g dark chocolate 50g butter
3 eggs
2 avocados (about 250g-280g)
3/4 cup sugar (raw or coconut sugar) 1/2 cup almond meal
1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

Coconut ganache
150g dark chocolate 1/2 cup coconut milk 1 tbsp maple syrup

Place orange into a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes then discard the water, refill again with fresh water and bring to a simmer. Cook over low heat for 2 hours or until orange is tender. Discard the water and allow the orange to cool (This step can be done a day ahead). Preheat oven to 170C fan-forced butter 22cm diameter tart pan.

Break the chocolate into small pieces, place it into a microwave-proof bowl, add cubed butter and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted (it shouldn’t take longer than 1 minute 15 or 30 seconds). Once melted stir well to combine and set aside to cool.

Add eggs, sugar, cut up orange, and avocado into a Vitamix jug in the listed order. Blend starting from the lowest setting gradually increasing to speed 6 and run it until the mixture is completely smooth.

In a bowl mix almond meal with sieved cocoa powder, add the avocado mixture and the melted chocolate with butter. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.

Move the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the with a spatula. Bake for 40 minutes or until the middle is set. Remove from the oven, and set aside to cool for 20 minutes before removing it from the pan. Cool completely before icing with the ganache.

To make the ganache break chocolate into pieces add coconut milk and microwave at 30 seconds intervals for 1 minute and mix well until smooth. Add the maple syrup, mix well and set aside to cool in the fridge for 20 minutes before icing the cake.

Optionally decorate with candied orange slices. To make candied orange slices, slice 3 oranges to 3mm think add them to the pan and cover with 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water. Simmer for 1 hour on low heat. Once translucent remove from liquid and drain on a cooling rack. You can use the syrup in the place of maple syrup for extra orange flavour as well as add the zest of an orange to your ganache.