A couple of years ago I had seen avocado ice cream as a way to squeeze in what’s actually a nutrient dense fruit into the diet. And, as much as I enjoy going for a summer ice cream treat with the family, making ice cream at home & serving different flavors at our counters, I personally had a hard time mixing avocado with sugar and heavy cream. I know it will taste good; almost anything can taste good with a lot of sugar & heavy cream. However, I feel like an avocado should be paired with a variety of other ingredients. So, we took our avocados that we purchased (two for $3) and spent an afternoon experimenting and taste testing and proving the possible hypothesis that you can eat avocado in a frozen treat with alternatives in the mix. Our recipe target was a frozen yogurt combination. There were many theories in our house on what would combine well & I have to tell you that my number one theory of blueberries got an overwhelming ‘thumbs down’ from the six taste testers available in my house that day. What did win in the end was option number two. It was an unlikely combination that even I wasn’t certain would work, but received an overwhelming surprise ‘yes’ from even the second round of taste testers.
It’s not going to taste like ice cream, but it is going to taste like frozen yogurt & if you like the healthy side of things, you will probably enjoy what sounds like an ‘iffy’ combo. It will be a great taste testing experiment for the summer either way.
Mint Chocolate Chip Avocado Frozen Yogurt by Jodie Fitz
6 oz. low fat vanilla yogurt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey
1 drop mint extract
Freeze the low fat vanilla yogurt in ice cube trays. Add half of an avocado that has been removed from the skin, the frozen yogurt cubes, the dark chocolate morsels, vanilla extract, honey & mint into a mini food processor or blender. Mix the ingredients until they are mixed well, scoop & serve.
This recipe makes two servings.
The Mint: Definitely only use one drop, mint extract is very potent & too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Experiment by using fresh mint leaves.
Yogurt: We used the Yoplait low fat yogurt. You can use Greek. Depending on the yogurt you might need to adjust the honey.