Love Avocados?

Ahh… the avocado!  You either love them, or you hate them.

For me, I LOVE them!

My family makes fun of me ( all except the baby, because he can’t speak and I make him eat it too!) but I still bring them in the house and eat them with a touch of salt!  mmmm, delish.

These little green fruits are incredibly healthy …. not to mention, amazing for your skin.       They  are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.  They are packed with protein and fiber!

There are a bunch of ways you can incorporate these little gems into your daily diet …. you can chop one up and throw it in your salad, slice it and place them in your sandwich, scoop half of one out and blend it with your smoothie, or of course, simply grab a spoon and some salt and enjoy it right from the skin!!. That’s one of my favourites.

avocadoI wanted to share two unique and amazing recipes to make for your family …. and they will never know that you have served them something healthy and good for them!!

First, out of my love to bake banana bread, I came up with this recipe by simply replacing the banana’s with avocados!

Avocado Bread 

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  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup packed brown sugar
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 Cup flaxseed  (just for that extra omega boost)
  • 3/4 Cup Almond milk (Reg. milk will also do)
  • 1 ripe Avocado mashed
  • 2 3/4 Cup of spelt flour (I’ve also mixed it with brown rice flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 350′.   Mash Avocado,set aside. Cream butter,sugar,vanilla,egg and flaxseed. Add avocado, then incorporate flour and other dry ingredients. Finally, mix in milk.

Put into a loaf pan, and top with crushed walnuts and brown sugar. Bake for 1 hour. Great for breakfast, or with jam at coffee time!

The next recipe is such an alternative to the boxed puddings. The kids love it, and if you don’t tell them, they won’t know what is in it!

Avocado Chocolate Mousse 

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 very ripe (8 ounce) avocados, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup agave (some use maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon  vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon  salt

Melt chocolate chips. Place everything in a mixer or food processor, and blend until smooth. Scoop out into nice dishes (I use fancy glass cups) and top them with berries if desired. YUM!

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So there you have it! One of my favourite things to eat …. the avocado.  Try it this week, and make something new.

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