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West Pak Avocado Recipes

Three Healthier Holiday Desserts with Avocados 

By December 21, 2022No Comments

No matter what your plans are for the holidays, these avocado-based desserts are sure to be a hit! They are easy to make, delicious, and provide a healthy alternative to traditional desserts. Plus, their festive colors will look great on your holiday table. So why not make one of these avocado-based desserts to celebrate the New Year and show your guests how versatile and delicious avocados can be?

Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields 24

Ingredients

  • 1 large avocado, cut in half, seeded, and peeled
  • ½ cup granulated or coconut sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add avocado, coconut oil, and sugars to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Mix in the lemon juice, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the avocado mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon onto the baking sheet. 
  6. Bake for about 10-11 minutes until lightly golden brown and remove from oven. Allow to cool slightly on the baking sheet, and then move to a cooling rack.
  7. Enjoy.

Avocado Brownies

Serves 9

Ingredients

  • 1 large avocado, cut in half, seeded, and peeled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or cashew or hazelnut flour)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a square 9×9 pan with parchment paper. 
  3. Place avocado, eggs, vanilla, coconut sugar, and coconut oil in a food processor. Process until creamy.
  4. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and process until completely combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips and nuts.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 17 – 20 minutes until the top bounces back with a gentle touch.
  8. Allow to cool before cutting into squares and serving.

Avocado Cupcakes

Serves 18

Ingredients
Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour (sifted before measuring)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 1 large avocado, halved, seeded, and peeled
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Key Lime Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar (more as needed)
  • 1 small (or ½ large) avocado, halved, seeded, and peeled
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. lime or key lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. milk (more as needed)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions – Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line standard cupcake pans with 18 paper liners.
  3. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a stand mixer bowl, puree the avocado thoroughly. Add in the sugar and mix. Beat in the vanilla and eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. On low mixer speed, add the buttermilk and beat until just combined.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
  6. Add batter to cupcake liners.
  7. Bake until golden on top, about 18-20 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on a rack before frosting.

Instructions – Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, avocado, and cream cheese on medium-high for 3 minutes. Stop occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  2. Set the mixer speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Mix completely.
  3. Add lime juice and mix well. Add vanilla and then milk, a few drops at a time, until the frosting is fluffy. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for another 5 minutes. Adjust the consistency of the frosting as desired with more powdered sugar or milk.
  4. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired.