Avocados are a source of healthy (unsaturated) fats and vitamins B6, C and E, plus minerals and fibre, which together provide a nutrient-rich boost for our whole body! And while in the UK they’re known for their use in savoury dishes, like guacamole, and salads, other countries around the world use the avocado in sweet dishes such as mikshakes, ice creams and cakes. And with a generous addition of cocoa powder, even the most picky eaters can be tempted ...
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Ingredients (serves 8):
- 2 ripe Hass avocados
- 40g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 75ml almond milk
- A touch of honey to taste if it’s too bitter
- Fresh mint leaves (or raspberries) to decorate
- Peel the avocados and remove the stones. Roughly chop the flesh.
- Place the avocado, cocoa powder and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth. Gradually add the milk and blend to a smooth, mousse-like consistency.
- Add the honey if needed.
- Spoon (or pipe) into small ramekins and chill for a few hours before serving.
- Decorate with a mint leaf or fresh raspberries.
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Avocados are a good source of a range of vitamins (C, E and B6), minerals and fibre. They are high in calories and fat, but the type of fat they contain is considered to be a ‘healthy’ fat (monounsaturated fat).
Cocoa Powder is made from the same cacao bean that is made into chocolate, but after the cocoa butter (the fatty bit!) has been extracted.
|-||Energy||368kJ / 89kcal||4%|
per 65g serving
% of an adult's reference intake
Typical values per 100g: Energy 575kJ / 139kcal
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