Avocados…and ice cream!

The ice cream gets a churnin' in my awesome Cuisinart ice-cream maker

I’ve always loved avocados. Plain, in sandwiches, in guacamole….I mean, even my cat eats avocado! But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized the wide range of an avocado’s versatility — namely how they can be integrated into sweets and desserts. Who’d have thought?? The back story is that a few years back, I went with a friend to get some bubble tea down by the University (of Washington, in Seattle). She told me I had to try an avocado-milkshake flavored bubble tea. I made a facial expression I’m sure you are now, but I gamely said “Well, OK!” Turned out it was super delicious. However, it was also really rich so, for what would be the first and only time in my long history of bubble-tea addiction, I was unable to finish the entire drink. So the “Hmm, avocados can actually be sweet and creamy!” seed was planted.

… Fast-foward to last spring, when I bought an ice-cream maker at Costco. For one of my first batches of ice cream, I decided I needed to make avocado ice cream. I found a recipe online, and off I set. It was, of course, super delicious. I took it to a friends’ for them to sample (hi, Johanna!) and actually ended up turning them on to the awesomeness of avocado as well. This past weekend, I had a monthly dinner to attend, and had been given a not-too-subtle nudge to make and bring some ice cream (I say that with utmost affection, Jen!!). So… I decided to be even more creative and make avocado-coconut ice cream, combining two of my favorite fruits. Luckily, I had no problem finding a simple recipe online. I’m happy to report that this adventure had delicious results as well! It’s a little on the sweet side, so I may cut down the sugar next time, but overall, I’m really pleased. Plus, all my guinea pigs (dinner attendees and sister and her bf last night, plus a few co-workers this afternoon) enjoyed it as well. If I can track down some unsalted pistachios, I think those will be a great addition for my next batch (I just really like food with texture).

Avocados — not just for club sandwiches and guacamole!

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3 Responses to “Avocados…and ice cream!”

  1. Ha ha ha My subtle hint worked out great! I know 3 people who have ice cream makers and not one of you uses it on a regular basis, which tells me that I shouldn’t own one but just you all to make us ice cream from time to time. ;-)

  2. Hmm… I think I know what you can do for the potluck!

  3. Haha, yes, good on you, Jen! I actually do use my ice-cream maker somewhat regularly, but pretty much only April-September (I’ve only had it for barely a year now). I think I made seven batches last year! Happy to satisfy your homemade ice-cream itch ;o)

    Marivic: yeah, that might be fun, I’ll definitely think on it!

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