As the weather heats up here in NZ, the awesome Avocado is once again in the spotlight! In the post below, Chef Craig shares a few of his quick and easy low carb avocado recipes – including the popular Chocolate Mousse.
One of the most versatile and delicious sources of healthy fats to eat is the extraordinary avocado! Not only are they perfect little doses of fat, but they’re also great for anyone that has a dairy or lactose intolerance, as they mimic certain features of dairy (such as butter or cream) to add a rich, creamy texture to your meals.
Look out for deals on avos and buy them up, there are purported ways to ripen avocados quickly but I take the slow food approach to ripening – buy a few in different stages of ripeness and allow them to naturally get ready over the course of the week. Avocados ripen quicker at room temperature and if you want to slow the ripening down, then keep them in the fridge.
I use these a lot at breakfast time as a side, a snack throughout the day if I’m hungry (with some ground rock salt), or I stir them through salads and slaws. They are also a great ingredient for sweet treats – one of which you’ll find below.
Peak season doesn’t usually start until we’re more into the summer months, but they’re already in the shops and coming down in price from their astronomical price tags. In the mean time, here are my top 5 low carb avocado recipes and ideas to add an avocado into your intake of healthy fats.
Low Carb Avocado Recipes and Ideas
- Add an avocado to your smoothie. It will make your smoothie extra thick and creamy.
Take an avocado in a container with you to work, along with a tomato and some feta. My wife does this regularly for her lunch – chops everything up together in the container, seasons it up and voila! Perfect as a quick-fire lunch full of healthy fats to keep you satiated through until dinner.
- When only using half of your avocado, be sure to use the half that the stone is released from – and keep the skin after you have used the flesh, as you can cover this over your un-used half (that still has the stone intact). This will help to keep your avocado greener for longer in the fridge.
- Cut your avocado in half, crack an egg into the middle and bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast on the go.
- Use the creaminess of the avocado to create a wonderful and decadent LCHF dessert – Dark Chocolate Mousse is a favourite – and below is our recipe as well as my how-to video on how to give it a go for yourself at home. Enjoy!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 Cup of cocoa (we use dark)
- 1 Cup of cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1-2 Tbsp Xylitol or Stevia (you could add more if you’d like it sweeter)
- Place all ingredients into a blender or whizz. Mix until completely pureed, creamy and smooth.
- It is thick and creamy enough at this point that it can be served straight away, or you can place into individual bowls / ramekins and keep chilled in the fridge until ready to be served.
- Serve as is or with some seeds, nuts, berries etc of choice on top. Enjoy!