5 ways you can get avocado into your diet. I did this for Teddy because it is super healthy and nutrient dense. But these are also super yummy for anyone at any age, I love all of these (especially the toasties)!
They are rich in potassium, fibre, healthy fats, magnesium, iron and zinc, as well as calcium to help develop strong bones – really important with us following a plantbased diet.
~ green smoothie
~ avocado & lime dip
~ melted (vegan) cheese & avocado toasties
~ avocado chocolate pudding
~ avocado pasta sauce
More details below. If you try any for your little one, or for you, let me know! I’m off for an avocado & cheese toastie for lunch ??
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Simply blend together 1/2 avocado, 1 banana, 1 cup frozen fruit and 1 cup plantbased milk. I used frozen mango here as I find it helps to disguise the avo taste, you can also use pineapple, blueberries or raspberries.
Avocado & Lime Dip
A super simple dip that you can have with crackers or crisp breads. I chop up avocado, put the pieces in a bowl and add some olive oil, then microwave for 1 minute. This softens it enough to mash. Then I add different things to it – here I added black pepper, vegan spreadable cheese and a bit of lime juice. Gave it a good stir, and popped it back in for another 15-20 seconds to make sure the cheese was melted.
Avocado Pasta Sauce
This couldn’t be easier! I followed the same recipe as the avocado dip but used lemon juice instead of lime, less cream cheese and more olive oil so it was a bit thinner. I also grated some lemon zest into it at the end before stirring it into the cooked pasta.
Melted (Vegan) Cheese & Avocado Toasties
I used wholemeal bread and buttered both sides. Recently I’ve been using VitaLite dairy free sunflower spread. Then pop your chosen toastie contents in the middle – here I used mashed avocado, cherry tomatoes and violife cheese slices. You can really experiment though, next I’m going to try the cheese slices with spinach and mushrooms. Heat up a frying pan with a bit of coconut oil and fry the sandwich on a medium-high heat for a minute on both sides.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
– 2 avocados
– 3 tbsp cacao powder
– 3 tbsp maple syrup
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1 tsp vanilla paste
– pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chunks (for melting)
Cut your avocados up and blend. Add the cacao, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla paste and salt to the mushed up avos and blend again. Melt your chocolate chips or chunks (pop in a little bowl over a pan of boiling water) and the fold the melted chocolate into your mixture. Combine really well and then pour into jars. Place into the fridge for about an hour and then it is ready to eat!
As long as you use vegan chocolate, you have a vegan chocolate pudding that is mostly refined sugar free (there might be a bit in the vegan choc). You can dress the pot with various toppings, maybe some orange zest, pistachios or coconut shavings. You could also use different flavoured chocolate chunks like chocolate orange or hazelnut flavour that will give your avocado chocolate pot a nice twist.