So FUN and incredibly delicious! Chocolate avocado ice cream with a brownie center — served in a real avocado shell! I call them “Chococados!” (No dairy, gluten, eggs, refined sugar or nuts! Vegan & Paleo)
AVOCADO CHOCOLATE GELATO, BABY. And right now it’s my favorite thing EVER.
Avo ice cream served in it’s avocado shell?! I can’t take it. Aren’t they FUN??
Not only freakin’ adorable, they’re freakin’ DELICIOUS. Like woah.. jaw-dropping, makes you stop, savor-every-bite-kind-of-good.
4000 miles away
First, let me say, I cannot take credit for this idea. You may have seen that video going around on Facebook of an ice cream shop in the UK that sells avocado gelato in the shell. So beautiful and creative, right? It looks just like a real avocado!
Since most of us are thousands of miles away from the UK, I decided to recreate that avocado awesomeness, but with my own Pretty Pies twist, of course.
My first attempt was vanilla avocado ice cream, and TBH it was not great. Mainly the horrific greenish brown color, lol. It looked like old baby food. Not what I was going for.
I wasn’t feelin’ the taste, either. You could still *really* taste the avocado, and not the delicious vanilla I wanted. (Typically my avocado desserts are paired with other stronger flavors, like lime, mint, chocolate or almond to mask the avocado flavor.)
So I had to add some cacao in there and it turned out PERFECTLY. Like unbelievably good & beyond my expectations!
Pour some SUGAR on me
I wanted this gelato to turn out thick and creamy (and still be nut-free!) so I sweetened it with coconut sugar instead of maple syrup and coconut cream instead of coconut milk.
Coconut sugar is a great alternative to refined (white) sugar and is perfect for someone on a whole-foods vegan or Paleo diet. It’s less processed and also provides trace minerals as well as a lower glycemic index.
Plus the flavor sort of tastes like brown sugar or even graham crackers. Yummy!
If you want to make this recipe low-carb/keto, I would replace the coconut sugar with 1/3 cup almond butter and 1/8 tsp stevia, to taste (always taste as you go!).
NUT-FREEEEE Ice Cream
This is a big change from my usual recipes which are made out of nuts! NO NUTS (unless you are thinking of coconut, which is actually a fruit. But there is coconut milk 😉
I know so many of you are sensitive/allergic to nuts or can’t eat them for whatever reason. So I’m so thrilled that this one is nut-free!
This delicious creamy gelato is made with avocado (ovb), cacao, coconut cream and coconut sugar. Simple, real food ingredients. And tons of fiber!! Woohoooo.
And did you catch the surprise in the center… ?
CHEWY BROWNIE CENTER
To form the avocado “pit” I made a scrumptious BROWNIE bite! These are nut-free also (yay!) And NO-BAKE.
I modified my 60-Second Brownie Bites recipe to use seeds instead of nuts.
And these are just as delicious and EASY to make. Throw everything in a food processor and pulse until it starts to stick together.
Wanna make it low-carb/keto? No problem! Use my Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites recipe instead and roll them into balls.
To CHURN or not to churn?
I used my ice cream maker to make this gelato, but honestly I don’t think it’s necessary. It does save time, but the result seems to be the same if you simply freeze it and skip the churning.
I melted and re-froze the gelato a few times while making these, and each time, they turned out SO DANG GOOD.
The CRUCIAL part is, you have to let them thaw for about 20 minutes on the counter. Not melt into pudding (which is also good) but it softens into the most amazing frozen dessert texture.
I was FULLY expecting this to have some icy-ness or hard texture, but to my AMAZEMENT, it is not icy at ALL. It’s super thick and rich, firm, but not hard.
And since nuts don’t freeze either, you don’t have to worry about rock hard brownies. They’re perfectly soft and chewy. A fantastic combination.
Waiting for it to freeze is the hardest part. But then you get to DIG RIGHT IN.OMG LOOK AT THAT BROWNIE AND ICE CREAM. I die. You’ve gotta taste this you guys!
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