The April issue of Eating Well has a series of recipes featuring avocado. Their recipe for Chocolate Avocado Shake caught my eye. The girls love the Chocolate Avocado Pudding I make, and a shake sounded very appealing. So I made it with a few small changes. Surprisingly, it turned out less like than a shake and more like a mousse, which I love! I'm happy enough with this to not ever turn it into a shake. The girls were very happy with it too, they didn't even mind the fact that I put avocado in it. Serve this cold with chocolate chips, fresh berries, or whipped "cream" of your choice for a light dessert.
1 large ripe avocado, flesh scooped out of the skin
1 (14.5oz) can coconut milk (full-fat, not lite)
3 generous tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp. Enjoy Life chocolate chips, melted*
2 tsp. vanilla extract
12 ice cubes
To a blender add the avocado flesh, coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, melted chocolate chips and vanilla. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Taste and add maple syrup to your taste, if it needs a little sweetening. Add the ice cubes and puree until thick and light. Spoon into serving dishes and serve with a topping of your choice.
*To melt chocolate chips in a microwave: microwave on high 30 seconds, then stir until all the chips are melted and smooth. To melt chocolate chips on the stove: Heat chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat until the chips look soft, remove from heat and stir until melted and smooth.