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  1. Pineapple Sorbet

    June 14, 2012 by betsy

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    This sorbet is delicious.  Seriously.  Go make it.  Seriously.  You’ll love it!  It’s such an easy recipe for a summertime treat.  I couldn’t believe how creamy it whipped up too!  We are big ice cream fans in our house, but this sorbet was so creamy that we didn’t even miss the dairy…or the added calories.  This is a healthy summertime treat you can feel good about enjoying.  I think this would also be good if you froze it in popsicle molds too after mixing for a little while.

    For more pineapple recipes, be sure to check out our PINEAPPLE link page!

    Pineapple Sorbet, from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

    • 1 pineapple, peeled and cored
    • 16 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1 cup water

    Cut the pineapple into chunks and puree in a blender with granulated sugar and water. Mix until smooth.

    Chill the pineapple mixture in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour to an hour. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Enjoy!


  2. Chocolate Avocado Cake

    May 14, 2012 by betsy

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    I’m not usually one to go for vegan recipes, as I am a butter lover.  However, this cake was so moist and delicious – I may have been converted!  Well, at least when it comes to chocolate cake.  This recipe was flavorful and there was no hint of avocado flavor in the cake itself.  Try it – you’ll like it!  I’m not sure that I’m totally sold on the avocado frosting, but it was fun to try and those that did enjoyed it!

    Chocolate Avocado Cake, from Joy the Baker

    3 cups all-purpose flour

    6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    2 teaspoons baking soda

    2 cups granulated sugar

    1/4 cup vegetable oil (I actually forgot to add this and the cake still turned out great)

    1/2 cup soft avocado, well mashed, about 1 medium avocado

    2 cups water

    2 Tablespoons white vinegar

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch rounds.  Set aside.

    Sift together all of the dry ingredients except the sugar.  Set that aside too.

    Mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl, including the super mashed avocado.

    Add sugar into the wet mix and stir.

    Mix the wet with the dry all at once, and beat with a whisk (by hand) until smooth.

    Pour batter into a greased cake tins. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

    Let cakes cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto cooling racks to cool completely before frosting with avocado buttercream.

    Avocado Buttercream Frosting

    8 ounces of avocado meat, about 2 small to medium, very ripe avocados

    2 teaspoons lemon juice

    1 pound powdered sugar, sifted (about 4 cups)

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Peel and pit the soft avocados.  It’s important to use the ripest avocados you can get your hands on.  If the avocados have brown spots in the meat, avoid those spots when you scoop the meat into the bowl.

    Place the avocado meat into the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment.  Add lemon juice and whisk the avocado on medium speed, until slightly lightened in color and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

    Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and beat.  Add vanilla extract until combined.  If not using right away, store in the refrigerator.  Don’t worry.  It won’t turn brown!