For the last weeks I have been trying to perfect my brigadeiro making skills. Brigadeiro is a sweetened condensed milk and chocolate bonbon that is deceivingly simple to make and requires the same cooking techniques as the beijinho (little coconut kisses). But, I’ve been struggling to get the right quantity of chocolate in my recipe and, because I am a perfectionist, want to get the perfect flavor and consistency of not too runny and not too hard! Since I have been struggling with this simple recipe I decided to deviate a little bit and try something even simpler. I turned my attention to popsicle making and discovered this delicious avocado popsicle recipe.
Brazilians have an amazing assortment of ice-creams. Flavors range from banana, pineapple, passion fruit, and melon to corn, avocado, jabuticaba, doce de leite, guava, and anything else you can imagine. It is always an adventure trying to choose what flavor you want to try next. Each flavor is unique and mouth watering. It is sometimes difficult to try a new flavor because the ones that you have previously tasted are so addictingly good!
Among the many flavors of ice-cream and popsicles in Brazil is avocado. Yes, I did just say AVOCADO! I know, us people from the northern hemisphere associate avocado with savory flavors. But, not here in Brazil, here avocado is eaten sweet. It is made into ice-cream, a smoothie, or eaten as a breakfast ‘yoghurt’!
So when my husband first brought up the notion of eating avocado as a sweet I found it rather revolting (I know that he had a similar reaction to eating avocado with salt or in salad, but I will keep that story for another time). Needless to say, I was not convinced that sweetened avocado would be any good and it was sometime before I took the plunge and ate avocado as a sweet. My first experience with sweetened avocado was a popsicle (so, it is very fitting that this is my first post on sweet avocado recipes). The first time I had an avocado popsicle was at the beach and after finishing my first I was ready to have a second…..and need I say anymore? I was hooked. Since then I have become an avid fan of sweet avocado. Ice cream or smoothie, I’ll eat it.
So, here is a simple recipe for avocado popsicles, and you guessed it, sweetened condensed milk is a necessary ingredient.
2 very ripe avocados (for brazilians, 1 large avocado)
150 ml sweetened condensed milk
150ml light cream
Juice of a very small lime or half of a larger lime
1. In a blender, mix the avocado, lime juice, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix for approximately 5 minutes.
2. Transfer to a bowl and incorporate the cream.
3. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold, cover with aluminium foil, cut a slit in the center and place wooden popsicle stick.
4. Place in the freezer for 2-4 hours
For a PDF of Recipe CLICK HERE!