It was the first few days of vegan month and Ed Levine was not doing well. Something had to be done, so I decided it was time to tackle the white whale of ice cream-making: totally vegan ice cream that doesn't suck.
'avocado' on Serious Eats
You might be hesitant to embrace the idea of Avocado Pie. After all, avocado is probably more famous for its starring role in guacamole, or as a sandwich or salad component than as a delicious dessert item. But avocado isn't unknown in the world of sweets, and this pie might just help you change your mind.
I'm forever on the lookout for new chocolate flavor combos to inspire me. Just a few weeks ago at a fruit smoothie stand here in Singapore, I spied a Chocolate Avocado Milkshake on the menu and ordered it straight away. Though avocados are a fruit, I like them salty, not sweet. I've never considered paring the two together, and to be honest I thought the shake would be disgusting.
Avocado in an ice pop? You bet. People always seem to wonder about this one, but let me tell you—one bite and it will win you over. The paleta is slightly sweetened and gets its creaminess from the natural avocado oils rather than any dairy. It's wonderful on its own but for another layer of indulgence, dip it in some melted bittersweet chocolate.
I'm writing this post from Bukavu, a small city on Lake Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. I'm here helping a friend with some research, but I've also had the opportunity to sample the local cuisine. Pounded cassava and dried fish stewed with tomatoes are delicious, but probably not the best ingredients for an ice cream flavor.