Growing up in the Philippines, my mom would serve my sister and I a sweet avocado dessert called Avocado con Hielo. I didn’t think it would be easy to make because as a kid I had always thought this treat was such a specialty. Little did I know it wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to whip up!
Ironically, whenever I tell my American friends that I put avocado in my dessert, they would think it’s too weird. Yet I think it is weird when Americans put avocado in their warm soup! But this just goes to prove that avocados are versatile. You can use it in a hot or cold dish, or even as a “mayo” in a sandwich to create that creaminess without the guilt. And speaking of guilt-free, Avocados have awesome health benefits. They are high in Vitamin E (good for the skin and hair), Vitamin B (good for metabolism), and folic acid (good for prevention of cancer). Avocados are quite fatty but no need to worry because they’re good fats that help bring cholesterol down.
Avocado con Hielo (“Avocado with ice”), has different versions. In other Asian countries, it has tapioca as well (aka Avocado Pearl Drink), or it’s made into a smoothie by putting everything in a blender.
Feel free to make your own twist. The recipe below is the common Pinoy style. But instead of cow’s milk, I easily substituted with soymilk or almond milk . The substitution achieves the same great taste I remember growing up-but healthier.
Avocado con Hielo
(makes 1-2 servings)
- 1 avocado (the photo has only half but I did use the whole thing)
- 1/cup soy milk or almond milk. (I used Costco’s Organic Soymilk. I usually think Plain soymilk is nasty, but definitely not this one!)
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Cut the avocado in half, scoop it out. Mash in a bowl.
- Pour 1/2 cup soymilk or almond milk
- Add the sugar and Mix well.
- Add the ice cubes.
Presto! You have a sweet dessert that is fast, easy, and cheap to make, not to mention healthy for you. Enjoy!
*Tip: If you bought avocados that are not that ripe yet (too firm), put them in a paper bag and wait a day or two until they’re slightly softer.