Sweet avocados? No, that is too strange!
I love avocados in guacamole with cumin, chiles, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and tomatoes; and avocados on tacos; or with somen, udon, or ramen; avocados are delicious in salads with vinegrette; and best of all are the avocados in California rolls with sushi rice, nori, cucumber, and imitation crab
But for dessert: as unlikely as the plot of this movie…
The oddity of sweetened avocados piqued my curiosity. Apparently avocado milk shakes are popular in Vietnam, Indonesia, The Philippines, and Brazil.
In Vietnam, and avocado shake is called sinh tố bơ (butter fruit shake)…
…The French introduced avocados to Vietnam, which explains why in Vietnamese, avocados are called trái bơ (pronounced “try buh”; trái means fruit, bơ is Viet pidgin for beurre).
Viet World Kitchen.
Avocado Milk Shake
sinh tố bơ (butter fruit shake)
adapted from: The Viet Kitchen
by Andrea Nguyen
about 2 1/4 cups, enough to serve 2 or 3
- 1 ripe avocado (6–8 ounces)
- ¾ cup half and half (light cream)
- ¾ cup cold water
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 cup ice cubes
The original recipe used sweetened condensed milk. Other recipes used evaporated milk and sugar.
You can use a blender, food processor or immersion blender.
Slice the avocado into eighths, peel away the skin, and cube the flesh. Add the remaining ingredients, starting with part of the milk. Puree until completely smooth. Taste and add additional milk, depending on the avocado type and if a thinner consistency is desired.
Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes to mellow the flavors. Will keep pretty well up to 24 hours in the fridge.
Note: I used an immersion blender so I did not crush the ice—only floated the cubes in the glasses.
Also note that you should put all the ingredients into the cup before placing the stick blender into the smoothie cup!
For a chocolate avocado shake, Ms. Nguyen suggests Hershey’s chocolate syrup poured down the sides of the glass. Some folks add coffee to the shake.
The California Avocado Commission offers a selection of dessert using avocados in cheesecakes, fruit smoothies, pies, and mousse.