Cooing for me is a free-flowing creative process:  mix one thing with another and use this thing instead of the other. This is why I love substitutions so much. You can use a healthy ingredient instead of a not-so healthy one and peace can be established when your kid gets his/her cookies, but you know that you put avocado in there, instead of butter.

Creamy rich avocado is considered the world’s healthiest fruit, because of its nutrient contents such as vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin E and copper. Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, including oleic acid, which has recently been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer.

Avocado has a soft and creamy texture, just like butter. Avocado can be substituted for butter, shortening and eggs in your baking. Naturally,  avocado will give the dough slight green color which it maintains even after it’s baked. If you are fine with the green color (I am,) you can substitute 1 cup of avocado for 1 cup of butter in your recipes. You may have to increase other liquids as the avocado does not melt like butter. When substituting avocado for eggs in your baking, start by substituting 2 tbsp. to 1/4 cup mashed avocado for each egg.

Be careful with adding avocado to cakes. Avocado will make your cakes rise up higher in the center, and in some occasions may even cave. It also browns quicker, and therefore your cake may look well done on the outside, but the inside may still be doughy. To avoid these things from happening, reduce your oven temperature by about 25 percent and increase your baking time.

Here’s what I made today:

Green Cookies (Avocado and Pistachios)

These cookies work really well with green tea.

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup avocado
1/4 cup agave syrup
juice of a large lemon and its grated peel
1/4 cup almond flour
4 tbsp whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground pistachio nuts

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients, except for the nuts and the flours in the food processor. Add the dry ingredients slowly. Roll the dough into a tube(long thick stick.) Place the tube in the fridge for 45 minutes. Cut the tube into  about 1/4 inch-thick circles. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool and serve.

 

avocado image: Master isolated images

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