It's been over 3 months since my last avocado-containing dessert, so I'm hoping it's acceptable to let another one grace these pages. It's hard to believe that only 2 years have passed since I discovered the wonder that is avocado in dessert form. I still don't like it in savoury dishes, but if you pair it with cocoa or fruit (or both!) and process it into mousse (or cheesecake, or ice cream!) then I am completely smitten.
My last avocado mousse recipe involved raspberries, and I have to confess that this version is not very different - except that instead of raspberries, we have blackberries, and instead of carob, we have cocoa. I wouldn't like to have to choose between the two options, and can see myself happily alternating between them for the foreseeable future.
Today's post also returns to other much loved things. Over the last few weeks, we have had some of my Mum's family staying with us (or at least, staying with my parents) here in Perth. The day after our visit to my Canadian family, my aunt and cousin from that branch of the family set out on a trip here. Fortunately the timing allowed us to see them in their home first, and still to see them here in Australia as well.
That Canadian aunt is one of my mother's two younger sisters, and the other, who lives in Chester in the U.K., has also made the journey down along with her daughter. Thus, we returned to Australia overlap with two of the three weeks that my two aunts and two cousins are visiting for.
|The Raw Kitchen cafe|
There have been many outings and activities over the last three weeks, and as we returned from holiday to work, we have missed out on some of them. However, one of my cousins requested a visit to The Raw Kitchen cafe after seeing me rave about it on Facebook. It probably goes without saying that I was only too happy to oblige, and today we made the trip down as a family. My Dad even attended and made an impressive effort with eating raw vegan food - something that suits my Dad about as much as it may be expected to suit most Dads (i.e., not very well)! He didn't particularly enjoy it, but I am very impressed at him trying and the rest of us enjoyed our food.
|The Raw Kitchen - with raw vegan pizza, falafel, salads, and smoothies.|
I ordered my standard salad mix (Thai carrot/papaya salad and Tarragon beetroot/apple salad, as reviewed here) and a green smoothie, before finding space for their weekend dessert special: a raw vegan cookies and cream cheesecake. I neglected to photograph the desserts at the table, but brought a quarter of the slice home, along with a fig-based bliss ball, and did at least photograph them.
|Cookies and cream cheesecake remains, and a bliss ball.|
It has been wonderful seeing family here in Perth - this being the first time my Mum's sisters have made it to Australia - and it was a good meal within a good weekend.
Blackberry avocado chocolate pudding
Raw and vegan
Makes 2 serves (or 1 if you don't want to share)
1 small avocado (approximately 120g with stone or 70g of avocado flesh)
3/4 cup frozen blackberries
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 - 4 tbsp liquid sweetener (agave, maple, honey or stevia equivalent), to taste (1 tbsp will be barely sweet)
Strawberries and extra defrosted blackberries, to serve
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Serve with extra fruit.
Submitted to Ricki's Wellness Weekend.
What have you been up to this weekend?