Kid Friendly Avocado Recipe Contest

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Avocados are a pretty popular fruit (yes, they are a fruit!) here in our household, but most of the recipes I use them in, my kids don’t even know they are there!

 I make my Avocado Green Smoothie Popsicles almost weekly, they have such a great, fruity, creamy lusciousness to them.  Avocado’s are great for creating a smooth creaminess in many recipes, and are full of health benefits that are essential for child development and growth.  Another recipe that my kids love is Chocolate-Avocado Mousse with Raspberries!  This is a super rich, healthy and easy recipe to make.

Chocolate-Avocado Mousse with Raspberries

2 large ripe avocados
1/3 cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cupagave nectar, or honey
11/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoons almond extract
Raspberries, fresh or frozen, to top

 1. Halve and pit the avocados and scoop out the flesh.  Transfer the avocado flesh to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.  Using a spoon, break up the avocado a little in the food processor.
2. Add the cocoa powder, agave nectar (or honey), vanilla extract, and almost extract to the processor and process for 1-2 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then process again until the mousse is very smooth, 1-2 minutes longer.
3. Taste the mousse and if not sweet enough, add more nectar, 1 teaspoon at a time.  Pulse to mix.
4. Spoon the mousse into serving vessels (martini glasses are pretty!) and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
5. Serve the mousse chilled and garnished with raspberries.

**Drizzle in more or less agave or honey, depending on your tastes.
Avocados have potassium, folate, fiber, Vitamin C, E and B-complex vitamins that support memory and brain function, which make them a great choice for both kids and adults.  You get all this in the above recipe, and your chocolate fix, too!  You would never have guessed that avocados were used to thicken the mousse and that it would make it so creamy and delicious!  This mouse is vegan, and is super healthful: no eggs, no dairy, and no refined sugars.  Cocoa powder and raspberries both have antioxidants in them.  Just one ounce of dark chocolate packs as many antioxidants as a glass of red wine.  Buy natural cocoa powder with a minimum of 70% cocoa.  Avoid anything that says “dutch processed” or “processed with alkali” in order to keep the good flavonoids found in chocolate.
This mousse takes just minutes to prepare.  No cooking or baking!

I serve this to my kids smeared on graham crackers.  They think it is frosting!:)

New Message

I recently heard of a fun way to help kids fall in love with avocados.  It is a contest called “The Avocado’s From Mexico Mini Chef Video Contest!”

Starting November 14th, Avocados from Mexico is hosting a video contest for parents of children ages 5-15. Submit a 1-3 minute video of your child/children preparing an avocado dish and be sure to have them include why they love avocados and the catchy Avocados from Mexico jingle found on their website. Videos will be judged on the Mini Chef’s personality and the presence of avocado.
One grand prize winner gets $1,000 in cash plus an HD Camcorder (for future home videos!), a Nintendo 3D, 2 games and a personalized Mini Chef jacket. Nine runners up win big too with an HD Camcorder, a Nintendo 3D and a personalized Mini Chef jacket. Tons of great prizes and tons of chances to win – what’s not to love?
Get your video in by December 4th and check back on December 6th to see if your video is one of 10 finalists. Public voting will take place on YouTube December 6-11. The video with the most Likes wins and will be posted on the website December 12th.
Let me know in the comments if you are planning on entering!  Would love to see what your little munchkins come up with!

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