Vegan Shamrock Shooters

Shamrock Shooters

Avocadoes are amazing, that silky texture, delicious flavor and loads of healthy fats and health benefits to boot. Funny thing, one time I was talking to this guy who was supposed to be an expert on produce, and he said that avocadoes were bad for you because they contained fat.  I got right on the defense of the poor avocadoes and set him straight.  The body needs these healthy whole fats to function, and boy was he wrong.  I take my fruits and veggies very seriously after all, and I wouldn't want anyone to be misinformed.

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I love my avocadoes, and could eat them in any form, just plain, as a guacamole, or as a luscious pudding or cake frosting.  Even if you do not like avocadoes I guarantee I can feed you a recipe that you will enjoy them in.  Especially desserts.  They make the most delicious key lime pies and ice cream when mixed with a few other ingredients, and of course they make perfect silky pudding.

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The recipe I am sharing with you today is super simple.  Only 7 ingredients, and anyone can make it.  I made this last weekend when I was given a few avocadoes, and told pudding or mousse would be the perfect thing to make with them. But just plain pudding or mousse wouldn't do.  I wanted the lovely color of the avocadoes to shine through and was in the mood for mint...St. Patrick's Day is coming up, and I am all about the green stuff right now.  So I made shamrock shooters.  Or chocolate mint mousse with a layer of chocolate mint, and vanilla mint, topped off with dark chocolate.  These are raw, but if you do not have the raw ingredients not to fret, I have given substitutions so you can still enjoy them.  My taste tester loved them, and I thought they were delicious as well!

Shamrock Shooters

Vegan Shamrock Shooters

Serves 6

4 medium sized just ripe avocadoes, diced

3 Tbsp raw coconut nectar (or maple syrup)

pinch sea salt

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder if not raw)

chopped raw dark chocolate (or good quality vegan dark chocolate if not raw) for garnish

Combine the avocadoes, raw coconut nectar, sea salt, vanilla, and peppermint extracts together in a food processor and process until smooth.  Remove half, and place in a bowl, add the cacao powder to the remaining avocado in the food processor and process until uniform in color.  Place the chocolate mixture into a pastry bag and pipe into the bottoms of 6 shot glasses, filling half full (or you may spoon it in, piping just looks neater). Then do the same with the plain mint avocado mixture on top of the chocolate.  Sprinkle the tops with the dark chocolate and serve!



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