The Sweet and Savory Avocado

California Hass avocado. What a versatile fruit!

In California, you probably often see avocados in the form of guacamole, but if you happen to find yourself in an Asian community or shop, you’ll find them on the menu as a drink or dessert. That’s how I’ve always enjoyed avocados until now. Now I enjoy them both ways, in its sweet and savory forms.

The other day, I was craving avocados so I decided to buy a pack of 4 avocados. I used two to make fresh guacamole and the rest as a refreshing Indonesian dessert, avocado in snow ice with rose syrup and condensed milk.

I’ll first start with the guacamole since I made that for dinner to go along with the enchilada I made.

Fresh Guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 medium red onion, diced small
  • 1/4 medium tomato, seeded and diced small (optional)
  • 1 jalapenos, diced small
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Lime juice from 1/2 lime.
Direction:
  • Halve avocado and remove seed. Place in bowl.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.
This recipe isn’t set in stone. You can tweak the amount of the ingredients that go in it. If you like the sharpness of the onion, add more. If you like them more spicy, then add more jalapenos. You can also season the guacamole with freshly ground salt and pepper if you wish.
This guacamole was a perfect accompaniment to the enchiladas I made.
Now on to after-dinner dessert 🙂
This dessert is a popular dessert in Indonesia and I often have it growing up. It’s easy to make and perfect on a hot sunny day. I can’t wait till my little avocado tree grows up and bear fruits.

Avocado in Snow Ice with Rose Syrup and Condensed Milk
  • 1 to 2 avocados
  • Rose Syrup
  • Condensed Milk
Directions:
  • Half the avocado and scoop the meat out of the skin into a bowl
  • Shave ice on top of the avocado (LOVE my new hawaiian shaved ice machine!)
  • Drizzle with rose syrup and condensed milk to taste.

Enjoy!
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Vegans can have rice krispies treats too!

As most of you probably already know, marshmallows contain gelatin which helps in the gelling process and gives the marshmallows their shape, and if used too much, their gummy texture. What some of you may not know, gelatin is made by extracting collagen from animal parts, typically bones or skins, but some brands may also use other undesirable parts of the animal.

Since I started making and selling marshmallows, I’ve slowly been learning more about the different lifestyles that are out there. The most recent one that I’ve been learning about is the vegan lifestyle. Some choose this lifestyle due to health issues while some lead this lifestyle by choice, and others due to religious reasons. There’s a large community of vegans in my area which is probably why I often get requests to make vegan marshmallows. I’ve had so many kids pulled away from my farmers market booth because their parents are vegans and so they’re in turn not allowed to eat marshmallows. I feel for those kids. I’d hate to be denied good eats.There are only a few places, especially locally, where they can buy freshly made marshmallows. So, since then, I’ve made it my quest to develop a vegan marshmallows recipe.

This quest took months! I wish I had the help of a chemist. After trying out different “gelling” agents from agar, cornstarch, different kinds of gums, and finally carrageenan, I was close but I still wasn’t satisfied with the result. I made many more messes along the way before I settled on a ratio of carrageenan and gums to use for my gelling agent.

The result: vegan vanilla marshmallows! 🙂

I was so happy to be able to offer vegan marshmallows at the market. I still have work to do though. I wanted to see if these vegan marshmallows stand up to the tests that we put regular marshmallows through. My first question: Can it be used to make rice krispies treats?

It can! Thanks to my neighbor who is also a vegan, she made a batch of vegan rice krispies treats using Li’l Puffs vegan vanilla marshmallows. She substituted the same amount of vegan marshmallows for the regular marshmallows in the recipe on the box.

Here are pictures of the rice krispies treats that my neighbor made:

If you’re interested in purchasing vegan marshmallows, please send me an email at hi@lilpuffs.com. They’re currently available for custom orders only or at the market, and not available in the online shop.