My avocado-loving Dad always wanted his own tree. So a few years ago he hired a landscaper to plant a big, bad avocado tree in his South Florida yard. Like an impatient kid, my Dad waited for his new budding, guacamole-producing tree. He was soon to be the envy of all the neighbors!
The garden guy brought a huge back hoe (fancy, huh? – yeah, so was his bill!). He and his crew dug a hole in my Pop’s yard big enough to land a Lear Jet. Oh, just the thought of endless avocados…
The time came for the unveiling of the terrific tree. Filled with bursting anticipation, Dad skipped into his backyard. There it was… All three feet of it. The Charlie Brown
Christmas Avocado Tree: A sad, lifeless, twig with one brown leaf. Heartbroken, my poor Dad hung his head in disbelief. Good Grief, Charlie Brown Dad. Sadly, at 80 years old, my father knew he would never pick his own avocados.
Oh, but Darling Mother Nature must have had a crush on my adorable Dad. Just a few guacamole-less football seasons later, things began to change…
Voila! May I present my father’s tree featuring ginormous avocados! Ta-da!
Pop is so proud of his green goodies! If the Miami Dolphins ever run out of footballs, maybe they can use one of these! Oh, yeah, baby!
Known to my Miami friends as La Avocado Abogada*, I quickly got my hands on some of Dad’s treasures!
(*Translation: The Avocado Attorney)
One of Dad’s avocados (Persea americana) even had a huge root wrapped around the pit. I planted it and now my tree is bigger than Dad’s original tree! Ha!
I love raw food recipes. Years ago, I bought Carol Alt’s Raw Food book. A recipe for a raw Chocolate Banana Shake made with avocado seemed too good to be true. A delicious (milkless) milkshake that’s actually good for you? Get out! No way! So I had to try it for myself…
OMG!! Move over Haagen-Dazs! This shake is:
Oh so Creamy
A bit Banana-y
A blenderful of bliss
This fake shake is so darn good that I tricked all my friends and family into thinking it’s the calorie-packed, sinful, get-your-butt-to-the-gym, ice-cream shop real deal. I challenge you to do the same!
The results will make you yell, “Bravo, Avocado!”
Raw Chocolate Banana Shake
Adapted from The Raw 50 by Carol Alt
¼ cup raw cashews, soaked for about 2 hours, drained
¼ to ½ ripe pitted and peeled avocado
2 ripe bananas, sliced (preferably frozen)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt or sea salt
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar or raw honey
2 tablespoons raw cacao
½ cup non-dairy milk (I used chocolate almond milk; can use regular almond milk, flax milk, etc)
2 cup crushed ice
Blend first 7 ingredients in blender for 60 seconds. Add ice and blend until reaching a thick milkshake-like consistency. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Blend. Pour into glass and enjoy!
What is your favorite Avocado recipe?
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Charlie Brown Photo by Charles Schultz Courtesy of Anthony Peoples
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