How to make 2 ingredient avocado shaved ice

EITHEROver the years, we’ve come to the undeniable conclusion that avocados were meant for much more than just toast. With recipes like avocado bread, adding them to smoothies, and of course, guacamole, the options are truly endless for this creamy, heart-healthy green fruit. More recently, however, a deliciously sweet and easy way to eat them with a spoon has taken the internet by storm, and we agree 100 percent. Enter avocado shaved ice, the dessert that everybody necessary that will soon become a summer favorite for years to come. Move over, Dole Whip.

By the way, while this avocado dessert may be unfamiliar to some, know that this dish has been around for a long time. It hails from Southeast Asia, where various variations of this simple recipe are a staple depending on the region (more on this below). Today, thanks to hundreds of popular videos on TikTok, people are trying this tasty green delicacy all over the world. So how exactly do you make avocado shaved ice? We’ve got the inside scoop (ahem) for you.

Where did this avocado dessert originate?

In a TikTok video by @bbymmii, My Thảo explains that she was perplexed when she arrived in the United States from Vietnam to learn that Americans primarily used avocados in savory dishes like salads and sandwiches. This is because she, she says, in her native country, they are used to make sweet desserts and smoothies, such as Sinh Tố Bơ, a Vietnamese avocado smoothie. Although she may associate avocados with origins in Central and South America, production of the fruit in Southeast Asia also features prominently. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s corporate statistics database, Indonesia was the fifth largest producer of avocados in 2020.

@bbymmii It’s an Asian tingz. But please try it!! #fyp #ButterGlossPop #makeadrink #asian #avocado ♬ original sound – Mi

So what to do with all these avocados? Well, turn them into dessert, of course. In the popular video above, Thảo demonstrates how to use the fruit to make one of his favorite avocado dishes (bơ dầm) that is a lot like cereal, but much cooler…literally. She starts by chopping the avocado into small cubes, adding crushed ice, and adding a generous splash of sweetened condensed milk before mixing it all up in a bowl. As the ice begins to melt, it dissolves into the condensed milk, coating the avocado chunks in a sweet, creamy liquid.

Confidence: The creamy texture of an avocado pairs perfectly with crisp ice. It is this magical combination that makes this dessert so refreshing. Plus, the sweetened condensed milk transforms the dish into a delicious treat that gives ice cream a run for its money. We also quickly learned that avocado desserts are not unique to Vietnamese cuisine. Video commenters noted that they also enjoy sweet versions of the fruit in places like the Philippines, Brazil and Lebanon, where they eat it with sugar or honey. While you may be used to enjoying avocados exclusively in savory dishes, we trust this tasty variation will make you reconsider the fruit’s dessert potential.

How to nail this avocado shaved ice recipe

Now, if you’re ready to embark on your dreams of making an avocado dessert, we’ve put together a few tips to make this recipe a hit every time. In this TikTok video from @thekwendyhome, Wendy creates the dish with crushed ice instead of cubes (swoon). Don’t have a fancy ice cream maker at home to make shaved ice? No problem. Freeze a freezer-safe container filled with water and use a box grater to grate the block for that iconic flaky snowball consistency.

@thekwendyhome Have you ever had avocado 🥑 for dessert? recipe: @Nik Hua ♬ Claire de Lune – Ave Maria

Then, if you’re looking for a less sugary alternative, try swapping the sweetened condensed milk for unsweetened condensed milk and a drizzle of maple or agave syrup. And, if you want to easily make this 100 percent plant-based, try using sweetened condensed coconut milk instead:so delicious.

Last but not least, keep in mind that the star of the show, the avocados, need to be perfectly ripe to achieve the creamiest and *dreamiest* avocado shaved ice dish. Learn how to keep them ripe for months here to ensure you have a ready stash for when the craving for this easy dessert strikes. (And if ice cubes put you off or don’t feel so good on your teeth, you can always mix the ingredients together for a rich, sweet, milkshake-like treat.)

avocado shaved ice recipe

Makes 2 servings

1 ripe avocado
1 1/2 cups of crushed ice
3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

1. Cut a ripe avocado into small pieces and add them to a large bowl.

2. Add crushed ice and condensed milk. Mix and enjoy.

As if we needed another excuse to eat more avocados. Well, here it is anyway.

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