For the Love of Avocado!

By Khyra L. Thu, October 13, 2016

Get HYPE Philly! team and teen participants alike learn new things all the time about the benefits of different foods and how to prepare them. At a recent HYPE program with culinary educator Lauren Nixon, participants learned about the many benefits of avocado—particularly, what makes it a healthy fat. I won’t lie; I’m not usually a huge avocado fan—unless I’m eating guacamole, but this program changed that for me and got a lot of teens on board with eating avocado as well.

HYPE participants started out discussing the benefits of avocado, such as its monounsaturated fat content which helps lower bad cholesterol. They also got a crash course on how versatile avocado can be. Lauren and the participants made a chocolate avocado pudding and a “green goddess dip” (which can also be called "avocado pesto") on toast with stacked veggies on top of the spread. We had two delicious recipes using the same avocado) base but with completely different tastes.

One was sweet enough to satisfy cravings and the other made you never want to use mayo on a sandwich again (Did I forget to mention that this spread has a healthful source of fat? Bye Mayonnaise!). Both recipes take about ten minutes to prepare and are easy to make. You can even store larger batches for up to a week later. Being able to use the same food for completely different meals helps when you’re looking to plan your grocery shopping and meals for the week. Avocado just made meal prep easier, everyone!

While working on the Get HYPE Philly! staff, you spend a large chunk of your day doing activities with teens to get them on track to a healthier lifestyle. You can’t help but evaluate how health conscious you are in your personal life. This experience made me completely rethink how I use avocados at home. So guess who will be eating avocado chocolate pudding to improve their diet? That’s right, me! And I’ll leave you with the recipes, so that you can try it too!


Serving Size: ½ cup
Servings: About 8


  • 1 can unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  • 4 ripe avocados
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup


  • Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Chill for an hour or two, then store leftovers in an airtight glass container.


Adapted from
Serving Size: 1 Tbsp
Servings: About 20


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 medium sized avocado
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup basil
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup scallions (white and green parts)
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 or 2 slices of toast
  • Optional toppings: sliced tomato, shredded chicken, sliced beef, sliced cucumber, tuna, shredded salmon


  • Chop scallions into bite sized pieces. Remove stems from basil and parsley.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Toast bread, slick with pesto, and add any desired toppings.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight glass container.
Lauren Nixon, Food Educator
Lauren Nixon, Food Educator
Fruits and veggies
Fruits and veggies
Making avocado chocolate pudding
Making avocado chocolate pudding


These recipes sound absolutely deeelish!! 😛
Tanya Jones - NJ Mon, October 17, 2016
I'm not an avocado fan, but it's worth a try
Ceelo - Ny Mon, October 17, 2016
CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING. Three foods I would have never thought would go together (and I put everything together). Something new for me to try!
Giessica Lopez - NEW YORK Mon, October 17, 2016
Yummy! Sounds great. Can't wait to try 😋
Genese Sanchez - Bronx Mon, October 17, 2016
I love avocado! All time fav avocado, eggs and bacon!! Idk about the puddling!
Jasmeen - Worldwide Mon, October 17, 2016
Love avocados! Never heard of a chocolate avo pudding. I'd like to know about the mayo replacement recipe.
Kevin H - Tampa, FL Mon, October 17, 2016
Like Khyra I'm not avocado fan,except for eating guacamole.The chocolate pudding recipe sounds interesting 🤔
V Hollingsworth - Midway GA Mon, October 17, 2016
Would never think of trying this but sound like a healthy snacks and my 10yr daughter loves chocolate so we will give it a try....
Janine Nelson - Bronx Mon, October 17, 2016
More reasons to love avocado! Thanks 😀
Corey jones - East brunswick Mon, October 17, 2016
I simply love avocados and the heath benefits make it even more appealing. Glad Teens are experiencing this great food and adding a bit of flare. I am all about the Green Goddess Dip.
Dwana Scantlebury - Bronx Mon, October 17, 2016
Thanks for sharing this healthy yet tasty recipe. I'm always looking for healthy things to make for my 3 year old grandson to eat without a fight. I will definitely be trying this out this weekend. 😁
Windy - Stafford Tue, October 18, 2016
Very interesting! I didn't know it could be a substitute for mayonnaise. I had hummus, and now avocado is on my list. THANKS! Good job HYPE Philly and Khyra!
K. Nesmith - Bronx, NY Tue, October 18, 2016
I'm not an avocado lover but these sound very intreging!
Makeda Miller - Philadelphia Thu, October 20, 2016
You can also use it as a frozen banana sauce using avacado carob powder, water (or coconut milk or orange juice) and raw honey.
Marie - Phiadelphia P.A. Fri, October 21, 2016
This recipe sounds delicious!! Can't wait to try.
Shaniqua - Philadelphia Fri, October 21, 2016
I absolutely love avocado. This sounds yummy.
Juanita Saldivar - Brooklyn Tue, November 15, 2016
Great article! For any looking for more information on how to lower cholesterol check out this website below:
Charles K. - FL Fri, January 20, 2017

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