An avocado pie for St. Patrick's Day | How About Orange

March 15, 2012

An avocado pie for St. Patrick's Day

Here's the afternoon snack I'm eating as I type this. One day last summer I got to wondering if anybody made pie out of avocados. I googled and found this recipe from the California Avocado Commission. It was very tasty, and I vowed to make it again around St. Patrick's Day. If you're into grinch-green pie, this is your recipe! It's smooth and creamy and tastes predominantly of lemon, so you could probably fool people who are weirded out by the idea of an avocado dessert.

Ingredients
2 peeled avocados
½ cup fresh lemon juice
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
9" graham cracker crust
whipped cream

Instructions
In a blender put the peeled avocado and ½ cup lemon juice. Pulse a couple of times. Add condensed milk and blend till creamy. Pour into the pie shell and refrigerate for 1 hour. Add whipped cream when serving.

62 comments:

Jenna said...

Hello!
Just started reading your blog, and I love it! I love the destop wallpapers and the free prints and everything! This recipe looks amazing, by the way.

Jessica Jones said...

Hey, nice to meet ya, Jenna!

D said...

This is genius! I actually tried making avocado milkshakes last year, also delicious! They didn't have lemon in them though, so I'll definitely have to give this a try.

supercalla said...

have you tried an avocado shake? These are devine. I have friends who can't get past the idea of avocado's and ice cream together. Such a wonderful thing.

Jessica Jones said...

What do I put in the shake? I need to try one. I have one avocado left... Google, here I come.

supercalla said...

Milk, vanilla ice cream, ripe avocado, and sugar (1/4 cup) mostly to taste. lemon would be good never tried it.

KillerB said...

Amazing idea! This actually doesn't look too complicated either -- may have to try it this weekend :)

Gaby Santiago Sayer said...

Oh, I love your blog, I have bookmarked it couple of years ago and I visit it every day (well, even on weekends to read the archive!!)

I made avocado ice cream some years ago (didn't try again, lol) and it was great! basically the same ingredients you used for your pie! (minus lemon juice) so thank you for posting this recipe and I'd love to know if you try the milkshake!

Jessica Jones said...

I'm definitely going to try that shake. Thanks, supercalla!

Christina said...

I spent four years of my childhood in Brazil, where avocados are eaten as a sweet fruit rather than in savory dishes. I actually still have a bit of a hard time stomaching *savory* avocado recipes, so this is right up my alley! Thanks!

Lindsay said...

I love avocados, I was wondering does it turn brown fast like Guac does? It is perfect for St. Patrick's day

Jessica Jones said...

No brown; the lemon juice keeps it green.

SPKarenO said...

Okay, I just have to say, I'm TOTALLY weirded out by your avacado pie, and I LOVE me some avacado. So weirded out was I, that it took me passing this blog post in my reader three times before I got to the "tastes predominately like lemon part" which frankly has renewed me love for you and your blog. It was touch and go there for a little bit. Just being honest. I'm still not going to TRY this recipe, but I'll definitely keep reading your blog!

Jessica Jones said...

Whew, I almost lost you there. Glad you're sticking around.

Angel said...

Mmmmmm, avocados.

We throw 'em in our smoothies, makes them super creamy and delicious.

2ndhandknowledge said...

One of my favorite desserts ever! This is a household favorite in my family. I make it with lime juice, though, and I make a homemade graham cracker/pecan crust. I also serve with vanilla ice cream. YUUUMM. I want one now!

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michele said...

I have a recipe for avocado chocolate pudding that is great with some fresh rasberries. 5 avocados, 3/4 c. Cocoa, 1/2 c. Raw honey in a food processor until smooth. Think I got it from Martha Stewart magazine. I love it. You will too.

Renae @ theredwren said...

Wow um errr... I think I'll have to try it.. there was once a time when I was completely weirded out by pumpkin pie and now I love it. You American's and your veg as desserts!!

Lisa said...

Wow! So many awesome dishes I'm gonna have to try. My two little ones love avocado. It was there first solid. They r gonna gooble these up. Thanks

Leone said...

Oooooh, this looks interesting. Will definately give it a go. I adore all things avocado. One of my fave ways to eat one is cut in half with a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. Leave it in the skin and eat with a spoon. Simple, but oh so good.

Jen said...

:( It sounds sooooo good! Avocados are one of my most favourite foods.. but the sad face? In the last year we've discovered I have developed a severe allergy to them... makes me so sad... but seriously.. that pie sounds AWESOME.

Emily Peck said...

This looks sooooooooo good. Can't wait to try it!!!

Erika @Sausage Jar said...

Oh, I woudln't mind a piece with my morning coffee right now! Looks yummy! ♥

Zach and Alyson said...

Looks very easy... thanks for the great recipe tip!

Anne-Marie said...

Yum! What a great looking recipe for St. Patrick's Day. Looks like it is absolutely delectable!

Amanda said...

Oh! lovely!

Anonymous said...

you may also like avocado bubble tea!

Jessica Jones said...

I think I would! I love taro, but haven't tried avocado yet.

D. ANGEL said...

Absolutely Marvelous !!!!! I am sharing this recipe with both of my sisters, my daughter and my mom. We all LOVE Avocado's, even my 1&1/2 year old grand daughter loves avocados. I like trying new recipes and sharing the good ones with family, it's a nice tradition.

Roberta Semler said...

Best avocado smoothie:
1 c - unsweetened plain almond milk
1 - avocado
1 - ripe banana
8 chunks - pineapple in its own juice
2 tbs - wheat germ
2 tsp - local honey
Whiz all together in a mixer and enjoy!!

Kristen said...

No way! And I was thinking avocados were just for guacamole! Need to try these ideas.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I also make avocado pie that looks exactly like and the difference between your recipe and mine is that I use cream cheese and gelatin and i see you don't. Using just your version, how is that your cake look hard and not liquid creamy if you didn't use gelatin?

magoshi said...

Avocado smoothies are to die for. As well as Avocado bubble tea (though I prefer Taro milk tea -- have you had taro before?)! Yummy post, Jessica! Thanks :D

Jessica Jones said...

Magoshi, I love taro milk tea!

Anonymous, I guess since it's mostly avocado and sticky condensed milk, the texture is creamy but solid enough to keep its shape.

Allee said...

We do something similar with two packets of lemonade kool aid packs in substitute of the avocados, cool whip mixed in, and some green food coloring and call it Margarita pie. I will be trying this tomorrow. I too love avocado and taro bubble tea. Homemade versions are even better!

CC said...

I was a little skeptical at first, but after I made it and tried it- it's amazing!! Love the taste :) Thanks for the recipe share

Arting Around said...

I have had this in Africa made by an Indian woman but served as pudding rather than pie. It is yummy and so fresh tasting!

Anonymous said...

just made this and i think i'll have a bowl of it for dinner instead of the corned beef/cabbage i cooked!! take a look at Rose Shulman's recipes for avocado smoothies in her column "Recipes for Health" published last week in the Health Section of the N.Y. Times. they, too, feature avocados along with ingredients like pears, ginger, walnuts...they sound yummy!

Kristyn said...

Made it today for my in-laws. Major hit! I actually made 2. One with lemon juice, one with lime. I also used fat free condensed milk. I figured the avocados had enough fat in them.
The lime juice pie tasted like a super creamy, tangy, key lime pie. So good!

A.C. Cabrera said...

Kristyn, do you think the lemon or the lime pie was better?
I really want to try this!

Michael said...

Wow.. that shade of green is quite... something! :-0

Lily Baby said...

I made it and loved it! Used lime instead of lemon though :) blogged about it and linked back !http://iheartlilybaby.blogspot.com/2012/03/avocado-pie-sounds-odd-but-its-so.html

Anonymous said...

Sounds Interesting. :)

Kari said...

Made this tonight, and it was good! I was hesitant but hopeful, and it turned out well. Next time I'll try lime juice just to compare.

Lauren said...

I'm certainly not weirded out by a dessert with avocado, but I'm glad to hear there's a lemon taste in there, too. I'm excited to try this!

Ridgely's Radar said...

Excited to try this too!

octbbmsu said...

I made the avocado pie yesterday. It was easy to make an tasted just like key lime pie. My daughter is vegan so I am remaking it again this weekend for her. I found a vegan sweetened condensed milk recipe by googling. It is time consuming but I will give it a try and let you know if it works. Thanks for the recipe it was delicious.

Brought to you by Robyn Ellis said...

Avacado daquiris are a favorite of mine in the summer time.
•2 ounces light rum
•2 ounces gold rum
•1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
•1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
•2 ounces simple syrup or sweetener of your choice
•1/2 medium-ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
•1/2 ounce half-and-half
•1 1/2 cups ice

able mabel said...

Wow! Who would have thought of trying this! Looks yummy!

Jessica Jones said...

Oooo, the dacquiris sound great! I wanna try it!

Kasey said...

Just wanted to say that I check your blog on a daily basis, I love it! I tried the avocado pie recipe and it was delicious. Every single skeptic that I made try the pie thought it was really good!

Samir said...

How prominent is the Avocado flavor? I made an avocado shake (http://www.livestrong.com/recipes/chocolate-avocado-milkshake-2/) a while ago and I was really surprised that I could not taste the avocado at all.

Does this essentially taste like lemon or key lime pie?

Jessica Jones said...

Yes, it tastes mostly like lemon.

Bethie said...

Made this for Easter, and everyone in the family had seconds! Had to make DIY sweetened condensed milk and a coconut crust b/c of various family allergies, but it was still delicious. And they were all stunned that it was primarily avocado. It's a winner of a recipe, thank you!

Bethie said...

Made this for Easter and everyone had seconds! They couldn't guess why it was green... :)

Adriana Sena said...

Dear Jessica,
Here in Brazil avocado is considered a fruit and not a vegetable! Funny isnt it? I once had an american girl from Oklahoma in my home for exchange program and she was very surprised about this when we gave her an avocado smoothie as a snack! Then she asked "is good, what is this?" I said Avocado, and she "what?" LOL Then the next day she cooked us Guacamole, to prove avocado was a vegetable.:) I must certainly try this pie. ♥ Adriana from Brazil

Clover said...

Flipping through your blog. My parents made this all the time when I was a kid. It was my favorite. Their recipe is the same as yours. Its been years and now I cant really eat dairy. I might just have to cheat one day to have it again. Thanks for the memories.

Alexa said...

I just made this pie for my boyfriend and I..it was delicious! It was much lighter than I thought it would be and we couldn't taste the avocados at all. I can't wait to try it with limes!

DianeK from Indiana said...

Just made this and it is quite yummy. Used a combination of regular and fatfree condensed milk. Made a double batch to fill deep pie plate...A really cool and satisfying adult dessert.

Erika said...

Hi!! I just wonder...what if I put some whipped cream in the filling??I mean, with the avocado cream, instead of using it just for garnish??would it be more creamy or what??thanks!

Jessica Jones said...

Yeah, seems like it would be fluffier and less dense, right?

Kristine said...

Tried this today and thought it was quite good. I like that it's so easy to make. Any suggestions on what I can do to cut down the sweetness a bit? I imagine the condensed milk is what firms it up, but I'd like to reduce it by half and maybe replace it with something else if possible.

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