The holiday season (a.k.a. baking season!) is almost upon us and you may be planning to whip up all sorts of baked goods, including cakes, cookies, and breads. While you’re in planning mode, consider making avocado nut bread along with all your other traditional goodies.
Avocado nut bread is a perfect treat for the holidays: it’s slightly sweet and has a wonderful velvety texture. The combination of nuts and avocado make it very satisfying, as both contribute good fats and fiber.
Of course, you’re familiar with banana bread and pumpkin bread. But avocado also makes an excellent addition to a wide variety of baked goods. Avocados From Mexico are always in season and, besides adding a wonderful velvety texture to baked goods, they are a great nutrient-dense addition to any recipe.
As a general rule, you can substitute half the amount of butter or shortening in your recipe with pureed avocado. Even better, by adding avocados, you’ll be adding in 11 percent of the daily value for fiber and good fats (6 g per 50 g serving) as well as nearly 20 vitamins and minerals — all of this without losing any of the rich texture and moistness that make baked goods so delicious.
Before you start, be sure to have some ripe avocados on hand. To use in baking, they should be quite ripe so that they mash well. To check if an avocado is ripe, gently press it with your finger. It should give a little. If your avocado isn’t quite ready, you can speed up the maturation process by putting it in a brown paper bag with a banana for a day or two.
Avocado nut bread is easy and quick to make. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, ¾ cup of sugar, 1-½ teaspoons of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and a pinch of salt, and mix well. In a separate bowl, beat together ½ cup of pureed avocado (about one medium avocado) and one egg. Stir in ½ cup of buttermilk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir in ½ cup of chopped pecans or walnuts and pour the batter into a greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Avocado nut bread is perfect for sharing. Bring a loaf to a holiday party or make several and wrap them up to give to your family and friends. They’ll be thankful you did!