Avocado or alligator pear is one of the most popular fruits at the Napili Farmers Market (Wait, what? Avocado is a fruit? Yes, it is actually a berry!) and for a good reason.
Avos have nearly 20 different vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients - they're better than a multi-vitamin! Being one of the few high-protein fruits, they also provide a significant amount of monounsaturated fats. Thanks to this feature, you can swap avocados into baked goods recipes for butter - they’ll help keep baked goods moister for a longer period of time.
Do you know how much we actually like avocados? A lot! 1.6 billion avocados were consumed in the United States in 2012! We are so lucky that avocados grow in such abundance here, on Maui and they are available almost year-round so we never have to lack this delicious veggie-fruit. One of our favorite ways to consume avos is this extra creamy and rich avocado hummus which packs a good amount of protein besides tons of flavor!
Now on to the recipe!
1 can chickpeas, drained
2 medium ripe avocados
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
3 Tbsp fresh lime/lemon juice
Asafoetida salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cumin
Puree all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth, about 2 minutes and serve with veggie sticks or tortilla chips.