Avocado Tropical Pie

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About: Hi! I'm Jeromina Juan. Former blogger. Former freelance crafts contributor for Canadian Living in print and Craftzine online. Former full-time civil engineering Utility Design Coordinator. Former part-t...

I spent my early childhood in the tropics where avocados have been consumed as dessert long before I was born, typically as shakes or ice cream. However, they were never made into pie and they really should be. Avocados have the perfect silky texture and subtle rich flavor for a creamy pie filling. To balance the savory, smooth quality of avocados, I've made a crisp no-bake coconut crust and topped the pie with sweet champagne mangoes (also known as Ataulfo). You will get the taste of the tropics in a single bite!

I am quite certain there are fellow avocado addicts out there who would appreciate this take on pie. Please vote for me in the 2019 Pie Contest. Many, many thanks!

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

COCONUT CRUST INGREDIENTS

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup melted butter

AVOCADO CREAM FILLING INGREDIENTS

3 ripe avocados

1 can condensed milk

1/4 cup whipping cream + 1 cup whipping cream

1 tbsp (1 packet) gelatin

1/4 cup cold water

PIE TOPPINGS

Ripe mangoes (I used 3)

White chocolate ganache: 1/2 cup whipping cream + 1 cup white chocolate chips

SUPPLIES

10" Pie pan

Piping bags

Piping tips

Melon baller

Offset spatula (not shown, but handy)

Step 2: No-bake Coconut Crust

The crust is a delicious coconutty graham crust that requires only chilling.

1. In a food processor, combine graham cracker crumbs, almond flour, desiccated coconut, and melted butter.

2. Process until the dry ingredients are saturated with the melted butter.

3. The crust is ready for pressing when the mixture resembles the texture of coarse sand.

4. Pour the mixture into the pie pan.

5. Using the bottom of a glass, firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the pie pan.

6. Using your thumbs, firmly press the mixture into the sides of the pie pan.

7. Press any loose crumbs with the glass, making sure the surface is smooth.

8. Chill the pie crust in the refrigerator as you follow the next steps.

Step 3: Avocado Cream Filling

1. Bloom the gelatin in cold water until absorbed.

2. While the gelatin is blooming, combine avocados, condensed milk, and 1/4 cup of whipping cream in a blender.

3. Blend until thoroughly combined.

4. Mix the gelatin and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until gelatin is dissolved.

5. Whip 1 cup of whipping cream to soft peaks.

6. Add avocado mixture to whipped cream.

7. Mix at medium-high speed until combined.

8. Add melted gelatin into mixture. Mix at medium-high speed for a few seconds, just until combined.

9. Pour mixture into pie crust.

10. Using an offset spatula, spread the mixture and ensure surface is smooth.

11. Refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight until set and firm.

Step 4: Mangoes and Ganache

In this step, we will prep the necessary components needed to decorate our pie.

1. Make balls of mango using a sharp melon baller.

2. In a bowl, prepare the ganache by heating the whipping cream in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

3. Add white chocolate chips. Stir until melted and smooth with absolutely no chunks. If there are even small chunks of white chocolate in the ganache, the piping tips will get clogged.

4. Let the ganache cool in the fridge for 2-3 hours until firm.

5. Whip the firm ganache using medium speed until stiff peaks are formed. Do not overwhip or it will split.

6. Place the whipped ganache in piping bags outfitted with tips. I used a round tip and a closed star tip.

Step 5: Decorate That Avocado Pie!

Now for the fun part! You don't have to do it this way, but I'll show you the steps I took anyway.

1. Using a small round tip, I piped circles around the edge of the pie.

2. I then piped small mounds using a closed star tip, leaving a gap between each mound.

3. I placed mangoes between each mound.

4. I repeated the alternating pattern on a second concentric inner border.

And done!

I hope you enjoy this divine silky avocado tropical pie!

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AzureOzma

14 days ago

I make an avocado & honeydew melon soup that is highly addictive. Now I've got another recipe for avocado, thank you!! It's not as healthy as the soup but, oh my goodness am I drooling!!

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paperplateandplaneAzureOzma

Reply 13 days ago

Avocado and honeydew melon soup sounds delicious! I might have to try that myself!

Let me know how you like the avocado pie when you try it out. Definitely nowhere near as healthy as the soup, but we all deserve a decadent dessert once in a while! ;)

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ladyaurora

14 days ago

Is there another fruit that you'd suggest for the topping? My daughter absolutely despised mangoes.

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paperplateandplaneladyaurora

Reply 13 days ago

Hi! Hmmm, to keep in line with the tropical theme, I'm thinking pineapple. They're sweet and tart and would go really well with the coconut crust. :)

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WUVIE

17 days ago

What a beautifully unique pie, such a lovely presentation! Thank you for sharing your neat and tidy Instructable. Best wishes in the contest. :-)

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sixsmith

15 days ago

I had avocado pie once that I ordered out of curiosity it was amazing!
I am pretty sure I got the pie at Orlando's in Taos New Mexico, looking it up online they still have it.
I wish I had come across this before the contest ended, I'd have voted for you! I'm favoriting your recipe and bookmarking it to come back to when I'm ready to make it.

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paperplateandplanesixsmith

Reply 15 days ago

I looked up Orlando's online and it looks like their avocado pies have a devoted following! Now I wish I could try theirs!

Thanks so much for favoriting. I do hope you try it out!

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Gadisha

18 days ago

Very interesting recipe, I'd love to try it!
Sometimes I make myself a vegetable chocolate mousse by adding cocoa and suger to avocado mousse, maybe I could try to make a avocado chocolate cake, thank's for the inspiration :)

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paperplateandplaneGadisha

Reply 15 days ago

Glad to inspire! I hope you try the recipe!

And you've inspired me to make some avocado mousse! I think I'll try that out! Thanks!

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PieBaby89

21 days ago

I'm in the same Avocado dessert boat as you! This pie looks incredible and if anything I can imagine how smooth and delicate the filling must be. You've got my vote!

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paperplateandplanePieBaby89

Reply 20 days ago

I grew up on avocado shakes and everyone I grew up with thought this was bizarre! Every visit I had to the Philippines, I would make sure to get my fix of avocado ice cream because it's sold at every grocery store over there (my last visit, I even kept the container as a souvenir!). Now I see Cado ice cream everywhere in grocery stores here in New York and I think, finally, they get it!

Thanks so much for your vote! Really appreciate it! Followed you. Your work looks delicious!!