Avocado ketchup is my favourite new creation! I used to be mad on tomato ketchup. These days I don’t eat tomatoes (or any deadly-nightshade family plants), or refined sugar as it is generally inflammatory and bad for you. So traditional ketchup’s out, and also bought chutneys and the like. I loved those foods, but it honestly turned out to be a good thing! It means I have been forced to get creative in the kitchen and invent my own. Avocado ketchup is so much healthier and nicer than normal ketchup, but also similar in taste and texture. And it’s green. And made of avocados and raw cider vinegar. Can’t get better than that!
Avocado’s are such nutritious, wonderful fruits, full of the fats we need to function, they’re rich, creamy, and just so good to eat. I love eating them with a spoon with salt and vinegar, but they’re good in so many other ways too. Their smooth richness makes delicious desserts, and you can’t beat them in a salad.
The green part near the skin is the most nutrient dense, and this is true with many things, (give it a good scrape so as not to waste any! okay Mum…). Avocados are packed with vitamins and minerals, and the good fats we need to function healthily. They are proven to lower cholesterol and be good for heart health. An avocado may be relatively high in calories, but it has a low GI and GL, and so calorie counts can be misleading. A food of similar calories with a higher GI or GL, such as a refined or processed food will have a much higher impact on blood sugar and be processed by the body faster, giving it less time to be metabolised, whereas an avocado’s fat content is both super healthy and longer lasting.
I think calorie counting can be a good way of keeping an eye on what we consume, and if it works for you that’s great, but I have found that it is often inaccurate, increases stress around food, and is more of a general estimated guide than a depiction of reality.
i advocate a plant-based diet, high in fruit and vegetable and wholefoods, and eating as many avocados as you like!
I only wish they were cheaper, so that people living on a low budget (like me) could enjoy them comfortably more often. But eaten as a treat, or as part of an everyday diet, they are a wonderful food to be savoured and appreciated for their goodness and wonderful taste and texture. Big up the alligator pear! ♥
Ketchup is so good and this avocado ketchup is so much better. Healthy, nutritious, and low/ no sugar, it's much better than the factory made bottled gunk we love to guzzle. Give it to your kids, call it green ketchup (or green gunk!), they'll love it!
- 1/2 ripe avocado pear
- 3 tbsp raw cider vinegar (if using non-raw remember it is stronger so adjust to taste)
- 2 pinches of salt (or to taste)
- pinch of finely ground black pepper
- squeeze of lemon
- 10 drops stevia/ or equivalent of natural sweetener such as agave (alternatively use a sweet vinegar such as coconut vinegar, which is delicious)
- A pinch of coconut sugar or natural sweetener - if using just stevia above
Blend ingredients until smooth and serve.
I've listed variations within the recipe - some may require a very low natural sugar recipe, and lean on the stevia for sweetness, others may prefer to use agave for example for the sweetness, or a sweet vinegar such as coconut vinegar (I recommend this vinegar by the Coconut Company), which is just delicious and adds another dimension to the ketchup all together
Add some hickory liquid smoke for a barbecue ketchup!
Avocado is prone to browning, but due to it's high vinegar content, this avocado ketchup keeps well in the fridge.