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RECIPE: Indonesian Avocado Shake

There's something wondrous about avocados. They're creamy, luscious and downright tasty. Throughout Asia, Brazil and Jamaica, they are used in desserts. The avocado shakes particularly in Bali were top notch. Not to be outdone, the Indonesians add chocolate syrup down the sides and together, it's a super refreshing mid-day treat. That those green slimy creatures are high in potassium, are a good source of vitamins B, E, and K make them seem oh-so healthy too.

2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
5 tbsp granulated raw sugar
1 tbsp sweetened chocolate syrup
1 tsp sweetened condensed milk

1. Put 1 cup crushed ice, 3 tbsp. water, avocados, and sugar into a blender and purée until smooth and sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute.
2. Divide between two tall 10-oz. glasses and pour chocolate syrup and milk into each glass. Serve with a spoon and straw.

Now for some fun reading whilst enjoying aforementioned recipe, I highly recommend Daniel Pinkwater's "Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death" which can be found at specialty used bookstores or the internet. My love of this book runs very high. As a teenager, it saved me. As an adult, it helped me move across the country to a new town, where I knew no one, named Portland. It's a young adult book, but anyone who loves adventure, sneakng out of the house and a singing chicken will LOVE it. It is har-harlarious! And you can quote me on that.


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