Lemon Avocado Sherbet


When I was little my mom made homemade tortillas every morning for breakfast any leftovers were wrapped in a kitchen towel and left on the table.  For lunch she would quickly unwrap the tortillas give ’em a quick reheat,  stuff slices of avocado,  a light sprinkle of salt and lunch was served.  This to her was fast food not happy meals or fried chicken in a bucket.  Did we ever complain?   Are you crazy we knew we had it good, my mom’s food was glorious, okay scratch that…her food is and continues to be glorious (love ya momo).    So I greatly appreciate my beloved avocado as it continues to carry a huge love link to my mom, the only problem is I have no talent what so ever in picking perfectly ripe avocados.  I still to this day walk right past them knowing that I don’t stand a chance.  This became quite a problem when hubby realized how horrible I was at the task  he knew if he ever wanted to eat the “green goodness” again he would have to take charge.  So for the last 10 years he has picked every avocado that has happily passed through our tummies. 

I have never had a problem with this arrangement until I begin blogging,  many of the  Mexican dishes that I love to share usually require the “green goodness.”  So I was stuck I would have to face my fears begin choosing my own and live with the fact that we might loose some money in the process.

So there we were at the produce aisle I’m not gonna lie I was nervous -I knew I was facing a losing battle.   I guess we were there for awhile, I hadn’t noticed when  Chuls turns to me and says “mommy should I pick? we’re kinda in the the way.”

“Ya baby you pick,”

She quickly walked up to the mountain of avocados brushed her hand softly over the pile, picked one up, put it back, picked another, picked another, and another and we walked off.

Later as I was making dinner I grabbed one to slice for our tacos and thought please be perfect, please be perfect, I love my daughter.

And there it was the most beautiful avocado ever, I honeslty wanted to cry, it was simply stunning.

At dinner  I asked Chuls “how did you know which ones to pick?”

“They felt right,” she said.

I can’t even put into words how happy I was, she will FAR surpass me in every kitchen aspesct, but what really had me jumping for joy, she had saved me from avocado picking disaster.  Well at least until she goes to college, but then again I still have Pips.  Enjoy!

Lemon-Avocado Sherbet

Ultimate Mexican

Better Homes and Gardens 2010

makes 8 servings

1 large avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and cut up

1 cup half-and-half or light cream

2/3 cup powdered suagr

1/2 tsp finely shredded lemon peel

1/3 lemon juice

In a blender combine avocado, half and half, powdered sugar, finely shredded lemon peel, and lemon juice.  Cover and blend until smooth.  Pour avocado mixture into 2 quart square baking dish.  Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm.

To serve, let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.  Cut into squares and divide among serving bowls.

++++++++++++WINNERS OF LAVENDER GIVEAWAY+++++++++++++

Thanks to everyone who commented, tweeted and supports me every day. I was going to post the winners Saturday. but honestly I don’t even touch my comp on the weekends.

Weekends are strictly for having fun with my girls, anyways getting on I know you are all in suspense….the winner…. Stella from The Witchy Kitchen  you get a copy of The Local Flavor of Lavender and  tub of culinary lavender from Blanco, Texas…BUT WAIT…

I called the Chamber of Congress and scored two more tubs of lavender (sorry no cookbooks) and we put all the names in the pot again and the winners are Joanne of Eats Well with Others…and Sommer of A Spicy Perspective

Please send me your mailing addy and I will get these out for you, the tubs are being mailed from Blanco today, so Joanne and Sommer as soon as I get them, they will be in mail the next day…




  1. says

    Just want to let you know how much I love this recipe!! It’s so yummy and healthy. Thanks for sharing!!

    (Posted my version of your recipe on my website.)

  2. Rebecca says

    I just tried this! I am waiting for it to freeze. I cannot wait until I can try it. I still have trouble picking an avocado. None of my family likes them so of course I have to choose. I can never tell. The one I used tonight wasnt that great but it was fine!

  3. says

    Congrats Stella!!!!

    Oh. My. Goodness. Avocado in frozen form? You know the way to my heart. I’ve been making frozen treats for the past while and actually never considered avocado. Brilliant!!! Will definitely have to give this a go :)

    btw, your issues with avocados is my issues with pineapple. I think I inheirited it from my mum… :(

  4. says

    I actually can’t remember if I commented here LOL OMG!

    Anyway I love this recipe and am so in love with avocados, I put them EVERYWHERE, so help me! I love the quirky presentations and photos!

    Btw, congrats to Stella, Joanne and Sommer and hope you have a fabulous Fourth July Bonnie!!

  5. says

    Avocados are used for desserts over here, not in savory foods since it’s considered a fruit over here. They have avocado ice cream, avocado cheesecake and fresh avocados are eaten with evaporated milk! I’ve gotten used to the ice cream but I still can’t take the avocado cheesecake and avocado mashed with evaporated milk. Too weird for me!

  6. says

    congrats to the winners!

    Ohhh! i would have loved to eat in your mom’s house with you. i’d love to eat in your house. how awesome your daughters has a knack for picking the right avocado. i’m hopeless. lol!

    another wonderful-looking recipe, you have here.


  7. says

    It’s awesome that your daughter just knew when she had the right avocado! This looks interesting and tasty. I love avocado! I’d love to give this a try!

  8. says

    Wow!! This looks great! I’ve seen avocado ice cream in a magazine, and I was interested but at the same time I was afraid (lol). I love avocado and I really enjoy trying unique avocado recipes. So I might have to try this!

  9. rebekah says

    i had NO idea you could do this with avocados. my mind. it is blown. (avocados are the best food on the planet in my opinion … )

  10. says

    Oh wow what a great combo. I love avocado and will have to try this. Never have I heard of such a sherbet flavor. Maybe I’m sheltered or maybe not and this may just become a famous sherbet flavor one day, you never know.

    I’m so happy you spend weekends with your girls, they grow up fast. Before you know it, poof they are gone, off to school or some other adventure!

  11. says

    Wonderfullyoriginal and truly delicious. I love avocado anything – count me in for the sherbert! And hearty congrats to the winners!

  12. says

    Send her my way. I’m a horrible avacado picker. The ones I brought home for guacamole the other weekend were nasty and rotten, so we went out and bought organic ones (only ones left) which were also gross and rotten. I still haven’t gotten my guacamole!

  13. says

    Oh wow, this sounds amazing! Both rich and creamy, and light and refreshing. It’s also nifty how you cut it into square like that- Like little frozen cookie bars!

  14. says

    I will have to make this recipe on pure curiousity of realizing a completely out of the box combo of flavours for my frozen treat ;o)

    My Mommy begs me to buy her avocados and papaya along with mangoes because for some reason…like yourself…she is not comfortable with this task. I’m like your daughter…I buy what feels right. Hey, we do all have our individual talents…which I’m sure you are blessed with many ;o)
    Flavourful wishes,

  15. says

    Hi Bonnie,

    Thanks for popping by my website the other day. I was away a few moment after I published that post.

    I see that you are still having the avocado frenzy?
    I would love to give this creamy treat a try.

    Funny thing about choosing avocado:
    In Indonesia, I have mastered the art of choosing it. It’s pretty easy, Just shake the avocado and press the meat a little. If the stone is loose and the meat gives a little dent, then it’s nice and ready to eat.
    But New Zealand avocadoes are weird, they meat is tough and the stone never go loose. So I’m still yet to learn a few things.

    So don’t worry about not being sure about avocadoes, the more I know the more I’m unsure about it too :)

  16. says

    Hi Bonnie – Reading posts about you and Chuls always makes me so happy. She will undoubtedly be even more dynamite in the kitchen as she grows up.

    The sherbet is absolute perfection as a summer treat. The avocado and lime combo is marvelous.

    Hugs, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  17. says

    Dear Bonnie – Reading about you and Chuls is always a joy to me – so precious and I know that she is going to be even more dynamite in the kitchen as she grows up.

    The sherbet is wonderful. S

  18. says

    Aww, what sweet stories =). Chuls is definitely going to be an amazing cook, I still remember those gorgeous pancakes of hers.
    & that sherbert looks beautiful! I love how it’s all in little squares.

    ~Kurious Kitteh

  19. says

    The pictures look so amazing. I have to admit that I am not a fan of making a dessert with avocado. But this recipe really boosts u my confident. I think I will try this soon.

  20. says

    I’m terribly lousy picking good avocados, I live this task to my hubby, he always choose great ones. Sigh* Lovely idea to make a sorbet, that must be yummo. It looks delish.

  21. says

    Yeah! Yeah! Bonnie, I’m so happy right now. I feel like a little kid! Thank you so much. I was just telling someone yesterday that I wanted lavender, but that there’s none here that looks nice or that even looks like lavender. I can’t wait for it. I’m going to e-mail you in a minute.
    Oh, and I love the look of that last photo-that is so neat and it sounds rich and refreshing at the same time.
    p.s. tell Chuls that I’m the avocado picker for my family too (smile)…

  22. says

    That is so beautiful green. And the lemon and avocado sorbet just like a music for summer. I am like you with picking avocado, so I guess I might have to go with the ones that feels right too.

  23. says

    I have my on and off days with avocados. Sometimes I’m the master of picking…some days not.

    This sherbert looks amazing! Definitely going to be made this summer.

    Thanks so much for the lavender! I emailed you my contact info!

  24. says

    what a great story, and I feel for you as I too have a hard time with avocados, they are either hard as bricks are rotten when I need them … this is an interesting sherbet, one I have not seen before – what do you think it would taste like using lime???…..

  25. says

    YAY!!! I never, and I mean NEVER win anything! What a wonderful surprise!

    The Sorbet looks heavenly. This will absolutely be made…probably this weekend, and I’ll report back!

    Oh yes, I like to feel my avocados like Chuls. But a culinary instructor once told me to pull off the button or stem. If it comes off easily and the color is right underneath–it’s perfect!

  26. says

    Oh! This lemon and avocado sherbet looks fabulous…so refreshing and tasty. Love the light green color of it :-)
    By the way, congratulations to the winner!

  27. says

    What a lovely morning tradition…homemade tortillas…I would be in heaven. And the sweet story about avocado picking…what a great, great post! I love your avocado sherbet, so creative and I’m sure out of this world. Thanks for sharing.


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