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Avocado and Chocolate Agar-Agar

Use up your ripe avocados to make this avocado and chocolate agar-agar dessert. The green and chocolate layers are very pretty, and you can make it vegan-friendly.
Avocado and chocolate agar-agar dessert.

Avocado and chocolate agar-agar dessert.

Avocado shake/smoothie is the most popular way to enjoy ripe avocado in Indonesia. The second best, in my opinion, is by turning them into this lovely avocado and chocolate agar-agar.

I love the contrast of color between the bright green of the avocado layer and the dark chocolate of the chocolate layer. And if you make this with non-dairy milk, you end up with a vegan-friendly and gluten-free dessert that everyone can enjoy.

Ingredients for avocado and chocolate agar-agar: avocado, milk, agar-agar powder, sugar, chocolate chips, espresso powder, and vanilla extract.

Ingredients for avocado and chocolate agar-agar: avocado, milk, agar-agar powder, sugar, chocolate chips, espresso powder, and vanilla extract.

What do I need to prepare this dessert

1. Ingredients

This agar-agar dessert consists of two layers: an avocado layer and a chocolate layer.

We need avocado, milk, agar-agar powder, and sugar for the avocado layer. And we need milk, agar-agar powder, sugar, vanilla, chocolate chips, espresso powder, and cocoa powder (optional) for the chocolate layer.

This dessert is naturally gluten-free. If you use non-dairy milk, it will also be vegan-friendly.

2. A loaf pan or other molds

I use a 9”x5” loaf pan for the agar-agar, which I think is the perfect pan size for the dessert.

A 9”x5” loaf pan has an 8 cups volume. It doesn’t quite fill the loaf pan to the brim, but if you want to use another pan, it will give you a pretty nice idea which one to choose.

A bundt pan can be a great choice when you want a show-stopping dessert. Ramekins, glass jars, or glasses are great for individual serving portions.

Avocado agar-agar layer: (1) Puree avocado. (2) Boil milk, agar-agar powder, and sugar. (3) Add avocado puree into agar-agar mixture and whisk until smooth. (4) Pour into a loaf pan and chill in the fridge.

Avocado agar-agar layer: (1) Puree avocado. (2) Boil milk, agar-agar powder, and sugar. (3) Add avocado puree into agar-agar mixture and whisk until smooth. (4) Pour into a loaf pan and chill in the fridge.

Avocado agar-agar layer

1. Avocado puree

Use a food processor/blender to puree avocado.

2. Boil agar-agar

Boil milk and agar-agar powder in a small pot over medium heat, then add sugar and boil until the sugar has dissolved.

3. Mix avocado with agar-agar

Remove the pot from heat. Wait until the steam subsides. Add avocado puree and whisk until smooth.

4. Pour and set

Pour into a loaf pan. Use a spatula to smooth the top. Chill in the fridge while we prepare the chocolate layer.

Chocolate agar-agar layer: (1) Boil milk, agar-agar powder, vanilla extract, and sugar. (2) Add chocolate chips, espresso powder, and cocoa powder (if using), rest for 5 minutes, and whisk until smooth. (3) Make sure avocado layer has started to set. Use a fork to scratch the avocado layer surface. (4) Very gently pour the chocolate mixture over the avocado layer. Chill until set.

Chocolate agar-agar layer: (1) Boil milk, agar-agar powder, vanilla extract, and sugar. (2) Add chocolate chips, espresso powder, and cocoa powder (if using), rest for 5 minutes, and whisk until smooth. (3) Make sure avocado layer has started to set. Use a fork to scratch the avocado layer surface. (4) Very gently pour the chocolate mixture over the avocado layer. Chill until set.

Chocolate agar-agar layer

1. Boil agar-agar

Boil milk, agar-agar powder, and vanilla extract in a small pot over medium heat, then add sugar and boil until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Add chocolates and espresso

Remove the pot from heat. Add chocolate chips, espresso powder, and cocoa powder (if using). Wait 5 minutes to let the chocolate chips melt, then whisk until smooth.

3. Pour and set

Remove the loaf pan from the fridge. The avocado layer should have started to set. Lightly scratch the top surface of the avocado layer with a fork. Very gently pour the chocolate agar-agar liquid over the avocado layer. Chill in the fridge until set, about 1 hour.

Gently run a thin blade around the loaf pan to loosen the agar-agar, then cover the pan with a plate and flip.

Gently run a thin blade around the loaf pan to loosen the agar-agar, then cover the pan with a plate and flip.

Serving the agar-agar

Please wait until the agar-agar has completely chilled and set before removing it from the pan.

Gently run a thin blade around the loaf pan to loosen the agar-agar, then cover the pan with a serving plate and flip.

The agar-agar should drop on the plate with no trouble. Cut into slices to serve.

Cut the avocado and chocolate agar-agar into serving slices to serve.

Cut the avocado and chocolate agar-agar into serving slices to serve.

Storing leftover agar-agar

Store any leftover agar-agar in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, but you may start noticing water condensation from agar-agar after 2-3 days.

Please try to finish the leftover within 3 days for the most enjoyable experience.

Chilled dessert like avocado and chocolate agar-agar is perfect for summer days. Store any leftover agar-agar in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Chilled dessert like avocado and chocolate agar-agar is perfect for summer days. Store any leftover agar-agar in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Avocado and Chocolate Agar-Agar

5.0 from 10 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 25 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 8

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Ingredients

  • Avocado agar-agar
  • 225 gram (1/2 lb) ripe avocado flesh
  • 500 ml (2 cup) milk (Note 1)
  • 7 gram (2 1/4 teaspoon) agar-agar powder
  • 100 gram (1/2 cup) sugar
  • Chocolate agar-agar
  • 400 ml (1 2/3 cup) milk
  • 3 1/2 gram (1 1/8 teaspoon) agar-agar powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50 gram (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 50 gram bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Avocado puree: Use a food processor/blender to process avocado into an avocado puree.
  2. Avocado agar-agar: Boil together milk and agar-agar powder in a small pot over medium heat, then add sugar and boil until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Remove the pot from heat. Wait until the steam subsides. Add avocado puree and whisk until smooth. Pour into a loaf pan (I use a 9"x5" loaf pan). Use a spatula to smooth the mixture and chill in the fridge while we prepare the chocolate layer.
  4. Chocolate agar-agar: Boil together milk, agar-agar powder, and vanilla extract in a small pot over medium heat, then add sugar and boil until sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Remove the pot from heat. Add chocolate chips, espresso powder, and cocoa powder (if using). Wait 5 minutes to let the chocolate chips melt, then whisk until smooth.
  6. Remove the loaf pan from the fridge. The avocado agar-agar layer should have started to set.
  7. Use a fork to lightly scratch the surface of the avocado layer, then very gently pour the chocolate agar-agar liquid over the avocado layer. Chill in the fridge until set, about 1 hour.
  8. Serving: Gently run a thin blade around the loaf pan to loosen the agar-agar, then cover the pan with a plate and flip. The agar-agar should drop on the plate. Cut into slices to serve.
  9. Storing: Store any leftover agar-agar in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • (1) Use non-dairy milk for vegan-friendly dessert.
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Comments

  • vivilia tjan vivilia tjan says:

    hi Anita, beautifull combination and picture. just wondering if the texture of the finish product will be like soft pudding or agar2 hard style?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Vivilia, it's hard with agar-agar texture.

  • Cate Cate says:

    What a beautiful and unique dessert! Saving this to make soon!

  • Kushigalu Kushigalu says:

    How pretty and delicioua is this dessert. I love this interesting combo!!

  • Toni Toni says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous and delicious! I never thought I could make something like this but your recipe made it so easy! Thanks for the detailed photos.

  • Rhonda Albom Rhonda Albom says:

    Gluten free, dairy free option, and chocolate, this one ticks all my boxes. The avacado is a bonus.

  • Jeannette Jeannette says:

    This looks INCREDIBLE! I love how there's chocolate AND avocado in this recipe. Never tried it before, but it looks worth trying. Thanks for sharing!

  • Traci Traci says:

    Beautiful, delicious, and so so easy! This dessert checks all of the boxes for me...thanks for sharing! :)

  • Tawnie Kroll Tawnie Kroll says:

    So fun and easy to make - everyone loved it, thank you!

  • Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food says:

    I would never have imagined using avocado in a dessert, but this looks absolutely delicious!

  • ChefMireille ChefMireille says:

    So pretty and such an amazing texture. It is so beautiful I dont think I would want to eat it and mess it up :) Definitely great to make for a party to be the show stopper dessert!

  • Mirlene Mirlene says:

    This is such a beautiful dessert. very much interested in trying it.

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