When you have an overflowing bowl of glowing, plump, fresh California avocados there is really only one thing to do: make one of my favorite dishes ever.. guacamole!
And today’s twist on guacamole is to keep it simple, green and pumpkin seed infused.
My Pumpkin Seed Guacamole is simple enough to let those brilliant avocados shine – yet unique enough to intrigue. This guacamole has a buttery, nutty accent of flavor from adding in rustic bits of pepitas, aka pumpkin seeds.
Good-for-you pumpkin seeds are rich in protein, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium and healthy fats. So load up.
First some avocado-love from an avocado super fan like me..
I was giddy when SoCal Avocados offered me a taste test of their avocados. I was also thrilled when they said yes to allowing one of my readers (YOU!) to win a 12-pack of their avocados as well!
The avocados arrived quickly and I waited anxiously for the first few gems to ripen.
Fun Fact: Did you know that you can use a paper bag to help ripen avocados quickly? From SoCalAvocado’s website: “Yes, it’s true: paper bags help to ripen avocados faster than if you just left them out on the kitchen counter. By putting unripe avocados into a paper bag, you can get them to ripen one or two days faster! If you want your avocados to ripen even faster, put a banana, tomato or apple in the bag. These fruits give off ethylene gases that speed the ripening process. “
Fresh avocados DO taste better! ..this was my revelation as I dove spoon first into the first avocado to ripen from my Socal Avocados delivery. I didn’t expect the flavor to be so amazing and eye-opening, but it was. Compared to the usual supermarket avocados – these avocados were moist, juicy, silky, tender, slippery and super shiny. Beaming with bright green colors. The creamy flesh popped right out of the thick black and green skin.
We all know fresh strawberries, fresh peaches, fresh apples are always going to taste better than store-shelf/sitting-around-for-a-while produce. Well this fact is the same for avocados! Fresh is better.
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: VERONICA (MY EATS AND TREATS) More info and info on SoCal avocados: SoCalAvocados.com
Pumpkin Seed Guacamole
2 avocados, remove pit/skin and cube (I used SoCal avocados)
1 red onion, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 serrano pepper, diced (or jalapeno)
1 lime, squeezed
1 lemon, squeezed
1/4 tsp salt
3-4 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds – minced in Vitamix for 1 minute or smashed or chopped
Lighten it up! Lighten up the calories by subbing out one avocado for 1-2 tomatoes – or other diced veggies. Try carrots, celery, zucchini – even sweet accents like apple or crunchy jicama.
1. Prep ingredients. Blend pumpkin seeds in Vitamix for about a minute. For more flavor, you can toast the seeds in a dry frying pan over high heat for a minute.
2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss well. Mash avocados for a creamier texture or leave as rough cubes for chunky guacamole.
Note: I received a complimentary crate of yummy SoCalAvocados – but no compensation for this post. Not a sponsored post. My rave review is my own opinion.
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