Last week was my dad's birthday and since he always seems to be on a health kick when I want to bake him stuff, I decided to make the most amazing fat-free chocolate cake ever - don't worry, I'll be sharing the recipe with you soon! The fat-free cake was easy enough to make, but I was struggling to come up with a solution for a healthy frosting recipe.
Then it came to me. I've made the best ever skinny chocolate mousse before by combining blended avocado with melted chocolate and decided to base the frosting on that - this time by combining blended avocado, simple syrup and cocoa powder. The only problem was my avocados were rock solid. I didn't have time to let the avocados ripen naturally, so I needed a quick fix.
After asking Google "can you ripen avocados in the oven?" I found out you can! The results were way better than I had hoped for - perfectly ripened avocados in less than one hour. I had to let the avocados cool down, but after that I had perfectly ripe avocados to throw into my food processor and blend to make the most gorgeous silky smooth (and healthy!) chocolate frosting.
How to ripen an avocado in the oven
So if you ever need to ripen avocados fast, here is what you need to do:
- Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
- Wrap each of the avocados individually in tin foil.
- Place the avocados into the preheated oven and leave them for around 15 minutes for small avocados, 30 minutes for medium avocados and 45 minutes for large avocados. Prod the avocados when you think they're done. If they're fairly soft and squidgy, they're ready.
- Remove the avocados from the oven and leave them to cool to room temperature before peeling and using. Alternatively, if you need the avocados hot, use them straight away! But be careful and don't burn yourself opening the foil.
The question"can you ripen avocados in the microwave?" also came up when I was searching and although I can't say for sure, I've never had any luck with this method. Instead of ripening the avocados, the microwave just seemed to turn the room temperature hard avocado flesh into hot hard avocado flesh, which is of no use to anyone.
If you've got any other methods of how to ripen avocados fast, I'd love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below.
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