Avocado Pie


Yes, you read it right. Avocado pie. And for once, I’m not talking savory. I came across my old friend’s hand-written recipe recently and had to make it this summer. Avocado pie is unique and simply delightful.

Way back in the 70’s I lived in Santa Barbara, California, where I attended college. I had friends who co-habitated in a large house, and I visited them quite often, probably because I was living in a mother-in-law cottage and enjoyed the space, and the music.

These folks were all wonderfully talented bohemian artists, writers, and musicians – a nice change from the nerdy geology majors with whom I attended classes. (Nothing against nerds, as I was one of them.)

One friend stood out for three reasons. First, he looked just like Jesus Christ. Second, he was a classical pianist who was as talented as Van Cliburn. Third, he made this pie, and it’s from him that I got this recipe.

Above from the left: my sister, myself, and Jesus Christ, circa 1975?

So fast forward a million years and I have a cooking blog, and I’ll bet a small minority of you have ever had such a thing as an avocado pie. I only say that because, I’ve never come across one, and I follow hundreds of blogs. It’s a dessert – it has nothing to do with guacamole. And it’s so simple to make.

First you must make a graham cracker crust.

Graham Cracker Crust

5 ounces graham crackers
1/2 cup white sugar
1 stick or 4 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 375 Fahrenheit. Choose an 8 or 9″ shallow pie plate.

Place the graham crackers in the jar of a food processor along with the sugar. Process until smooth.

Place the crumbs in a medium bowl and place the stick of butter on the crumbs. Microwave gently until the butter melts.

Stir everything until evenly combined. Scrape the mixture into the pie plate.

Using a large spoon, begin spreading and flattening the crumbs into a firm crust, working it up the sides of the pie plate. Bake the crust for approximately 12 minutes – it will be firm and golden in color.

If it has puffed a little, smooth it down with the large spoon.

Cool the pie crust and meanwhile prepare the filling.

As the recipe states, blend together the avocado, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice until smooth, then pour the result green glop into the pie crust.

The pie must chill at least four hours or overnight before serving.

I served mine with a little squiggle of diluted crème fraiche.

The pie is so sweet that it really needs the crème fraiche.

It’s also quite soft. If I was a confident baker I would figure out how to incorporate a little gelatin into the avocado pie filling.

As I mentioned, this pie is sweet. Normally sweetened condensed milk is not a favorite ingredient to use, but I wanted to make the recipe as I remember it. Some lime zest and a little less lime juice to maybe help the filling be thicker, but it’s not a lime pie. Just don’t try and cut large pieces!

57 thoughts on “Avocado Pie

  1. What a coincidence, I recently made chocolate frosting using avocado and maple syrup and it was incredible! You could freeze this pie and it would be awesome! Definitely book marking this recipe. Are you still friends with JC?

    • It’s a bit on the sweet side for my taste, which is why I liked it served with the creme fraiche. but most people like sweeter than I do!

    • The photo was a whole different story. My friend and I had been backpacking in the Sierras, and my sister and her boyfriend were coming to see me in Santa Barbara, but we all happened to stop in Carmel en route and saw each other on the beach!!!

  2. There are so many reasons to smile about this post, Mimi. Loved the “throw back” recipe (as written), the photo of you, your sister, and “Jesus” (wearing red bell bottoms!) on the beach in Carmel, your wonderful recollections, and current adaptation w/creme fraiche. Still smiling!

    • ah, those were the days. red bell bottoms. and me in my hippy dresses. my sister in her flea market fur coat! Glad to have made you smile!

  3. what a gorgeous thing you were! love that 70s photo. of course you are still gorgeous. i’ve not had avocado pie but i’ve certainly had avo mousse and a chocolate avo mousse. it turns out really well in sweet dishes. cheers sherry

    • Thanks! That’s the main reason why I wanted to make this pie again. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I started blogging and following blogs in 2012. It was fun to make.

    • They are too sweet. It’s one reason I don’t bake, even though I do cut back on the amount of sugar in recipes I can tackle. Besides, one can’t live off of desserts alone. I’m all for savory!

  4. Ah, the 70s… I should take out some photos of me from that era… Frightening! Like you, I was a nerd… It was not a good look. :) Normally, if I saw this recipe anywhere else, I would pass it by. But, coming from you, I have to try it! Thanks Mimi. I’ll report back.

    • Nah, don’t try it. It’s not good! It was just fun to make and reminisce! Fortunately I avoided the bad disco clothes… and was just a hippy.

  5. Oh my God I LOVE THAT PICTURE. Seriously, if it were me, I’d have it framed and in my living room! Now, avocado pie on the other hand – who knows? I’ve never heard of such a thing – which means I’m eager to make one!

    • Well my husband is very jealous so I don’t think he’d appreciate that photo, even thought it’s from so long ago…. You know what I’d do? Make the avocado pie filling, then fold it into whipped cream, unsweetened, and serve as a mousse, along with a cookie. Cause it’s just really sweet, but I wanted to make it for old time sake!

  6. I’ve seen quite a few avocado ice cream recipes, but not avocado pie! BTW, I attended UC Santa Barbara from 1967-68 when things were probably a bit crazier. I thought it was too tame then decided to go to UC Berkeley (and THAT’s really a different story). Love those bell bottom pants- I still have my Simplicity pattern from the early 1970s when I made many bell bottoms from scratch!

    • OH MY YES! I sewed a lot back then as well. Goodness. I assumed you were younger! Such a crazy couple of decades. Plus I crocheted quite a few bra tops! 🤣

  7. Mimi, I’m so intrigued by this avocado pie! From the ingredients, it reminds of key lime pie – with the addition of avocado! I’m going to have to try it! Sooooo loving that photo from the seventies!

    • I’ve never made one but I imagine it is similar. And there’s certainly a lime element, but you can definitely taste the avocado as well!

  8. Yum to the avocado pie — love the simplicity of the recipe. And like everyone else, I LOVE the photo! I hope your buddy, JC, is checking out this post! ;-) Have a delightful weekend, Mimi. ~Valentina

    • I wonder what ever happened to him. If I could only remember his name I could check to see if he became a professional pianist. I remember for his senior recital, he wore ragged jeans and was barefoot!!!

    • Well, I guess you get the avocado benefits, but you also get the sweetened condensed milk sugar content. But I still wouldn’t consider this healthy. But most desserts aren’t. Which is why I cook 99% of the time, and leave baking desserts to others way more skilled than myself.

  9. I love how simple this avocado pie is Mimi. And I bet its delicious too. And thanks for sharing your friends hand-written recipe. I love stuff like that. I’ve a great many hand written recipes in my recipe folder, handed down by relatives or passed to me by people I know or have known. Ha ha check out those flares on Jesus. They remind me of my 1970’s flares. They were so bad I had to weat bicycle clips.

  10. Oh my, avocado pie! You are very right, I’ve never come across it!
    “fast forward a million years and I have a cooking blog” :) this is cute :)
    And you 3 in the pictures, great memories I think :) Not everyone can have a picture with Jesus Christ :)
    I do like the idea of this pie though and is very easy to make! Yes, maybe a gelatine or less lime juice will make the filling thicker…however I find it very good looking :)

  11. This post is cracking me up, Mimi! First of all, the recipe actually says “green glop.” I mean that’s descriptive, and I knew exactly what it meant. Hah! Second of all, Jesus Christ. I mean those pants. And I didn’t realize Jesus liked to hang out on the beach. :-) Seriously, though, this pie sounds super unique. I’ve definitely never heard of anything like this. I’ll have to keep this in mind for sure!!

    • Yeah, it’s definitely green and gloppy! And JC loved the beach. I wish I could find other photos of him. Such a resemblance! Anyway, seriously don’t bother making this, it was just a fun blog thing for me to do. But I thought that it would make a good mousse, made less sweet and lightened folded with whipped cream? There’s nothing bad about it, it’s just sweet. And the crust is sweet.

  12. Mimi, you definitely had the Southern Cal look back in the 70s. Avocado pie, a completely new concept to me. Now, if I can just find a few decent avocados over this way. Oh, and I love the backstory and the recipe Jesus gave you.

    • I bet it is hard for you to get avocados. I know Stefan in Holland has a tough time as well. I guess I should feel fortunate in that, although I’d love to have access to fresh seafood… oh well. I just saw you posted again. Can’t wait to read it. Babysitting the grand kids, so it may take a while to get to!

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