Grapefruit with Avocado Cream (grain free, vegan dessert)

January 26, 2020

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Desserts are not typically my thing. I feel like they’re usually a little too heavy and just leave you feeling tired and gross after having eaten a big meal. But I like to have a few light finishers I can whip up quickly for those times where I’m feeling like the meal could use some rounding out.

This dessert is vegan, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, peanut free, nightshade free, contains no processed sugars, and only takes 5 ingredients (and as many minutes) to throw together. The only major allergen here is tree nuts (coconut), but I think most of the other bases are covered.

Grapefruit with Avocado Cream (dairy free)

This dessert avoids nearly all major allergens (with the exception of tree nuts), and is super easy to put together. It's really well balanced and the perfect light dessert to end any meal.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: 5 minute dishes, avocado, coconut, dessert, grapefruit, honey
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 large avocado pitted and scooped out
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1.5 Tbsp honey plus more for finishing the dessert
  • 2 medium grapefruits peeled, seeds removed, cut into small slices
  • fresh mint garnish


  • In a blender, combine the avocado flesh, coconut cream, and 1-1.5 Tbsp honey. Blend until smooth, scraping the sides throughout.
  • Spoon some of the avocado cream into the bottom of a bowl. Top with 5 slices of grapefruit, drizzle with a couple teaspoons of honey and add a small sprig of fresh mint. Serve immediately.

Grapefruit with Avocado Cream (dairy free)

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  1. Sarah says:

    This sounds lovely. I’m not a big fan of honey so would probably sprinkle a little bit of finishing salt on it as an alternative.

  2. Angela says:

    This looks great! Totally making it!

  3. Cici Haus says:

    Could you add some nightshade if you’re not allergic? Ha! Loved that little bit of humor :)

  4. Kristin says:

    That looks delicious! FYI coconut is not a tree nut. It’s a fruit. I’m allergic to tree nuts, but coconut is not considered one.

  5. Patricia says:

    Your dessert looks so pretty. I can’t have grapefruit due to meds and don’t like avocado so I’m trying to figure out other ways to spin this. Papaya? And kiwi slices?

    • Chris says:

      Do you like oranges? If so you could use orange instead of grapefruit, and mix the coconut cream with a little frozen banana instead of avocado.

  6. Holly says:

    Looks delish! One point of clarification is that the presence of honey means this isn’t vegan. Any idea if you think maple syrup would be a good substitute?

  7. Steph says:

    I bet this avocado cream would be delicious to eat frozen, like a sorbet.

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