Creamy avocado arugula pasta

I have been making simple dinners over the summer thus far and this creamy avocado arugula pasta was what we had a couple of days back. So good!!

Creamy avocado arugula pasta

Because we are still on vacation, traveling from place to place, I have no option but to keep dinner simple. I still want to keep it healthy with a variety of vegetables, so getting creative is no problem.

In order to keep the calories down, for this creamy avocado arugula pasta sauce I used Silk Unsweetened Almond milk instead of heavy cream. Believe or not I have been using almond milk for many of my creamy sauces and the results have been great. You can do a mixture of heavy cream and Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk or just use the almond milk. I do both and I am pleased with both results.

I like using unsweetened almond milk most because it is very neutral in flavor, has no added sugar, it is Non-GMO, and has no artificial colors, or flavors, I like to use them for myself and the kids. I also love the fact that is lactose free and it has 50% more calcium than dairy milk.

You can visit Silk’s page and learn more about Silk products, or if you like you can sign for their newsletter and receive coupons as well as their latest news here. They also have dairy free products, creamers, dairy free yogurt and much more. You will also find plenty of recipes in their website so go ahead and check them out.

If you like creamy sauces but you don’t like the calories mixing heavy creamy with almond milk will work. In this case because the avocados were quite dense and thick, using just almond milk with no added heavy cream was possible, which kept the recipe vegan and lower in calories.

If you would like to keep the recipe completely vegan don’t add any parmesan cheese. I just added that at the end. Also, for a gluten free version just use gluten-free spaghetti. It will still be delicious.

Enjoy!

Creamy avocado arugula pasta

Creamy avocado arugula pasta

Creamy avocado arugula pasta

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Creamy avocado arugula pasta

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Creamy avocado arugula pasta

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 5 servings

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3 avocados, ripe
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 2-3 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Pinch celtic salt

 

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

In a food processor, combine avocado, garlic cloves, lemon, almond milk and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy. If you like a runnier sauce add more almond milk. Set aside.

Add the cooked pasta to a large skillet and add the creamy avocado sauce and fresh arugula. Mix through until the pasta is well coated with the sauce. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

NOTE: For a gluten-free version use gluten-free spaghetti.

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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.


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  7. Oh my gosh…these are so creative. And so cute! And so healthy! I think I know what I’m doing when I get home from work today ;) Happy St. Paddy’s girl!

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  12. I’ve have recently started a plant based diet and this book looks great with lots of great ideas!
    The Avocado Mint Creme bars look great and I will be trying this one out!

  13. I have been making the transition to clean eating to help with several medical problems and it is very hard to find healthy recipes that satisfy the sweet tooth. I have failed miserably in finding healthy ‘sweets’ that actually taste good.

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  16. These look awesome and easy!! Can’t wait till tax season is over so I can start baking again.

  17. I would love to check out this book!!! My kids have nut allergy and I would hope to find there some good ideas for healthy and nut free sweets for them!

  18. Wow! These look super yummy and I love using avocados in sneaky ways. The cookbook sounds like a great resource for yummy, healthy desserts.

  19. I already cook all meals at home from scratch but have a hard time with healthy desserts. My husband is also in a SUPER strict diet for medical reasons due to a bad reaction to a flu shot. I would lobe to make him deserts he can eat! This recipe sounds simple AMAZING!!:)

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  24. I would love to win so I could try to make some yummy vegan recipes, these bars look great!

    Thanks

  25. Your recipes always look and sound so delicious and healthy. I am always looking for new dessert recipes that I can serve to friends and family. As a Pastor’s wife I entertain a lot and it is important to me to serve something that I feel good about eating and yet I know others who don’t eat like we do would enjoy as well. I would put your book to good use : )

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  27. I love finding new vegan recipes, especially raw and gluten free! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. I LOVE mint and chocolate together! I can’t wait to make these.

  29. I am diabetic and changing my eating habits. This book looks so good, and the recipies doable and delicious. For instance, I am going to use the brownie recipe with avocado and bananas. Thanks for encouraging healthy living.

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  38. To make desserts that are devoured and enjoyed by everyone, but in a manner that is healthier for us and more compassionate towards the planet. To teach and share how glorious and beautiful and tasty that being raw and vegan can be!

  39. I just ordered that book from Amazon. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. These look incredible! Avocados in desserts are one of my faves.

  40. I’ve been experimenting with raw recipes and would love to experiment some more!!

  41. Recipes with”hidden” veggies is great. I look forward to trying this abd many more recipes out

  42. This sounds so yummy!!! I would love to incorporate more raw/vegan things to my day, and what better way than with your cookbook :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  43. I would love, love, love this book! My husband HAS to have dessert after dinner and I’ve been trying to get him eat better. There’s absolutely nothing cooler than tricking him with a healthy but delicious dessert!

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  45. I would love this book as I have a 2 year old with a dairy allergy and I don’t use sugar/substitute products so I need new ideas on foods he’ll love! This recipe looks amazing! I am going to buy an avocado tomorrow…

  46. i would love this book! I have recently started cooking with lots of raw ingredients and would love the chance to learn more recipes

  47. These treats look incredible, Miryam! I love that they’re made with all-natural ingredients… what a stunning stack of bars with great flavors!

  48. I’d looove this book, for the recipes and inspiration!! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  49. I feel bummed that I missed the deadline to enter for this raw vegan cookbook giveaway. I hope I can still have the chance to win this. I’ve been vegetarian for about a couple years and just recently in the past year, with the help of my trainer bf I learned how to eat healthy. Not only I’m lactose intolerant, but I also have chronic asthma, so I have to cut dairy from my diet. I’m doing my best to be vegan & eat healthy, but unfortunately I’m not very creative when it comes to cooking. I’d really love to win this book so I can prepare more varieties of vegan dish and can convince my family that being vegan/vegetarian isn’t as bad as they think.

  50. Hi Ya,
    In the HINTS:
    Depending on the dates you use, you may need to soak them. My dates where quite dry so I just added “2 tbsp” ????? (Date water?) to the crust ingredients when pulsing in my food processor. That help the crust ingredients come together. You don’t necessarily have to do this but because my dates where dried I had to.
    .Cheers Janey

  51. Hi I’m wondering can you please tell me how long these avocado mint cream bars last and do I need to store them in the fridge. They look fabulous and I really looking forward to making them. Thank you for sharing

    • You actually should keep them in the freezer, or at least that is what I do. I am sure you can keep them in the fridge too though. I would say in the freezer they would last longer but if you keep them in the fridge I would say at least 4-5 days. I hope this helps :-)

  52. Hi,
    I made these and they were delicious. I kept them in the freezer but when I put them out to be eaten the filling became very soft very quickly and I was wondering what I could use to keep it more solid as they became hard to handle. Thanks.

  53. You could probably add some coconut butter instead of the oil since it is thicker, other than that I can’t think of anything else. Sorry!!

  54. How do you prevent the avocado from turning black?

  55. I made these today and they taste delicious but the center did not firm up so when I cut them the center spread out. It still taste delish but I was wondering if other people were having these problems? I put it in freezer for over an hour.

    • You need to leave them in the freezer for at least 3 hours to firm up before eating and then keep them there. Then you can just thaw them out for a few minutes before eating but for the most part you should keep them in the freezer :-) Thanks for stopping by.

  56. Hi

    I just run out of peppermint oil, but have fresh mint instead. How much do I need to use? Many thanks. My son loves these!!

    • I am not sure. I think the oil gives it a more mint flavor bc it seems concentrated but you can certainly try w/ the fresh mint. I have not idea how much you would have to use, sorry!

  57. Saw these in an avocado round-up yesterday. I love the way these look and l can’t wait to try them myself!

  58. I am allergic to maple syrup, could I use agave nectar instead?

  59. Love these!  Thanks for the great recipes!  Question, someone was asking if there’s a way to leave out the almonds….I’d think the dates would become too mushy and wet without the almonds but wondering what you think…could something else go in with the dates for the crust, her husband has a nut allergy.  Thanks!

  60. What could I use in place of the Banana?

  61. How can you make this without using dates? Thank you

  62. These are fantastic! My husband doesn’t typically like my “healthy desserts”, but he loved these!

  63. Could I used something other than banana?

  64. These were sooo delicious! I didnt have maple syrup so I used date syrup instead. I didnt have enough filling so I had to make some extra to cover the crust. I think my avocado was smaller than yours maybe? Regardless, they turned out amazing. They tasted like mint ice cream sandwiches. Thanks for the recipe!

  65. I doubled the banana (2 bananas) and tripled the topping recipe. Turned out IMPECCABLE. My friends were dying.

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