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FOOD FUN: Crocamole, An Avocado Crocodile

You looking at me? Photo courtesy Shannon
Seip | Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School.


This fun idea comes from Shannon Payette Seip, author of Bean Appetit: Hip And Healthy Ways To Have Fun With Food. She is co-founder of Bean Sprouts Café and Cooking School in Seattle, where families learn to make dishes that are both great tasting and good for you.

There’s also a pun: avocado is also known as alligator pear.

She also shared that Cornell study found kids to be 30% more likely to try a food if it has a cool name. For example, baked squash casserole can be “Squashy Shazam!”

Kids also like to get creative when it comes to “styling” their food—turning grapes, olives and strips of red pepper into eyes, nose and mouth of their mashed potatoes.


Ingredients Per Serving

  • 1 half avocado
  • Baby carrots or carrot sticks
  • 2 cucumber slices
  • 2 black olive slices
  • Crudités for dipping

    1. REMOVE avocado flesh, carefully preserving the shell. Make guacamole.

    2. RETURN guacamole to shell; create crocodile face with carrots (pointy side up), cucumber and olive slices, as shown in photo.

    3. SERVE with extra vegetables for dipping.


    1. MASH avocado. Mix with finely diced onion and chopped tomato to taste.

    2. SEASON with garlic, lime juice, salt and cayenne or chili flakes to taste.


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