Avocados – a delicious super food full of healthy fats that can be used in any dish, no matter if it’s for breakfast, dinner or for a snack. Everyone knows that avocado is perfect for guacamole, but let's be honest, it’s getting a bit boring and there are so many other things you can make with avocado! Let’s take a look at 15 exciting ways to use avocados!
When it comes to smoothies, avocados are the ultimate choice – you can add them either to vegetable green smoothies or sweet, fruity smoothies. You can make lighter refreshing drinks or heavier mousses – your choice. You can try blending kiwi and avocado with a bit of honey, lime and ice for a refreshing mix or for a more breakfast-y and filling version try mixing avocado with almond milk, oats, soy protein powder, some spinach and berries. Delicious and nutritious!
Avocado is a great replacement for butter or margarine. You can simply spread it on toast and serve it with a little bit of salt and black pepper or try to make delicious spreads. Mix it with horseradish and serve it with sesame seeds (this one is great!) for something more spicy, or make a simple paste with feta cheese, avocado and onions. There are a lot of options to choose from; it all depends on your taste!
Classic! Cut avocado in thin stripes or smash it in a bowl and serve it on toasted whole wheat or rye bread. You can then top it up with whatever you want – poached or fried egg, grilled tomatoes, some sautéed kale and spinach, mushrooms and other vegetables. Avocado on toast can be as simple or as complicated as you want – your choice!
Juicing is trending right now and juicing with avocado? – That’s even better. This juice will help you detox, is packed with vitamins and minerals and has a great, refreshing taste. Blend one lemon with some water, cucumber, spinach and avocado until smooth and enjoy your greens!
A much healthier version of the classical chocolate store-bought pudding. This one contains less sugar, very low fat (attributed to the healthy omega-3 fats from the avocados!) and no artificial additives. It’s both paleo and vegan friendly and is perfect when those chocolate cravings get the better of you. Mix one medium avocado with 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of agave nectar and 6 tablespoons of almond milk. Top with some nuts if you want to and enjoy!
This is the simplest and the tastiest avocado salad you will ever make – if you have only 10 minutes before your guests arrive and a few spare avocados, here is what to do with them. Cut one ripe avocado in small slices or cubes and add to 4 cups of cubed watermelon. Chop ½ cup of fresh mint and toss it on the avocado and watermelon mix. Sprinkle with sea salt, ground black pepper, add two tablespoons or olive oil and some lime juice. Crumble a little bit of feta cheese on top and enjoy!
Scrambled eggs and avocado always go great together – a high protein breakfast in less than 10 minutes for a healthy and nutritious start to your day. In a medium pan, fry ¼ cup diced onions, 1 cup sliced white mushrooms and ¼ cup canned black beans (red kidney beans will also work!) in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add two large eggs, some salt and black pepper and fry until the eggs are ready. Serve topped with avocado and some parsley.
Ideal for hot summer days – just remember not to prepare it too early because avocados tend to get brown over time. This chilled soup needs to be served fresh! Mash 3 avocados, add 2 cups low-fat buttermilk, 1/3 cups walnuts, 1/3 cup fresh dill 1/3 cup red diced onion, some salt, vinegar and 1 cup of water and blend until smooth. Cover the blender and refrigerate until the soup is well chilled, at least one hour. Before serving garnish with avocado cubes and dill.
Like French fries, but much better, these avocado fries are a great and healthy snack (just be careful not to eat too many, they still have quite a lot of calories). You just need an avocado, some salt, pepper, and panko breadcrumbs. Peel the avocado and cut it into wedges. Beat two eggs and set aside in a bowl. Put panko bread crumbs in another bowl and add some salt, pepper and a little bit of chilli powder to taste. Dip the wedges in the egg mixture and then in breadcrumbs, then place them on an oven rack or baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
You can use it as a spread or just as a meal – mash avocado with a can of tuna in brine, season with some salt and black pepper. Add some chopped red onions and if you want, some sweet corn. You can either serve it as a dip with some breadsticks, eat it straight from the avocado peel or wrap it in lettuce leaves and enjoy a light dinner or lunch.
If you are an ice-cream lover, then you probably know that there is nothing better that homemade ice cream. For this recipe you don’t need an ice-cream machine, cream, sugar or any of those unhealthy ingredients. Greek Yoghurt and ripe avocado make a perfect ice cream base and you can play with the flavours you want to add – we recommend banana because of its sweetness and nutritional value. Berries and tropical fruits are also great.
Might seem like something you wouldn’t want to try, but avocados, because of their creamy texture, make an amazing base for pasta sauce. You can combine it with lemon, Garlic, olive oil, basil and a little bit of parmesan for a healthier version of the classic Alfredo sauce. Serve it with whole-wheat pasta and add some extra greens – like kale, spinach, or Brussels sprouts.
Avocados can be used in baking to make baked goods healthier because they are a perfect replacement for any fat – such as margarine or butter. Try to make brownies with natural, wholemeal ingredients - use almond meal instead of wheat flour, raw cocoa powder, raw sugar or agave syrup. Melt 8oz of bittersweet chocolate chips and set aside. In a large bowl whisk 4 organic eggs and slowly add melted chocolate. Add ½ cup of almond or coconut milk, ½ cup cocoa powder, salt, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and stir together until combined. Then add 2 mashed avocados and mix well. Bake in 350F for 25 minutes and enjoy with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream!
Prepare a whole-wheat Naan bread or other flatbread and top it with avocado mash and an egg cooked any style. Throw on some extra veggies (we like arugula and tomato) for even more flavour and nutrients. You can also add some beans, sautéed vegetables or grilled mushrooms. If you want it to be more “pizza-style” you can add some tomato sauce and a little bit of cheese on top.
Finally, why not take advantage of the fact that avocados are as good as they are on their own? Cut them in half, leave the peel on, remove the stone and fill the hole in the middle with whatever you would like. Simply fill it with balsamic vinegar or lime-juice and salt, or try filling it with a salsa or tuna. If you are feeling adventurous, you can always crack an egg into the hole where the stone was, and grill the whole thing in the oven with some spices.
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