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Inspiring ways to turn this creamy fruit into delectable desserts

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Change the way you see avocados with these seven sweet ideas.

With its bright green color and savory flavor most people discount the sweet potential of the avocado. But don’t judge a book by its cover, and don’t judge an avocado by its color, because these rich, creamy fruits are extremely versatile.

With a large seed at its center that is often unwieldy to remove, the avocado is indeed a fruit. Once you start to see it as such, there is no end to the culinary possibilities.

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Because of the avocado’s mild flavor, it incorporates well with other ingredients, and doesn’t add an assertive taste to desserts. When used in chocolaty desserts, avocado creates a depth of flavor and a velvety texture, but it can also boost brighter notes of tropical fruits and citrus when blended with juices and smoothies.

Avocados are also a nutrient-dense food. One cup contains 4.6 grams of protein, 23 milligrams of vitamin C, and 1166 milligrams of potassium. Compared to other fruits, avocados are also low in sugars. Each serving has only three grams of total carbohydrates and zero grams of sugar. That means this tropical superfood will not only fulfill your dessert cravings, but also give you enough energy to keep you going all day long.

So blend this smooth operator into your next milkshake, or use it to give a fudgy base to vegan brownies. No matter which of these seven selections inspires you, the result will be a summery treat that will both surprise and delight and certainly satisfy that sweet tooth.


15 Game-Changing Avocado Recipes That Go Way Beyond Guac

Guacamole is a beautiful thing, and avocado toast is lovely too, but there are many more adventurous uses for the alligator pear than you might think. These sweet and savory avocado recipes are a testament to its versatility.

With its subtle taste and extra-creamy texture, it can blend seamlessly into drinks and desserts as well as all the usual savory suspects. Plus, it’s full of healthy monounsaturated fats and a great source of fiber and vitamins.

See our avocado guide for everything else you need to know, from picking and ripening to cutting and storing avocados.

Then come on and get cooking! (Or not cooking, since plenty of avocado recipes also possess the beauty of being quick and easy and are mostly a matter of pushing buttons on the blender. Seriously, what’s not to love?)

1. Copa Verde (Avocado Cocktail)

If you’re in the mood for something a little stronger than a smoothie, you can still get your liquid avocado fix in cocktail form. It’s basically an avocado margarita, but with the interesting addition of thyme. Get our Copa Verde recipe.

2. Avocado Yogurt Dip

While guacamole may be the go-to avocado appetizer, they’re great in lots of other dips too, like raw spinach and avocado dip, vegan asparagus-dill-avocado dip, and this tangy, creamy yogurt spread, which is great with raw vegetables for a healthy snack. You can even thin it out and use it as a salad dressing if you have any leftovers. Get our Avocado Yogurt Dip recipe.

3. Herbed Avocado Spread

Not quite guacamole, but not that far off either, this herby mashed avocado spread is great on sandwiches or served as a sort of relish with roasted meat and vegetables. Or, sure, even on tacos. Get our Herbed Avocado Spread recipe.

4. Avocado Salad Dressing

Blended avocado makes a super creamy salad dressing that’s dairy-free and delicious with greens or chopped veggies. Our Chipotle Avocado Salad Dressing recipe gets a kick from the saucy little peppers in adobo and raw garlic—but try another variation in our Shrimp and Greens Salad with Yogurt-Avocado Dressing too.


Nutrition [ edit | edit source ]

Surprisingly, the avocado is also a complete food. In order to stimulate growth this fruit that is rich in nutrition has fourteen minerals, which also includes copper and iron for your blood. In avocados, there is potassium and sodium, which keeps the body chemically balanced, and the absence of starch and low sugar content makes the avocados an ideal fruit for diabetics or hypoglycemics. Small slices of the avocados keep the sugar balanced. As part of avocado nutrition, the fruit also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and several vitamin B complex, and it also includes magnesium and phosphorous.

The avocados are a source of antioxidants like vitamin E and C. Avocados like bananas are quite filling due to their density, but they are also a digestible slow-burning fuel, which makes it a replenishing nutrient for athletes. The avocado is also a source for fruit oil and digestible fats, which makes it perfect and also a healthy dip for raw vegetables. It also makes a nutritious baby food when it is blended with other fruit.

Due to its shape and color, it is also called the Alligator Pear. In Mexico and South America, avocados are found throughout the region, and there are about four hundred varieties of this nutritious fruit. If you plan top grow an avocado tree, you must realize that it bears fruit after two to three years. So, you really have to wait, but it’s worth waiting for the fruit to grow.

It is quite difficult to choose an avocado in stores because ripe ones go overripe very quickly. Therefore, it is better to pick the slightly unripe ones and let them ripen on the counter with the bananas. Avocados that are dark green and hard should be purchased, and they become slightly brown and also slightly soft to thumb pressure when they ripen. By cutting the fruit into half lengthwise, the flesh of the fruit can be removed. When it is twisted and it opens from here, the pit easily comes out from one side. With the help of a knife, twist it out from the other side.

Avocado spread can be used instead of butter, and it can also be used as a dip and raw vegetable to replace chips and ranch dressing. This fruit can also be helpful as part of a weight management program. It also has other advantages. It helps to reduce over eating because the high fat content induces a faster feeling of satiation. With its supply of vitamins and minerals, it makes the diet satisfying and wholesome which is conducive to health and to consumption.


Sugar-free Dessert Recipes

1. Mango Custard Tarts

Ever since a family holiday in Portugal a few summers back, I have been determined to find a recipe that allows me to recreate the traditional and sensational custard tarts we consumed far too many of throughout our trip.

These Mango Custard Tarts may not be exactly true to the original, but they look delicious nonetheless, and mango is never a bad thing. The fresh mango will also help to add sweetness in this sugar free recipe. I love the idea of using a flower-shaped cookie cutter for the pastry, as it makes the tarts themselves look that little bit more special.

2. Mini Mascarpone Berry Cakes

The sweetness in these Mini Mascarpone Berry Cakes comes right from the berries, with a little help of some maple syrup. There are dates in the base which will both help to create solidity and to add more natural sugar.

As the recipe suggests, this idea is a mere template that you yourself could take and build on. Why stop at three layers? You could use as many different berries as you would like, even venturing to other fruits like mango or banana if you wish. Make sure to leave some whole berries aside as pretty decoration for the tops of your raw cakes.

3. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake

I thought that cutting out sugar would mean that I couldn’t indulge in things like a Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake, but this recipe has made it entirely possible.

Each and every layer of this cheesecake sounds delicious enough that I would eat it on its own, so when they all come together it sounds just heavenly. The base layer would have a crunch from the oats and nuts, just like the biscuit base of a regular cheesecake. The peanut butter layer doesn’t have too many added ingredients so the nutty flavor can shine through, and is lightly sweetened with dates. The chocolate layer is made up of banana and avocado, and then of course flavored with cocoa, which will make the smoothest chocolate mixture you could imagine.

4. Apple Tart

The ideal situation in my attempt to cut down on sugary desserts would be to find alternatives to the classic desserts I usually make. This Apple Tart is a perfect example of that, and gives me faith that I will be able to make the cut without leaving many of my favorite desserts behind.

By selecting sweet apples when preparing to make this recipe, you remove the need for added sugars. This tart will be just as flavorful as any you have made before, full of fragrant cinnamon and apple sauce. If you use a pre-made pastry crust you could whip this up in no time, and I bet your family wouldn’t even notice the difference.

5. Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

There’s nothing better than biting into a chocolate chip cookie and coming across a huge chunk of chocolatey goodness. These Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies certainly look like they would deliver on this aspect, with chocolate chips made from cocoa paste and honey.

I can imagine tucking into one, or four, of these cookies along with a tall glass of cold milk. All the sweetness in this recipe comes from honey, both in the cookie batter itself and in the chocolate chips, meaning that the sugar count is low and you won’t have to feel guilty about going back for seconds.

6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Coconut Cashew Sandwich Cookies

I liked the look of these Peanut Butter and Jelly Coconut Cashew Sandwich Cookies because I hadn’t seen anything quite like them before. The world of ‘raw’ treats is relatively new to me, but after having come across multiple delicious looking recipes recently I am determined to make their acquaintance.

The one downside to this recipe is that jam can have a lot of sugar in it, but there are jams out there which don’t, so it’s entirely up to you which one you use. The cookie part of the treat looks like it would have a good bit of texture to it which I like, and they can be stored for up to two weeks in the refrigerator which is always a plus.

7. Lemon Bars

Citrus flavored desserts are a great way to end a meal, as they are often refreshing and palette cleansing. When I read that this recipe for Lemon Bars had a secret ingredient in it, I imagined some kind of spice or unexpected herb, I would never have correctly guessed what it actually is.

What I really like about these bars is how sturdy they look. I have come across a fair few sloppy lemon tarts in my time, but with the oat cracker base and thicker lemon topping these would not suffer from the same issue. Because they are sweetened with maple syrup they’re bound to have a hint of that delicious maple flavor through them too.

8. Extra Moist Chocolate Cake

I am not sure that I have ever attempted to make a flourless cake because, in all honesty, I didn’t believe it would work. This recipe has proven me entirely wrong however, as this Extra Moist Chocolate Cake looks divine and most certainly holds itself together as any cake would.

The sweetness in this recipe comes from dates, although it claims that they don’t come through flavor wise, a claim I am interested to prove or disprove. Few ingredients go into making this cake, which will mean it’s both inexpensive and simple to recreate.

9. Floating Island

With a whopping three ingredients, this Floating Island dessert it undeniably worth a try. It’s classic french dessert, so is bound to impress friends, and they will be none the wiser as to how simple it actually is to make.

It’s hard to imagine how three everyday ingredients can make a dessert with more than one element, and goes to show how far a couple of ingredients can go. Floating Island is basically poached meringue atop a bed of custard, which to me sounds like a bowl of comforting yumminess. You can decorate and flavor your dessert in any way you would like, with fresh berries or caramel sauce, or leave it as plain vanilla if you would rather.

10. Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake always reminds me of a TV show with the same name that I loved when I was little. I am pretty sure I had multiple scented dolls that went along with it, and they are most probably still in the attic at my parents’ house.

The almond base in this recipe is a nice twist on the classic, adding an almond flavor as well as reducing the amount of sugar in the recipe. The sweetness here comes from the sweetener, as well as of course the strawberries themselves, so make sure to select ones which look deep red and juicy.

11. Tiramisu

My dad’s favorite dessert in the world, but only before having gone through a serious health makeover. This Tiramisu is an incredibly interesting take on the classic dessert, maintaining the same base flavors of boozy chocolate and coffee, but with no added sugar or heavy cream.

I am always intrigued to try healthy versions of desserts, as it fascinates me when someone manages to recreate them. This recipe is packed full of prunes and chai seeds, neither of which you would expect to find in a regular tiramisu, but it looks delicious nonetheless. It will be interesting making this for my dad to see if he can be converted.

12. Strawberry Gummy Bears

Gummy bears are more of a candy than a dessert, but after coming across this sugar free recipe for Strawberry Gummy Bears I had to share it. They have forever been one of my guilty pleasures, and finding a way of eating them without worrying about my teeth falling out is an absolute dream.

There are very few ingredients in this recipe which is always reassuring when you’re making sweet treats in my opinion, as it is easy to keep track of everything that goes into them. I can imagine you could take this recipe and use it to make multiple different flavors of gummy bears by swapping the strawberry puree for your desired fruit.

13. Banana Bread

I frequently bake Banana Bread, I love having it in the house as a breakfast option or simply to enjoy along with a cup of tea. That is if it lasts past the day I make it, my family have been known to scoff it all down before it has even cooled. The recipe I usually use is not at all sugar free, so I am extremely willing to give this one a go and hopefully make the switch.

It is vital that you use the ripest bananas you can find when making this recipe, as that is where the majority of the sweetness will come from. Green bananas will not give you half as good a result. The raisins or sultanas will also contribute sweetness so be sure not to omit them.

14. Neapolitan Cake

This Neapolitan Cake would be perfect for a birthday, party or celebration. There’s something for everyone, regular vanilla cake, chocolate cake and fruity strawberry frosting.

I did not expect the strawberry frosting on this cake to contain actual strawberries. I thought it were more likely to be bottled flavouring but I am glad that is not the case. The flavor will be far more natural, and will carry just the right amount of sweetness. I continue to be baffled that you can make cakes as gorgeous as this one without any added sugar, and think it’s something I will have to test out before I can fully believe it.

15. Blueberry Tart

I like the idea of a nut filled pie crust, especially in a simple dessert like this Blueberry Pie. The addition of walnuts and almonds will not only create a nutty flavor, which will balance well with the juicy, sweet fruit filling, but also an added crunch, which will again contrast well with the soft berries.

This recipe is incredibly simple to follow and could be whipped up at short notice if need be. The blueberries themselves carry enough flavor without the addition of sugar, and I can imagine this perfectly pairing with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream which will melt atop the warm pie.

16. Chocolate Whoopie Pies

You can’t go far wrong with a good whoopie pie in my opinion. Whether you’re entertaining guests or dealing with your own fussy kids, this recipe for Chocolate Whoopie Pies is bound to quieten everyone down for at least a few minutes, before they start singing your praises, that is.

With the naturally colored vanilla cashew cream glueing the two halves together, they look pretty as well as tasting epic. The shape of them, and their sturdiness, makes them easy for storing and lunchbox friendly. This tasty treat is mostly sweetened with maple syrup, although there is also coconut sugar in there.

17. Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut is one of my favorite ingredients to use in the warmer months, mostly because it reminds me of tropical holidays and can transport me to far away places even if for only a second.

Although it may not look like it, this Coconut Cream Pie is in fact low on carbs, due to the fact the less healthy ingredients used in the classic recipe have been swapped out for healthier alternatives. The pie crust is thick enough to give the pie structure, but not so thick that you will be consuming lots of it. Sprinkling toasted coconut on top is a nice touch, as it will enhance that coconut flavor as well as adding a little texture.

18. Chocolate Avocado Mousse

If you’re looking for probably the quickest sugar free dessert out there then this could be it. This Chocolate Avocado Mousse is a one step recipe, simply add all the ingredients into a food processor and you’re good to go.

Although avocado might sound like a strange addition to a chocolate mousse, it gives the mousse the most silky smooth texture. It also makes the outcome of this recipe a little more substantial than an airy chocolate mousse. You can add as many dates as you would like dependant on how sweet you would like the mousse, and the addition of cinnamon and vanilla will give it such a luxurious flavor.

19. Mini Cheesecakes

Cheesecake has always been one of my favorite desserts, no matter what the flavor. Despite this, I haven’t often made my own at home for some reason, although I am sure I will start now that I have gotten my hands on this recipe for sugar-free Mini Cheesecakes.

I like anything cute and mini, and these cheesecakes in particular are the perfect size for having a little treat without going over the top. The cheesecake mixture itself has lemon juice in it, which I personally love as it gives a real zesty flavor. This recipe is entirely customizable when it comes to flavor and toppings. You could use one of the suggestions given in the recipe, my personal favorite is the caramel sauce, or opt for something entirely different from your own imagination.

20. Fudgy Triple Chocolate Cookies

Whenever a chocolate treat is described to be ‘fudgy’ my mouth starts watering immediately. To me, this means it will be rich, moist and undoubtably yummy.

These Fudgy Triple Chocolate Cookies look like they would be all three and more. They contain coconut sugar, which is not as healthy as no sugar at all, but is a better for you than refined white sugar. I prefer cookies to have a thickness similar to these ones, meaning they have a bit of chew to them as opposed to snapping like a majorly thin cookie would. The fact that these are low in sugar is a godsend as there is very little chance of me stopping after eating only one.

21. Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I have always liked carrot cake because you can tell yourself you’re eating vegetables even if it’s not necessarily the same thing. Despite the fact these Carrot Cake Cupcakes have no added sugar, they are still packed full of all the delicious spices which give carrot cake its classic flavor, like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Cream cheese frosting is my favorite flavor, it’s never too sweet and has a far more interesting flavor than a traditional buttercream in my opinion. The majority of the sweetness in these cupcakes comes from honey, and even then there isn’t a large quantity so the sugar content is extremely low.

22. Raspberry Ripple

From what I gather, this Raspberry Ripple is a kind of chocolate bark. This sort of recipe is incredibly easy to personalize, so let your imagination run wild and add whatever ingredients and toppings you please. Sprinkles and more frozen fruits could help you create a color explosion.

Frozen raspberries have an interesting flavor, both sweet and sharp, which works especially well with chocolate. Coconut is a perfect partner for the raspberries, and has a unique texture that will add a new element to the treat. Texture is important in this recipe, and you could add even more with crunchy nuts or chewy dried fruits.

23. Pumpkin Pie

This is another take on a classic recipe that would be extremely handy to have up your sleeve, as we will all most likely make a Pumpkin Pie at some point in the year.

None of my favorite pie spices have been removed from this recipe, which I am grateful for. There is sweetness coming from the dates, as well as a hint of citrus provided by the orange zest. It’s a genius idea to serve the pie with coconut yogurt, as it is not only something a little bit different, but will also bring out the flavor of the coconut milk and flour in the pie itself. Be sure to pop those pumpkin seeds on top for an added crunch.

24. Chocolate Tiramisu Cake Roll

This decadent Chocolate Tiramisu Cake Roll would look highly impressive when served to guests, for which this recipe is perfectly suited as it makes a whopping 12 portions.

There are coffee elements in the cake itself as well as in the ganache and filling, so there is no chance that it would go unnoticed. Swiss roll style cakes always look far more complicated to make than they actually are, and this one is no exception. The recipe is incredibly detailed and easy to follow, and no one would ever guess it was sugar free.

25. Key Lime Pie

This is another no bake recipe which looks simply delicious. Key Lime Pie is a perfect dessert for summer months, as its zesty and refreshing flavor is exactly what you want to be eating on a warm day.

This recipe takes all of ten minutes to prepare, the refrigerator does far more work than you yourself need to. The pie crust ingredients simply need to be combined, then shaped and the filling can be made in a matter of seconds in a food processor. Erythritol is used here as a sugar substitute so the pie will be the perfect combination of sweet and citrusy.

Conclusion

I imagined cutting out sugar would be a near impossible task when it comes to desserts and sweet treats, but this little bit of research has proven me wrong and made me believe even I could do it. The recipes I found don’t look any more difficult than those with sugar, and I would dare to say there are a few which even look tastier.

I am particularly drawn to the various cheesecake recipes, that being my favorite type of dessert, especially those Mini Cheesecakes of all different flavors. The Blueberry Pie looks delicious too, and I will definitely have to try the Strawberry Gummy Bears in the hopes they can satisfy my obsession in a healthier way.

Have you ever tried making a sugar free dessert? Are there any recipes here that you could use instead of the one you use frequently?


15 Game-Changing Avocado Recipes That Go Way Beyond Guac

Guacamole is a beautiful thing, and avocado toast is lovely too, but there are many more adventurous uses for the alligator pear than you might think. These sweet and savory avocado recipes are a testament to its versatility.

With its subtle taste and extra-creamy texture, it can blend seamlessly into drinks and desserts as well as all the usual savory suspects. Plus, it’s full of healthy monounsaturated fats and a great source of fiber and vitamins.

See our avocado guide for everything else you need to know, from picking and ripening to cutting and storing avocados.

Then come on and get cooking! (Or not cooking, since plenty of avocado recipes also possess the beauty of being quick and easy and are mostly a matter of pushing buttons on the blender. Seriously, what’s not to love?)

1. Copa Verde (Avocado Cocktail)

If you’re in the mood for something a little stronger than a smoothie, you can still get your liquid avocado fix in cocktail form. It’s basically an avocado margarita, but with the interesting addition of thyme. Get our Copa Verde recipe.

2. Avocado Yogurt Dip

While guacamole may be the go-to avocado appetizer, they’re great in lots of other dips too, like raw spinach and avocado dip, vegan asparagus-dill-avocado dip, and this tangy, creamy yogurt spread, which is great with raw vegetables for a healthy snack. You can even thin it out and use it as a salad dressing if you have any leftovers. Get our Avocado Yogurt Dip recipe.

3. Herbed Avocado Spread

Not quite guacamole, but not that far off either, this herby mashed avocado spread is great on sandwiches or served as a sort of relish with roasted meat and vegetables. Or, sure, even on tacos. Get our Herbed Avocado Spread recipe.

4. Avocado Salad Dressing

Blended avocado makes a super creamy salad dressing that’s dairy-free and delicious with greens or chopped veggies. Our Chipotle Avocado Salad Dressing recipe gets a kick from the saucy little peppers in adobo and raw garlic—but try another variation in our Shrimp and Greens Salad with Yogurt-Avocado Dressing too.


Silky smooth, luscious, and surprisingly good with chocolate sauce.

1) Use it when it’s just ripe. How to tell? Squeeze it with your whole hand it should have the same “give” as chilled butter.

2) Preserve the tastiest part, the dark green layer under the skin. First, remove the pit: Cut lengthwise around the middle to the center and twist halves apart. Thunk a chef’s knife into pit and twist to pull out. To get pit off, slide against inner rim of kitchen sink. If you’re mashing the avocado, scrape it out with a spoon. If you want beautiful, perfect slices and dice, score skin down center with a paring knife and carefully pull off peel.


54 Avocado Recipes for Every Meal

If you love avocado as much as I do, you’re always looking for ways to use it. Enjoy these 54 avocado recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more!

I hope you have some avocados left over from Cinco de Mayo because I have a whole LOT of ideas for how you can use them. Avocado is an ingredient that I use almost as often as I use lemon. It’s healthy, creamy, delicious, and so versatile… what’s not to love? Today, I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite avocado recipes!

Avocado Recipes for Breakfast

I often start my day with avocado toast, but I love sneaking avocado into my breakfast in other ways too! Avocado makes the creamiest smoothie I’ve ever had (plus its healthy fats help keep me full till lunchtime), and it’s essential in my go-to breakfast tacos. When I’m making a bigger brunch, I top it onto shakshuka.

  1. Creamy Avocado Smoothie
  2. Avocado Tomatillo Breakfast Tacos(pictured)
  3. Shiitake Bacon & Egg Breakfast Tacos
  4. Shakshuka with Spinach and Harissa

Avocado Toast

You couldn’t write a roundup of avocado recipes without including avocado toast. There’s a reason this simple food has been taking the world by storm for the last few years: it’s SO easy to make, and it’s darn good. Make sure you use well-toasted bread to contrast with the creamy avocado on top, and load it up with a fried egg or any of these toppings:

Avocado Dips

I’d be lying if I said that guacamole wasn’t one of my favorite avocado recipes. I mean, who doesn’t love guac? Try making classic guac, or change it up by adding kale or mango! Or, step out of the guac box and make a yummy Seven Layer Dip or Avocado Salsa Verde.

  1. Guacamole(pictured)
  2. Kale Guacamole
  3. Goji & Mango Guacamole
  4. Vegan Seven Layer Dip
  5. Kiwi Avocado Salsa Verde

Avocado Appetizers

Sure, avocado makes a great dip, but if you want to explore other appetizer avocado recipes, there is no shortage of options. It’s a classic ingredient in spring or summer rolls, and its soft texture is also perfect for making a vegan “tartare.” Or, for something simple & delicious, top into onto bruschetta with fresh summer bounty.

  1. Avocado Vegetable Summer Rolls(pictured at the top of this post)
  2. Peanut Spring Rolls
  3. Tomato, Peach & Avocado Bruschetta
  4. Sweet Potato Avocado Tartare(pictured)

Salads with Avocado

I’m an avocado salad addict. I often love to use avocado instead of cheese to add creamy bites to my salad recipes. On occasion, I’ll even blend it into a dressing (see #27)! This list includes a salad for every occasion – from a weekday lunch to a holiday feast.

  1. Broccoli Pesto Quinoa Salad
  2. Rainbow Kale Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing(pictured)
  3. Strawberry Salad with Basil and Avocado
  4. Watermelon Salad with Tomato & Avocado
  5. Watermelon Feta Salad with Kale & Avocado
  6. Corn, Cucumber, Peach & Avocado Salad
  7. Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Salad
  8. Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad
  9. Arugula Salad with Lemon & Fennel
  10. Buckwheat, Apple & Cranberry Avocado Salad
  11. Kale Salad with Avocado-Tahini Sauce

Avocado Sushi

I always add avocado to the sushi rolls we make at home. (If you’ve never tried rolling your own sushi, give it a go! It’s not hard, and it’s really fun.) If you don’t have a sushi mat on had, or if you don’t feel like rolling sushi, little nori wraps are a fun alternative.

Tacos, Nachos, or Quesadillas with Avocado

Tacos, nachos & quesadillas are all delicious with guacamole, so why not avocado? I like to tuck slices into tacos or blend it into creamy sauces to drizzle on top. I used mashed avocado to bind quesadillas, and it adds a necessary soft contrast to the crispy tortilla chips in my favorite vegan nachos.

  1. Avocado Sweet Potato Tacos
  2. Spicy Mango, Black Bean, and Avocado Tacos(pictured)
  3. Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce
  4. Mix + Match Veggie Quesadillas
  5. Healthy Loaded Vegan Nachos

Avocado Sandwiches

A good vegetarian sandwich needs hearty fillings and contrasting textures to make it satisfying. Avocado is a goldmine ingredient – it’s full of healthy fats, and it’s a great creamy contrast with crisp & juicy veggies. Try it in these recipes:

  1. Edamame Avocado Sandwich
  2. Tempeh Vegan Club Sandwiches(pictured)
  3. Chickpea Salad Wraps with Avocado Dill Sauce
  4. Heirloom Tomato Bean-LT Sandwiches

Avocado Bowls

A good bowl has certain necessary components: something crunchy, something creamy, something sweet, something salty, and a darn good sauce to pull it all together. Avocado is my go-to choice for the creamy category. Try any of these recipes for lunch or dinner:

  1. Mango Black Bean Ginger Rice Bowl
  2. Avocado & Egg Brown Rice Bowl(pictured)
  3. Cauliflower Rice Vegan Burrito Bowl
  4. Brown Rice & Adzuki Bean Bowls
  5. Cauliflower Rice Kimchi Bowl
  6. Spiralized Daikon “Rice Noodle” Bowl
  7. Portobello Fajita Burrito Bowls

Avocado Entrees

If you’re looking for avocado recipes to make for dinner, this section is for you. Grill avocado halves whole, toss diced avocado with lemony spaghetti, use it to stuff squash, or top it onto a hot bowl of chili. Yum!

  1. Grilled Avocado Halves Stuffed with Veggie Ceviche(pictured)
  2. Avocado & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
  3. Avocado & Lemon Zest Spaghetti
  4. Easy Vegetarian Chili
  5. Sweet Potato Chili Fries

Avocado for Dessert!

Last but not least, avocado adds a wonderful richness to healthy desserts. It’s especially good with chocolate – try blending it into frosting, mousse, or even fudgy pudding pops!

  1. Chocolate Avocado Pudding Pops(pictured)
  2. Chocolate Cupcakes & Avocado Icing
  3. Chocolate Avocado Mousse on page 37 of our first cookbook

I hope you’ve enjoyed this avocado inspiration – let me know what your favorite avocado recipes are!


12 Insanely Creative New Ways to Eat Avocado

Avocado toast is so 2014. Now the creamy green fruit is popping up in everything from pizza to margaritas to ice cream to pancakes. And before our favorite form of healthy fat becomes off-the-charts expensive, we're wasting no time drooling over all that the Internet has to offer. Here, 12 DIY avocado infusions that make guac look as bland as white bread:

1. Avocado Crème Brulée
Avocado pudding exists. As do avocado brownies. So it was only a matter of time before somebody got fancy with an avocado-based sweet treat. Enter avocado crème brulée, the richer, greener, unbaked cousin of the French dessert. Bonus: It's surprisingly simple to make&mdashand you get to bust out a blowtorch like a total culinary badass.

2. Avocado Margs
Guac is the perfect addition to any happy hour, so why stop at appetizers? This blogger didn't. He muddled avocado and tarragon leaves into a traditional margarita recipe for an unexpected savory kick.

3. Avocado Fries
An alternative to the deep-fried avocado we kind of want to try but won't: these baked avocado fries. Just hold off on the ketchup&mdashthey'll pair better with a cool and creamy Greek-yogurt-based dipping sauce.

4. Bacon-Wrapped Avocados
As long as we're on the topic of insanely unhealthy food pairings that sound insanely good, we'd be remiss not to mention bacon-wrapped avocado. These slices of heaven are the definition of guilty pleasure.

5. Pickled Avocados
In the rare event that you find yourself with extra avocados on hand, pickle those things and use as a salad topping.

6. Avocado Popsicles

7. Avocado Pancakes
Add pureed avocado and lime juice to your go-to pancake mix for a Tex-Mex take on the sweet brunch staple. Then top with lime sour cream and fresh salsa. Completely unexpected.

8. Avocado Gelato

10. Avocado Soup

11. Avocado Pizza
Move over, pesto. There's a new green pizza in town. This blogger dreamed up a spicy charred-corn and avocado pie that we can't wait to try.

12. Avocado Stuffed Burger
Sure, sliced avocados make for a great burger topping. But avocado evangelists are taking things to the next level with avocado stuffed burgers. Mash avocados, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, and salt to make the filling. Then try this blogger's trick: Layer a spoonful of avocado between two thin patties, pinch the sides closed, and throw 'em on the grill.


Avocado Pasta

Avocados. I love them. I could eat them by itself with a little bit of sea salt. I could eat them mashed up in guacamole with an entire bag of chips.

And now, I can eat them in the most glorious, most creamy pasta I’ve ever had. And the best part about this is that there’s no cream or butter in this. All you need is simple, fresh ingredients. That’s it.

So how is this so creamy? Well, all you need are a couple of ripe avocados, fresh basil leaves, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. From there, you can just throw it all into a food processor and give it a whirl! Done and done.

Toss it with your favorite pasta noodles – spaghetti, rotini, macaroni, etc. – along with some fresh veggies. You can really use any veggies you’d like but I loved the sweet corn kernels and crisp cherry tomatoes.

Plus, it’ll be on your dinner table in 20 min from start to finish. It doesn’t get much easier than that!


Tools to Make a Keto Avocado Smoothie

Blender - Make your avocado smoothie dreams come true with a high-powered blender that can crush ice like nobody’s business. I’ve had a Ninja blender for years and it’s never let me down. Aside from smoothies, it’s a great kitchen tool to have on hand for soups and sauces as well.

Popsicle Molds - Reusable popsicle molds are awesome for leftover smoothie mixture. Of all the popsicle molds I’ve tried, I prefer using the silicone molds the best. They are more easy to manipulate, easy to release, and BPA-free.

Jumbo Straws - Don’t bother trying to drink your smoothie with a regular-sized straw, your efforts will be futile. The keto avocado smoothie is just too thick and awesome to travel up through a narrow straw. Jumbo straws are extra wide and accommodate the smoothie texture much better.


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