Avocado is a great superfood. It’s full of healthy fats and improves your cholesterol. It’s also rich in B vitamins, niacin, and other vitamins and minerals. Due to its healthy fat content, it also helps to curb your appetite.
Beyond guacamole, what can you really do with an avocado? It turns out there are plenty of choices for enjoying this delicious, vitamin-rich fruit.
Avocado is a great butter substitute, thanks to its smooth texture and high-fat content. There are so many ways to make avocado toast, but this one is our favorite. Mix it up with your own favorite fixings.
- 1 slice of sourdough bread
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 4 plum tomatoes, halved
- ½ a lemon, juiced
- Salt and pepper
- A handful of roquette leaves
- Grill the tomatoes for 20 minutes until soft
- Oil the sourdough bread and toast the bread for two minutes on both sides
- Pit and slice the avocado
- Mash avocado and spread on sourdough bread
- Add roasted tomatoes
- Add the juice of half a lemon
- Season with salt and pepper
- Add a handful of roquette leaves and enjoy!
2. In Salads
Avocado is great in salads. This one has some added proteins thanks to the bacon, but you can mix it up to suit your own tastes. Swap the bacon for chicken or tuna. Try jalapenos instead of bell peppers if you love spice. The opportunities are endless!
- ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 3 cubed avocados
- 1-pint or cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 small cucumber, sliced
- 1/3 cup of corn
- 1 minced bell pepper
- 4 slices of bacon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Drain and let cool
- Whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper
- In a large bowl, combine avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, corn, and bell peppers. Cut cooked bacon into chunks, and add
- Toss with dressing
3. Sushi Rolls
Avocado makes great sushi, whether on its own as a vegetarian option, or with salmon. Or, as in this recipe, with tempura shrimp and spicy mayo.
- 1 Japanese cucumber
- 2 avocados
- ½ a lemon
- 2 sheets of seaweed
- 2 cups of sushi rice
- 8 pieces of shrimp tempura
- 1 tbsp of Japanese mayonnaise
- 2 tsp of sriracha sauce
- Cut cucumber lengthwise into quarters. Remove the seeds, and cut in half lengthwise
- Peel, pit, and slice avocado
- Wrap your bamboo mat in plastic
- Put a sheet of nori onto the mat. Moisten your hands so it won’t stick
- Spread ½ cup of cooked white sushi rice over one half of the nori (seaweed) sheet.
- Flip and add cucumber, sliced thin, avocado, and shrimp
- Make spicy mayo by mixing Japanese mayo and Sriracha in a bowl.
- Roll your sushi, starting from the closest point, and using the mat to help you compress. The moisture of the rice will help everything stick together
- Unroll the bamboo mat and slice
4. Delicious Breakfast Smoothies
Avocado’s is great in smoothies since it’s got a thick and smooth texture. This is a simple smoothie recipe, but you can add your own flavors. Add kale and get your vitamins in, or mix in some ginger for added antioxidants. Blueberries or pomegranate add sweetness, and plenty of nutrients too.
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ an avocado
- ½ cup of almond milk
- ½ tsp of vanilla extract
- ½ tsp of honey
Add everything in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth
5. Vegan Ice Cream
Whether you’re lactose intolerant, or just looking to eat healthier, avocado’s ice cream is a quick and easy way to create a delicious vegan “ice cream” without dairy. With this chocolate recipe, you don’t even need an ice cream machine.
- 13.5 oz can of full-fat coconut milk
- 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
- ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup of maple syrup
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of water
- Place all ice cream base into a freezer-safe container, and place in the freezer for 1 hour
- Whisk every 20 minutes and keep freezing for 3-4 hours. It should be getting thicker after each whisking
- Once it’s firm, it can safely be stored for up to two weeks
6. Ultimate Guacamole
No avocado’s recipe list is complete without a delicious guacamole recipe. This one is a favorite because it’s simple to make in minutes. You can adjust the smoothness to your taste.
- 6 ripe avocados
- 3 limes, juiced
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 garlic clove, smashed, then minced
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 serrano chiles, cut into rounds
- ½ cup of finely chopped fresh cilantro
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Halve and pit your avocados. Scoop out the flesh into a mixing bowl
- Chop onions and tomatoes and smash and mince the garlic together with the avocado mixture. Fold in cumin, chilis, and cilantro. Everything should be a little chunky
- Drizzle with a little oil
- Add salt and pepper to adjust seasoning
Avocados are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, and their smooth texture makes them the perfect substitute fat. Whether it’s a replacement for butter, dairy, or less healthy fats, avocado has plenty to offer in a much healthier package.