Beyond Guacamole: 8 Unusual Avocado Recipes

You know that avocados are great on sandwiches, on top of salads, and – of course – in guacamole. But there are so many other ways to use this versatile fruit! Check out these unusual avocado recipes and tips on choosing the perfect avocado.

In compiling the list below, what struck me most was how many recipes I found for using avocados in desserts! Avocado is loaded with healthy fat and vitamin E, so replacing egg, butter, or cream with avocado gives the desserts on this list a healthy boost without sacrificing flavor.

How to Choose a Ripe Avocado

Not sure how to decide whether an avocado is ripe or over-ripe? Ever been faced with a bin full of avocados that are hard as rocks? Check out this visual guide to choosing a ripe avocado or gauging how long those avocado-shaped rocks will take to ripen in your fruit basket.

How to Choose a Ripe Avocado

8 Unusual Avocado Recipes

1. Avocado Pudding – Don’t knock this until you try it! Avocado makes a creamy base for chocolate pudding, and the strong flavor from the cocoa powder masks the avocado taste completely.

2. Avocado Naan – Mashed avocado gives this Indian flatbread a richer texture and lovely light green color.

3. Avocado-Lime Cupcakes – Who knew that avocados were so handy in rich desserts?

4. Raw Avocado-Lime Soup – Don’t you love a cold soup on a warm spring day?

5. Avocado-Mango-Fig Salsa – Avocado and fruit pair up beautifully in this unusual salsa recipe.

6. Avocado Corn Cups – You can stuff raw avocados with this flavorful corn salad or grill your halved avocados first. Either way, this is a quick, delicious meal!

7. Vegan Taco Pizza – Top a Mexican-style pizza with sliced avocado. This recipe calls for vegan cheese, but if that’s not your thing you can skip the cheese all together in favor of more sliced avocado. I’ve done it, and you won’t be sorry!

8. Pear-Avocado Smoothie – Creamy avocado makes a green smoothie into a stick-with-you breakfast.

Avocado Graphic via Visual.ly

122 comments

Ahmed R.
Ahmed R.6 months ago

Yummy!

Peter K.
Peter K.6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Marina Polazzo
Marina P.6 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik1 years ago

Thank You for sharing =)

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney1 years ago

Just love advacados they are soooo delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney1 years ago

Advacado and prawn salad, yummy, use the advacado as the bowl, really really yummy. Thanks for the receipes all sound nice.

feather w.
Feather W.1 years ago

yummy..

Linda Wallace
Linda W.1 years ago

Thank you.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

Wow, didn't know the pit was edible. Will have to try it too in the smoothie. Lots of interesting variations outlined in comments.

Anne F.
Anne F.2 years ago

hard to resist eating them as they come ripe - who has time to bake and make sauce?