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Beyond Guacamole: 8 Unusual Avocado Recipes

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

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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3:47PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

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

10:37AM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

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

2:10PM PDT on May 13, 2014

Thank you for the recipes. I love avocados!

4:43AM PDT on May 7, 2014

Thanks!

3:13AM PDT on May 6, 2014

Thank you :)

7:12PM PDT on May 5, 2014

Thank you.

8:21PM PDT on May 4, 2014

Thank you!

6:01AM PDT on May 2, 2014

I just love avocados ! Another nice recipe with avocados is ice cream (without cream, avocados already have that roundness in taste) !

4:02AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Yumm! you can also use them to make hydrating facials masks & hair moisturizing treatment! (I use the overripe ones for this.)

3:47AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Mmmmmm my favorite!!! And you can also tell by the feel if it is ripe or not :) When I see sales buy so many for a certain amount I make sure to get the harder ones and they go in the fridge this way they last longer!! Weeks in fact!

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