Unique Ways to Cook With Avocado

Whether you toss them in a salad, add slices to your sandwich, or pay that extra few bucks at Chipotle to have guac added to your order, one thing is certain — avocados are a surefire way to give any meal that extra something. Plus, avocados are filled with nutritional benefits. They’re good for your heart, could help lower your risk of depression, and are even natural detoxifiers — the list goes on and on. Take that as a reason to add some more avocados to your diet (not that you needed one). The other wonderful thing about this green fruit (and yes, it is a fruit) is that it’s so versatile. If you’re looking for more creative ways to incorporate avocado into your every day, here are seven recipes you probably haven’t tried (but definitely should).

1. Chocolate Avocado Pancakes

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There’s nothing like kicking off the weekend by whipping up a fresh batch of pancakes. For a new twist on your classic flapjacks, try this recipe for chocolate avocado pancakes from food blogger, Mother Thyme.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • ⅓ cup cinnamon baking chip morsels (optional)

Get the recipe directions at Mother Thyme

2. Egg Baked into an Avocado

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Need we say more? The avocado acts as a convenient cradle for an extra serving of protein. Follow this recipe from Serious Eats and dig in!

Ingredients:

  • 4 avocados
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 limes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped cilantro, optional
  • Sliced scallions, optional
  • Sliced chilies, optional
  • Warm flour or corn tortillas

Get the recipe directions at Serious Eats

 

3. Veggie Avocado Tuna Salad

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To cut back on saturated fat in any mayo-filled dish, use an avocado instead! You can make this swap for everything from chicken salad to this veggie avocado tuna salad, via Hummusapien.

Ingredients:

  • 3 (6-ounce) cans wild-caught albacore tuna, drained
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • ½ medium apple, finely chopped
  • ½ small red onion, finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • ½ medium cucumber, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Get the recipe directions at Hummusapien

4. Avocado Mac N’ Cheese

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You love mac n’ cheese, and you love avocados, so why not combine the two? This recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod is a great way to upgrade your usual cheesy fare by enjoying all the usual deliciousness of mac n’ cheese with the added benefits of your healthy green friend.

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces dry elbow macaroni
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh avocado chunks, for garnish, if desired

Get the recipe directions at Two Peas And Their Pod

5. Flourless Black Bean Avocado Brownies

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Avocados can be used as a substitute for butter in many baked goods. Its oily properties keep pastries moist (cringe-worthy word, I know) without compromising the flavor. Try this vegan and gluten free brownie option from Ambitious Kitchen to go all out with healthy-substitute-baking. Since it uses black beans as base instead of flour, these brownies are also also chock–full of muscle building protein.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large flax egg
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ medium to large ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling

Get the recipe directions at Ambitious Kitchen

6. Banana Avocado Pudding

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Looking for a simple and healthy way to satisfy your dessert cravings? Try this quirky take on banana pudding via BuzzFeed. It only has four ingredients, so it would be a crime not to at least give it a shot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, peeled and frozen
  • 
¼ avocado
  • 
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Get the recipe directions at Buzzfeed

7. Frozen Avocado Margaritas

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Last, but certainly not least, avocados are a great addition to cocktails as well. Try Cooking Stoned’s avocado-infused margarita for a fun way to mix things up at a fiesta.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup tequila
  • ¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves, lightly packed
  • 2 limes
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 2 cups ice

Get the recipe directions at Cooking Stoned

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