11 Healthy Avocado Recipes You Probably Never Thought Of
How many times have you bought an armful of avocados from the grocery store, only to find yourself with some that end up a little too ripe after a few days? It’s a conundrum that has happened to us too many times to count, but wasting those delicious avocados is pretty much the last thing we want to do. That’s why we made a nifty list of healthy avocado recipes to turn to, specifically for those times when our avocados desperately need to be used.
From chocolatey desserts to savory dinners and all the snacks in between, here are our favorite healthy avocado recipes to make on the regular.
1. Avocado chocolate mousse
Who knew you could turn this savory green fruit into a chocolatey dessert? This five-ingredient mousse blends together avocado with cocoa powder, milk, vanilla extract, and a sweetener of choice for a healthier take on a classic treat.
Try the recipe from Seed At The Table.
2. Healthy Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Dip
Whether it’s just for a snack or a side with your favorite healthy burger, these sweet potato fries pair perfectly with this creamy avocado dip, made with plain yogurt to pump up the protein and keep you satiated.
Try the recipe from Del’s Cooking Twist.
3. Avocado Tartine with Halloumi Cheese
Upgrade your usual avocado toast routine with this avocado tartine — topped with crispy halloumi cheese and perfectly cooked six-minute eggs.
Try the recipe from The New Baguette.
4. Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce
Sick of making the ol’ meatball recipe? This Greek meatball bowl is topped with a homemade avocado goddess sauce made creamy with Greek yogurt and herby with fresh basil and cilantro. You can even lighten up your meal by making the meatballs with ground chicken instead!
Try the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
5. Baked Avocado Chips
Looking for something salty to snack on in the afternoon? Skip the bag of fatty (and not-so-satiating) chips, simply made with smashed avocado and parmesan cheese. Mix in a little lemon juice and some seasonings and you got yourself a crispy, healthy snack in a matter of minutes.
Try the recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings.
6. Chocolate Avocado Oatmeal Balls
For those with a sweet tooth in the afternoon, pair your mid-day coffee or tea with one of these homemade chocolate avocado oatmeal balls, mixed together with chocolate chips and dried cranberries for that extra sweetness. Roll your balls in extra oats or shredded coconut for an extra something-something for your taste buds.
Try the recipe from Kitchen At Hoskins.
7. Avocado Ice Cream
Bananas aren’t the only “nice” cream you can make with a fruit — avocados will do just fine! This ice cream recipe uses coconut milk for creaminess, keeping this recipe vegan and dairy-free. But don’t worry, you’ll still throw in that banana for an extra boost of fiber and potassium, along with some fresh mint and maple syrup for flavor.
Try the recipe from Feel Good Foodie.
8. Chocolate Avocado Cookie
It’s chocolate, it’s peanut butter, it’s avocado — yes, this trio works well together, especially in this cookie recipe. This healthy chocolate cookie is also made with rolled oats for an extra boost of soluble fiber, which keeps you feeling satiated after enjoying your sweet snack.
Try the recipe from The Almond Eater.
9. Avocado Peanut Butter Brownies
Who knew avocados made for the perfect vegan baking substitute? If you’re not a cookie person, these brownies will satisfy that sweet tooth while also giving you a small boost of protein thanks to the peanut butter. Top your brownies with whatever healthy toppings you desire, like almond flakes or freeze-dried raspberries.
Try the recipe from Recipes From a Pantry.
10. Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri
Looking for savory healthy avocado recipes to serve avocados that aren’t just your typical taco? Make an herby chimichurri using that ripe avocado and top on thick slices of grilled portobello steaks, topped with your favorite homemade steak sauce.
Try the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
11. Avocado Paletas
Lastly, for a sweet and refreshing way to end your day, make a homemade batch of avocado paletas — simply made with coconut milk, lime juice, honey, water, and of course, avocados.
Try the recipe from Caroline’s Cooking.
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