The best avocado recipes
Is there anything avocados can't do? From topping salads and toast to being the secret ingredient in desserts, avocados can make just about anything taste better—and healthier.
This superfood is known for being a great source of monosaturated fats. These healthy fats not only raise your "good" cholesterol (HDL), but they also lower your "bad" cholesterol (LDL), decreasing your risk for heart disease and stroke. Avocados are also chock-full of other nutrients—they pack almost 20 vitamins and minerals, as well as a hefty dose of fiber, which in conjunction with the fats, helps to keep you satiated for hours.
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Watch the following videos for recipes that include both sweet and savory options for using avocados in your main meal, in a side dish, and even in your dessert (we're looking at you, brownies). Click through for 25 amazing avocado recipes that you will be sure to love.
An Easy Egg-Stuffed Avocado Recipe
After your morning workout, make sure to eat breakfast—it’s the most important meal of the day, after all. Try this recipe for a low-carb, fiber-rich meal: a baked egg in an avocado. Our easy, two-ingredient dish will get you all the omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and iron needed to boost your energy at the start of the day. Watch the egg in avocado video for the recipe and step-by-step demonstration.
How to Make Grilled Avocado
Here’s a recipe to get you thinking beyond burgers and franks at the grill. In this video, we demonstrate how to grill one of our favorite superfoods: avocado. Avocados are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamins. Bonus: you can pretty much apply this cooking technique to any veggie or fruit. Or take a playful approach and skewer a variety of colorful veggies and fruits and grill them into a healthy kabob.
How to Make An Avocado Flower
Want to learn how to make an avocado flower? The secret to your next Insta-worthy breakfast is this super simple technique. You don't need much more than a knife, and the result is a stunning piece of art that might just be too pretty to eat. Watch the video for a step-by-step demonstration on how to create something that will surely impress your followers.
A Whole-Wheat Pancake Recipe That Uses Avocado
One of the keys to a successful day is starting your morning off the right way—with a hearty and healthy breakfast that kick-starts your metabolism and helps burn calories throughout the day. This whole-wheat pancake recipe that also includes avocado is the perfect choice. You can even top the flapjacks with your favorite fruit for an added dose of antioxidants and vitamins. Watch the video for the recipe and step-by-step demonstration.
How to Make Avocado Brownies with Avo Frosting
Want a smart swap for a healthier dessert? You already know avocados are nutritional powerhouses, thanks to the fiber, B vitamins, folate, and potassium they provide. But did you know you can add the savory fruit, which is packed with healthy fats, to your sweet treats, too? Watch the video to learn how to make rich, fudgy brownies from your favorite superfood.
How to Make Avocado-Chocolate Frosting
Is there anything avocados can’t do? We don’t think so. Besides being packed with healthy fats, fiber, B vitamins, folate, and potassium, they’re absolutely delicious and leave you feeling full and satisfied. If you have a sweet tooth and find yourself craving sugary desserts, avocados can help with that, too. Watch the video to see how to make this healthy frosting using avocados: perfect on avocado brownies, sandwiched between dark chocolate beet cookies to make whoopie pies, or on top of any other dessert you please.
How to Make Chocolate-Avocado Pudding
Great news, pudding lovers! Indulging in a sweet bowl of smooth, chocolaty goodness doesn’t have to be considered a cheat snack any longer. Here’s a recipe for a pudding that is free of refined sugar and dairy products. Even better, it’s quick and easy to whip up. The key to this nutrient-rich, sugar-free and yummy recipe? Avocados! Watch the video to learn how to make this healthy treat.
How to Make Dairy-Free Avocado Ice Cream
Did you know you can make ice cream with avocados? Yes, your favorite source of healthy fats has a starring role in this tropical ice cream recipe. The creamy superfruit lends monounsaturated fats, nutrients, and fiber while coconut, bananas, and vanilla work together to create a delightful tropical flavor you'll love. Watch the video for the recipe and the step-by-step demonstration, because you know the ice cream is calling your name.
How to Make Avocado Pesto
Whether it’s being used as an alternative, healthy ingredient in brownies and pudding, or as a beauty product, it seems there isn’t anything avocados can’t do. In fact, here’s another delectable avocado substitution that you’ll love. It takes a favorite Italian sauce—pesto—and makes it even tastier by swapping the olive oil for avocado to make a creamy sauce that will enhance your pasta, zucchini noodles and more. Watch the video to follow our simple recipe.
How to Make Avocado Goddess Dressing
Avocados are one of the trendiest superfoods right now—and rightfully so. Aside from being filling and delicious, they’re full of healthy fats, vitamins, and nutrients. The yummy fruit has sparked an avo-obsession among the Health staff, resulting in a plethora of innovative and healthy recipes, including one of our favorites: Avocado Goddess Dressing. Our version of the tangy sauce can be used as a veggie dip, salad dressing, or a meat topper. Watch the video for a step-by-step demonstration.
How to Make Chilled Avocado Soup
If you love soup, but don't necessarily need the piping hot version every time (like during the summer), we've got the dish for you: A soothing chilled avocado soup. This simple, no-cook recipe features avocado that is pureed with milk, green chiles, broth, and lime juice for a zesty, creamed treat. Watch the video for the recipe and a step-by-step demonstration.
How to Make a Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
Good news for chocolate lovers—here's a way to indulge your craving without derailing your healthy diet. This smoothie recipe combines iron-rich spinach and avocado, which is high in monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fat), with antioxidant-rich cacao. Its creamy, chocolatey flavor will give you all the decadence you crave—without the calories and added sugars of many store-bought chocolate shakes. So watch the video to learn how to start sipping guilt-free.
How to Make an Avocado BLT on a Bun
Want a healthier alternative to hamburgers and hotdogs at your next cookout? Try these flavorful BLTs made with turkey bacon, grilled tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado. Watch the video to learn how to make them.
How to Make a Mango-Avocado Margarita
Here’s a healthier way to enjoy your evening cocktail. By using avocado, mango, and orange juice you’ll get a big dose of essential vitamins and minerals that help fight wrinkles and cancer. Watch the video to see a demonstration.
How to Make Grapefruit & Avocado Salad With Seared Salmon
This salad combines plenty of nutrient-dense superfoods into one delicious dish. Watch this video for a quick demonstration of the grapefruit and avocado salad with seared salmon.
How to Make Three Delicious Avocado Salsas
Avocados are the ultimate superfood. They have so many uses that go beyond the basics, such as in brownies or as ice cream. They are also the perfect addition to salsa—their creamy, mild flavor is the perfect complement to some other fruits. Watch this video from Cooking Light for three awesome avocado salsa recipes that will have you reaching for the chips.
How to Make Veg-Heavy Avocado Toast
You can pile the veggies high in this veg-heavy avocado toast recipe. We used cucumber, radishes, and olives but you can use whatever tastes good (or is in the fridge!).
How to Make Avocado, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwiches
Packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and high in fiber, these sandwich stackers are a healthier version of the BLT that leave you feeling satisfied without any of the saturated fat. They’re perfect for an outdoor cookout or even a low-key summer evening supper when you don’t want to spend all of your time prepping in the kitchen. Watch the video for the recipe and the step-by-step demonstration.
How to Tell If an Avocado Is Ripe
Looking for tips on picking the freshest and ripest avocados? This Cooking Light video has the top 6 things you need to know about this delicious and nutritious fruit.
Photo: Lara Ferroni
Try this recipe: Avocado Pickles
Give creamy avo a tangy bite my fermenting the fruit in a salt, chile, and vinegar mixture. The key is to use slightly unripe avocados, since the pickling process softens them nicely. We can't think for a better use for your-not-quite-ripe avocados. This low-calorie snack is sure to keep you satisfied until dinnertime.
Ingredients: vinegar, salt, mustard seeds, sugar, peppercorns, chile de arbol, avocaods
Try this recipe: Thai-Stuffed Avocado
Give your avocado an Eastern Asian twist with shrimp, peanuts, cilantro, scallions, and lime juice. The perfect warm-weather dinner, this meal is light and refreshing but still satisfying since it's packed with omega-3s and protein.
Ingredients: fish sauce, lime juice, tamarind paste, sugar, shrimp, avocado, peanuts, cilantro, scallions
Try this recipe: Avocado Truffles
Avocados for dessert? Yes, it's possible (and delicious, too). Get the creamy texture of classic truffles with a salt, avocado, and chocolate mixture. You can even add peppermint extract or toasted coconut to give these chocolate-y balls of goodness the flavor you're craving.
Ingredients: chocolate, cocoa powder, avocado, sea salt
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Avocado Toad-in-a-Hole With Ham and Salsa Verde
Try this recipe: Avocado Toad-in-a-Hole With Ham and Salsa Verde
You can double the salsa verde and keep it in the fridge for up to 1 week. Use it to punch up any meal or snack.
Ingredients: Tomatillos, onion, garlic, jalapeno, fresh lime juice, fresh cilantro, sea salt, avocados, black pepper, eggs, olive oil, diced baked ham