I don’t nearly post enough about avocados as much as I eat them, which is a shame because there’s so much you can do with avocados. Don’t listen to people who tell you that avocados are a “fatty” food and that you should eat them sparingly. Avocados are actually one of the most nutritious things you can eat, containing vitamins A, B, C, E and K, potassium, folic acid, magnesium and iron, just to name a few (more information here). They are rich in healthy saturated fats – the “good fat” that your body needs to function well and which, contrary to popular belief, helps reduce cholesterol and inflammation and plays an essential role in vitamin absorption, brain function, hormonal balance, cardiovascular health and immunity. In other words, eat your avocados without fear. This Tumblr probably says it better. My only small issue with avocados is time management: systematically towards the end of the week, they all decide to ripen at the same time and all of a sudden I have too much avocado on my hands. Not a problem! Avocado is not only for salads, there’s a lot you can do to use up your riping-soon-to-be-spoilt avocados, and here’s my top 10.
#10. With a spoon: ok, duh! you might say, but before getting into the more sophisticated avocado recipe, is there really anything quite as simple and delicious as eating avocado right out of the shell with a small splash of lemon and olive oil? – or for more fabulousness, eat it with a drizzle of honey like my roommate Lea.
#7. Avocado-based sauce: make a delicious avocado pesto using avocado, fresh basil, a handful of slivered almonds and olive oil, or how about an avocado-garlic aioli or an avocado salad dressing? You can also try this avocado chile sauce.
#8. As a DIY beauty treatment (avocado is rich in vitamin E, essential for hair and skin moisture): to moiturize hair, combine the flesh from 1 avocado, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of shea or coconut butter. Apply over hair massaging the damaged ends and leave in for 30 minutes. This will do wonders to moisturize damaged and dry hair. For a quick moisturizing facial mask, mash 1 avocado with 2 tsp of honey and apply for 20 minutes.
#6. Avocado chocolate mousse, pudding and pie filling: there are a good trillion recipes out on the internet for avocado mousse and puddings. Really feel free to venture into the unknown on this one, it always comes down to a good handful of ingredients: avocado, banana, almond butter (or any other nut), raw cacao powder and your choice of sweetener. Mash it all together and refrigerate to eat cold (or eat instantly). Add some chocolate chips, chopped hazelnuts, coconut milk, chia seeds or fresh berries and you’ve got yourself one outrageous superpower pudding right there. For good recipes, try this 5-ingredient Avocado Pudding, this pistachio-avocado pudding, this simple chocolate mousse or this fancier berry-coconut one. You can also blend avocado with honey and other ingredients such as banana, lime or cream cheese and use it as a filling for a pie. Try this avocado cheesecake or this avocado-lime tart.
#5. Avocado in baked goods: especially if you’re looking for a good binder to replace eggs or to add moisture to your muffins, bars and breads. Like in these avocado carrot & honey muffins, avocado in brownies to make them decadently fudgey, and these avocado-coconut cowboy cookies are also looking really scrumptious.
#4. Guacamole and dips: excess avocados in my fridge = the perfect excuse to host a party. No need to buy store pre-packaged guacamole, it’s simple to make a fresh bowl in under 5 minutes. Cut the avocado in half, cut out the flesh using a spoon, mash it with a fork. Add some finely diced red onion, one minced clove of garlic, little pieces of chopped cherry tomatoes, a couple tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice, salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and you have yourself a fiesta. For variations, try this avocado blue cheese dip or this avocado-blueberry guacamole.
#3. Puréed avocado to replace mayonaise: mash an avocado with some lemon and olive oil and use it as a spread for sandwiches, tartines, egg burritos and wraps, on top of a burger, to eat with smoked salmon or to make tuna and chicken salads.
#2. With eggs: on most days, I eat a big breakfast of eggs poached in greens with sliced avocado on the side, but for more creative breakfast ideas try an avocado-egg burrito, baked egg avocados or these deviled eggs.
#1. In milkshakes: yes, originally, avocado is a fruit, and it is delicious in a breakfast shake. I used to be sceptic, but I’ve become hooked: it combines well with any fruit (bananas, berries, mango…) and will make any drink oh-so heavenly creamy. I also love the idea of this avocado eggnog recipe. Below is the recipe for one particularly fulfilling avocado breakfast shake with raw cacao, fresh berries and chia seeds.
Recipe: Raw Cacao, Avocado and Strawberry Shake
Makes 1 tall shake
You will need a blender
1/2 avocado (refrigerated)
1/3 cup fresh strawberries
1 tbsp raw, unsweetened cacao powder
1 tbsp Chia seeds
1 cup your choice of milk (I used coconut)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
8 drops of stevia or 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey
Using a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Add some ice cubes for a frostier shake. Enjoy!