From balancing blood sugar to improving digestion, there’s no denying that avocado boasts a myriad of health benefits.
If you need more avocado in your life (and here’s why you do), then check out these 45 versatile ways to use this fat-filled fruit for greater health and wellbeing.
Pineapple Avocado Green Smoothie – silky and creamy with a hint of sweetness, this delicious smoothie – made with avocado, spinach, pineapple and honey – is the perfect way to start the day!
Baked Avocado Fries – these 5-ingredient healthy treats are made by slicing avocado, slathering it in breadcrumbs, and baking until crispy. Delicious!
Cashew Avocado Pesto Zoodles – an extra creamy pesto livens up low-carb zucchini noodles. Taking just 10 minutes to put together, this is a seriously speedy weeknight dinner.
Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup – a comforting meal which can simmer away while you’re busy, this soup is richly flavored with spices and tender vegetables, and is perfectly complemented by a creamy avocado and crunchy tortilla topping.
Summer Rolls – rice paper rolls filled to the brim with crunchy carrots, velvety avocado, crisp lettuce and a trifecta of summer herbs: cilantro, Thai basil, and mint.
Avocado Toast: 5 Ways – versatile, simple and delicious, avocado toast is a classic way to enjoy this fruit. Whether you prefer it topped with goat cheese and chives, eggs and bacon, smoked salmon, pico de gallo, or pesto tomatoes, be sure to give avocado toast a go!
Green Goddess Rice – for a hearty and flavor-filled side dish, look no further than this brightly-colored rice. With avocado, basil, extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Avocado Naan Bread – swapping avocado for the yogurt normally used in naan breads, this recipe makes a delicious dairy-free version.
Peach Basil Balsamic Avocado Wrap – expect a flavor explosion if you make this summer wrap. Sweet, acidic peaches, combined with mellow avocado, and fragrant basil are topped with a tangy balsamic dressing.
Flourless Black Bean Avocado Brownies – vegan, gluten-free brownies that are sure to satisfy your chocolate craving while still packing in fiber-filled black beans and healthy monounsaturated fats. Almost too saintly to be considered dessert!
Sushi Rolls – these simple avocado-filled sushi rolls let the flavors of soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger really shine.
Salmon Avocado Rice Balls – no sushi mat required for these sticky salmon and avocado filled rice balls.
Spicy Watermelon and Avocado Salad – sweet and juicy cubes of fresh watermelon are elevated with an assortment of salty, tangy, creamy, and spicy ingredients including lime, red onion, avocado, mint, jalapeno and salad greens.
Buddha Bowl with Quinoa, Avocado and Roasted Veggies – a dynamo, all-in-one meal bursting with healthy ingredients and full-on flavor.
Mango Avocado and Black Bean Salad – this American Heart Association recipe is a colorful, festive and flavorful meat-free dish that’s simple to put together. Filled with fiber, protein, fresh vegetables and healthy fats, it’s a winning meal in terms of taste and nutrition.
15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta – a rich and luscious meal brimming with garlic flavor and a hint of lemon, it’s hard to believe this quick and easy pasta dish is dairy-free!
Easy Grilled Avocado – proving there’s more to a barbecue than just meat, these charcoal grilled avocados – drizzled with lime juice and olive oil – are sure to be an unexpected hit at any cookout.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles – every bit as rich and delicious as store-bought truffles, these healthy treats come without the copious amounts of sugar and cream. Guaranteed to fool chocoholics everywhere!
Fruit-Free Green Smoothie – a nourishing shake with cucumber, parsley, lemon, avocado, spinach and electrolyte-rich coconut water…drinks don’t get any greener! (Tip: You can also add avocado to any of these other green smoothie recipes for a truly filling breakfast on the go.)
Skinny Avocado Pizza – guaranteed to satisfy your pizza craving more than any takeout could, this recipe sees thinly rolled puff pastry crust topped with homemade pizza pesto, avocado, tomatoes, and red onion, and drizzled with a moreish blend of garlic, cilantro and avocado.
Avocado Strawberry Caprese – a delightful combination of strawberries, avocado, basil, and tomatoes is drizzled with homemade balsamic reduction for a refreshing, lightly sweet summertime salad.
Baked Egg in Avocado – rich in omega fatty acids, protein and fiber, while low in sugar, this is a great breakfast to kick-start your day.
Creamy Avocado Dressing – this versatile dressing is the perfect way to use up ripe avocados while imparting their subtle flavor to everything from salads and steamed vegetables to crackers and sandwiches.
Avocado Banana Chocolate Cookies – a chewy, irresistibly rich chocolaty treat made with just six ingredients. Grain-free and gluten-free.
ALT – also known as ‘Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato’ sandwiches, these are a step above the traditional BLT in terms of health and flavor. Simply layer sliced avocado, tomato and lettuce on whole wheat bread and season liberally with salt, pepper, and spices. A simple summer supper.
Mac and Cheese – a decadent (and slightly green!) macaroni and cheese dish that can be whipped up in mere minutes on the stovetop – no baking required!
Avocado Cream Cheese Roll-Ups – with avocado, bacon, tomato, fresh cilantro, spring onions and cumin, these flavorsome bite-sized nibbles are ideal for quick snacks or party appetizers.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffins – delicious and moist chocolate chip muffins which swap the saturated fat of butter for the healthier fats of avocado. If it weren’t for the slightly green hue, you couldn’t tell the difference!
Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles – free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar, these healthy summer popsicles are surprisingly creamy and tasty thanks to Medjool dates, cocoa powder, avocado, maple syrup and coconut milk.
Creamy Lime Tart – these little tarts are made with all natural ingredients and come packed with flavor (and good fats). Containing pecans, coconut, avocado, dates and lime, they’re raw, vegan and gluten-free!
Avocado, Strawberry and Goat Cheese Sandwich – sautéed balsamic strawberries, goat cheese, avocado and lemon juice may sound like an unlikely combination, but it works in this bright and fun open faced sandwich.
Avocado Ice-Cream – a silky summer treat with a wonderful color and texture. Add nuts, chocolate or spices to really liven things up!
Cucumber Avocado Rolls – stuck for a snack or need a quick potluck dish? Just whip up an avocado spread, smear it across a slice of cucumber, roll up and sprinkle with paprika. Voila – mini mouth explosions!
Fluffy Chickpea Pancakes with Vegetables and Avocado Sauce – these high fiber, high protein, gluten-free savory pancakes are loaded with spices, vegetables and topped with a luscious avocado dressing. The perfect Sunday morning meal.
Mayo-Free Creamy Potato Salad – a healthier take on the classic potato salad, this version – made with avocado instead of mayo, along with fresh dill and Dijon mustard – is every bit as tasty.
Sorbet – a dairy-free frozen treat made with avocado, coconut milk, lime juice, zest and agave syrup.
Avocado Tomato Bruschetta – this filling take on an Italian classic sees whole grain French bread slathered with smashed avocado, sea salt and fresh lime juice before being topped with a mixture of tomato, balsamic vinegar, garlic, olive oil and fresh basil.
Avocado Hummus – combine protein and healthy fats in this tasty, super-soft dip that works well with crusty breads, seeded crackers, raw vegetables, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and pastas.
Chilled Cucumber & Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa – for a light summer lunch, try a bowl of this velvety soup topped with a fruity and flavor-filled salsa mix.
Banana and Avocado Bread – a rich, moist and decadent bread with a slightly nutty flavor thanks to spelt flour, and a delicate natural sweetness courtesy of fruit, stevia and coconut sugar.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Coconut Cream & Raspberry Chia Jam – this raw, completely natural, no-sugar-added banana cacao almond butter pudding is seriously satisfying! Serve it with whipped coconut cream and homemade jam for a pretty yet simple dinner party dessert.
Avo-rita (Avocado Margarita) – avocados don’t just work in smoothies, they make a decent cocktail too! This avo-rita is a delicious blend of Silver tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, cilantro, avocado and agave nectar.
Face Mask for Dry Skin – thanks to its high fat content, avocado is a godsend for those with dry skin. This particular hydrating mask also harnesses the healing power of oatmeal to remove dead cells, and relieve dryness and inflammation. (You’ll find face mask recipes to fix all skin problems here.)
Hair Treatment – give your straw-like mane and split ends a new lease of life with a seriously nourishing treatment comprising avocado, olive oil and a little lemon juice.