I’m avocado obsessed. I’m definitely one of the millions of women using the avocado emoji and looking at the endless avocado recipes online. I’ve even driven six hours roundtrip to go to the Avocaderia, which calls itself the world’s first avocado bar. In my obsession, I’ve discovered so many great new ways to use avocado — and get the benefits of healthy fat, fiber, vitamins A, B6, C, D, K and potassium.
My 4 favorite avocado recipes
I love using avocados for every part of my meals — from happy hour guacamole to my all-time favorite dessert of avocado chocolate pudding. (You can see my recipe below.)
I make my guests guess what the pudding is made of — they rarely figure it out!
Avocado chocolate pudding
2 Tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. of raw nut butter (I prefer cashew or almond)
2 Tbsp. of coconut sugar, raw honey or maple syrup (I prefer maple syrup)
5 Tbsp. of non-dairy milk (I prefer coconut)
1 tsp of vanilla
Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in your blender. Chill and serve.
You can also add these toppings:
- Shredded coconut
- Nut pieces (I prefer pistachios – yum yum!)
- Raw dark chocolate pieces
- Sliced bananas
- Red raspberries or strawberries
I always double or triple the recipe depending on who’s coming to dinner.
Tastes even better than regular mayonnaise, and if you’re allergic to eggs, it’s a life saver.Here’s how you make it:
2 ripe avocados
1/4 C organic olive oil
1 tsp of lemon juice, lime juice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1. Blend all ingredients in a traditional blender or food processor.
2. Use immediately as a spread for sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres, or save and store in a sealed container for two days maximum.
3. Enjoy your delicious, nutrient-packed mayonnaise alternative!
I discovered grilled avocado recently as an appetizer while on vacation. I think we ate six orders of them #avocadobinge! This is really delicious and simple:
- Slice avocados
- Brush with olive oil and shichimi togarashi (a delicious Japanese spice mixture)
- Put face down on the grill for a few minutes
Here’s my last secret when it comes to eating avocado — you can cut them in half and stuff them with all sorts of my favorite things. I like filling them with tuna salad for a new kind of sandwich.
A few extra ways to use an avocado
Avocado and raw honey face mask
This ultra-hydrating moisture mask will give your skin that post-facial glow without the outrageous expense of a spa treatment. This works as an overall body mask too.
½ avocado, mashed
1 Tbsp. raw organic honey
1. Blend avocado and honey until the mixture forms a uniform, creamy texture
2. Apply an even layer to face, avoiding eye area
3. Leave on for 15 minutes
4. Rinse with warm water
Avocado hair care
Once your face and body get the avocado treatment, try it on your hair too.
2 Tbsp. organic olive oil
1. Blend avocado and olive oil together
2. Apply to damp hair
3. Leave on for 15 minutes
4. Rinse and shampoo your hair
Avocado pit foot massager
Several dried avocado pits in a big bowl can be a wonderful treat when you roll your feet over them for an at-home massage.
One final avocado trick
Have you seen frozen avocado at the grocery store? You can also freeze them at home by mashing them together with a little bit of lemon and storing in a re-sealable bag or glass container. Freezing is such an easy way to make sure you have a ripe avocado that’s ready to go whenever you need it. And hopefully, this trick will keep you from that sinking feeling you get when you realize all of your avocados have gotten too ripe. Enjoy!
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