8 Unusual Ways to Cook with Avocado

avocado-maskAvocados are a great addition to your diet for many reasons. For one thing, avocados provide numerous health benefits including promoting heart and cardiovascular heart, reducing your risk of cancer and contributing to antioxidant absorption and battling inflammation. But along with all these benefits, avocados are just plain delicious!

While recipes like guacamole just can’t do without avocados, the green superfoods have plenty of unusual uses. From desserts to fruit salads, read on to find the weirdest and most delicious avocado recipes we’ve found.

1. Dark Chocolate Mocha Avocado Mousse

This avocado-infused dessert from Deliciously Yum is a healthy and satisfying way to curb your chocolate cravings. The recipe calls for little more than dark chocolate, espresso, avocado and coconut milk, so all you need is a food processor to whip those ingredients into a deliciously fluffy mousse.

2. Margarita Glazed Avocado Cake

The vegan dessert from 10th Kitchen looks a bit like banana bread, only green and full of heart healthy goodness. The addition of lime zest adds a citrus zing to the mild flavor of the cake’s avocado base, and a margarita glaze tops it off with sweetness and a bit of a kick.

3. Chilled Zucchini Avocado Soup

Vanilla & Spice brings us this chilled soup that’s perfect for summer. If you’ve ever tried the Spanish dish gazpacho, you’ll know what to expect from this delicious and refreshing cold soup. Avocado, zucchini and yogurt blend into a smooth and mild soup perfect for sipping on hot summer afternoons.

4. Grilled Pineapple and Avocado Salsa

Avocado is a popular salsa ingredient, but this pineapple-based version is more yellow than red and replaces the spicy kick of chilis with a tart citrus sweetness. This brighter take on traditional salsa from Krafted Koch balances smooth avocado and sweet pineapple for a delicious dip, snack or taco topping.

5. Avocado and Chocolate Ice Cream

Avocado ice cream? It’s a surprising combination to be sure, but Beloved Green has created a recipe that will please even the biggest sweet tooth. Golden raspberries, lime and chocolate add a refreshing summer sweetness to creamy avocado for a healthy and delicious ice cream.

6. Mango Strawberry Avocado Fruit Salad

That Skinny Chick Can Bake reminds us that avocados are technically a fruit with this tasty fruit salad. Avocado pieces add a creamy texture that blends perfectly with the crispness of mango and strawberry, while the recipe adds jicama for a pleasant crunch. Top with orange lime dressing for a salad that’s equal parts sweet and surprising.

7. Avocado Peach Summer Rolls

This vibrant and colorful take on Vietnamese summer rolls from Katie at the Kitchen Door brings a unique taste and texture to a summer classic with peach slices and avocado. Invite friends over and turn wrapping the rolls into a fun and social afternoon!

8. Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Cilantro Dip

These sweet potato fries from WholeYum are baked rather than fried, making them a whole lot healthier but just as tasty. The deliciously crispy fries are given a bit of a kick with paprika and chili powder and the creamy avocado dip is the perfect complement.

It’s easy to add the health benefits and delicious taste of avocado to your diet, whether it’s in a salad, dessert or just fresh out of the peel. Tell us, what are your favorite avocado recipes? Which of our picks are you looking forward to trying?

Chloe Lauter

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