Avocados are a healthy indulgence that contain a great deal of nutrition yet have a creamy and satisfying texture. You can eat some every day to take advantage of lots of fiber plus vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B, C, E, and K, as well as potassium and copper. Each avocado is made up of roughly 73% water, 15% fat, 8.5% carbohydrates (mostly fibers), and 2% protein.
Despite their relatively high fat content, eating avocados is actually linked with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. They may also help with weight loss, because eating avocado keeps you feeling full and satisfied after meals.
Yes, avocados are delicious and nutritious, but you can still get bored eating them every day. We’ve got you covered there with 10 ways you never knew you could eat them.
These methods of preparing avocado are all super creative and tasty. Get ready to shake up everything you thought you knew about the potential of avocado, especially for suggestions #3, 5, and 10!
1. Substitute for Fat in Baking
We all love a good baking substitute that no one can tell was used. As it turns out, avocado may be substituted 1-for-1 with oil or butter in baked goods! Make sure you mash it well in order to get the measurements right.
The result is a lovely texture and rich flavor that will have people dying to know how you pulled it off.
2. In Salad Dressing
Avocado is an excellent addition to salads because the fat helps your body absorb all those great vitamins and minerals from the veggies. But you don’t always have to dump avocado chunks on there – it also makes a delicious salad dressing.
Avocado dressing is easy to make, too. Just put some chopped avocado, olive oil, and water in a blender along with seasonings of your choice. Include some acid like lemon juice or vinegar to prevent browning. Other tasty additions include garlic, cilantro, ranch seasoning, or Greek yogurt. The flavor profile is totally up to you.
3. Substitute for Cream in Mousse or Puddings
Avocado can double for cream in pudding recipes as well as fat in baking. You’ll get the same smooth and luxurious texture with a fraction of the saturated fat found in regular creamy desserts.
If you’re worried about the taste, rest assured that no one will be able to tell that their pudding contains avocado.
4. As a Boat
Try halving an avocado, removing the pit, and stuffing whatever delicious toppings you like in the depression that’s left. You can then eat your avocado boat cold, or bake it to soften the avocado and melt any cheese. Some people even cook eggs inside avocado!
There is no end to the varieties you could make. Depending on your stuffing ingredients, you may want to remove a bit more avocado and mash it into your stuffing.
5. Alternative to Frosting
That’s right. You can use avocado in frosting as well. If you are shaking your head right now, think about the recent trend of bacon cupcakes – it is no weirder than that! Avocado frosting has a satisfying texture and can be flavored most any way, including vanilla, chocolate, and buttercream.
Of course, unless you add cocoa powder, the resulting frosting will be green, so make sure that fits with your color scheme. Avocado frosting also requires a bit of citrus juice to prevent browning, which will also add a flavor element.