13 Not-So-Basic Avocado Recipes

From daring dark chocolate truffles to Genius-approved guacamole, the avocado proves just how versatile it can be.

January 20, 2022
Photo by TY MECHAM. PROP STYLIST: Brooke Deonarine. FOOD STYLIST: Adrienne Anderson.

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When the just-ripe avocado you bought a few days ago is quickly approaching an unappetizing level of brown, sometimes slapping it on a piece of toast is all you’ve got time for. But what if you could extend the shelflife of that precious green fruit? Think of all the possibilities: delicate avocado dumplings in a savory tomato broth, Genius-approved guacamole, savory avocado-stuffed French toast, and even dreamy vegan chocolate mousse. To accomplish all of this without multiple trips to the grocery store, you’ll need to grab a few Apeel-Protected Avocados. Apeel’s plant-based protection extends the shelf life of avos, giving you more time to experiment in the kitchen with this versatile ingredient.

To help you make the most of your avocados, we’ve rounded up 13 of our best avocado recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert (yes, dessert!).

1. Avocado Crab Rolls

Move over lobster, there’s a new roll in town. This recipe doubles down on the avocado: fresh chunks mixed with crab, red pepper, celery, and chives, plus an extra-creamy avocado mayo you’ll want to add to every sandwich.

2. Deviled Avocados

If you’ve ever found yourself yearning for a vegan version of deviled eggs, you’re in luck. In this restaurant-ready recipe, turmeric hummus takes the place of the traditional egg yolk filling and is served in an avocado half for an extremely clever and snackable presentation.

3. Avocado Dumplings in Tomato Curry Broth

Avocado chunks add texture to light, airy dumplings flavored with lime zest, garlic, and cilantro. When cooked in a deeply savory tomato curry broth, they’re transformed into pillowy perfection.

4. Chilled Avocado, Yogurt & Charred Serrano Soup with Quick Pickled Radishes

It’s always soup season when chilling is an option. This bright, flavorful soup is ultra-creamy thanks to avocado and yogurt, accompanied by the bite of quick-pickled radishes for garnish.

5. Avocado-Stuffed French Toast

This French toast is a savory twist on a classic dish with the addition of avocado and hot sauce. And of course, it wouldn’t be brunch without an egg or two, so we recommend frying or poaching a few to serve on top.

6. Carrot Avocado Salad

Silky avocado complements crunchy sunflower seeds and tender roasted carrots in this salad that’ll have you coming back for seconds (and maybe thirds).

7. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

What do you get when you combine avocado, dark chocolate chips, and cocoa powder? The easiest vegan truffles you’ll ever make, that’s what.

8. Avocado Ice Cream (Helado de Aguacate)

Ice cream aficionado Fany Gerson embraces the sweet side of avocados in a recipe that’s inspired by her childhood in Mexico. Avocados are naturally fatty, which means your ice cream will be just as smooth as it is delightfully green.

9. Avocado & Marinated Kale Salad Sandwich

If you’re a fan of salad pizza (IYKYK), then you’ll probably love this salad sandwich recipe that pairs lemony kale with creamy avocado and crunchy bread—a mashup made in heaven.

10. Iced Coffee with Avocado (Es Alpukat Kopi Susu)

Switch up your afternoon coffee routine with this dairy-free take on a classic Indonesian dessert drink made with coffee and avocado. This version blends coconut milk with coconut water for a not-too-sweet beverage that also happens to be totally vegan.

11. Roberto Santibañez' Guacamole with Tequila & Apples

Recipe Genius Roberto Santibañez knows his way around an avocado, so it comes as no surprise that his take on guacamole soars above the rest. His secret is the sweet heat from a combination of tequila-soaked apples, toasted pecans, and blistered chile that’ll keep you dipping chip after chip.

12. French Lentil, Kamut & Avocado Salad with Basil Dressing

Discover your new favorite salad (and perhaps a new-to-you ancient grain!) with this recipe that’s loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients—avocado, lentils, and flaxseed, to name a few. If you can’t find kamut, swap in farro, spelt, or wheat berries.

13. Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you: a decadent avocado-based mousse that you simply will not believe is vegan. Six simple ingredients come together to form the chocolatey, ever-so-slightly salty peaks of this dessert.

What’s your favorite avocado recipe? Tell us in the comments!

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