13 things you didn’t know you could make with avocado

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  • Whether you enjoy it on toast for breakfast or smashed up in a salad, the humble avocado is one of the world's most Instagramable foods.

    Native to central America, the avocado has boomed in popularity over the last few years and is now one of our fave go-to fruits. Not only are they jam packed with vitamins and nutrients, avocados are incredibly versatile and can be used in lots of unusual ways.

    Here’s our list of the best 13 things you could make with this rich and creamy fruit. And if you’re somehow not a fan already, prepare to have your mind blown…

    1. Avocado pesto with spaghetti

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    You’ll love this extra creamy twist on the classic recipe. Just add a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

    Get the recipe: Avocado pesto

    2. Stuffed avocado

    Avocado for breakfast? Yep it may seem a little weird at first, but in a foodie world where the avocado is king it was only a matter of time before we were gobbling up this popular fruit morning, noon and night.

    3. Avocado ice cream

    Yes you read that right! This unusual recipe has a lot going for it – not least the generous drizzling of dark chocolate sauce. And at under 300 calories per serving, you won’t feel guilty about having a second helping.

    Get the recipe: Avocado ice cream

    4. Paleo bars with avocado

    Dairy-free, gluten-free and low-carb? There aren’t many who’d say no to this sweet and satisfying snack. Make a batch on the weekend and you’ll have plenty to nibble on throughout the week.

    Get the recipe: Grasshopper Paleo bars

    5. Dairy-free chocolate cake with avocado icing

    Chocolate cake with avocado icing

    The pic alone has us drooling, and is perfect for guests with an intolerance to dairy. A sprinkling of salty crushed pistachios on the top is a lovely contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate cake. This recipe serves eight, but we’re tempted to eat every, single, bite!

    Get the recipe: Dairy-free chocolate cake with avocado icing

    6. Avocado brownies

    Yes it’s a thing. Although the green hue may put you off taking your first nibble, we think these avocado brownies will go perfectly with that mid-morning cuppa.

    7. Avocado pancakes

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    This vegan sweet treat will take your love for avocados to a whole new level. They can be served up year-round, but we think their colour makes them ideal for Halloween spreads.

    8. Avocado chocolate mousse

    Avocado chocolate mousse

    With just 10 minutes of prep time this vegan dessert is great for those who have to cater to last-minute dinner guests. Plus these tasty mousse pots are just 150 calories per serving!

    Get the recipe: Avocado chocolate mousse

    9. Guacamole avocado muffins

    Stuck for brunch ideas? These guacamole avocado muffins could be just the ticket. Serve fresh from the oven with your favourite breakfast side.

    Get the recipe: Guacamole avocado muffins

    10. Avocado burger buns

    Taking a break from carbs? Then it’s time to ditch the buns and wedge your favourite burger recipe between two avocado halves. A sprinkling of sesame seeds adds to the effect.

    11. Raw chocolate avocado tart

    This no-cook tart is packed with healthy ingredients including two whole avocados and dried dates.

    Get the recipe: Raw chocolate avocado tart

    12. Avocado fries

    We’re not sure how to feel about deep-fried avocado, but we say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Our only question is, will it go with ketchup?

    13. Avocado pizza

    Sooo pretty! This may look better than it tastes, but could provide a guilt-free pizza alternative for those on a health kick.

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