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3 Best Ways to Use Up an Overripe Avocado + Recipes

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3 Best Ways to Use Up an Overripe Avocado + Recipes
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3 Best Ways to Use Up an Overripe Avocado and RecipesAvocado has been called one of the most popular snacks among the millennials. Although this delicious Mexican fruit has been a part of South American cuisine for years, lately it had a comeback and stormed grocery shops, local markets, and restaurants. Avocado is packed with vitamins – it contains high levels of some of the B vitamins and vitamin K, lots of vitamins C and E, potassium and minerals.

It is also a great fiber source, providing more than 40% of the daily recommended portion in one serving. Avocados are very popular among vegetarians and vegans, because of its high fat content. Monounsaturated fats are good for your cholesterol level and, especially if you don’t eat meat, are an important part of your diet. Avocado can be a great replacement for butter and margarine.

This delicious, rich fruit can be also used in make-up products, skin and body care products, and it can do miracles to your hair. But there is one little detail, that annoys even the biggest avocado believers. The amount of time between “not ready yet”, and “sorry, too late, now I’m useless”. Finding a perfect avocado, ready to be eaten, can be a struggle. So what to do, when you crossed this magical, tiny line and your beautiful avocados look sad and brownish?

Delicious Avocado Recipes

When you look online for a recipe that includes avocado, you probably always find the most amazing photos of deliciously green, ripe fruit, that looks extra bouncy and fresh. But do not lose hope, if you waited for one day too long and your avocado is more like a puree than a fruit. There are plenty of recipes where the avocado flesh should be as soft as possible. Avocados do not have a very strong flavor and they are not sweet, so they can be used for various dishes, both on the sweet and savory side.

Delicious Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Avocados have the magic power of turning into a chocolate mousse with only a little bit of cocoa powder. You can easily make a wonderful chocolate dessert that won’t affect your waistline and will be a healthy replacement for your sweet tooth needs. Plus, it takes 5 minutes to make it!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe (or overripe) avocados
  • 4-5 dates
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of milk (you can use non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup

You will need:

  • Food processor

How to do it:

Soak the dates for 15 to 20 minutes, then chop them. Put all ingredients in the food processor and blend them until the mixture is smooth and creamy. You can control the consistency of the pudding by adding extra milk. Put it in the fridge until the serving time.

Avocado Smoothie

Although you can prepare delicious smoothies from anything, one of the best combinations is a soft, ripe avocado with banana and a little bit of honey. Why? Because thanks to vitamins, minerals, fats, sugar, and fiber contained in all of the ingredients, it can replace a whole meal for you, and still be a delicious and healthy snack.

Ingredients:

  • ½ of avocado
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of milk (you can use a non-dairy milk)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Ice (optionally)

You will need:

  • Food processor or a blender

How to do it:

Put all the ingredients in your food processor or a blender and blend it until the mixture is smooth. If you prefer your smoothie to be cold, add some ice to the mixture (before blending).

Amazing Chocolate Avocado Brownies

If you want to lose some weight or just follow a healthy diet, they are some days when your body just demands some chocolate. Luckily, is it possible to have a bite of delicious chocolate brownie, without breaking any rules!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe (or overripe) avocados
  • A handful of dates
  • 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of flour/coconut flour/almond flour
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

You will need:

  • An oven
  • A food processor or blender
  • A bowl

How to do it:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Soak the dates for about 15-20 minutes. Put the flesh from avocados, honey and vanilla extract in the food processor or the blender and blend it for 2-3 minutes. Put the mixture in a bowl and whisk in the eggs. Slowly add the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Mix it all together with a wooden spoon. Grease the baking form (the best would be 20 cm x 20 cm). Put the form in the preheated oven. Bake it for about 20 minutes. Before serving let the brownie cool down a little.

Avocado and Lime Ice Sorbet

Using avocados to make ice cream is basically a win-win situation because you can enjoy rich, milky-like structure, while actually saving some calories. Sorbets are a better choice for people struggling with the diet because they have fewer calories and fat compared to traditional ice creams. Version with avocado will still contain some fat but it will give you the pleasure of eating a delicious dessert, without being (too much) worried about it.

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