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How to Use Avocados to Make Your Favorite Desserts so Much Healthier

Tehrene Firman

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When you think about the primary ingredient in creamy desserts, your mind probably goes straight to dairy. But what if I told you your favorite green fruit is the key to making a mouthwatering treat the plant-based way?

Using avocados in desserts isn’t anything new. It’s been a vegan cooking staple for years, often used in lieu of butter when baking. It’s so much more than a healthy ingredient swap, though. In many recipes, its natural creaminess is what takes desserts to the next level, whether you’re making a chocolate silk pie, key lime bars, or ice cream.

If you want to make a healthier version of some of your favorite sweet treats without sacrificing taste or texture, these avocado desserts truly give you the best of both worlds.

Mouthwatering avocado desserts you’ll want to make again and again

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1. Chocolate avocado pie

There’s no baking required for this pie that uses avocados to create a creamy, chocolatey mousse filling.

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2. Avocado key lime bars

Any key lime fans will love this melt-in-your-mouth avocado version.

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3. Avocado ice cream

You only need a handful of simple ingredients for this dairy-free ice cream, including avocados, bananas, maple syrup, and coconut milk.

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4. Chocolate peanut butter avocado pudding

This chocolate and peanut butter combo is like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but better.

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5. Creamy lime and avocado tart

Between the flavorful avocado filling and coconut pecan crust, this tart is a total win.

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6. Chocolate avocado pudding truffles

Once you bite into one of these decadent avocado-based truffles—complete with a crunchy pistachio coating—there’s no going back.

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7. Chocolate avocado cookies

Who knew avocado makes the perfect cookies? These are ready to eat in 20 minutes.

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8. Avocado brownies

These ooey-gooey avocado brownies are made without refined sugar.

And here’s how to make brownies with black beans:

This avocado hummus recipe means never having to make hard choices ever again. You also need to try avocado mayo, which tastes good on anything and everything.

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